Disclaimer: downloading Super Nintendo games online is illegal.
Video game emulation is an interesting and tricky subject. Companies like Nintendo want to protect their intellectual property to maximize the profits from their games. This makes sense. But one might ask, "How would you profit from me playing Super Mario Bros 3 if I can't even buy it in a story anymore?" Well Nintendo has virtual stores where you can buy classic titles to play on the Wii and 3DS. This is great for everyone who owns those consoles. If you don't happen to own these devices, however, there is another option: emulation.
Without getting too deep into the ethics and legality of it, if you do decide to download ROMs to play, please support the company in some way. I grew up collecting a wide array of Nintendo 64 titles, so I feel a little less guilty about basically pirating their old titles. Also, Nintendo Power was the best. GoldenEye was #1 on that list for years.
Simple Steps Serving SNES Simulation
- Download OpenEmu (Mac) or ZSNES (Windows)
- Find "snes roms" online
- Save the roms into a dedicated folder (I like saving them on Google Drive)
- Open the emulator then open the rom!
The Best Way to Play
You can, in theory, just play these games on your keyboard, but that proves to be a bit of an added challenge. And if you're like me, those old games are a challenge enough as they are! To play these games properly, hop over to Amazon and pick up a USB SNES controller (link). They work like a charm.
Top Selling Super Nintendo Games
- Super Mario World
- Donkey Kong Country
- Super Mario Kart
- Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
- Street Fighter II Turbo
- Star Fox
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
- Killer Instinct
- Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie
- Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
- Dragon Quest V: Bride of Heaven
- Chrono Trigger
- Final Fantasy VI
- Final Fantasy V
- Super Mario All-Stars
There you have it! See you in a couple years.