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      17.10.2007 10:32
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      Take a trip back in time and play your old favorites.

      I got my hands on SNES9x over 3 years ago and played a year or so out of it, still do off and on.

      The interface is easy to use in that you can load your game ROM easily from the file menu and get up and running in no time at all with little or no experience needed. (ROMs can be obtained online but must be deleted unless you have the original cartridge).

      To control games you are able to use more than one method, 1 use the keyboard but this can become tricky when you have 6 buttons the d-pad and start and select to assign and remember, or 2 use a game pad, I invested in a logic 3 game pad which looked exactly like the model they produced for the SNES, yes I am that sad but it feels right when using it. Using an on-screen picture of a SNES pad you can setup the buttons and assign them to your pad.

      Ok moving on to why this makes games better than before, SNES9x uses both hardware and software rendering and you can apply Super Eagle screen filtering to re-draw all the old and blocky graphics to look much smoother, Super Mario World looks great, in addition to that if you have a 3D card you can add filters such as bi-liner to add further smoothing.

      Now as most people remember from the SNES saving your game was either down to passwords or if you were really lucky battery backed up carts like Super Mario World had, since an emulator can't do that they opt for saving states (kind of like pausing the game and resumign later), so you simply press the Esc key and use the mouse to and select a state slot to use and save your game, so next time you play you can get right back to where you were, Marvellous!!!

      Ok the legal bit, since you can download almost any game ever made for the SNES the law says these ROMs should be treated as backups, so even though I got lots of ROMs on the CD that I bought with SNES9x on I only used to bother playing Mario world so I though it best to pick up a cart at an old car boot sale, so if anyone were to pull me up at least I am legal.

      All in all Retro gaming at its best.
      10/10 from me.

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        13.08.2002 01:09
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        The Super Nintendo may not boast excellent graphics or sound or any state-of-the-art technology, but it's games are the best that there are! i found that although newer consoles boast great graphics and built in dvd playing capabilities, their games prove less addictive, for example, super mario world for the SNES's style proved a lot more addictive than the nintendo 64' 3-d version. Now that these games are available on-line,at such ease, i have discovered many addictive games such as Earthbound and bustamove, and also re-played familiar ones such as legend of Zelda, and super mario allstars, all of which I find MUCH better than n64 and gamecube's games. Console companies are becoming too obsessed with making their games have great graphics and so forth, so their gameplay tends to suffer highly. Being able to play the super snes games again really cheers me up, and reminds me of what games should really be made for: FUN!

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        07.11.2001 20:30
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        (...............Final Fantasy 6, that is!) If anyone read my opinion yesterday you may have noticed it said I was busy, so you may wonder why I write another opinion a single day later (well, no ones going to wonder anyway, but I'm going to tell you why!). After coming back from lectures I went to my girlfriends room to get my key for my room (don't ask why she had it!) and walked back up to my room with my bag, but on the way stopped at a friends to see what he was up to. Seeing his guitar propped up neatly in the corner I immediately dropped everything to pick it up and practice the beginning of Nirvana's 'Teen Spirit' which I am desperate to be able to play. Anyway, a cup of tea later I was back in my room, ready to do an afternoons work so I could go out this evening. Having had my customary 10 minute PC game break I reached for my bag....it wasn't there. Turns out I left it my friends room, who just happens to have gone for a 2 hour French test and won't be back until tea time. So I can't do my work. Which means I'm rather annoyed and bored and writing this opinion, which I hope may one day win an award for the most irrelevant introduction ever! So SNESx then. It's a SNES emulator. Lets you play SNES games on your PC. Pretty neat then really!! There's loads and loads of SNES emulators out there, some for DOS, some for Windows, and even some for UNIX (well I'm guessing so!). For people who don't know an emulator actually makes your PC run like a SNES ran, so it follows the same processes that the SNES would. Games come in files called roms, which are PC copies of the old cartridges games used to come on. Although all cartridges for the SNES are still officially under copyright, no one cares anymore so they are more or less frely available on the web, with some web sites claiming to have the entire SNES collection online available for download. Naturally the most authentic wa
        y to play on a SNES is to sit down at a TV with a SNES and some cartridges, but if you ask me in some ways playing games on the emulator is better than the real thing! First off it's free, the games are free, as are all the add-ons you would use on your SNES such as extra controllers and a cheat cartridge! You can even make games look better by smoothing the graphics using your 3D card, and play online with others over the internet (although on a 56K modem it was unplayable). Of course some points are worse too, such as the problem that no matter how good any emulator is it can't play every game 100% correctly. As far as emulation goes, SNES9x is one of the better SNES emulators available, especially as far as precision of emulation goes. Everything is there, including some special chips included in single game cartridges (if you really want to know, the S-RTC is a chip used only in the game Dai Kaijyu Monogatari II). Especially neat are the selection of video and sound engines which can actually make games look and sound better than the original SNES! SNES9x is very easy to use, requiring little technical knowledge (although you can fiddle if you like!). You just head over to www.snex9x.com, download the latest version and install it. Run it, choose your ROM (it even reads zipped roms!) and then it loads. Play away until 'thoroughly spent' (extra bonus prize for the link to a Dooyoo based thingy!). If you have a nice joypad you can set SNES9x to use it, and you can run it in a range of resolutions, but apart from that you simply play your SNES game! One of the best features is the ability to save state, which means you save the position that you are up to in the game, even if the original game doesn't have any save features. This means that there's no need to sit and play Mario for hours, and once you've done the hard level you can save it so when you die 5 minutes later you don't have to play through fro
        m the start again! As emulators go SNES9x is pretty comprehensive, although it's main rival ZNES is equally as competent, personally I use SNES9x but I have both for the odd time that SNES9x won't play a game. The minimum requirements are Pentium 200Mhz 32Mb RAM Sound Card But in reality you're going to need a meatier processor to run some of the more intensive games. Performance is one location that SNES9x falls down in comparison to other emulators, but if you have a PII 400+ then you've nothing to worry about. As important as the emulator is, more important are the SNES ROMS. Here isn't the place to go in to what's hot and what not, indeed there is a much underused SNES games section on Dooyoo which you should check out but before you move on to the next op, let me remind you of the wonders of the Mario games, be it Mario RPG, Mario Kart or the original Super Mario Bros. Then there's RPG's like Final Fantasy 6 (and 2,3,4 and 5 I think), Chrono Trigger and some Zelda games. Then there's StarFox, and Street Fighter 2....the list goes on, and they're all free. You'll even discover a few unheard of gems on your travels! Go get it (while I go to see if my mates finished his French test yet!).

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          11.07.2001 05:14
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          Years ago, The SNES was THE console to own. I never actually bought one, but I remember spending a lot of time at my friend's house playing Street Fighter and Killer Instinct. SNES 9X has many features, it includes control support for up to 4 players, several modes of graphic enhancement, sound capture, graphic capture and the all important cheat-genie!! I think nearly every single game ever to be made ofr the SNES is available on the Internet, so when you are bored on a rainy day, this program is the perfect way to pass the hours. The user interface is simple and easy on the eye.. no gaudy colors, just grey and black..nice. Every single option is clear - it is obvious what happens if you click it. This is a rare thing in programs nowadays!! One thing I don't like about a certain edition of the emulator, was the control config - it supported diagonals on the joypad, whereas not al joypads could function with this.. (i checked this out with my friends..) SNES 9x is a worthwhile download, but it is highly recommende that you use a joypad... usinig the keyboard is just not the same! also u are very likely to get RSI!!!

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            29.03.2001 04:27
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            I never got to own a snes. I was just a poor lad trying to grow up in this cruel, cruel world. My best friend had a snes, well actually two (including his brothers). All i wanted was to join in with his gaming fun. Alas, it was not to be, so i had to spend every minute of my spare time round his house so i could play the likes of Bomberman and Super Mario Kart. Having matured (a bit) and being sucked into the information whirlpool that is the WorldWideWeb, i discovered emulators. Want to play the orignal Mario or Sonic Even want to play Jet Set Willy on the Spectrum its possible. Having such a choice to choose from when it came to snes emulators, i ended up guessing, and although i cannot compare it to any other emulators, i am sure the Snes9x is one of the best. The graphics are brilliant and exactly as would have been seen on the real snes. The sound is also perfect. A game genie cheat code program has been included for those who are stuck on the last boss of Final Fantasy 6. There is also an option to play over the internet! I haven't done so yet, but if i could play Bomberman over the net, i wouldn't get any sleep for months. The save feature is also great. At ANY point in the game you can save in one of 9 slots. Now it is possible to complete a 25 hour game such as Chronotrigger without saving (or at least thats what the game thinks). It works on the Windows systems and i think thats it so mac users will have to look elsewhere. I have never come across a ROM that hasn't worked on the Snes9x. So overall, this is a "must" download for any games fan, young or old. Keep it retro y'all.

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            21.03.2001 21:52
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            The SNES was a classic console. I do not care what level of performance, power and graphics new consoles and PC’s reach, I rate the SNES as the machine whose games I most enjoyed playing. The fact that the average person with Web access can now play a huge pile of these classic games free is incredible. Emulators are downloaded from sites like cnet.com as freeware. To play the games, one must find sites with a stock of titles. I found there is a web ring of providers of the games, which are downloaded as .SMC extension files. There are SRC files (I think), which seem to play fine, but are meant for another emulator? Not sure. However, each time I browse for new games, I find that another site has been banned from providing. So some hunting is required. You are legally supposed to already own the games to download the files, but I do not think that is something many folks adhere to. (So, shoot me!) My brother had a SNES, and we used to spend hours just playing Super Soccer, two players. Typically, I cannot get hold of a good copy of this, but most other games are available. I never knew how addictive Super Tennis is! Back to the Emulator itself. Open a game, and if it is okay, you will see “Checksum okay” along the bottom. Bad checksum normally means the game’s no use, but I found Bust-a-move an exception to this. If on a network or good modem line, multiplayer is possible. I’ve found that this can go out of sync sometimes, but more due to the connection quality, I suspect. Games can also be saved, and it is possible to set your own keys to act as a SNES controller’s buttons. Another useful feature is that if you decide to switch games and then change your mind, cancel and it doesn’t reset the current game. If you need to switch applications, make sure the game is paused, else you have to reopen the game though. As someone who uses the net at work, this has wast
            ed many hours of my time, rediscovering classic old games. I wouldn’t be without SNES9X now, and I’m also now able to play games released for the snes that I had on my old Amstrad! Great. By the way, if anyone has a copy of Super Soccer, or wants some game links, please drop me an email.

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              25.01.2001 03:55
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              I am a keen player of classic games on most formats for console and arcade systems. Snes9x has to be one of the first Snes emulators to be made for the Snes console and is one of the best. It's only rival is ZSnes which is in my opinion a better emulator, but there isn't much between them. Although I didn't orginally own a Snes console, the graphics are excellent and the gameplay on most of the games are top class. The emulator is easy to use and there is Joystick compatibility which allows multiplayer options for some games. Which are a god sent as you don't experience the real gaming experience on the keyboard and it is often a lot more difficult to play the games on. The Roms are easy to find and I usually use www.pe2000.net or www.emusanet.com which have a huge collection of rare and unknown titles for all formats available. The Rom sizes start from about 1mb but the better and newer titles are more like 3 and 4mbs. My favourite Snes games are Mario Kart and Killer Instinct to name just a few. The sound is as good as expected and the features for loading and saving the games are the best around. If you are a classic gamer like myself. This emulator is definately worth a try!!!

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              07.07.2000 21:33

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              Before my PSX my SNES was my pride and joy, but in odrder to play it i have to set it up all the time..! With this nifty prog. you can play almost any snes games on the market, except the ones with the 3Dfx chip built inside them. the graphics are good, but like always you need to download a copy of the game, and if you don't own the original, then you are pirating the game, which just is not on. Please buy the game, and then use this to play it for convinience sake. Games are V.cheap, so there is no excuse for bootlegging them. The sond on the emu. is nbot brilliant, but the stability and graphics as well as the speed more than make up for it. A nifty little programme, well deserved place in the hearts of many SNES owners..!

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              07.07.2000 15:53
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              I loved my SNES. I loved Donkey Kong Country, and F Zero, and Zelda (better than the 64 version), and that terrific version of Killer instinct. But time must pass and we all upgraded to PSX, N64 and now Dreamcasts and Playstation 2 (just think one day we'll emulate these as if they were the good old days) However if you still want to play snes games emulation is for you. Its basically a way of playing snes games on a PC, there are a few emulators out there but this one is great for 2 reasons 1 Its very easy to use 2 Its a good install and no need for DOS modes or any of that rubbish. The emulator itself is legal, its the games that cause the problems. The only way to have these legally on a PC is to own and have the original snes cartridge as well, if you dont, its illegal (but i know no-one cares about it) But thats your decision As for the emulator itself it really does a good job, the graphics are sharp, and even the full screen mode is easy on the eye, some games (known as ROMS to the techies) do run a bit slow (Starwing a particular culprit) but for free you cant have it all ! SNES-9x is well worth trying, if only for the classics on the system, ROMS are a little harder to find, but most search engines have links embedded within somewhere. Have fun !

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              06.07.2000 21:57
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              There are a number of different Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulators. Each emulator will allow you to play many of the hundreds of games designed for the SNES. My favourite emulator is Snes9x. As it is easy to use, and for an emulator it has a good front-end, through which you load the games, and can configure the controls, graphics, sound, etc. SNES ROM's can be found on the internet, though whether you are entitled to use them is another matter. For more information try www.snes9x.com

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                29.06.2000 06:50
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                I used Snes9x a few years ago when I first tried emulators. I though it was an outstanding achievement. The latest version takes that to new heights.Snes 9x now runs virtually all snes games, it has full configuration options for gamepads etc... and the graphics settings are just excellent. You see it now has a setting for filtering. What this means is that you no longer have to play pixel ridden games. Instead they are smoothed out, so basically, the grahpics now look better than they ever did on the actual console. Speed it great too, in fact there is nothing to complain about at all. If your looking for a snes emulator then this is the one to get. Simple, easy to use interface and classics such as Mario, Donkey Kong Country etc... all look superb Get it!!

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                27.06.2000 00:43

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                Snes 9x was one of the first Super Nintendo emulators and so deserves to be up there with the best. ZSNEs is it's nearest competitor, althought there is little to seperate the two. Both are near perfect with excellent graphics and sound support, very wide range of games supported and all the usual emulator features. Overall I prefer ZSNES as it seems slightly faster but if you have a P2 or greater speed is no problem with SNES emulation. The SNES may be dead and gone but the games were among the most playable for any system ever. It was the most popular system to be emulated until the arrival of N64 and PSx emulation and it still should be according to this punter. Most SNES games are only 1-2 Mb so you will have no trouble downloading.

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                23.06.2000 03:25
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                This piece of kit emulates a Snes. Thats about it without any extra features such as the ones on the znes version. It work just as well as that of the other but does lack in features such as being able to save anywhere. I would advise downloading the Znes version first but if a rom(game) dosn't work very well on the other one download this and give it ago. It is just a straight forward emulator there sin't much more to say. But if you do want to relive some of those gaming moments this software will do it for you!

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                  20.06.2000 04:25

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                  Yes, SNES9x. Basically, it's a SNES emulator. What else can I say? Everybody (surely) has either owned a SNES or played on one at some point, and this is the perfect thing for playing all of those old games again without having to dig it out of the cupboard. The online support is good - I'd found what I rate as two of the best games ever (Mariokart and Zelda) in no time at all. The emulation is perfect, as you would hope, with the added bonus of having a save game option. This is very useful in games like Zelda, which originally had a built-in save facility, but sent you back to a preset start point when you used them. It also removes the frustration of having to fight your way back to a boss if he kills you. I think I'll leave it there, as I'm sure you know what to expect. Suffice to say that this software is good and seems to have very good compatability, and the support for SNES emulators in general is excellent.

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