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MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. When used in conjunction with an arcade game’s data files (ROMs), MAME will more or less faithfully reproduce that game on a PC. MAME can currently emulate over 3000 unique (and over 6400 in total) classic arcade video games from the three decades of video games – ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, and even some from the current millennium. The ROM images that MAME utilizes are “dumped” from arcade games’ original circuit-board ROM chips. MAME becomes the “hardware” for the games, taking the place of their original CPUs and support chips. Therefore, these games are NOT simulations, but the actual, original games that appeared in arcades. MAME’s purpose is to preserve these decades of video-game history. As gaming technology continues to rush forward, MAME prevents these important “vintage” games from being lost and forgotten. This is achieved by documenting the hardware and how it functions, thanks to the talent of programmers from the MAME team and from other contributors. Being able to play the games is just a nice side-effect, which doesn’t happen all the time. MAME strives for emulating the games faithfully.

Download official MAME



MAME Version Description
MAME V0.135 Command line version of MAME.
MAME V0.135 (i686 optimized) Command line version of MAME, optimized for Intel processors.
MAME V0.135 (64 bit optimized) Command line version of MAME, optimized for 64bit processors.
MAMEUI V0.135 (32bit) Previously called MAME32. Popular frontend integrated version of MAME. Optimized for 32bit Windows.
MAMEUI V0.135 (64bit) Previously called MAME32. Popular frontend integrated version of MAME. Optimized for 64bit Windows.
MAME OS X V0.119 Mac OS X Binary for MAME.

MAME Emulator Description
MAMEUI V0.134.3 (32bit) Intermediate version of MAME with integrated frontend. Previously named MAME32
MAME32 V0.134.3 (64 bit) Intermediate version of MAME with integrated frontend (for 64 bit PCs). Previously named MAME32.
SDLMAME V0.134 SDL port of MAME, that can be compiled for Linux, FreeBSD, or Mac OS X.
MAME Plus! V0.134 (32bit) Popular, unofficial version of MAME with high score save support.
MAME Plus! V0.131u3 (64bit) (64bit) Popular, u MAMEXT32 V0.134 Unofficial, enhanced version of MAME with high score save support..
MAMEXT64 V0.133 Unofficial, enhanced version of MAME with high score save support.. (64bit Windows version)
MAMEUI32FX V0.134 Unofficial, enhanced version of MAME with high score save support..


Download MAME support files

highscore.dat
Allows MAME32FX, Mame Plus, and MAME32XT to save high scores in most games.
history.dat
Contains the history of the game you are playing in MAME
Pugsy's cheat.dat
Allows you to enable cheats in the MAME game you are playing.
M.A.S.H.'s mameinfo.dat
Contains info on the coding of the driver for the game you are playing in MAME.


How it all started:
In December 24th, 1996, Nicola Salmoria began working on his single hardware emulators (for example Multi-Pac), which he merged into one program
during January 1997. He named the accomplishment by the name of Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator, or MAME for short (pronounced as the word ‘maim’ in English).
The first official release was MAME 0.1, which was released on the evening of February 5th, 1997. Using a modular and portable driver oriented
architecture with an open source philosophy, it soon grew into immense proportions. The current version recognizes over six thousand ROM sets. Aaron Giles is the current coordinator of the project.