Nintendo NES Emulators

NES emulator downloads are provided on this page. NES emulators since the mid 90s have evolved into nearly perfect emulation. In 1996, NES emulator downloads included the likes of Pasofami (Japanese NES emulator for Windows), and of course the crippled iNES by someone else. Today, there are several free NES emulators that are nearly perfect, including my personal favorite Nestopia. You may however like to try other NES emulators to see which you like, such as FCE Ultra, or RockNES which are also great NES Emulators.  The emulator Nesticle was at one time the best NES emulator available. Nesticle is what many consider to have “exploded” the whole “emulation scene”. The Nintendo Entertainment System (often referred to as NES), is an 8-bit video game console released by Nintendo. Released in Japan in 1983 (at the time I was playing Colecovision! ), The USA in 1985, Europe in 1986, and Australia in 1987, the NES was quite possibly the most popular console ever until the Playstations arrived. Emulation of the NES today is virtually perfect with only minor issues with current emulators.




Nintendo NES Emulators

NEStopia Quite possibly the best NES emulator available.
FCE Ultra Another very good/complete NES Emulator.
JNES NES Emulator.
RockNES NES Emulator.
NESterJ NES Emulator.
VirtuaNES NES Emulator.
Nesticle The NES Emulator that started it all.

The NES had the following tech specs:

  • Processor: 6508 8-bit (using a custom Motorola 6502 class)
  • Processor speed: 1.79 Mhz
  • Resolution: 256×224 (ntsc) or 256×239 (pal)
  • Colors available: 52
  • Max Colors on screen: 25 colors on one scanline (background color + 4 sets of 3 tile colors + 4 sets of 3 sprite colors), not including color de-emphasis.
  • Max sprites: 64
  • Max sprites per line: 8
  • Sprite size: 8×8 or 8×16
  • Picture Scroll: 2 h.v
  • RAM: 16 Kbit (2kb)
  • Video RAM: 16 Kbit (2kb)
  • Min/Max cart size: 192 Kbit – 4 Mbit
  • Sound: PSG sound, 5 channels
    2 square wave
    1 triangle wave
    1 noise
    1 PCM