questionsdo you use game emulators on your computer or…

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@wickedd365:
For N64 - n64oid is good.
For NES - John NES is good.

Those are the ones I've found for those systems I like.
I had so many games back in the day, but it's just a pain trying to get them to work via the original console anymore.

Technically you are only supposed to backup your actual cartridges for use (legally), but I feel okay to d/l games that I own the cartridges to.

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I had one for my dreamcast that had every snes game ever made on it, it was fun although it slowed down at times.

I just recently downloaded a gameboy emulator for my pc so I could play pokemon red and kirby's dreamland again.

Only advice I really have is try a few free ones- there are so many out there now that there's no reason to settle for one that isn't just the way you want it.

Also a game controller is nice- I just got one for a PC game I was playing, but it's making me consider getting more emulators now too. I got this one and I'm very happy with it. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003VAM392/ref=pe_175190_21431760_M3T1_ST1_dp_1

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You'll probably be alright with a PS1 emulator like ePSXe.
Unless you have a beast of a computer you will probably not be able to emulate the PS2. PCSX2 is the emulator I use, for reference. The joke around the emulator community is that the acronym really stands for "PC Stresstest Xtreme 2" because it takes a LOT of resources to run smoothly.
I don't think a PS3 emulator exists yet. If it does, it is not likely to be compatible with any commercial games yet. Or at least very few.

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isn't that why everyone bought a wii? I've been playing SNES since it came out, (first console) and when I saw Homebrew working on the Wii for the first time I knew I had to have it (well that and I'm a sucker for anything Nintendo) seriously though if you have a wii and it doesn't have homebrew there's still hope just goto http://wiibrew.org/wiki/Homebrew_setup and follow their relatively easy to follow instructions.

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I've used them with computers way in the past to replay Final Fantasy series, or to get imports for the original playstation. More recently I picked one up to play old gameboy games on my cell phone. As far as site, emulators, games, etc. I really have no clue nowadays. It's rather preference in a limited pool and hit or miss on the games that are released.

Best of luck though.

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I've used emulators for old systems - NES, SNES, Genesis. Also I recommend trying MAME, which is an emulator for arcade games.
You can probably grab a used PS2 system for incredibly cheap - it might be worth it, even though you only have a few games you're interested in, you've picked a couple of looooong ones.

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What about the Android SNES and N64 emulators? Anyone have any experience with any of these?
Just got a Galaxy 3 and wouldn't mind one.

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+1 for ePSXe. I used it to play my ps1 games back when my Playstation died (before I got my ps2). I've also used PCSX2 once I sold my PS2. It requires a beast of a machine to run, but if you are a PC gamer with a midrange gaming PC built in the last few years, you are probably ok. At the very least, I was able to run FFX on PCSX2 with a Core2 duo and a GeForce GTX 275 a year or two back. If you are looking for mobile emulation, a PSP can be rooted easily and has really good GBA, NES, and SNES emulators. A rooted PSP can also run PS1 games. I primarily use my PSP to play PS1 games now.

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A used PS2 can cost you around $40 bucks. I remember there used to be a game console rental service, but I'm not sure if they have that anymore.

I used to use an emulator for some games but the keyboard and mouse won't necessarily work with every game. Make sure to get a usb gamepad (and an emulator that supports said gamepad) or just play it on the PS2.

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@stryker4526
@portezbie
I am running a desktop with an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 with 6 GB Ram and an EVGA GeForce 550Ti GPU. Do you think that would run a ps2 emulator?

@jleh123: The games I picked are long, but can't you create saves and stuff with an emulator? Most of them don't need a complex mouse or keyboard. And I would buy the ps2 used if I was going to play more than 2 times a week... But right now I just want something I can play a couple hours a day, for a couple of times a week. Plus free costs less :P

If the ps3 had full backwards compatibility to play the original persona series, I would totally go for one. But according to Sony's compatibility checker, I would only be able to play the newest 2 games in the series.

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@stryker4526: Are the Persona 1 / Persona 2 games that hard to emulate?

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@hirshy: Persona 1 and 2 are PSX games, and ePSXe is compatible with most games (at least, I haven't found one yet that isn't compatible). Your computer will run that fine.

Your processor might prevent you from running PCSX2 at high rendering resolutions, but I think it can probably handle native, maybe 2x native, especially if you hand off rendering to the GPU. For the record, Persona 3 and 4 are listed as playable in the PCSX2 compatibility list.

Also, the PS3 can play all PSX-format games as far as I'm aware, so I'd be shocked if it couldn't play P1/2 as well (this applies to all PS3s, not just the 20/60/80GB models).
Note: Sony's compatibility checker lists ONLY PS2 games when you search, not PS1 games. For instance, I searched "Final Fantasy," and it did not come up with any of the PSX games, even though I play FFVIII and IX on my PS3 all the time.

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@stryker4526: Ah ok that sounds good. I will just get ePSXe and play through 1 and 2 first. I will try out PCSX2 later and hope it works.

@andrewhallze:
I already homebrewed my Wii to play some older games... I am actually gonna dl the DVD player for it today, as I don't have a DVD player anymore... I just rip my dvds to my pc and watch on there. I am just gonna use my external HD for my games and movies for the wii now :)

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@rockytrh: Don't use FFX as a benchmark. It's very easy to emulate.
I have a Core i5-3570k @ 4.1GHz with a GTX 670 FTW Edition and I still can't emulate some games at a smooth 60fps.

Well, then again, that might have something to do with the fact that I render everything at 4x native and display it at 1920x1080.