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Perfect Fit - 1/1

The final installment in the Fisher Price series. This is a simplistic shape-matching game. The game has the player matching objects with with silhouettes. Sometimes the objects need to be flipped horizontally or vertically (sometimes both!) Very simply, but it functions for a small child. Good work.

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Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 

I Can Remember - 1/1

I know what you are thinking. This game is trash right? Well you aren’t wrong, by today’s standards this game is primitive, ugly and boring. Remember though, it was developed for 5-year olds. If I was a parent in the early 90s I wouldn’t hate seeing my child play this. It’s a very playable memory game with no mess or clean up. I good effort for toy company.

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Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 

Firehouse Rescue - 1/1

I’ll come right out and say it, I wanted to give this a 0. However looking at this game from the perspective of a 3-5 year old child, there isn’t much that is terrible about it. Could it be better? Of course! But as a preliminary effort of a toy company to make an NES game for kids. Remember that making an NES game wasn’t a cash grab back in the 80s. NES developers weren’t just sitting around waiting for work like iOS developers are now. It was a serious and risky undertaking to create a video game in this totally untested environment. Fisher Price did a good job here.

how-to-download-roms

Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 

Firehawk - 1/1

What a sweet game! The controls take a second to get used to but once you got it it feels just like flying a real helicopter … probably. In this game you need to go various cities in your badass helicopter equipped with bombs and machine guns. Your job is to rescue a green dude, maybe in later levels you need to get multiple dudes. When you find the dude the game changes modes from a top-down shooter to a sort of early-era quicktime event. You need to press A or B at correct times to shoot down enemies before they take you down. I need to give it props for pioneering quicktime events right? Little details like the typewriter keys moving when the letter is typed really sell this game. Resounding 1/1 check this one out.

how-to-download-roms

Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

 

  • Fire’n Ice - 1/1

    I am not a huge fan of puzzle games but I know a good one when I see one. Fire and Ice has exceptional graphics and sound on top of the innovative gameplay. I do not recall ever playing a puzzle game like this before, and I had a decent time. This probably would have been a pretty fun game to own and mess around with every now and then.

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Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

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  • Final Fnatasy - 1/1

    I never played Final Fantasy on NES when I was a kid. I didn’t get on the bandwagon until FF7 on playstation. My most in depth experience with Final Fantasy was actually when I played the iOS HD remake. I must admit the game is pretty bland in gameplay, although the story is actually pretty decent compared to most JRPGs. Despite that, I have to pay the game the respect it deserves as the FIRST Final Fantasy. It was a pioneer in the genre and probably the game that gave westerners the first taste of a JRPG.

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Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

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  • Fantasy Zone - 1/1

    Fantasy Zone is an original take on the SHMUP which has you flying to the left or the right looking for bases to destroy. After you destroy all of them you are treated to a fun boss fight. The colors are vibrant and pastel, the music is pleasant, the whole experience is pretty excellent. Compared to other more developed shooters, it isn’t competitive, but it has something special going on.

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  • Faria - 1/1

    As we have learned many times, this isn’t a very good format for RPGs. This game has a hilarious opening cutscene that acceptable gameplay. If you are a diehard retro RPG player give this a shot and report back.

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  • Faxanadu - 0/1

    I actually remember playing this game ALOT as a child and i remember it fondly. Rude awakening time. This game isn’t that great. Where the hell is the king anyway? Punching sucks, music sucks, graphics … are pretty ok. I don’t know, it just didn’t make me feel good.

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  • Felix the Cat - 1/1

    This game is an awesome platformer! I would be more than happy to pull this one out and play it again. Felix is a high jumping cat who uses one of those accordion punching gloves as a weapon. You get little Felix heads to power up. A power up grants you an extra hit before death and also changes your attack type. I have spent some time with this game off-screen before and find it very excellent.

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  • Ferarri Grand Prix - 1/1

    Not the best racing game I have ever seen but I guess there is nothing terrible about it. It’s interesting that you can practice the tracks before actually racing in them since essentially it’s the same experience as just trying the race over and over. Good thinking I guess.

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Play Along!

Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

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  • Excite Bike - 1/1

    It’s a classic. The game couldn’t be any more simple, but the fun is truly stand out. Actually I take it back, it could be more simple, they could have opted NOT to put in the super fun track builder! Making your own tracks for your friends to play on is just awesome.

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  • Exodus - 0/1

    I confirmed what I said in the video, this game is indeed a Boulder Dash clone. Which isn’t bad I guess, just bland. The game is just pretty boring. I have to admit the little Bible quiz in between levels was the highlight.

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  • F-117A Stealth Fighter - 0/1

    The only good flight simulator is an ULTRA REALISTIC flight simulator. The NES isn’t capable of ultra-realism therefor this is a terrible game.

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  • F-15 Strike Eagle - 0/1

    I wish so badly this was just a SHMUP but it’s just the same lump of coal as F-117. Easy 0.

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  • Family Feud - 1/1

    You know there is a distinct trend of TV show games being very awesome on NES. Anticipation was great back in the A, Double Dare was fun and Family Feud is super fun! I have actually played this a few more times offline because it’s so great. I can’t even wait to play Wheel of Fortune!

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  • Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy - 0/1

    This Dizzy guy, he really gets around. I keep seeing him on Sega Genesis, Master System, I am sure the dumb egg even got himself into GameBoy. It’s pretty much a boring point-and-click adventure game. Give it a pass.

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Play Along!

Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

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  • Dynablaster - 1/1

    I guess this is just the European version of Bomberman 2. This game is 3-players all of the time and there doesn’t seem to be any other way to play it. The gameplay is the same except a third player stands around like a sore thumb… Unless you have a multitap. Anyway, the gameplay is as good as before.

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  • Dynowarz - 1/1

    I’ve never heard of this game before but it has robot dinosaurs. So right off the bat it’s going to hard to mess this up. I am happy to say, this game did not disappoint. There are actually two different game modes. In one you are the pilot dodging bullets, in the second you pilot a giant robotic T-Rex! Badass.

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  • Elevator Action - 0/1

    I have always known of this game, but I have never played it. it sucks. I guess you are trying to work your way down this giant building. It isn’t fun.

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  • Eliminator Boat Duel - 1/1

    Now we are talking! It’s a competitive combat speedboat game. Rock and roll! There are even two different gameplay types (side view and from behind view). The music is sweet too.

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  • LEmpereur - 0/1

    Another one of those slow turn-based historical war games. Five minutes isn’t enough time to even scratch the surface of this monster. Problem is, who is ever going to play this anymore? Go play Civilization 5.

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Play Along!

Does something look like fun? You want to check it out for yourself? There is nothing stopping you! Emulating these games is easier than ever. If you are a Mac user, go download OpenEmu right now. If you are a Windows user just go get FCEUX NES emulator. All you need now is the games.

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Emulators

First thing’s first. You need to download yourself the emulators you want. If you are using a Mac, look no further than OpenEmu. If you are on Windows I am afraid I can’t be of much help.

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8 and 16 Bit Consoles

This includes consoles and handhelds like Sega Master System, Genesis, NES, SNES, Turbo Grafx 16, Gameboy, Gameboy Advanced and a few others.

There is nothing hard about playing these roms. You can simply google “Whatever NES Rom Download” and get the file. You will probably be directed to Romnation, Coolrom or Emuparadise. Those sites are fine, although if you want to save yourself a bunch of trouble you might want to download the No-Intro collection from Archive.org (https://archive.org/details/No-Intro-Collection_2013-06-14). You can download the whole torrent file, or browse the collection and download the specific titles you want.

If you are dealing with roms from sources other than the No-Intro-Collection you probably want to make sure to get roms that have the suffix (U) for United States and (!) for verified good. Sometimes it’s fun to dabble in (E) European games as some of them never saw US release.

MAME

MAME roms (arcade games) are a special case. Before you can play many of the games you need to download and install some device roms and bios files. Think of these as circuit boards you need to install. Namco games like Pac Man, for example, require the Namco boards to be installed in your “machine.” NeoGeo games like Metal Slug require the NeoGeo hardware. Here are all the bios I currently have installed:

Device Roms

22vp931
bsmt2000
h63484
ldv1000
mb90082
midssio
mie
mpeg573
namco50
namco51
namco52
namco53
namco54
namco62
pr8210
qsound
simutrek
tms32031
tms32032

Bios Files

cpzn1.zip
cpzn2.zip
decocass.zip
konamigv.zip
konamigx.zip
maxaflex.zip
megaplay.zip
megatech.zip
neogeo.zip
pgm.zip
playch10.zip
shtzone.zip
skns.zip
stvbios.zip

That is not an comprehensive list, but I have been trying tons of games so this is a good start. Search for those, download them and drag them.

If a game doesn’t work, chances are it’s because you are missing one or more of these bios files. Figuring out what you need might take some googling.

If you are on Mac and using OpenEmu, you can use Console.app to determine what it is. Just open Console, open the rom that doesn’t work and read the error message. Here is a message I generated as an example trying to play Battle Toads without the right bios installed:

OpenEmuHelperApp[856]: MAME: Audit failed with output:
btoads : bsmt2000.bin (8192 bytes) – NOT FOUND (bsmt2000)

As you can see, bsmt2000.bin was not found. Once bsmt2000 is installed the game will run no problem.

I don’t know how or what is going on from a legal standpoint but Archive.org just has every game. You can download every MAME rom in a huge 42GB file, or you can browse the collection using this link:

http://archive.org/download/MAME_0.149_ROMs/MAME_0.149_ROMs.zip/

Once there, you can just search for any ROM you want. Make sure to download all of the bios files listen above. MAME roms don’t always have obvious names. If you are having trouble figuring out what to download search for your game on MameDB to figure out it’s filename. For example the game Battle Cross is called battlex.zip.

Playstation

Playstation is another special case that requires bios files to run. You will need to download and install: scph5500.bin, scph5501.bin and scph5502.bin. The last one is pretty hard to find (I never could get one that works) but you can instead download scph5552.bin and rename it scph5502.bin and it seems to be the same. Here is the official page of required bios files.

I would link to them to make it easy for you but the links for these things are kinda … sketchy. They are often down, look disgusting, or unreliable so it might take you a bit of effort to find reliable downloads. The good news is once you get them installed, PSX emulation is pretty much flawless.

When you download a PSX game you will need to unzip it. Inside that folder is probably going to be one .cue file and one or a bunch of .bin files. You only need to drag the .cue file into OpenEmu and the PSX game should show up.

Enjoy

Have fun exploring all the games you might have missed, and replaying all your childhood favorites. There are many other games and other systems out there and some require some hoop jumping and I am not equipped to write guides for them all. If you want to dig deeper you can try asking me, but i can’t be sure I can help.