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Old 02 October 2020, 16:46   #1
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Best Windows emulators for various platforms

This thread is just to collect what do you think are the best Windows emulators for various platforms

Please feel free to add your preferences

These are mine for 17 systems i like to emulate

Amiga - WinUAE
C64 - WinVICE
Atari ST - Hatari
Atari 8 bit - Altirra
SNES - Bsnes
GENESIS, MASTER SYSTEM, GAME GEAR - Kega Fusion
NINTENDO - Nestopia
CPC - WinCPC
MSX, MSX2 - FMSX
Game Boy, Game Boy Color - BGB
ZX Spectrum - Z80 Stealth
PC Engine - Turbo Engine
Sharp X68000 - XM6

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Old 02 October 2020, 16:49   #2
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Emerson Arcadia 2001, Interton VC 4000, et al. - WinArcadia (http://amigan.1emu.net/releases/)

It is generally acknowledged as the best emulator of these platforms for Windows. An Amiga port is available too, so for these platforms the Amiga is best-of-class alongside Windows. In the interest of full disclosure, I should mention that I wrote it.
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Old 02 October 2020, 16:53   #3
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Thanks for the info Minous

That's the spirit of this thread .... the knowledge of what exist around
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Old 02 October 2020, 17:02   #4
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Amiga = WinUAE/FS-UAE
C64 = Denise
Atari 8bit = Altirra
MSX/MSX-2= BlueMSX
PCSX2 = PS2
NES = puNES


Via Retroarch:

Mega Drive & Master System = Genesis Plus GX
PC-Engine = Mednafen
Saturn & PSX = Mednafen
NES = Mesen
SNES = Bsnes
GBA = mGBA
GB Classic = Gambatte
N64 = Mupen64plus next
MAME= Arcade64
Sharp 68000 = PX68k
Dreamcast = Flycast/Redream

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Old 02 October 2020, 17:04   #5
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How is WinVICE better than any other version of VICE? I used VICE for some time a few years ago on a linux PC and in my opinion there wasn't anything lacking. Some people rather use WinUAE through WINE on linux than e.g. FS-UAE, is it also worth doing that for VICE?
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Old 02 October 2020, 17:06   #6
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Amiga = WinUAE/FS-UAE
How is FS-UAE the best Amiga emulator?

It's based off Toni's hard work and always behind WinUAE; which is the king of Amiga emulators for many decades now.

Back on topic:

FM-TOWNS / Marty = UNZ
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Old 02 October 2020, 17:11   #7
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Atari Lynx = Handy
MS-DOS = DOSBox
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Old 02 October 2020, 17:11   #8
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This topic is bound to fail, as 'best' is very annoying concept... For example, even Spectaculator is probably 'best' ZX Spectrum emulator, being 'paid only' in my opinion disqualifies it as only real ZX Spectrum enthusiasts and people who don't know better will get it. Thus for me, best spectrum emulator is Fuse, but Speccy is not bad either.

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IBM PC - pcEM
IBM PC DOS - DosBox
MSX - BlueMSX
ZX Spectrum - Fuse

Being lazy, lately I use RetroArch for a lot of emulation, that includes NES, SNES, GENS/SMD, SMS, GG, GB, GBA,...

LaunchBox with RetroArch is emulation on windows dreams come true... Easy to start game, fairly similar key setups across systems...etc
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Amiga - WinUAE (Well, duh)
C16-Plus/4 - YAPE/YAPESDL
C64 - GTK3VICE/SDL2VICE
Genesis/MegaDrive - BlastEm/GenesisPlusGX (RetroArch)
32X - Kega Fusion (only choice there really is)
SNES - BSNES
NES - Mesen
Sharp X68000 - XM6 TypeG 3.31 L15
Fujitsu FM-Towns/FM-Towns Marty - MAME
Saturn - Mednafen
PS1 - Mednafen
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Old 02 October 2020, 17:12   #10
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I think "better" is subjective

Some emulator which is preferred by someone can be not used at all by another guy

The main goal of the thread is not an "emulators war"

But gathering the various info people have to get an idea of what around
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How is FS-UAE the best Amiga emulator?
There are things with FS-UAE that are possible to do that you can't do with WinUAE. In past 2-3 years I use more FS-UAE than WinUAE for single reason - it works great with LaunchBox.

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There are things with FS-UAE that are possible to do that you can't do with WinUAE. In past 2-3 years I use more FS-UAE than WinUAE for single reason - it works great with LaunchBox.

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Your talking about the FS-UAE database etc... that doesn't make it a better emulator.

WinUAE is the most compatible / feature rich / innovative / supported / worked on Amiga emulator bar none.

As I've already said, if Toni wasn't kind enough to share all his decades of hard work / code then all the other UAE emulators that use / try to adapt it would be nothing...
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Amiga - WinUAE (Well, duh)
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Old 02 October 2020, 17:45   #14
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None of that bourgeoisie 32, 16, or 8 bit stuff here, 4 bit all the way! HP48 - Emu48
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Your talking about the FS-UAE database etc... that doesn't make it a better emulator.

WinUAE is the most compatible / feature rich / innovative / supported / worked on Amiga emulator bar none.

As I've already said, if Toni wasn't kind enough to share all his decades of hard work / code then all the other UAE emulators that use / try to adapt it would be nothing...
I never said that WinUAE is not great and Toni is da man, but just because I am getting more lazy with age, I am more for that 'click single button' to start game from menu and as I have said, FS-UAE + LauncBox and easy to access save state make just a lot of sense.

I sitll have WinUAE installed, but not up to last release...
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I haven't used dedicated desktop emulators for yonks. All my emulation was through Retropie, so it was all about Retroarch.

Have it installed on my PC now as well, because of its awesome shader library, which you can apply to all its emulators.

Recently I've also started using Retro Virtual Machine for ZX Spectrum and Amstrad emulation.

It's trying to be an "app" style emulator: there are minimal options, a lot of gfx and frills such as seeing a tape deck spinning a cassete. It sounds kinda daft but is strangely alluring and works for me.

It also has fantastic CRT filter (easily configurable with sliders) right out the box. I really wish there was a similar WinUAE interpretation.
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How is FS-UAE the best Amiga emulator?
IMHO FS-UAE has two things going for it that WinUAE does not:
- Built-in netplay
- More Linux and Raspberry Pi friendly than WinUAE+WINE.

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C64 = Denise
I've never heard of it. Will give it a try ASAP!
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Old 02 October 2020, 20:24   #18
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Denise is awesome. Also supports Runahead (via hotkeys) now, only in the current betas. Downloads are in the "Artifacts" links on AppVeyor.


https://ci.appveyor.com/project/piciji/denise/history

https://sourceforge.net/projects/deniseemu/files/

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Personally, I actually prefer SNES9X over BSNES, it just feels a lot more "right" to me and more "accessible". ZSNES is absolute garbage though, crashed on Windows 10 when I tried to use it.
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IMHO FS-UAE has two things going for it that WinUAE does not:
- Built-in netplay
- More Linux and Raspberry Pi friendly than WinUAE+WINE.
Yes Netplay would be nice but Toni's not interested.

Linux / Raspberry PI friendly; personally I couldn't care less about either.
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