This is After Burner Climax, a PlayStation 3 game, running on a PC courtesy of the RPCS3 emulator. And running pretty damn well, all things considered.
You may well have played Super Metroid. But when you did, you played it the way Nintendo wanted you to play it.
In October, the Cemu emulator—which allows Wii U games to be played on a PC—could barely boot Mario Kart 8’s menu. Now, just two months later, it’s doing an OK job of actually running the game.
As teams continue work on emulators for the Xbox 360 and PS3, a big breakthrough has been made by those trying to play Wii U games on a PC.
We missed this earlier in the month, but the talented team behind the Dolphin emulator have done something very cool: they’ve got N64 games working on the GC/Wii emulator by running their virtual console versions.
This is a video of 2006’s Sonic the Hedgehog for Xbox 360. Running on a PC. Well, “running”.
This is the Retro Freak. It’s promising to play games from the Famicom. SNES. Genesis. PC Engine. TurboGrafx-16. Game Boy. Game Boy Advance. Game Boy Color. And even the Supergrafx. Holy shit.
But Kotaku writer, I hear you ponder, the Nintendo DS was incapable of getting anywhere near a resolution you’d call “high”, how could this be? The answer: emulation.
If you’ve played Wii or GameCube games on the PC, chances are it was because of the Dolphin emulator. Rachel Bryk, one of the emulator’s most active contributors, has passed away. Since the news hit, the community has been sharing memories and mourning.
Madness. This playthrough of Super Mario 64 is pure madness; a game imploding into itself. That's what makes it so great.
I’ve never even heard of LucasFilm’s Habitat, a Commodore 64 virtual world. It was practically an MMO before they’d been invented, letting thousands of players inhabit and govern a digital world. Now, someone’s trying to bring it back.
One of the key problesm with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is that it completely obscures the wearer's vision, making it impossible to play Game Boy while wearing it — until developer Shane O'Brien came up with this clever fix.
First-person platforming is hard to pull off. It takes lots of planning and fine control to make it work, so really, Super Mario 64 playing so badly in first-person comes as no surprise. Still looks fun, though.
Pokémon, in first person, played with an Oculus Rift plus a 'virtual reality treadmill' called the Virtuix Omni—which allows you to walk around naturally in a game. This is the future, folks.
I have two retail copies of Wind Waker for two Nintendo platforms in my house, but most times, whenever I get the urge to play it, I play it on PC via emulation. Such is the convenience, and added visual firepower, of the personal computer.
Streaming emulated classics to a video game console from the cloud is neat. Adding new challenges not present in those streaming classics? That's awesome. It's also the idea behind a recently revealed patent filed by Sony.
Ouya, which launched today even if many donors don't yet have their machines, is an Android-based, open source console. It'll run emulators. So there's some sensitivity to the issue of piracy, which Ouya didn't help by retweeting out a picture of Super Mario Bros. and adding the hashtag #freethegames.
I have a couple old PC games from the Windows 95 days that I'd like to keep playing. However, I use Windows 7, which creates an obvious problem. Is there a way to play it on my current machine? More importantly, will I just have to give it up some day?