How to Run A Game Emulator

Wikipedia states computer scientists employ emulators to duplicate (provide an imitation) the functions and behavior of one system by using an alternative system. The second system performs the same functions as the first. This differs from other types of computer simulation which focus on the exact reproduction of external behaviour. These can be models of abstraction of the system being emulated.

In Layman’s terms “I play N64 on my computer”

This instructable is dedicated to using game emulators (PSone, NES, Gameboy, etc.); by that i refer to how to install them, inserting roms into their correct folders, and playing them.

Step 1 – Which console do you want to emulate? / purchasing an emulator

It depends on the game you’re looking for, but they have numerous emulators.

Visual Boy Advance, the Gameboy Advance emulator, will be used by me as an illustration.

Emulators are legally permitted. Opposition will be destroyed

Step 2 2. Installing the Emulator

Based on the emulator you select to download, you’ll be required to do either. or unzip the file using an application called winrar which is INCREDIBLY EASY to use.Join Us http://menafatf.org/includes/pages/where_to_get_n64_roms.html website You can download a trial version of the program here. The trial is indefinable and you don’t have to purchase an actual copy.

www.rarlab.com/download.htm Make sure you get the one labeled WinRAR x86 (32 bit) 3.90

If you’re lucky, you’ll receive a.exe. The file will auto-extract and then install itself when it is double-clicked. It is all you have to do is select the directory to which you want the emulator installed.

Step 3: How Winrar Is Used

You’ll need to extract the files from the winrar archive on your desktop. Here are some guidelines for how to do this.

  • 1. Install Winrar If you haven’t done so already.
  • 2. For the emulator to be extracted into an appropriate folder, create it on your desktop. You can name it whatever you want, but this is the one I’ll use.
  • 3. Double click the.rar files.
  • 4. Choose the first file you want to select by clicking on it once. The first file is that below the folder, with the two dots next it. Don’t click the folder.
  • 5. Find the last file 5. press and hold shift on your keyboard and then click on the mouce while holding shift. This will pick all the files within the reach.
  • 6. Click the extract icon at the top-right of the program
  • 7. Select the location where you’d like the file to be extracted.


Depending on the size the file, the extraction time will be very small and/or “take a nap” lengthy

Step 4: Getting Roms

Roms are subject to a peculiar law. You have to have the game physically owned for a legal rom. If you don’t own the game, yet have the rom it is illegal.

But, be careful!

Nobody cares

There are millions and millions of roms stored on my PC. It’s like downloading music from the internet. No one really cares.

Just do a quick Google search for “roms”, and you will get results

I am not responsible the consequences of downloading roms (seriously it is unlikely that you’ll be caught, unless of course you run to nintendo or sony or Microsoft and show them your downloaded roms)

Step 5: Organizing Your Roms

There are two options to complete this task: the neat and the messy.

The lazy approach is to dump all of your Roms into one folder. This makes it easier to find the folder but harder to find the rom (depending if you have thousands upon thousands).

The most effective method is to put all the roms downloaded in order, and by that i mean by the system. GBA roms should be in the GBA folder, N64 Roms should be located in the N64 folder, etc.

If you’re very gifted, you can save the GBA emulator roms into an area called “roms”. Doing so wont effect preformance.

Step 6 Step 6: Loading and playing the Rom

As with all the previous steps it is very easy to forget about this step.

  • 1. Start the emulator. Start the emulator if it’s not been installed.
  • 2. Then, click “file” and then you can expand the file munu by pressing “open”. The same process is used for all emulators.
  • 3. Find the directory where you have your roms. Choose the game you would like to play.

Step 7: Done

We congratulate everyone who has been able to secuessfully load and then play something.