NES Emulator MacFCEU updated

This decent Nintendo emulator for Mac OSX saw an update today. I haven’t used this Emulator before and I can’t even try it because “the Classic environment is not supported”. I am running Snow Leopard on a Mac Book Pro. However, for you PPC user, you should be fairly happy with this program. It’s based off FCE Ultra. Let’s check the release notes.

The high quality sound code isn’t working — this was not intended.
For now, use higher sample rates with the standard quality (low).

Even though the Classic M68K platform is supported, it is very slow (even with
the extensive optimizations made).  MC68040-based Macs will never run FCE Ultra
in real-time.  Believe me, I’ve tried — even with almost everything turned off,
I get at best 21 frames-per-second.  Normally, I get between 5-10fps.
Only in native code and method will you get real-time performance.

The Carbon ‘.app’ is built for CarbonLib 1.1 (PPC) or later.
You should probably use the Classic version.

The GNU General Public License applies; refer to “LICENSE”.
The source code should be available at <;.


Certain features are pretty self-explanitory.

The state/movie names are capped to 31 characters for HFS’s limitations.

Certain cartridges expect either PAL and NTSC emulation, typically based on the
(U) – typically NTSC – or (E) – typ. PAL – at the end of the name of the file.
Some carts are programmed for better appearance under PAL anyway, however, carts
like “Duck Tales (U)” will not look good during scrolling action under PAL.

There is a Command-Shift-F4 feature to turn off background emulation altogether
to speed up emulation; however, certain carts may lock-up or crash when applied.

The Config file is the “Preferences” file (macfceu.cfg), created at
application’s root.  High quality sound can be tested by changing ‘soundquality’
to 1 or 2 (sample rate must be 44100, 48000 or 96000).  Sound can also be turned
completely off.
Note: if you change the sample rate in the middle of recording, it’ll show…

Other features added include the ability to disable individual sound channels,
and the ability to adjust the emulation speed (slow 24% to blinding 429%).

The Palette feature allows you to adjust the Hue/Tint in NTSC Coloration (optional),
and Load/Save a custom palette.  Hold down the shift key while clicking on Reset
to load the current generated palette into the custom palette.  The custom
palette will be all black by default.

The Debugger (F15) allows you to enter MacFCEU’s debugger to do what ever any
regular debugger does with the current ROM.  Cmd-Enter to step 16.
To print out all of the commands, type ‘help’, press Return/Enter.
Warning: the cheat commands haven’t been tested.

Download MacFCEU

(Download link sends you to Download begins shortly and you will need Stuffit to expand the file.)

About Mac Emulators
I am an Old School gamer with roots in emulation and gaming. I love video games, but mostly I love the old ones from our past. Emulation is a way to experience all these old games on your personal computer.

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