Dolphin The Wii Emulator for Mac OSX Updated

One of the best emulators out today is the Wii emulator Dolphin. It is an awesome Gamecube and Wii emulator for Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX. The latest revision includes a “Build fix for OSX” and a few other changes. Download it from the Box File Widget or from their website.

To compile Dolphin for Mac OSX you will need some software (Xcode, MacPorts, and wxWidgets) and you will need to follow these instructions.

New Version of Macifom the NES Emulator










There is a new version of the NES Emulator macifom for Mac OSX and now sits at version 0.15. Let’s check out the changes.

  • Support for games using the MMC3 mapper on TxROM boards (such as the indie hit Blade Buster, pictured above)
  • Support for games designed for SUROM boards
  • Further improvements to the APU and PPU timing for compatibility and hardware equivalency
  • Improvements to the functionality and stability of the debugger. Audio playback now works properly when debugging and APU and PPU are synchronized when stepping through execution.

Download it from the Box File Widget or from their homepage.

SixtyForce Updated for 2010

Gerrit has finally posted a new version of their Nintendo Sixty Four, N64, emulator for Max OSX. Let’s quickly dive into the changes and make sure you download and try this one out. As usual, you can find this in the Box File Widget here on the Mac Emulator’s homepage.

“This verison has major improvements to nearly everything. An improved Cocoa interface, better graphic compatibility, better emulation compatibility and improved sound. Plus a new sound plugin is included for Intel Macs: Azimer Audio 0.55.1” (Gerrit).

Java Gameboy Color Emulator GameGuha

There was an update to a Java emulator created for a Computer Science class at the University of Central Florida and I was able to give it a go with my Mac. It runs Gameboy and they are hoping it will eventually emulate Gameboy Color. It will run on any machine with JVM installed. I was able to run Mega Man V using my Macbook Pro, which is running the new Snow Leopard operating system. I also have Ubuntu installed using rEFIt but, that is a story for another day. Mega Man ran good but, with no sound. Seemed to run glitch free other than the lack of sound. I was not able to use my controller, but I reckon that with a keyboard mapping utility it might be possible.

Fixed a small bug in the window drawing.

Optimized window and sprite drawing. Also, performing the interrupt check every opcode instead of every scanline has a small performance hit, but gives better emulation accuracy on some games so I´m leaving it for now.

Some optimizations.

Allow reverting back to slow background rendering for games that swap tile maps intra-frame.

Window drawing! It´s slow, but I´ll optimize that later. Also, throttling is turned on by default now.

Small update. A little bit faster.

Preliminary background tile caching. Good for about a 2x speedup. Sprites still have some room for optimization.

To download grab it from the Box File Widget or go to the Gameguha Home Page.


New NES Emulator for Mac OSX


There is currently a new NES/Famicom emulator for Mac called MaciFom. It is brand spanking new and only for Mac OSX. In true OSX style it tries to take advantage of AppKit, OpenCL, CoreAudio, and OpenGL. Here is the information from their Homepage.

  • Cycle-exact CPU (6502) emulation for valid opcodes
  • Scanline-accurate rendering by the PPU
  • Windowed and full-screen display modes.
  • Controller input via keyboard.
  • Support for NROM, UNROM, CNROM and MMC1 mappers.
  • A debugger featuring live disassembly of program code, reading and writing of memory values, display of CPU registers, breakpoints and step-through of opcodes.

You may download the emulator from the Box File Widget on the right hand side of this blog.


A Brand New Game for NES


There is a fairly new game for the old Nintendo. It’s done in the spirit of Guitar Hero, but it’s for the old 8bit NES. It is free for download from their site. You can download it and run it in any of your favorite NES emulators. Songs include Sweet Child of Mine and The Way You Make Me Feel. Check out their Home Page to Download, or grab it from the Box File Widget on the right.

Dpad Hero Home Page


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