I've decided that it's time for all of you to enjoy a little bit of nostalgia. I know that the majority of us probably owned a super nintendo at one time, and I'm sure even more of you would love to indulge in all the of the games you once played. This is why I've decided to make a little guide for all of you so that you can once again enjoy some of Nintendo's wonderfully classic gems.
You don't need much for this little modification.
1) A Computer
2) An Internet Connection
3) A keyboard
4) Minimal Disk Space
So as you can see, almost any one can do this. If you're in a district 8 highschool, like I am, you can even download these games and play them while you're slacking off in one of your many computer based classes.
The first thing you're going to need to do is find an emulator. An emulator is basically a file that exactly mimics a super nintendo. Because it's hard for us to find our old systems or controllers, having something as simple and as small as an emulator is incredibly convenient. There is a plethora of emulators to choose from (some better than others) however, I myself will choose the most common and popular Super Nintendo emulator, this being the ever so popular ZSNES.
You can find it here. (Keep in mind this is a direct download, it should start immediately, and that this is the windows version, if you are a mac user you are out of luck )
Once the file is downloaded, you'll need to unzip or extract it somewhere that is easy to find. I would recommend placing it on your desktop. If you can't unzip the file on account of lack of software, there is a freeware program that I will be using a lot in the future called Winrar, you can either google search Winrar and download it there or you can find the windows version here.
Okay, so at this point the file should be unzipped and extracted somewhere memorable, I.E. your desktop or directly inside my documents. If you have cluttered folders like I do the desktop would definitly be the better placement of the folder.
Once this is done, you can double click the icon that opens ZSNES, this is labeled zsnesw.exe with the windows version.
[note: make sure that the zsnesw.exe file, and the files that were contained in the zip folder with it, have their own seperate folder to be a part of. This isn't necessary, however, it makes finding ROMs and saves a lot easier to find.]
You'll see a purple window, this is your interface. You don't have any ROMs yet, however, you can feel free to enter the settings menu and see what the controls are for the program ect. Now, once you're done looking around you'll need to find some ROMs to play.
ROM: the digital equivilent to an SNES game, it can be downloaded and played on virtually any computer.
ROMs can be found in a multitude of places, however, the most popular sites are emuparadise and CoolROM. To get to the SNES ROMs all you have to do is click on the links in the side bars and download the files. I'm technically not aloud to post direct links to the ROMs, however, they are relatively easy to find provided you can find the word ROM on the site. (If you're having trouble, press Ctrl-F and then type in ROM, now hit enter, and it will highlight the word on the page where it appears)
Provided you've already found the ROM you're looking for, I recommend that you don't "vote" for any of the ROM sites. They always ask you to vote for them, however, it is usually just a way to promote affiliates ect. You don't want to attract any unwanted pop-ups. However, if you're truly avid about the site, go ahead and vote.
Now you've got the ROM. Once it is download, all you need to do is place it into the exclusive folder we made for zsnes earlier and fire up the zsnes.exe file again. This time, click GAME, and then LOAD. The interface should open directly to the folder in which the executable file is stored. If you stored your ROM in this folder, the name of the game will be the only thing on your list. Double click the game title, or highlight it and press enter and away you go. Free SNES games straight to your computer.
Note: If the ROM is within a .zip file, sometimes it is required to extract the file into the zsnes folder.
Enjoy, and as said before, this should work at school provided you can gain access to the sites, I've managed it behind a few backs lately.