BizHawk

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BizHawk
BizHawk.jpg
Developer(s) BizHawk Team
Latest version 2.3.2
Active Yes
Platform(s) Windows
Type libretro frontend
Emulates Multiple
Website TASVideos.org
Source code GitHub

BizHawk is an open-source libretro frontend, as well as a multi-system emulator designed predominantly around the production of Tool Assisted Speedruns (TAS). It is written in C# and requires .NET Framework 4.0 (in 1.X releases) or .NET Framework 4.6.1 (in 2.X releases) to run. BizHawk focuses on core accuracy and power user tools while still being an easy-to-use emulator for casual gaming.

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Supported Systems

Original and ported

System Based on code from:
Apple ][ Virtu
Atari 2600 Original
Atari 7800 Original
Atari Lynx Mednafen's Handy core
Bandai WonderSwan/Color Mednafen's Cygne core
ColecoVision Original
Commodore 64 Original
Mattel Intellivision Original
NEC PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16) Original
NEC PC-FX Mednafen
Nintendo 64 Mupen64Plus
Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom Original. PPU based on FCEUX, QuickNES.
Nintendo Game Boy Advance VBA-Next, mGBA
Nintendo Virtual Boy Mednafen
Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega/Mega CD Genesis Plus GX
Sega 32X PicoDrive
Sega Saturn Yabause (1.X), Mednafen (2.X)
Sega SG-1000, Master System, Game Gear Original. Z80 came from Cogwheel.
Sinclair ZX Spectrum Original
Sony PlayStation Mednafen
Sony PlayStation Portable (NOT STABLE) PPSSPP
SNK Neo Geo Pocket/Color Mednafen's NeoPop core
Super Nintendo Entertainment System/Super Famicom bsnes v087, Snes9x (1.54)
Super Game Boy/Game Boy/Game Boy Color Original, Gambatte, bsnes v087, SameBoy
TI-83 Original
Uzebox Uzem

Libretro

Core Compatibility
2048 Okay
CATSFC Okay
FCEUmm Okay
mGBA Okay
Emux Okay (Game Boy/Game Boy Color only)
FinalBurn Alpha (Arcade) Okay
Imageviewer Okay
Mednafen Okay (Neo Geo Pocket only)
Gambatte Okay
FFmpeg Okay
DeSmuME Okay
4DO Okay
MAME Okay
bsnes v087 Not Okay
Mupen64Plus Not Okay
blueMSX Not Okay
fMSX Not Okay
FUSE Not Okay
FinalBurn Alpha (Neo Geo) Not Okay
Handy Not Okay
DOSBox Not Okay
vecx Not Okay

Features

  • Full screen support
  • Controller and hotkey mapping
  • Joypad support (for both controller and hotkeys)
  • Auto/rapid fire controls
  • Basic re-recording and rerecording
  • "Bullet-proof" rerecording
  • Frame/lag/re-recording counters
  • Input display
  • Auto-hold
  • Alpha version of "TAStudio"
  • RAM watching/poking tools
  • RAM searching
  • Lua scripting
  • Rewind
  • Libretro support (1.11.4 onwards)

Review

For tool-assisted speedruns, BizHawk is king. Since 1.11.4, it has support for libretro cores, making it a good alternative for RetroArch, and adds TAS support for all compatible cores.