History of emulation
This page contain information of emulation history.
The early history of NES emulation is vague, but there are some early emulators known to public.
- Family Computer Emulator V0.35 for FM Towns, by "Haruhisa Udagawa", with file timestamps of December 12, 1990.
- Pasofami for the FM Towns, with a release date of May 1, 1993 in its info file. Windows version was released on 1996.
- LandyNES by Alex Krasivsky, which seems became the base of iNES emulator. At least one beta version was released to the public, but discontinued after the release of NESticle. No release date known but likely mid to late 1990s.
- Marat Fayzullin's iNES (also known as interNES in early versions) is the first (or at least one of the first) emulator to use NES header format (also known as iNES format). The release date of first version is 1996 according to its site.
- NESA (Nintendo Entertainment System in Assembler) by British programmer Paul Robson was one of the first free NES emulator with source code available. metropal.com has an interview with the author.
- NESticle (first version known as v0.2) was released on April 3, 1997. It was one of the first freeware NES emulators.
- First Famicom/NES emulator? - Zophar's Domain
- Anyone remember the first NES emulator? - nesdev.com
- NES Emulation History - nesdev.com
- Old NES WORLD archive pages
- Page 1 - Unknown Year, but probably in 1996. Has information of Pasofami and interNES.
- Page 2 - Sometime around May 1996. Does not have much info of emulators (only lists variants of "Famicom (NES) emulator" which is likely Pasofami) instead forces on game screenshots taken from early NES emulators.
- Page 3 - Sometime around May 1997. Has information of various early NES emulators such as NESticle.
Just like NES, the SNES emulation history is quite fuzzy, but there are evidences that SNES emulators existed as early as 1994.
- VSMC was released in 1994 and could run select few Homebrew roms. (Video)
- Super Pasofami, developed by the author of Pasofami, was released sometime in 1996. Very little information is available about this emulator aside of the reports that version 1.4a deleted some people's Windows directories.
- ESNES was one of the first SNES emulator that could emulate sound. It later merged with NLKSNES to become NLKE.
- NLKSNES was one of the fastest SNES emulators, though it lacked sound emulation. It later merged with ESNES to become NLKE.
- NLKE is successor of ESNES and NLKSNES and contained both speed and sound.
- Snes9x was a merged effort of Snes96 and Snes97, both released sometime in 1996-1997.
- ZSNES was first released on October 14, 1997.
- The Past of SNES '9x (archaic ruins) - Contain some history of SNES emulation scene.
Genesis emulation dates as early as 1994.
- An emulator simply called Megadrive released in 1994 could run Sonic the Hedgehog very slowly with no sound and many glitches. Quickly discontinued because the author lost its source code from a hard drive crash. It is currently the earliest known Genesis emulator.
- Genecyst, first released in 1997 was one of the first widely used Genesis emulator.
- KGen was earlist predecessor of Kega Fusion, released around 1997-1998.
Not much is known about GB emulation before 1995.
- Virtual GameBoy (VGB) was first known GB emulator that could run commercial games. First released in 1995 for some unknown platform then ported to PC sometime in 1995 or 1996.
- No$GMB was released for DOS in 1997. GameBoy Color support was added in 1998.
- EMULATION Issue #4 - Revenge of Super Pasofami? (Windows 95)