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| style="text-align: center;"|The DS remake has three more playable characters and some extra features, but has poorer controls, mixed graphical changes (they look more "accurate" but have less polygons and worse textures), and altered progression. Some may prefer it, others not so much. VC is the same as the N64.
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| style="text-align: center;"|Live and Reloaded is censored, but has much better graphics and updated multiplayer. You won't be able to emulate this version, seeing as it's an Xbox title. Not even the Xbox 360 can emulate it well.
 
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Revision as of 21:12, 26 January 2015

Some systems are easier, or harder to emulate than others. For that reason, using a port of that game for another system might be useful. Also, systems may have inherent flaws, which are not found in a port of that game on another system. A game may also be natively ported to the PC, which might be easier to run.

This is not a complete list of every single port ever. Instead this focuses on games which are notable for having issues, which are solved by using another system.

(E) beside the name means that this port relies upon simple emulation of a ROM, and thus the ROM can be extracted from that port and played in another emulator.

(R) refers to a full remakes. Remakes may dramatically differ from the original game. There is however, some grey area between an "enhanced port" and a "remake". A game may be ported

Console versions may be more convenient to set up. See Virtual Console games or PlayStation Store games or Xbox Live Arcade games

PC versions

Benefits

It is usually preferable to rely on a native PC port rather than emulation. With emulation, all of the flaws of the system are also emulated, which are avoided with a direct PC port. The system requirements are significantly less than emulation. Ports to PC may support enhanced graphics, and sometimes superior controls for FPS games.

Drawbacks

However, sometimes these ports were sloppy, and prone to bugs. It has to be approached on a case by case basis. The game may also only have very out dated options, such as only a few resolutions.

The most common PC ports were to the Windows brand of operating systems. Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows 2000 ports may be difficult to run on a modern Windows OS such as Windows 7 or Windows 8, usually with varying levels of compatibility or patching required. Wine can many times play these games very well. Other ports were to DOS, which can be played very well in DOSBox.

Many times fans have stepped in and released patches which can fix some of these issues. This is typically for only the most popular games however, and obscure titles may have no fixes.

Often times, controllers will not be entirely recognized by these old PC games. The most commonly cited is the digital pad not being recognized. In that case the program JoyToKey can be helpful.

PC to console ports

Since game consoles are much less powerful than PCs, it is recommended to avoid PC games ported to consoles. Typically the games have to be altered to fit the constraints of console, and may be forced to use a radically different control scheme. An exception to this rule would be Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine's N64 port.

NES

Main article: List of notable NES ports and remakes

NES games sometimes suffered from slowdown, and sprite flickering.

Sharp X6800

May be easier to emulate ports than the original versions.

Name PS1 GC PS2 GBA NDS Notes

Akumajo X68000

(Castlevania Chronicles)

SNES

Main article: List of notable SNES ports and remakes

Some SNES games suffered from slowdown which may be fixed in ports.

Many SNES games were ported to the GBA. These versions may have extra features, but at the cost of poorer audio and visuals. The resolution is lower, and it was never intended to be played on a full display. The screen area may also be reduced due to the lower resolution. The audio is much lower quality than the SNES. Also, the GBA has much stronger colors to compensate for the lack of contrast in the original GBA display. To compensate, a shader or an option is needed. Additionally for controls, the GBA has two fewer buttons.

Several SNES games were ported to the PlayStation. These are typically emulated, and the CD format creates long loading times. Generally it is recommended to avoid the PS1 ports for this reason and to stick with the original releases. However, in some cases the PS1 port might offer more features.

Sega Saturn

Saturn emulation is poor, with only one emulator, SSF, worth using. That emulator however is Windows only.

Name Windows Dreamcast PS1 PS2 PS3 Notes
Grandia Saturn version is Japanese only. The PS1 version has 'undub' fanhacks.
Panzer Dragoon Both versions differ from the Saturn original (ps2 being a slight update) Also on Xbox as an unlockable in Panzer Dragoon Orta (it's a modified PC build)
Nights into Dreams... Original graphics mode, or enhanced graphics mode, missing a few features, also on Xbox360 and PC

PlayStation

The PS1 has problems with 3D which become more noticeable in HD emulation. Many PS1 games were ported to Windows. However, these PC ports may be difficult to run on modern operating systems, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Name Windows Dreamcast GameCube PSP Notes
Dino Crisis
Dino Crisis 2
Metal Gear Solid ✓ (R) Windows: Patches needed for modern systems

GC: Full remake minus VR missions.

Resident Evil ✓ (R) Win: Win95 only

GC: Full remake (also on Wii)

Resident Evil 2 480p, more features
Resident Evil 3 480p, more features
Wipeout Also on Saturn
Wipeout 2097 Also on Saturn. Slightly updated on N64
Mega Man Legends Terrible audio/video sync. Also on n64
Final Fantasy VII Backgrounds/FMVs are the same resolution as the PS1 version, and the music is played through terrible MIDI instruments. The music can be fixed with a mod.
Final Fantasy VIII Same issues as FFVII.
Final Fantasy Tactics

Nintendo 64

The N64 is a difficult system to emulate, and no emulator has a high degree of game compatibility. It may be easier to rely upon a port rather than try to emulate it. Also, many N64 games had poor draw distance and other flaws that ports might reduce or fix. PC ports would also typically sport enhanced graphics and superior controls for FPS games. While system requirements are substantially higher, emulating the emulated Wii virtual console releases results in more accurate emulation, even making some unplayable games playable.

Virtual Console N64

  • 1080 Snowboarding
  • Bomberman Hero
  • Cruis'n USA
  • Custom Robo V2 (Japan only)
  • F-Zero X
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Stars
  • Mario Golf
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Mario Party 2
  • Mario Tennis
  • Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
  • Paper Mario
  • Pokemon Puzzle League
  • Pokemon Snap
  • Sin & Punishment (English)
  • Star Fox 64
  • Super Mario 64
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • Wave Race 64
  • Yoshi's Story
  • Zelda: Majora's Mask
  • Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Other Ports

Name Win DC GC PS2 Xbox X360 VC DS 3DS Notes
Super Mario 64 ✓ (E) ✓ (R) The DS remake has three more playable characters and some extra features, but has poorer controls, mixed graphical changes (they look more "accurate" but have less polygons and worse textures), and altered progression. Some may prefer it, others not so much. VC is the same as the N64.
Star Fox 64 ✓ (E) ✓ (R) The 3DS remake has updated graphics, a slightly different instrumentation, rudimentary multiplayer, and some token 3DS features. It also has redone voices, for better or worse. VC is the same as the N64.
Conker's Bad Fur Day ✓ (R) Live and Reloaded is censored, but has much better graphics and updated multiplayer. You won't be able to emulate this version, seeing as it's an Xbox title. Not even the Xbox 360 can emulate it well.
Banjo-Kazooie Added widescreen mode, generally better framerate and draw distance. Ice Key and Secret Eggs are available if the user also has a savefile for Banjo-Tooie or Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts. Removed Nintendo references, obviously.
Banjo-Tooie Generally better framerate and draw distance. Ice Key and secret eggs collected in BK are available here.
Perfect Dark Improved graphics, better framerate, online multiplayer.
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter
Turok 2: Seeds of Evil
Star Wars: Rogue Squadron
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time ✓ (E) ✓ (E) A definitive enhanced port is on the 3DS. There are two GameCube versions: the original game, and the Master Quest edition (which is actually a modified OoT ROM). The VC version has a couple of special effects replaced with lesser versions.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask ✓ (E) ✓ (E) ✓ (R) The GameCube version has severe framerate issues, random crashes, and audio glitches when moving between areas in Clock Town. The Virtual Console fixes the framerate issue and crashes, but keeps the audio problem. There is an audio fixed .wad out there. The 3DS remake will be released on February 13.

Dreamcast

Dreamcast emulation is mediocre at best. Since the system died early, many games were ported to other consoles.

Name GameCube PS2 PS3 Xbox 360 PC Notes
Skies of Arcadia Slightly updated with new features.
Ikaruga Slight remix, PC Demo & Full game available
Grandia 2 Also on PC, contains game breaking glitch and a few bugs
Capcom Vs SNK 2 Millionaire Fighting 2001
Resident Evil: Code Veronica Also on Wii. all ports are extended directors cut
Crazy Taxi PS3 and 360 versions replaces licensed music with new soundtrack
Sonic Adventure All ports have updated player models, except Big and Gamma. GameCube version have additional missions and Game Gear games unlockable as a bonus. The bonus missions are sold as DLC on the PS3 and 360. PC version is the Directors cut. Note, however, that the ports, usually released as "Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut", are based on the original, less polished Japanese Dreamcast release, and are thus glitchier than the international (USA/PAL) Dreamcast releases, in addition to having new glitches of their own. A mod is available to fix these glitches for the PC edition.
Sonic Adventure 2

Playstation 2

Main article: List of notable PS2 ports and remakes

3DS

The 3DS cannot be emulated yet as no emulator has been created for it.

Name Windows PS3 Xbox 360 Notes
Resident Evil Revelations Also on WiiU, minor HD update for all.