SNES9x SNES emulator

SNES SNES9x emulator.SNES9x is the best SNES emulator we have encountered so far to play SNES games on a Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista or XP computer.

  • Latest version 1.53 (25 apr 2011)
  • Works on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, XP (32/64 bits)
  • Needs DirectX 9.0c
  • Emulates the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
  • Supports .SMC, .FIG cartridge image files
  • Comments: works out of the box, keys are configured
  • Project mirror website (outdated):

Play SNES games with the SNES9x emulator on Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7

So, what do you need to do to play SNES games (like Super Mario World) on Windows with the SNES9x emulator?

Download and install DirectX 9.0

Download and install SNES9x

  • Download the SNES9x Binary zip for Windows (either 32 or 64 bits; or
  • Copy the contents of the zip file to an empty folder of choice
  • Create a folder for your SNES games in the SNES9x folder
  • Search for a SNES game file and copy it to the game folder you've created (SNES9x supports zip files, as long as there's only 1 file in the zip archive)

Start and configure SNES9x

  • Start SNES9x with snes9x-x64.exe or snes9x-x86.exe
  • Choose Input - Input configuration to check the controller settings
  • Choose File - Load game... to start your game of choice!

Windows 8 and 10: install DirectX 9

SNES9x needs DirectX 9.0c to run, otherwise you get an error message like "d3dx9_38.dll missing". As Windows 8 and 10 come with DirectX 11 and 12 by default (which does not include DirectX 9.0c and previous versions), you might need to install DirectX 9.0c manually. Download and installation instructions are here.

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