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Mednafen emulating the GBA game luminesweeper
Mednafen emulating the GBA game luminesweeper
Developer(s)Mednafen Team
Stable release
1.21.3[1] / April 29, 2018; 6 months ago (2018-04-29)
Preview release
1.21.0 / February 20, 2018; 8 months ago (2018-02-20)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inC++
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows, OS X, Linux, BSD, PlayStation 3, RISC OS, Wii
PlatformIA-32, x86-64
Size7.49 MB: Windows, x64
5.57 MB: Windows, x86
3.05 MB: Source code
TypeVideo game console emulator
LicenseGNU GPLv2

My Emulator Doesn't Need A Frickin' Excellent Name (Mednafen), formerly known as Nintencer, is an OpenGL and SDL multi-system free software wrapper that bundles various original and third-party emulation cores into a single package, and is driven by command-line input.[2][3] It is distributed under the terms of the GNU GPLv2.[4] Certain emulation cores of Mednafen have been ported to RetroArch/Libretro.[5]

Host systems[edit]

The emulator runs under Microsoft Windows,[6] Linux,[6] OpenBSD,[7] PlayStation 3,[8][9] RISC OS,[10] and Wii.[11]

Supported systems[edit]

System Based on code from
Atari Lynx[12] Handy
Game Boy / Color[13] VisualBoyAdvance
Game Boy Advance[6][13] VisualBoyAdvance
Game Gear SMS Plus by Charles MacDonald
Master System[6] SMS Plus by Charles MacDonald
Neo Geo Pocket / Color NeoPop
Nintendo Entertainment System[6][13] FCE Ultra
PC Engine SuperGrafx Unknown
PC-FX Original. NEC V810 CPU core based on Reality Boy
PlayStation Original
Sega Genesis Genesis Plus by Charles MacDonald
Sega Saturn[14] Original
Super Nintendo Entertainment System bsnes
TurboGrafx-16 / TurboGrafx-CD[12][13] Original. CD-ROM interface based on PC2e
Virtual Boy Original. NEC V810 CPU core based on Reality Boy
WonderSwan[12] Cygne


Mednaffe v0.8.4 on Debian GNU/Linux
MedLaunch v0.5.7.0 running on Windows 7

There are a number of open-source graphical front-ends for Mednafen actively being developed.

GUI Operating System Description Repository
Mednaffe GNU/Linux and Windows Mednaffe is written in C (programming language) and uses GTK, it allows all of Mednafen's options to be configured, and provides simple game-management features.[15][16] [1]
MedLaunch Windows MedLaunch is written in C# WPF using .NET 4.5.2. It allows all Mednafen options and controllers to be configured and includes a dynamic games library with DAT file lookup and online scraping.[17][18] [2]
MedGui Reborn Windows MedGui Reborn is written in VB .NET using .NET Framework 2.0, It supports all Mednafen options, includes a lot of game utility and an easy way to perform Net Play session.[19][20] [3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Mednafen — Ubuntu Apps Directory". Canonical Ltd. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Package mednafen-0.8.13-1003". Fink. March 27, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  4. ^ "Introduction to Mednafen". Mednafen. SourceForge. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b c d e Pot, Justin (September 29, 2010). "Mednafen – A Simple Cross-Platform Emulator To Play Your Old Games". MakeUseOf. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  7. ^ "Mednafen". February 21, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2016.
  8. ^ Addicted_to_Mod (September 30, 2011). "Mednafen-PS3 emulator released -- built on 9/30/11". Jailbreak Scene. Retrieved April 13, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "mednafen-ps3". Google Code. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  10. ^ Gransden, Chris (April 12, 2012). "Mednafen - multi-system emulator released". Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  11. ^ "wii-mednafen".
  12. ^ a b c Riley, Jeremy. "Arcade Machine Build Documentation" (PDF). Arcade Machine Reloaded. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 January 2014. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  13. ^ a b c d Garnett, Alex (September 6, 2011). "Mednafen review". PC Advisor. Retrieved April 13, 2012.
  14. ^ "Mednafen Emulator Includes Experimental Saturn Emulation in Its Latest Release". Segalization. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  15. ^ "Debian -- Details of package mednaffe in stretch". Debian. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  16. ^ "GitHub - AmatCoder/mednaffe: A front-end (GUI) for mednafen emulator". Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  17. ^ "GitHub - Asnivor/MedLaunch: A Windows (.NET) Front-End for the Mednafen Emulator".
  18. ^ "MedLaunch = A Windows Front-End for Mednafen".
  19. ^ "SourceForge - MedGui Reborn & MetroMed".
  20. ^ "Mednafen Forums - MedGui Reborn & MetroMed".

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