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Developer(s)Martin Freji
Initial releaseJune 14, 2003; 16 years ago (2003-06-14)[1]
Final release
1.49 / 2018; 1 year ago (2018)
Written inC++
Operating systemLinux, BSD, Mac OS X, MS Windows
LicenseGNU GPL

Nestopia is an open-source NES/Famicom emulator designed to emulate the NES hardware as accurately as possible. Originally for Windows only, Nestopia has been ported to the Mac OS X and Linux operating systems by Richard Bannister[2][self-published source?] and R. Belmont.[3]


The requirements for Nestopia were considered higher than some of its contemporaries such as Stella.[4] In order to run an optimal emulation, the program requires a minimum 800 MHz processor. Its high requirement is due to its accurate emulation of the NES hardware. The emulator will play most ROMs and has a strong port for the Apple Macintosh.[2]

Nestopia allows customization of colors, sounds, and graphics. It includes special features such as Power Glove.[4] Brandon Widdler of Digital Trends considers the emulator one of the best for the NES, though he admits that it has fewer features than its rival FCEUX.[5]

Development history[edit]

Nestopia was originally developed for Windows by Martin Freij. Richard Bannister and R. Belmont later ported it to Mac OS X and Linux, respectively.[3] Original developers ended development in 2008,[6] but a number of unofficial forks have been derived from the latest source. One unofficial continuation is being developed on Github.[7] Nestopia has a RetroArch/Libretro port.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nestopia 1.00 binaries and sources have been released!
  2. ^ a b Stevens, Kenneth (2008). The Emulation User's Guide. ISBN 1435753739.
  3. ^ a b Innocent Bystander (2011-06-20). "Play Classic Nintendo Games On Your Computer With The Nestopia Emulator". Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  4. ^ a b "Part 1: The 8-bit console classics". Game Pro. 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  5. ^ Brandon Widder (2013-04-20). "Best Emulators (NES, SNES, Genesis, N64, and more)". Digital Trends. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  6. ^ Craig Snyder (2012-05-04). "Emulating & Playing Classic NES Games On Your Computer With Nestopia". MakeUseOf. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
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