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Developer(s)Martin Freji
Initial releaseJune 14, 2003; 17 years ago (2003-06-14)[1]
Final release
1.40 / June 11, 2008; 12 years ago (2008-06-11)[2]
Written inC++
Operating systemLinux, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows
LicenseGPLv2 Edit this on Wikidata

Nestopia is an open-source NES/Famicom emulator designed to emulate the NES hardware as accurately as possible.


The requirements for Nestopia were considered higher than some of its contemporaries such as Stella.[3] 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.[4][self-published source?]

Nestopia allows customization of colors, sounds, and graphics. It includes special features such as Power Glove.[3] 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 UE
Initial releaseJanuary 22, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-01-22)[6]
Final release
1.50 / December 3, 2020; 1 day ago (2020-12-03)[6]
Written inC++
Operating systemLinux, BSD, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows

Nestopia was originally developed for Windows by Martin Freij. Richard Bannister and R. Belmont later ported it to Mac OS X and Linux, respectively.[7] Original development ended in 2008,[8] but an unofficial fork called Nestopia UE continued it. [9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nestopia 1.00 binaries and sources have been released!
  2. ^ Official website Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b "Part 1: The 8-bit console classics". Game Pro. 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  4. ^ Stevens, Kenneth (2008). The Emulation User's Guide. ISBN 978-1435753730.
  5. ^ Brandon Widder (2013-04-20). "Best Emulators (NES, SNES, Genesis, N64, and more)". Digital Trends. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  6. ^ a b nestopiaue - Browse Files
  7. ^ Innocent Bystander (2011-06-20). "Play Classic Nintendo Games On Your Computer With The Nestopia Emulator". Retrieved 2014-03-26.
  8. ^ Craig Snyder (2012-05-04). "Emulating & Playing Classic NES Games On Your Computer With Nestopia". MakeUseOf. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
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