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Developer(s) Martin Freij (original developer), rdanbrook (currently)
Stable release
1.40 / June 21, 2008; 9 years ago (2008-06-21)
Development status Inactive[1]
Written in C++
Operating system Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, MS Windows
Type Emulator
License GNU GPL

Nestopia is an open-source NES/Famicom emulator designed to emulate the NES hardware as accurately as possible, and is considered the most advanced NES emulator. Originally for Windows only, Nestopia has been ported to the Mac OS X and Linux operating systems by Richard Bannister[2] 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 less 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,[1] but a number of unofficial forks have been derived from the latest source. One unofficial continuation is being developed on Github.[6] Nestopia has a RetroArch/Libretro port.[7]

Nestopia UE (Undead Edition) is the most notable unofficial emulator continuation of Nestopia.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Craig Snyder (2012-05-04). "Emulating & Playing Classic NES Games On Your Computer With Nestopia". MakeUseOf. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 
  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. 
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