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Snes9x 1.53 on Windows 10
Original author(s)Gary Henderson, Jerremy Koot
Developer(s)Snes9x Team
Initial releaseJanuary 1, 1998; 23 years ago (1998-01-01) [1]
Stable release
1.60[2] / April 23, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-04-23)
Written inC++
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeVideo game console emulator
Licensecustom license (MIT-like license with non-commercial usage clause)[3] Edit this at Wikidata

Snes9x is a Super Nintendo Entertainment System emulator with official ports for MS-DOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows, AmigaOS 4, macOS, MorphOS, Xbox, PSP, PS3, GameCube, Wii, iOS, and Android.[4] Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 have an unofficial port named Snes8x.


Development of Snes9x began in July 1997 when Snes96's Gary Henderson and Snes97's Jerremy Koot merged their respective emulators to create Snes9x. Snes9x was among the first to emulate most SNES enhancement chips at some level.[citation needed] In version 1.53, it added support for Cg shaders.[5] Version 1.55 added support for the MSU-1 enhanced chip [6] found on the SD2SNES [7]

The emulator PocketSNES for Pocket PCs is based on Snes9X.[8]

There is also an unofficial Snes9x port compiled with Emscripten which runs inside a web browser.[9][10]


The source code of Snes9x is publicly available,[11] but the license prohibits its commercial use.[3]


In 2005, Retro Gamer called Snes9x "the best SNES emulator available".[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Snes9x.COM: News". 2006-07-04. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  2. ^ "Releases - snes9xgit/snes9x". Retrieved 23 April 2019 – via GitHub.
  3. ^ a b snes9x source code
  4. ^ "Ports". Snes9x Github Wiki. Retrieved 14 July 2018.
  5. ^ Snes9x 1.53 changelog
  6. ^ " • View topic - Snes9x 1.55". Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  7. ^ "SD2SNES - EverDrive Store". EverDrive Store. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  8. ^ Kohler, Chris. "Playing Classic Console Games". Retro Gaming Hacks. O'Reilly Media. p. 205.
  9. ^ SNES online emulator
  10. ^ AustroGamer, December 14, 2017 – Play Your Fave Retro Gaming Systems in Your Web Browser
  11. ^ Snes9x source code
  12. ^ "Retro Coverdisc". Retro Gamer (15): 108. 2005.

Further reading[edit]

  • Welsh, Matt; Kalle Dalheimer, Matthias (2006). "Emulators". Running Linux. O'Reilly Media. p. 187.

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