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Original author(s)Gary Henderson, Jerremy Koot
Developer(s)Snes9x Team
Initial releaseJanuary 1, 1998; 25 years ago (1998-01-01) [1]
Stable release
1.62.3 [2] / March 30, 2023; 7 months ago (2023-03-30)[2]
Written inC++
Operating systemCross-platform
TypeVideo game console emulator
LicenseProprietary, redistributable 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 MSU1 enhancement 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]

In 2021, Digital Trends noted that the emulator had broad compatibility and ran on systems with limited resources.[13]

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  1. ^ "Snes9x.COM: News". 2006-07-04. Retrieved 2019-05-25.
  2. ^ a b "Releases - snes9xgit/snes9x". 2023-03-30. Retrieved 2023-05-05 – via GitHub.
  3. ^ a b "LICENSE". 2022-01-31. Retrieved 2022-05-22 – via GitHub. Permission to use, copy, modify and/or distribute Snes9x in both binary and source form, for non-commercial purposes, is hereby granted without fee, providing that this license information and copyright notice appear with all copies and any derived work...Snes9x is freeware for PERSONAL USE only. Commercial users should seek permission of the copyright holders first.
  4. ^ "Ports". Snes9x Github Wiki. Retrieved 14 July 2018 – via GitHub.
  5. ^ "Snes9x 1.53 changelog". 2011-04-25. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  6. ^ "Snes9x 1.55". 2017-11-20. Retrieved 2022-05-28.
  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. ^ "Super Nintendo (SNES) / Super Famicom online emulator". Retrieved 2022-05-28.
  10. ^ "Play Your Fave Retro Gaming Systems in Your Web Browser". 2017-12-14. Retrieved 2022-05-28.
  11. ^ Source Code
  12. ^ "Retro Coverdisc". Retro Gamer (15): 108. 2005.
  13. ^ "Guide to the Best SNES Emulators in 2022". Digital Trends. 4 October 2021. Retrieved 10 February 2022.

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