Jason_25
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SNES emulation without Retropie?

Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:09 pm

A couple of years ago I had a simple SNES emulator installed on my Pi 1 that worked ok. I have since tried to find one for the Pi Zero that did not involve installing a large, complicated, single point-of-failure software package. My understanding is there are three main emulators available: Zsnes, Snes9x and Bsnes. Zsnes is compiled with x86 assembly so is not available and Bsnes with it's focus on perfection is too slow on the single core Pi. That leaves Snes9x and it's many forks.

edit: Fixed.

https://github.com/chep/snes9x-rpi
The compile failed with: soundux.d no such file or directory

https://github.com/squidrpi/pisnes
compiled successfully but when running a window opens then closes then returns to the terminal

https://github.com/mholgatem/PiSNES
compiled successfully but when running a window opens then closes then returns to the terminal

https://github.com/domaemon/snes9x-sdl
compiled successfully but:
1.run in virtual console with sdl binary - system freeze
2.run in x terminal with unix binary - works but no sound - also image cannot be resized - aoss causes x terminal freeze
3.run in x terminal with sdl binary - x terminal freeze - aoss also causes x terminal freeze

https://github.com/neagix/snes9x-rpi
compiled successfully but stuck at black screen but does not cause x terminal freeze

https://sourceforge.net/projects/pisnes ... p_redirect
This is the binary many people are using. This did not launch and there was seemingly no way to get the shell to treat it as an executable with: snes9x: no such file or directory when running from the shell. This is because it was compiled with a different ABI than my system.

https://github.com/otty/snes9x-raspi
compiled successfully and segfaults but does run with sound and an image that fits within the screen
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welshy
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Re: SNES emulation without Retropie?

Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:45 am

Jason_25
Squids PiSNES is available as a Binary for Download

Link - https://sourceforge.net/projects/pisnes/

Launch it via Command Line and hopefully this will resolve your issue. For all your Emulation needs check the Emulation on the RPi Thread

Link - viewtopic.php?f=78&t=54357
"The list of things I have heard now contains everything!"

Jason_25
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Joined: Tue Oct 20, 2015 6:25 pm

Re: SNES emulation without Retropie?

Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:30 pm

Thanks. But as you can see from my original post I was not able to run the binary file. I have also read that thread extensively along with researching the topic for many hours which is also evidenced from my original post.

shadowzero26
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Re: SNES emulation without Retropie?

Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:59 pm

I too am interested in finding a SNES emulator that works in Raspbian. There are so many choices but they all seem to fail exactly the same as the op states.

Jason_25
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Re: SNES emulation without Retropie?

Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:50 am

Did you try the last option I linked to?

snes9x-raspi will even work at full speed on Pi Zero while running KDE 4. If that will not work for you I can fork the project on Github and write detailed compilation instructions and maybe even respond to the issues page because what good is the source code if it won't compile. I did not have much luck using any of the other versions and I guarantee no one will help me as I am helping you now. Most people on this forum fall in to two groups: the button mashers that install Raspian or Retropie and they are done and the super geniuses sitting in a basement somewhere who coded all this up and are too good to actually give an answer.

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