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Looking for NES emulators to run on the Raspbian desktop

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 4:31 pm
by ShadowTech
Long story short, I built a cool raspi terminal in my mom's kitchen for her birthday running Raspbian Buster(Pi 4: 2gb). She loves it but wants to know if I can install one game for her... Tetris from the NES. I have used RetroPie before and I love it, but my mom is not tech savy at all, so I want to install a emulator to run it in a window on the desktop, otherwise hopping from her recipe book to Retropie will be too much for her. Any tips or suggestions? I just want a one click solution for her. She clicks the icon and it just runs.

Re: Looking for NES emulators to run on the Raspbian desktop

Posted: Sun Apr 26, 2020 11:59 pm
by bfready
Hi, ShadowTech.

I noticed noone replied to your post, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

As far as downloading a NES emulator on the RPi4, it's pretty easy:

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pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo apt-get install mednaffe 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
mednaffe is already the newest version (0.8.8-1).
mednaffe set to manually installed.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 17 not upgraded.
I have already installed it, so yours won't look the same.

As far as making Tetris load just by double clicking an icon:

You can make a desktop launcher. If you create a launcher (right click on the desktop and select "create launcher") you can have it run mednaffe and load a rom in the commandline. Here's an example : mednaffe ~/nesroms/radracer.nes.
You can even find an image somewhere on the internet and use it as the icon. I've done this with several Doom mods that I like playing often.

The problem with the setup above, however, is that once you double click the mednaffe icon, it opens mednaffe, and has the rom selected... But it does not launch automatically (you have to click launch). I'm sure there's a way to force mednaffe to run the game at startup, but I haven't figured it out.

Perhaps you can make it work?

There are other emulators out there that work great on the Rpi4. Retroarch, PPSSPP, etc.

I hope this helps.