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Operating system Windows, Linux & OS X
File size 847 KB Installer

SNES Emulator:

Console emulators are never really complicated, the ZSNES being no exception to this rile. However, when starting with such a SNES emulator, we are all glad to have a tutorial to guide us through the correct configurations and gets us kick-started.

Download and Installation

The emulator can easily be found and downloaded with a simple Google search, and the software can be installed simply by extracting the files from the compressed zipped format.

Once you have extracted the archive into a folder, it is recommended to create three additional folders:

  • SPCS : This folder will hold the files generated by the ZSNES emulator when you start a game
  • SAVE : This folder will hold the save and save backup files
  • SNAP : This folder will hold the screenshots

Minimum Requirements

  • Windows 95/98/ME
  • 150MHz processor
  • 32MB of RAM
  • 3D graphics accelerator
  • DirectX v8.1

Recommended Requirements

  • Windows NT/2000/XP:
  • 500MHz processor
  • 64MB of RAM
  • 3D graphics accelerator required
  • DirectX v8.1 or higher


Folder Paths

The first thing to do is to configure the paths of the different files that will be created through the SNES emulation by going to CONFIG > PATHS.

Once there, manually enter the paths to the SAVE, SNAP and SPCS folders in the respective input area. Simply browse to the folders through Windows Explorer and copy the paths.

Display Properties

Next up is the configuration of the ZSNES emulator display properties. The settings can be found by browsing to CONFIG > VIDEO.

It is generally recommended to choose the resolution for your emulator based on that of your PC. Once selected, simply click on SET to save the choice. Among other settings, assigned a letter, included in the same window are:

  • D – Enable Filters
  • S – Stretch the Display
  • R – Display in Fullscreen
  • W – Display in a Windows

Once the basics done, it’s time to go with the most important configuration, the KEYS configuration.

Simply click on SET KEYS to open a dialog box that will allow you to configure the keyboard/mouse keys to for the emulation of a SNES gamepad. Up to 5 configurations can be set to allow up to 5 players.

Nearly as important is setting the QUICK KEYS. These allow you to assign a keyboard button to certain of the key features of the ZSNES emulator:

  • LOAD : Load a game
  • RESET: reset an ongoing emulation (restart the game)
  • EXIT : exit ZSNES
  • CLOCK: display the current time within the game
  • CHAT : start a chat during an online game
  • SNAPSHOT : take a screenshot
  • SPC SAVE : create/update the Save file in the dedicated folder
  • BATT POWER : display the state of your laptop’s battery

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