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NESticle was a popular NES emulator for DOS, created by Bloodlust Software. The name is a portmanteau of NES, the console it emulates, and testicle. Appropriately, the symbol of NESticle is a scrotum.

NESticle offered its initial release as NESticle v0.2 on April 3rd, 1997. The program originally ran under DOS and Windows 95, offering few features and only supporting a handful of games. It was one of the first freeware NES emulators, and quickly became more popular than shareware rivals such as iNES. Within a few weeks the program had become considerably more robust, and could play the majority of available NES ROMs. It was a massive step forward in emulation, making NES emulation accessible to the mainstream computer user. Some emulator programmers complained that a side effect of Nesticle's success was that it made people expect that emulation for more advanced systems, like the SNES, be just as finished.

August 1998 saw the final NESticle release, version x.xx, and support for the emulator was discontinued.

NESticle eventually became obsolete as other emulation projects continued to develop and improve. However, it was a major step in the evolution of console emulation, noted for the public introduction of save states, automatic frameskipping, in-game movies, netplay, and its speed, particularly on lower-end computers.

The current webpage for NESticle is hosted on Zophar's Domain.
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» Nestopia


Nestopia is an open source GPL Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) emulator for Windows and Mac OS X. Nestopia, like other video game emulators, can run game files called ROMs for the NES. Nestopia is a very refined emulator with many features found in many other NES emulators. The thing that places Nestopia above most other NES emulators is its cycle-accurate emulation, and wave-accurate video emulation. Nestopia's precise accuracy results in almost perfect game compatibility, and a gaming experience that is so true to the original, that it is hard to tell the difference between a real NES and Nestopia in a "taste test".
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» FCE Ultra


FCE Ultra is a NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) and Famicom (Family Computer) emulator for a variety of different platforms, based on Bero's FCE. Game compatibility is very high, provided you provide non-corrupt ROM/disk images.

It has been tested (and runs) under DOS, Linux SVGAlib, Linux X, Mac OS X, and MS Windows. A native GUI is provided for the MS Windows port, and the other ports use a command-line based interface. However, GNOME users can optionally use the GNOME front-end. The SDL port should run on any modern UNIX-like operating system(such as FreeBSD) with no code changes.

FCE Ultra was created by Xodnizel. Development appeared to have stopped and the homepage and forums had been taken down. The last version was v0.98.13-pre, released in September 2004 as source-only. The last binary release was v0.98.12 in August 2004.

However, it was resurrected again [4] in March of 2006 by Anthony Giorgio and Mark Doliner.
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