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