Debian Games Project
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Emulator
Debian's emulators for games

This metapackage will install emulators.

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Debian Games Emulator packages

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Blastem
Fast and accurate Genesis emulator
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BlastEm is a highly precise multi-system emulator that emulates the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Master System and Game Gear.

Despite this high accuracy, even the most demanding software runs at full speed on modest hardware.

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Cen64
Cycle-Accurate Nintendo 64 Simulator
Maintainer: Dan Hasting
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CEN64 is a new Nintendo 64 emulator which aims for perfect emulation by simulating the hardware inside the Nintendo 64 itself, down to the register-transfer level (RTL). It is still heavy under development and currently does not have any sound emulation.

Being a cycle-accurate emulator, CEN64 has considerably high hardware requirements to achieve passable performance when emulating most Nintendo 64 titles. However, similar to the higan emulator, the cycle accuracy guarantess very high compatibility and despite its early development stage, CEN64 already allows one to run several commercial titles without or with only minor glitches.

As a distinctive feature among Nintendo 64 emulators, CEN64 offers emulation support for the 64DD external disk drive that was never released outside Japan and even there is considered rare. Thus, CEN64 offers the unique possibility for anyone to play any of the rare titles that were exclusively released on the 64DD.

Desmume
Nintendo DS emulator
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DeSmuME is a Nintendo DS emulator running homebrew demos and commercial games.

This package includes all three binaries:

  • desmume: gtk user interface;
  • desmume-glade: gtk-glade user interface;
  • desmume-cli: command line user interface.
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Dolphin-emu
Gamecube and Wii emulator
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Dolphin is an emulator for two recent Nintendo video game consoles: the GameCube and the Wii. It allows PC gamers to enjoy games for these two consoles in full HD (1080p) with several enhancements: compatibility with all PC controllers, turbo speed, networked multiplayer, and even more.

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Dosbox
x86 emulator with Tandy/Herc/CGA/EGA/VGA/SVGA graphics, sound and DOS
Maintainer: Stephen Kitt
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DOSBox is a x86 emulator with Tandy/Hercules/CGA/EGA/VGA/SVGA graphics, sound and DOS. It's been designed to run old DOS games on platforms that don't support it.

The following legacy sound devices are emulated: PC Speaker, Creative CMS/Gameblaster, Tandy 3 voice, Adlib, Sound Blaster Pro/16, Disney Soundsource and a Gravis Ultrasound. MPU-401 is forwarded to the host.

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Fceux
all-in-one NES/Famicom Emulator
Maintainer: Joe Nahmias
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FCE Ultra X [FCEUX] is an emulator of the original (8-bit) Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) released under the GNU General Public License (GPL). It includes the following features (and many more):

  * fully customizable color palette rendering engine
  * complete sound emulation (all five channels)
  * support for up to four joystick controllers
  * zapper emulation for the mouse
  * GameGenie emulation
  * accepts compressed (PKZIP, gzip) ROM images
  * TCP/IP network play
  * Lua scripting
Fs-uae-arcade
Fullscreen game browser for FS-UAE
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FS-UAE is a cross-platform Amiga emulator based on updated emulation code from WinUAE. FS-UAE uses SDL for input, OpenAL for audio and OpenGL for graphics.

This package contains FS-UAE Arcade, a fullscreen game browser for couch potatoes.

Gngb
Color Gameboy emulator
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Gngb is an emulator for GameBoy Classic, Color and others.

It uses the SDL library and OpenGL. This software supports joystick and keyboard as input.

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Hatari
Emulator for the Atari ST, STE, TT, and Falcon computers
Maintainer: Teemu Hukkanen
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Hatari is an emulator for the Atari ST line of computers.

The Atari ST was a 16/32 bit computer system which was first released by Atari in 1985. Using the Motorola 68000 CPU, it was a very popular computer having quite a lot of CPU power at that time.

Unlike many other Atari ST emulators which try to give you a good environment for running GEM applications, Hatari tries to emulate the hardware of a ST as close as possible so that it is able to run most of the old ST games and demos.

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Higan
Accurate multi-system emulator
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higan is an emulator for systems from Nintendo (SNES, NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Color, Gameboy Advance), Sega (Master System, Game Gear), NEC (PC Engine, SuperGrafx) and Bandai (WonderSwan, WonderSwan Color). It was formerly called bsnes and the SNES emulation is especially complete and polished.

higan strives to provide the most faithful hardware emulation possible. It focuses on accuracy and clean code, rather than speed and special features. It is meant as a reference emulator to document how the underlying hardware works. As a result the minimum system requirements are high.

Mame
Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME)
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MAME is a hardware emulator: it faithfully reproduces the behavior of many arcade machines (it is not a simulation). This program is not a game but can directly, through ROM images, run the complete system of these old arcade machines. These ROMs are subject to copyright and it is in most of the cases illegal to use them if you do not own the arcade machine.

This package provides the MAME binary and configuration files.

The package is enhanced by the following packages: mame-doc mess-desktop-entries
Mednaffe
front-end for the Mednafen multi-system emulator
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Mednaffe is a graphical front-end for the Mednafen multi-system emulator. It allows all of Mednafen's options to be configured, and provides simple game-management features.

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Mgba-sdl
Game Boy Advance emulator (SDL frontend for mGBA)
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mGBA is a new emulator for running Game Boy Advance games. It aims to be faster and more accurate than many existing Game Boy Advance emulators, as well as adding features that other emulators lack.

This package provides the SDL UI console for mGBA.

Game Boy Advance is a registered trademark of Nintendo of America Inc. mGBA is not affiliated with or endorsed by any of the companies mentioned.

Mupen64plus-ui-console
console frontend for mupen64plus
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Minimal console user interface for mupen64plus. Features provided:

  • Changeable emulation plugins for audio, core, input, rsp, video
  • Selection of emulation core
  • Graphical OSD for status output
  • Setting of configuration variable per session or in configuration file
  • Cheat database support
  • Loading of roms

It does not provide any sort of graphical setup or functionality to uncompress files.

Nestopia
Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom emulator
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Nestopia is a cycle-accurate NES/Famicom emulator. It has a high compatibility rate and support for many peripherals and input devices.

Features:

  • Save states
  • Movie recording
  • Game rewinding
  • GUI or command line interface
  • Emulation of NTSC, PAL, and Dendy systems
  • Support for NES Zapper games
  • Support for Famicom Disk System games

Nestopia requires OpenGL 3.2 or later.

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Osmose-emulator
Sega Master System and Game Gear console emulator
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A multi-machine emulator for platforms of Sega consoles (Master System and Game Gear) and compatible for all games.

Simulates hardware extremely accurately which ensures that these classic games are represented exactly like they were on the real systems.

Osmose has a clean graphical user interface based on QT and a simplified setup process, and supports ROM archives in the SMS and GG formats.

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Pcsxr
Sony PlayStation emulator
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PCSX is an advanced PlayStation (PSX) emulator, which uses a plugin architecture to provide full support for all components of the PSX. It has full emulation support for gamepads, videos, sound, memory cards, and other important PSX components, and is able to play many games without problems.

This package contains PCSX-Reloaded, which is based on PCSX-df 1.9 which is in turn based on the original PCSX.

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Retroarch
Simple frontend for the libretro library
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RetroArch is an open source, multi-platform frontend for the libretro API. It can be used as a modular multi emulator system, game engine, media player and 3D technical demonstration. These features are available through libretro cores.

It provides three built-in GUI: RGUI, XMB and GLUI.

Stella
Atari 2600 Emulator for SDL & the X Window System
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Stella is a portable emulator of the old Atari 2600 video-game console. You can play most Atari 2600 games with it.

Stella's features include:

  • emulation of Atari 2600 joysticks, keyboards, paddles and driving controllers using the host system's input peripherals;
  • emulation of trackballs, joysticks, booster grips, driving controllers and the Amiga Mouse using the host system's mouse;
  • support for real Atari 2600 controllers using the Stelladaptor, 2600-daptor or 2600-daptor II;
  • support for real Atari 7800 controllers using the 2600-daptor II;
  • support for the speech portion of a real AtariVox device;
  • support for Supercharger single-load and multi-load games;
  • emulation of CRT TV features, including texturing, colour bleed, RF noise and phosphor burn-off (requires OpenGL).

An extensive debugger is included, with the Distella disassembler.

Note that this is not isee systems' STELLA modeling, simulation and analysis tool.

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Virtualjaguar
Cross-platform Atari Jaguar emulator
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Virtual Jaguar is a cross-platform emulator for Atari's infamous Jaguar console, the last video game system to be ever released by the now defunct company. The Jaguar was marketed as the first 64-bit video game system despite the fact that it was actually a 32-bit system at heart, just the blitter operated in 64-bit mode. The system was a commercial failure and eventually lead to Atari leaving the market for video game systems for good.

This emulator features an intuitive user interface and emulation of all of the major subsystems of the Atari Jaguar console. This includes full GPU and DSP emulation as well as emulation of the Atari Jaguar CD. Most of the commercial Atari games are supported, albeit some of them have some minor glitches when running in the emulator.

Visualboyadvance
full featured Game Boy Advance emulator
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VisualBoyAdvance is a Game Boy Advance emulator that works with many ROMs that are publically available. It features save states (like those that are available in ZSNES), full screen support, joystick support, the all-important 'speedup emulation' key for impatient gamers, and a lot more.

It also contains many useful tools for Game Boy Advance developers, such as powerful GDB and gprof integration.

This package contains a version of VisualBoyAdvance compiled with the original GUI-less SDL interface.

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Yabause
beautiful and under-rated Saturn emulator
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Yabause is a Sega Saturn emulator. It has the following features:

  • booting games from CD-ROM and ISO files
  • booting games with either an emulated or original BIOS
  • screenshot support
  • savegame backups
  • cheat system
  • fullscreen playing
  • multiple debugging options
  • joystick support
  • region select

This package is a metapackage, which installs either the Qt or the Gtk version of Yabause.

Zsnes
Emulator of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System
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ZSNES allows you to play classic games written for the Super Nintendo (SNES) game console on a GNU/Linux system.

Please note that many separately-available games playable under this emulator are non-free. See /usr/share/doc/zsnes/README.Debian for more information.

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Efp
Escape from Pong NES game
Maintainer: Nicolas Boulenguez
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Escape from Pong is a very small NES game which introduces the concept of playing Pong from the ball's point of view. You mission is to escape from 13 difficult levels, despite the paddle trying to beat you at every turn.

This game is distributed as an NES ROM. You will need an NES emulator in order to play it. A list of tested emulators is in README.Debian. The provided desktop launcher requires the fceux emulator.

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Gnome-video-arcade
Simple MAME frontend
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GNOME Video Arcade is a simple MAME frontend for the GNOME desktop. Its goal is not providing a UI for the many options MAME supports, or helping manage a ROM collection: the focus is on a clean interface that allows quick search and launch of games, thanks to the use of tags.

Wine
Windows API implementation - standard suite
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Wine is a free MS-Windows API implementation. This is still a work in progress and many applications may still not work.

This package provides essential wrappers and convenience tools for the standard Wine components. It also employs the Debian alternatives system to provide the usual command names, e.g. "wine" instead of "wine-stable".

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