In short: this article is primarily focused on gamers who play on Linux and grew up on the games, which we call “retro” these days.
A new era for gaming in Linux. Now we have great games for Linux with stunning visual effects that please the eye of each player. But who can forget those nostalgic games that made us gamers? Those were the days when more than anything we love to stay connected to our Nintendo consoles.
In this article we will try to refresh your childhood memories, showing you how to install and run some awesome retro games of those times.
To play exact versions of those games, you can install a Nintendo emulator, such as ZSNES. It is a free software open source! SNES stands for Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Z in the acronym apparently refers to the alias developers zsKnight and _Demo_. Users of operating systems based on Debian can install a ZSNES via apt-get using the command “sudo apt-get install zsnes”.
After installation, you can launch the ZSNES emulator from the applications menu or from terminal with the command “zsnes”. Using the game menu, you can download from the list to load a virtual disk of the game of your choice. Don’t worry, I’ll show you how it’s done.
How to install and run a SNES game
1. From the command line, run the following commands to install ZSNES:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install zsnes
2. Download the image of the beloved game. Here is the complete list of games, among which there are certainly your favorite.
To download ROMs with game packs.
3. Launch ZSNES from terminal with the command “zsnes” or through the applications menu:
4. From the main menu you can load the disk image need game. Once you upload them on the above links, be sure to remove it to find the file .smc. Is the file you want to run. Here I have downloaded and launched the game SWATKats.
To switch to full screen mode, use the shortcut: “Alt + Enter”.
In the article, I used the ZNSES emulator, but there are other emulators that you can use to play retro games on Linux. In fact, there is a distribution of Linux Lakka, which can turn your computer into a game console in retro style.
17 retro games for Linux
Let’s look at some versions of the famous games that was originally created for Linux or can be run using WINE or emulators.
Undoubtedly one of the most legendary characters in video game history, Mario conquered us and forever took its place in our hearts! We have browsed many topics on fan forums and discovered that there are different versions of Mario available for games… some of them are the executable files for Windows (easy to configure via Wine /PlayOnLinux), and some native Linux version! Many of the original games Mario is in the list of SNES and NES ROMs.
#2 Road Rash
Very nostalgic and hugely popular title video game Road Rash. The game has memorable kicks, slaps, chain shots and some undeniably funny moments!
#3 Dangerous Dave
This is another popular retro computer game by John Romero in 1988.
To start the game, it is recommended to use Dosbox or Wine. Download the executable file at this link. And be sure to specify the path to the location of the game using the configuration file for Dosbox.
#4 Wrestlemania – The Arcade Game
In my childhood it was my favorite game. I often played for the Yokozuna, he seemed invincible, and most of his attacks were pretty funny! And the whole game overall was very fun, from the ghosts of the Undertaker to electric shock Doink! And after I learned how to do combos, my Yoko became invincible!
To set this game in the same way that Dave described above. Download the executable file here.
#5 Bomber Man
To play the original version, you can use a NES emulator, as described in the beginning of this article. This list contains a lot of NES games.
Contra is undoubtedly one of the most memorable arcade games for every passionate gamer. Contra is included in the list of NES games published above. But Contra III – the Alien Wars SNES in the list.
#7 Mission Impossible
“Mission impossible” can be run using the Nintendo 64 emulator called Mupen64 Plus. You can download it here. And the virtual disk containing the game here.
#8 Donkey Kong
Remember the adventures of a gorilla named donkey Kong? In this case, you can try it on Linux with the emulator JNES. The game is part of the same list NES.
There is hardly anyone who does not know about the sailors Popeye! Try this game in their system Linux using VisualBoy Advance Emulator, designed to emulate Gameboy games. Here’s a version for Ubuntu. The game is included in the full list of virtual disks mentioned in the introduction.
#10 Yie Ar Kung fu
This is another NES classic from Konami. In the beginning it seems easy, but gradually becomes more complicated, and by the end begins the tin. Included in the list.
#11 Legend of Kage
That will certainly bring back some wonderful childhood memories. Legend of Kage is also another favorite of the NES from Taito Corporation.
#12 Circus Charlie
It was definitely delicious. Image search for in the list of NES.
#13 Road Fighter
Ah, this shiny little red car! Included in the list of NES.
Crash looks pretty funny! Included in the aforementioned NES list.
A nostalgic adventure in space! Available in NES.
#16 Judge Dredd
Bring judge Dredd, a law enforcement officer, which always allows justice to prevail! Available in lists SNES and Gameboy.
Another memorable space adventure! Download it here. You will need a NES emulator.
With deep respect, hats off to nicoblog for the preservation of what one day will be called “heritage video games”. And, speaking of the future, I remember the game “Back to the future”, which is also included in the list of NES along with a sequel!
I hope you go on reading this article and will survive again those good old days.
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