Admittedly, I’ve never been a big fan of emulation. I always prefered the “real thing”. Two things have recently changed my opinion: Lack of money/place and a new Super Nintendo style USB controller.
Many people don’t know, but there are really plenty of very well-done emulators out there for PowerPC Macintoshs. Most of them were ported to the Mac by a guy named Richard Bannister. Which is pretty awesome, because all the emulators share the same layout / settings. Know one, know all. Mr. Bannister also supplies a so-called “emulator enhancer”, a small utility that needs to be put into your library folder and enables stuff like USB gamepad support or instant save among a few other things.
He asks a well deserved shareware fee of 29 $ which may look pricy at first glance, but then again it will work with all his emulators. And he covers almost all major machines from the early 80s to the late 90s. You’re free to try out Emulator Enhancer as long as you wish before registering, there is no limitation. So Richard trusts that those using his software will be honest and eventually signing up. I registered two weeks ago via paypal and it worked fine.
Development has progressed and the latest versions are all optimized for Intel machines. However, Richard offers an archive of older versions that run under 10.4.11. I did some testing over the past two weeks and the last versions for us Tiger users are:
Emulator Enhancer 2.3
GameBoy: KiGB v2.0.5
Game Boy Advance: Boycott Advance v0.4.0
NES: Nestopia v1.4.1
Super NES: BSNES v0.5.0 (requires a fast G4 or better!)
Master System: SMS Plus v.1.3.3
Mega Drive: Generator v0.4.4
PC-Engine: TGEmu 0.3.4 (Hu-Cards only)
Colecovision: Mugrat v0.4.3
Commodore64: Frodo v4.4.0
BBC Model B: Horizon v1.3.9
MSX: fMSX v3.5.1
Atari 800: Rainbow v1.5.6
Amstrad CPC: Arnold v1.7.8
Atari Lynx: v0.9.7
NeoGeo Pocket: v0.5.1 (no sound emulation)
WonderSwan: Oswan v0.8.1
Now that we got all the emulators that we want, we care for a fancy front-end, do we? So go and check out emulaunch, a great front-end that is exclusive for Mac OSX 10.4.10 – 10.5.6. Emulaunch basically allows you to set up organized lists for your emulators, making it so much nicer to navigate through the masses of software and picking the one you desire.
All you have to do is to create a “roms” and a “screenshots” folder inside your emulators folder and fill them with good stuff. Voilá! Have fun!
Download emulators at: http://www.bannister.org/software
Download emulaunch at: http://www.emulaunch.com/