Beyond the new generation consoles, such as the PS4 or Xbox One, those of us born in the 80s or 90s, we probably have a favorite console that it has nothing to do with the new generation. Nostalgia can and surely we do not find a source of fun as great as the old Nintendo, Sega, or PlayStation in its infancy.
We know the new generations of video games are spectacular. Still, the old ones have a totally different essence, Based more on imagination and not so much on the power of graphics. In Ubunlog we want to dedicate an entry to these consoles that already have their time, and therefore we bring you a list of 10 best emulators for Ubuntu. Let’s get started.
To begin with, we will go back to the late 90s and early 2000s, a period of time in which the PlayStation i PlayStation 2 of Sony (1995 and 2000, respectively). There are multiple emulators for these consoles. These are the ones we like the most:
To install this PS1 emulator, we first need to have the SDL graphics library installed. To do this, simply execute the following command on the terminal:
sudo apt-get install libsdl2-2.0
Then we can go to the official site of ePSXe, and in the downloads section proceed to download the package corresponding to Linux.
Once we have downloaded it, we unzip it and through the terminal we go to the directory where we have unzipped the emulator with cd / directory / path. Once inside directories unzipped, if we do ls we will see that there is a script called «ePSXe». Well, here is the scrpit we need to run to install ePSXe, using the following command:
And this one! From now on you can emulate PS1 video games on your Ubuntu!
PCSX (advanced for PlayStation)
PCSX is an advanced PlayStation 1 emulator, which uses a plugin architecture for offer support for all features of PS1. To install we can do it by looking for the program PCSX in the Software Center and proceed with the installation, or install it through the terminal, as always:
sudo apt-get install PCSX
PCSX2 (PlayStation 2)
To install this emulator, we must perform a procedure similar to that of ePSXw. First, we need install SDL if we do not have it installed. Then we go to the downloads section from the official site of PCSX2, and we download the package. The next step is also the same, we go through the terminal to the unzipped directory, and inside us we will find a script again this time called “PCSX2”, which we can also run using:
Now it’s the turn of Nintendo. Of the older consoles I remember from Nintendo, from my point of view the best were GameBoy Color and GameBoy Advance. With them, for the first time, you could play your favorite video games wherever you wanted and whenever you wanted, until the batteries ran out. Somehow they were the first handheld consoles to succeed in the market. These are the emulators we want to show you in Ubunlog:
KiGB (GameBoy and GameBoy Color)
To install this GameBoy and GameBoy Color emulator, we have to do it by following the same procedure that to download the emulators we mentioned from PlayStation and PlayStation 2:
- Download, in the KiGB official site, The corresponding Linux package.
- Unzip it and go, through the terminal, to unzipped directory (using cd).
- Once inside the unzipped directory, we run the installation script called “kigb” using suo ./kigb
VisualBoy Advance (GameBoy Advance)
VisualBoy Advance is an emulator of GameBoy Advance with GBA, GBC, and SGB ROM support. This emulator is very easy to install as it already comes in the official Ubuntu repositories by default. You can install directly from the Ubuntu Software Center or from the terminal with the following command:
sudo apt-get install VisualBoyAdvance
In addition, there are also several emulators of the latest Nintendo DS. What I used the most and liked the most is the following:
This NDS emulator also comes by default in the official Ubuntu repositories, so installing it is as easy as:
sudo apt-get install DeSmuME
Also, we would be making a serious mistake if we did not mention the old Nintendo 64, one of the first consoles to have 3D graphics. One of the best emulators is:
To install we can also do it from the Software Center or through the terminal with:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mupen64plus
So that the emulator can run using a graphical interface, We need to install one of the many GUIs that exist for Mupen64Plus. One of them is M64Py. We can download this GUI from link provided by the official website. As you can see, this is a .deb file, so by double-clicking on it, we can install directly from the Software Center, and we can run Mupen64Plus on a graphical interface.
Now, when we talk about quintessential retro consoles, SEGA is one of the first names that come to mind. It is true that SEGA, as far as consoles are concerned, has not been able to keep pace with Nintendo or PlayStation, but surely the first consoles that came out in their day cheered the afternoon to more than one child. That is why these are some SEGA console emulators:
To install this free Dreamcast emulator, you can also do so from its official site. If we download the .deb package for our architecture, by clicking on it, we can install the emulator directly from the Ubuntu Software Center.
Yabause (Sega Saturn)
Another great emulator, in this case the SEGA Saturn, is the Yabause. In addition, we can also install directly from the Software Center or from the terminal with sudo apt-get yabause.
In Ubunlog we also want to bring you some emulators of Arcade video game machines, which were so successful in the 80s.
This is an emulator for MAME machines. We can install from this page by clicking on the package advancemame-1.4.tar.gz. Once unzipped to the directory, we can install it by running the bash script called “install-sh” which can be found inside unzipped directory. To run it we can do it with:
We know that there are countless emulators, and dedicating an article to all of them would be a virtually impossible job. We hope you leave us in the comments section your opinions on emulators that we mentioned in the article, or tell us directly what your favorites are.