How to Play Almost 1000 Classic NES Games on Your PC with FCE Ultra
If you are a fan of retro gaming, you might have a collection of old Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) cartridges lying around. But what if you don't have the original console or a working controller? Or what if you want to play some rare or obscure games that are hard to find or expensive to buy?
Fortunately, there is a solution: emulation. Emulation is the process of using software to mimic the hardware and functionality of another system. With emulation, you can play NES games on your PC, using your keyboard, mouse, or a gamepad. You can also enjoy features like save states, cheats, filters, and more.
One of the best NES emulators for PC is FCE Ultra. FCE Ultra is a free and open-source emulator that supports almost 1000 NES games, including popular titles like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Mega Man, Castlevania, and many more. FCE Ultra also has a high compatibility rate, meaning that most games will run smoothly and without glitches.
In this article, we will show you how to download and install FCE Ultra on your PC, how to load and play NES games with it, and how to customize the settings and controls to your liking.
Downloading and Installing FCE Ultra
The first step is to download FCE Ultra from its official website: https://fceux.com/web/home.html. You can choose between the stable version or the latest development version. The stable version is more tested and reliable, while the development version may have more features and bug fixes.
Once you have downloaded the FCE Ultra zip file, extract it to a folder of your choice. You don't need to install anything; just run the fceux.exe file to launch the emulator.
Loading and Playing NES Games
The next step is to get some NES games to play. You can use your own NES cartridges if you have a device that can dump them to your PC, or you can download them from the internet. However, be aware that downloading ROMs (digital copies of games) may be illegal in some countries if you don't own the original game.
Once you have some NES ROMs on your PC, you can load them with FCE Ultra by clicking on File > Open ROM or pressing Ctrl+O. You can also drag and drop the ROM file onto the emulator window. FCE Ultra supports various file formats for NES ROMs, such as .nes, .zip, .rar, .7z, .gz, etc.
After loading a ROM, the game will start automatically. You can use your keyboard or a gamepad to control the game. By default, the keyboard controls are:
Z: A button
X: B button
Enter: Start button
Backspace: Select button
Arrow keys: Directional pad
You can change these controls by clicking on Config > Input or pressing Alt+I. You can also configure a gamepad by clicking on Config > Gamepad or pressing Alt+G.
Customizing the Settings and Controls
FCE Ultra has many options and features that you can customize to enhance your gaming experience. For example, you can:
Save and load your game progress at any point by using save states (File > Save State or Load State)
Cheat in games by using built-in cheat codes or adding your own (Tools > Cheats)
Change the video settings to improve the graphics quality or add filters (Config > Video)
Change the audio settings to adjust the sound volume or enable stereo sound (Config > Sound)
Record and play back your gameplay sessions (Tools > Movie)
Capture screenshots of your games (Tools > Screenshot)
Play online with other players using netplay (Tools > Netplay)
You can explore all these options and more by browsing through the menus and dialogs of FCE Ultra. You can also access the online help by clicking on Help > Contents or pressing F1.