Children of the 90s can rejoice: SNES games for PC users are now available! If you want to play
If you have DOS games you'd like to play that no longer work with your computer, check out my How to Play DOS Games on Vista tutorial, which works for any version of Windows.
1. Find a ROM
In order to start playing SNES games for PC, you must first, obviously, find a copy of the game! There are bunches of these copies, or ROMS, available for download throughout the Internet. I recommend starting you search at snesclassics.com. They have a whole library of SNES game ROMS available for download, listed alphabetically. If you can't find the one you want, google "(game you're looking for) SNES ROM," and you should find it.
Once you've found the SNES games for PC you're looking for, download them and put the ROMs in a directory that you can remember.
2. Get zSNES emulator
zSNES is an emulator, or software that can run SNES downloads of games. zSNES is relatively simple to use and does a great job at emulating the gaming environment. Download zSNES at SourceForge, and extract the files from the zipped folder. Then, just run the zsnes file to boot up zSNES.
3. Getting the SNES games to run
The final step you have to do to play your SNES games for PC is to load the ROM and run it. Boot up zSNES and use the keyboard to navigate to the GAME menu. Hit LOAD. Then, direct zSNES to where your downloaded SNES ROM is, and hit OK. Then, go to the GAME menu again and hit RUN.
If you need to see what keys on the keyboard correspond to what actions, go to the CONFIG menu and select INPUT. Here you can set keys that work best for you.
This is all you have to do to get SNES games for PC to work. However, there is one thing you can do to make the experience much more realisic:
4. Buy a USB SNES controller
I seriously am in love with the fact that people even make these! You can get a controller just like the ones you use on an actual Super Nintendo machine and have the experience you had playing these games on an SNES console. They sell these online, as well as in some specialty computer stores, so shop around and see what you can find.
Happy vintage gaming!