This tutorial is to help you with ZSNES. ZSNES is a Super Nintendo emulator. What ZSNES is most well known for its nifty features and easy-to-use interface. ZSNES has been around since the mid 90’s, holding a precious spot in the hearts of all classic gamers who’ve kept up with emulation since then. Official ZSNES releases are still made
If any of the features mentioned in this tutorial are not present in your ZSNES, that simply means you need to update it. CoolRom may not have the most recent ver. you can find it here on the officaial ZSNES website http://www.zsnes.com/Extracting & Placement.
Extracting & Placement
I suggest you make a new folder called “SNES” within a folder called “Nintendo” within a folder called “Emulation”. You don’t have to, but it makes things a little easier keeping everything nice and organized. Extract all the contents of this emulator’s zip file into the “SNES” folder. Put all of your SNES ROMs into the SNES folder too. ZSNES has zip support, so you do not have to extract ROMs from their zip files. Double-click on ZSNES icon to open it.
1. It doesn’t support my color! The error message: “ZSNESw does snot support 24bit color. Please change your resolution to either 16bit or 32bit color”. To correct this, right-click on an empty spot on your desktop then left-click on Properties. Look towards the top where the tabs are, click on Settings. You will arrive here. In the spot where the red arrow points at, click in the option that says 16bit. If a 32bit option is available then choose that. Then choose Apply then OK.
2. DirectX?! If you get an error that says something about you need a higher version of DirectX then just go to the DirectX Home Page to download the latest version of DirectX (it’s free).
3. Just a black square! If you get nothing but a black square then just press Alt+Enter to bring ZSNES to full screen.
4. The screen is purple and scary looking! Your screen may look like this in window mode. Just press Alt+Enter to bring ZSNES to full screen and it’ll look fine.
Setting up the keyboard or gamepad
1. Click on the Config menu then Input.
2. You’ll arrive to the configuration screen Click on KEYB/JOYSTICK then click on the SET KEYS button.
3. A tiny window will pop up asking you to press the button for the corresponding SNES button. You can press any button you want. If you have a gamepad then press the buttons on the gamepad. Gamepad buttons have a “J” then a number.
4. You could also set up turbo buttons. Click on the “—” then click on the button you want to be turbo. If you want to set up the buttons for Player 2 then just go Input #2.
Loading a game
1. Click on the Game menu then Load. If you placed ZSNES in the same folder as your games then you will see them there.
2. Double-click on a game to play it.
3. If you placed your games in another folder then you will have to search for it manually with ZSNES’s DOS-like file browser. To do so, just click on the folder names; “..” brings you back one directory.
Save states is a feature that saves the exact spot you are in a game.
1. Once a game is open, go to the Game menu then SAVE STATE.
2. To recall your saved state, click on Open State within the Game menu.
3. ZSNES allows you to save up to 10 different save states for a single game. To choose a save state slot, click on PICK STATE within the Game menu, then choose the slot #1 you want to use.
4. To make things easier for you, you can set a keyboard button to save and load your states within the Game Keys menu.
Save states with the F3 key
Pressing F3 during gameplay opens up a the Save State Slot thumbnail viewer. Just press the left & right arrow keys to move along the track, then press Enter on the save state slot you want to use.
Now there are lots of other options but there not to needed to get you started with SNES emulation.