Super Nintendo Entertainment System

bsnes – standalone SNES emulator using the higan SNES core

bsnes is a Super Nintendo / Super Famicom emulator.

The emulator concentrates on performance, features, and ease of use.

bsnes is a subset project of higan. higan emulates a number of classic video-game consoles of the 1980s and 1990s, allowing you to play classic games on a modern general-purpose computer.

It does not include any game specific hacks, or idle-loop skipping optimizations commonly found in other emulators.

Features include:

  • Choose different profiles: Accuracy, compatibility, or performance.
  • Cycle accurate emulation.
  • Multi-threaded PPU renderer to take advantage of multi-core CPUs.
  • Direct loading of ROM files without the library or game folders.
  • Support for DSP1, DSP2, DSP3, DSP4, OBC1, SA1, SDD1, SPC7110, SRTC, ST010, and SuperFX custom chips.
  • Video filter, which allows you to “upscale” Super Nintendo games. Choose from None, Pixellate2x, Scale2x, 2xSaI, Super 2xSaI, Super Eagle, LQ2x, HQ2x, and NTSC.
  • Smooth video output.
  • Video modes: Scale 1x, Scale 2x, Scale 3x, Scale4x, Scale5x, correct aspect ratio, NTSC, and PAL.
  • Emulation speed: Slowest, slow, normal, fast, and fastest.
  • Full sound.
  • Automatic input configuration.
  • Cheat editor.
  • Cheat finder.
  • State manager.
  • Effect toggle.
  • Cross-platform support – runs under Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, and Windows.

Support: GitLab code repository
Developer: byuu
License: GNU General Public License version 3


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