higan – Nintendo multi-system emulator

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.

higan requires various firmware files to emulate certain games.

The emulator is released under an open source license.

higan has top-tier support for the following consoles:

  • Nintendo Super Famicom/Super Nintendo Entertainment System, including add-on hardware:
    • Super Game Boy.
    • Sufami Turbo.
  • Nintendo Game Boy Advance.

Features include:

  • 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.
  • Full sound.
  • Automatic input configuration.
  • Cross-platform support – runs under Linux, FreeBSD, macOS, and Windows.

The emulator also supports these consoles:

  • Satellaview add-on for the Super Famicom. The Satellaview system was developed and released by Nintendo to receive signals broadcast from satellite TV station WOWOW’s satellite radio subsidiary, St.GIGA.
  • Nintendo Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System. Full-speed emulation for the Super Famicom base unit requires an Intel Core 2 Duo (or AMD equivalent).
  • Nintendo Game Boy – an 8-bit handheld game console. It was Nintendo’s first handheld game console, combining features from both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game & Watch.
  • Nintendo Game Boy Color – like the Game Boy it has a custom 8-bit processor. But it features a color screen.
  • Sega Master System – a third-generation home video game console manufactured by Sega between 1985 and 1992.
  • Sega Game Gear – 8-bit fourth generation handheld game console released by Sega.
  • Sega Mega Drive/Genesis – 16-bit home video game console developed and sold by Sega.
  • NEC PC Engine/TurboGrafx 16 (but not the CD-ROM² System/TurboGrafx-CD) – a cartridge based home video game console manufactured and marketed by NEC Home Electronics
  • NEC SuperGrafx – an upgraded version of the PC Engine.
  • Bandai WonderSwan – a 16-bit handheld game console that is playable both vertically and horizontally.
  • Bandai WonderSwan Color – adds color and updates to the screen.

Support: GitLab code repository
Developer: byuu
License: GNU General Public License v3.0


higan is written in C++. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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