3 NES Emulators to Play Old NES Games in Linux


A quick look at three NES game emulators in Linux.

If you want to play the old retro games such as Super Mario, Pokemon etc in latest Ubuntu, Linux Mint versions, there are plenty of emulators available. Here are three emulators which you can try if you want to play old retro games.


ZSNES is a Super Nintendo Emulator that can run on Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and DOS. It runs as GUI interface where you can load ROM of NES games.

Here is how to install ZSNES. Run below command from terminal:

sudo apt-get install zsnes

After installation, search for ZSNES from Dash or type zsnes in terminal.



ZSNES Running in Ubuntu

ZSNES Running in Ubuntu



higan is an emulator for Nintendos SNES, NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance. It was formerly called bsnes and the SNES emulation is especially complete and polished.

higan strives to provide the most faithful hardware emulation possible. It focuses on accuracy and clean code, rather than speed and special features. It is meant as a reference emulator to document how the underlying hardware works.

Here is how to install higan from command line.

sudo apt-get install higan

Higan Running in Ubuntu



GNOME FCE Ultra (gfceu) is a graphical front-end for the FCE Ultra Nintendo Entertainment System intended for the GNOME desktop. Gfceu eases the gaming experience for the user and provides a clean, simple, and intuitive interface.

Run below commands from terminal to install gfceu.

sudo apt-get install gfceu

gfceu running in Ubuntu

Download Game ROMs

There are hundreds of websites which provides NES ROMs. Here are few of them where you can download NES ROM. Once downloaded, unzip them and open from the emulator menu.

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