The Best SNES Emulators for Windows 10

If you have not spent hours on the Nintendo in your childhood, then you’ve surely missed out a lot on life. Nintendo was firstly developed in Japan and it kept selling them till the early 2000s and they sold almost 50 million of these all over the globe, it was more of a revolution.

best snes emulators for windows 10

There are still a lot of collectors trying to get their hands on this piece of gold and then there are a lot of us who miss playing games like Contra, Mario, Spiderman, Athletics on this console – so for those, we have this list of best SNES emulators for Windows 10.

So without further delay, why don’t you start reading about them:

Best SNES Emulators for Windows 10

1. SNES9x

SNES9x SNES emulator has been one of the most successfully running emulators for SNES, it is also available on Windows 8 and Windows 7. It supports various image formats like .smc and .fig. The controls can be configured easily.

The latest version of this emulator is v1.54 that was released in October of 2016. The basic requirements for downloading this are just 512MB of RAM and DirectX 9.0 or later. The best thing about this is, it’s absolutely free to download.

The developers have re-written all the renderer files in the latest update and now the emulator is working even smoother. So it’s surely going to take you back to your childhood.

The development work of this emulator has gone down drastically so don’t expect any bug fixes, you’ll have to handle the problems all on your own. Apart from slow development work, there aren’t any big issues related to this emulator.

Installation Guide

Since the installation of SNES9x is quite different from the installation of other emulators, here’s a quick guide to help you install this emulator.

1. Go to the download page and choose any of the mirrors to download from.

2. Download the suitable file for your Windows 10 PC. Extract the Zip file.

3. In the folder, you need to click on the application file named as Snes9X to run the emulator.

snes9x emulator

Note: In case, you receive the error “D3dx9_43.dll Not Found“. You need to download the latest version of DirextX to fix this error.

4. Now you need to configure your controller. In case, you don’t have any third party controller, then you can also use Keyboard.

To configure the mode of Input, switch to Input -> Input configuration from the context menu. Now you see the following screen:

snes9x emulator-input

Here you need to select the joypad of your choice with Joypad #1 for the first player, Joypad #2 for the second player etc.

snes9x emulator-controller settings

In case, you’ve third party controller, then install it on your Windows 10 PC. Using the same menu, you can also configure it.

Once you have done with configuration, you’re all set to play the games.

5. Go to File available on the toolbar and select Load Game option. Browse to the location of a ROM of Games which you want to play. Double click to load the game.

load snes game in snes9x emulator

Note: You don’t need to extract the Zip file. You can run the ROM of game from its archive

5. Voila! You’ll see the game being simulating on your Windows machine.

Play SNES game using Snes9x Emulators for Windows 10

Play SNES game using Snes9x Emulators for Windows 10

While playing the game, if you want to Enter or Exit the full-screen mode, then use ALT + ENTER hotkeys

Some other SNES Emulators

2. Higan

Higan is another emulator available for Windows 10 users. It just not only supports the SNES but it also supports various other consoles like Famicom, Super Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Wonder Swan Color etc.

The multi-system support of Higan makes it very attractive since you don’t have to download emulators for other consoles. It’s available on other OS platforms like Linux 3.2+, OS X 10.7+ etc. Higan is also available for free download.

Higan is very famous among developers too because it’s said to be emulating the original console in the most accurate way and is well praised for keeping the works of original developers still alive.

3. RetroArch

RetroArch is more of a professionally well-built emulator we have on the list. It also supports multiple files of various formats. RetroArch offers features like real-time rewinding and GGPO netplay, remote networked sound support, multi-pass shaders, it works extremely smooth with Linux, has great compatibility with almost every OS.

Like other emulators, it also allows you to change controls accordingly. You can save and load your current state anywhere in the game. Netplay feature allows you to play one game online with your friends, that is kind of amazing since you don’t need their physical presence anymore.

RetroArch too is totally free to download and since it’s free, you must give it a try.


ZSNES is another emulator that helps you play your childhood Nintendo games on PC. ZSNES has been there for a long time now. You can even install the Xbox 360 controller on your PC and actually get the same feel you used to have when you were young – playing Mario using a controller.

ZSNES has got its name already placed in one of the best SNES emulators for Windows, and now they have developed it for Windows 10 too.

Disclaimer: Due to illegal nature of the content provided by ROM sites, we’re not mentioning direct to SNES game ROM sites. This above guide only shows you the detailed step on how to experience SNES games using an emulator on Windows 10.

Where to find the ROM?

Since we have given out you a big list of SNES emulators that you can download on your Windows 10 machine, it becomes an obligatory duty for us to tell you where to find the ROMs for these emulators.

Well, most of the users would just Google out the name of the game and search for its ROM file, for example, “SNES ROM for Mario” etc.

Enjoy the SNES on your Windows 10 PC.

I will love to hear your opinion about these tools in the comment.

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