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Welcome to VirtualSuperNES.com
VirtualSuperNES.com is the premier online destination for playing classic Super Nintendo Entertainment System games like Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, Super Metroid, LoZ: A Link to the Past, Tecmo Super Bowl, Mega Man X, and many other great SNES games, whether they be imported, homebrew, or even the elusive unreleased games.
Unlike similar websites, VirtualSuperNES.com is able to provide classic Super NES games legally. We can only provide you with classic SNES games that we have an original cartridge of, which have either been bought out of pocket or kindly donated by Players Like You™. If we don't have the games in our possession, we can't have them online. VirtualSuperNES.com is powered by the world leader in emulation software, KryptonWare Solutions.
Looking to buy some of the great games you've played on Emulation Collective websites? Check out YourGameStore.net.
Like the Legend of the Phoenix
We've had a pretty rough summer here at Emulation Collective. Things got a little crazy awhile ago with the server management—Emulation Collective is run by individual people responsible for individual parts, with almost complete autonomy, there's next to no reporting to anyone, and for the most part, groups of people do not know who the other groups are: R&D and network administration don't talk to each other at all.
So, the datacenter that our hosting provider / networking people contracted was bought up by a different company, and they decided to turn off everything on the premises. The notification that this is happening was sent to... nobody, actually. An decision way upstream of the showrunners at Emulation Collective broke a bunch of stuff, knocking us offline for about two weeks, and then in a barely operational state for another two weeks.
Now, we've brought this website back online, and things should be operating reasonably normally.
Thank you for your continued support of Emulation Collective.
The Nuance Between "Turn-Key" and "Allen Wrench"
Since April 2012, Emulation Collective has offered free promotional cards to tell your friends about our websites, which we have been able to provide through donations. Unfortunately, due to a recent postage increase by the US Postal Service and a lack of funds to continue the program, we are unable to continue providing the cards at this time.
Thank you for your continued support of Emulation Collective.
Game Controllers, or, The Triumphant Return of ZTNet Store!
Update: ZTNet Store is taking 10% off orders for Emulation Collective users with the coupon code EC10PCT. Also now in stock are super-comfortable Sega Saturn USB Retrolink controllers. Coupon expires October 21, 2013.
Long-time users of Emulation Collective websites will recall an initiative in our earlier days where users could buy USB controllers or USB-connected converters for controllers for the NES, SNES, PlayStation, and other consoles, all of which can be used with the games on the Emulation Collective websites.
We're happy to announce the return of that imitative, with the return of the ZTNet Store. ZTNet Store has controllers and adapters in stock or on the way for the NES, SNES, N64, and PlayStation. For more information on using USB controllers or adapters with Emulation Collective websites, click here.
A portion of the proceeds from items you purchase at ZTNet will go toward the Games Purchasing Fund at Emulation Collective, which will allow us to add more games to Emulation Collective websites.
Information Regarding the Server Outage
We've experienced a rather large server outage because the datacenter botched a move from their old facility to their new facility. Emulation Collective has resumed normal operations, and this issue is not expected to recur.
Thank you for your patience during this unforeseen issue, and for your continued support of Emulation Collective.
On Java, Security, and the Future of Emulation Collective
In the last six weeks, a series of unfortunate events occurred that caused a great number of problems across all Emulation Collective websites. The most troubling of them is a series of security flaws in the Java Virtual Machine, which has been completely mishandled by Oracle, eroding a great deal of trust in the security and viability of the platform. As a result, Firefox users now must click on the applet before it executes, and Mac OS X users have twice in the last three weeks simply had their installations of Java disabled by Apple. Oracle has released an update to Java on February 1st which fixes the issues (until someone finds more), and we recommend that all users update their Java installation now, and highlight that Mac OS users must update to continue, as older versions have been disabled.
Emulation Collective websites are secure, and you can continue to use them without harming your computer.
However, due to Oracle's completely mishandling of Java security, Emulation Collective is forging a new path forward for our websites that does not include Java. We feel that the natural lifetime of Java is soon coming to an end. As much as we're focused on preserving the past at Emulation Collective, Java isn't something we're sentimental about.
Our path forward is a new technology being developed at Google called NaCl, or Native Client. Emulation Collective's partner, KryptonWare Solutions, is presently working on a new emulator series that runs in NaCl, which will be available on Emulation Collective sites later this year. At present, NaCl only works in Google Chrome and the open-source Chromium browser, which has all of the performance of Chrome with none of the Google service tie-ins. We anticipate (though cannot guarantee) that NaCl support will be added to other popular browsers later this year.
We will continue to offer Java as one of many options you can use to play games online on Emulation Collective websites, but, it is important to note, that the Java options will no longer be updated. This means that existing bugs such as certain games not working in Java-based emulators, or save codes not working properly, will not be patched.
Now that we've got that description out of the way, here is Emulation Collective's path forward for each site:
VirtualSuperNES.com will be the second website to receive the new NaCl emulator for users on NaCl-compliant browsers. It will retain the i-Console emulator in Java for users of other browsers with the Java plug-in.
ClassicSegaOnline.com will retain the Java-based emulator currently in use until a plan can be decided upon.
Thank you for your patience and continued support of Emulation Collective.