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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.
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.
3 Games Added to VirtualSuperNES.com!
Brandish, Frogger, and Super Bomberman 2 have been added to VirtualSuperNES.com.
The Grand Opening of ClassicSegaOnline.com!
Emulation Collective is proud to announce that ClassicSegaOnline has launched with a total of 115 games for the Sega Master System and Sega Game Gear. With the launch of ClassicSegaOnline, Emulation Collective has now reached 74.04% of our goal for Games Project 2012.
You can help us reach 100% by the end of the year by donating your old games to Emulation Collective, or donating a few dollars to help us buy more games for the Emulation Collective library. Not only will you help us achieve our goal of building the world's largest freely available digital games library, you also get great rewards for donating. If you donate 10 or more games, you get a free new game for the DS, Wii, PSP, PS3, or 360! Or, for a limited time, if you donate $50 or more, you get an embroidered Emulation Collective hat.
Thank you for your support of Emulation Collective.
PSA: It's Not Like We're Rolling in SuperPAC Money.
Elections are coming up in the United States. This, of course, means that hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars will be spent on political campaigns by a few dozen plutocrats alone. We, here at Emulation Collective, don't exactly have the favor of these wealthy individuals, as we wield no political power.
That being the case, we must find a way to make up our budget shortfalls somehow. Emulation Collective, as you may have noticed, doesn't employ banner, pop-up, or interstitial advertisements. Considering that we're actually considered a library, we must rely on private donations to fund our operating costs and the costs of purchasing more games for addition to our library. Considering the state of the economy, the number of donations we've received have dried up a bit. This has caused the relative lack of new games being added to Emulation Collective websites in the last 2 months.
For this reason, we must ask you, the players, to dig out your boxes of old videogames and send them off to us, or to donate a few bucks to Emulation Collective so that we can cover our operational costs and buy more classic games for the six different systems that we provide our services for.
Thank you for your support of Emulation Collective.
Emulation Collective Announces ClassicSegaOnline!
As we near the 6th anniversary of what is now called Emulation Collective — a feat that we have been able to achieve only because of the support of our users — it is an honor to be able to announce that Emulation Collective will be launching ClassicSegaOnline, our new website for Sega Master System & Sega Game Gear games, on October 31st.
Before I wax poetic about Sega, I must mention that the development and deployment of ClassicSegaOnline is handled by Emulation Collective East, the group responsible for the design of Emulation Collective websites (like this one), and maintaining our central games library. Emulation Collective West & KryptonWare Solutions will continue to collaborate to bring more advancements to the emulation technology that powers VirtualSuperNES, VirtualGBX, and VirtualNES. As such, it is important to note that the launch of ClassicSegaOnline does not impact the speed of updates handled by the websites handled by Emulation Collective West.
Now that we've got that out of the way, here's some awesome statistics about ClassicSegaOnline:
- It supports Light Gun emulation.
- It supports 99% of all Master System & Game Gear games.
- It isn't plagued by inconsistent speed like other similar websites are.
Sounds great, right? Well, we need your help to kick off ClassicSegaOnline with a bang and make a solid finish to Games Project 2012. You can do this by donating donating your old videogames to Emulation Collective, or donating a few dollars to help us buy more games. With your help, we can launch ClassicSegaOnline with more games than we launched VirtualGBX or VirtualSuperNES with.
As always, thanks for your continued support of Emulation Collective.
Edit: You can send us a wish list of what games you'd like to see available on ClassicSegaOnline.