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    1964 (Un-Official Homepage,Emu and Patches)
    Nintendo 64

    AAE (Homepage, Emu, Update #1, Update #2)
    AAE (P)

    Anex86 (Homepage, Emu)
    PC-9801 (used for Touhou)

    Arnold
    Amstrad GX4000

    Atari800
    Atari XEGS

    Bgb
    Nintendo Game Boy
    Nintendo Game Boy Color

    Big Fish Games
    Big Fish Games (can use PCLauncher, module is basic)

    BlueMSX
    ColecoVision
    Microsoft MSX
    Microsoft MSX2

    Bsnes (Homepage, Emu 32-bit, Emu 64-bit)
    Nintendo Entertainment System
    Nintendo Game Boy
    Nintendo Game Boy Color
    Nintendo Satellaview
    Super Nintendo Entertainment System (P)

    CCS64
    Commodore 64

    CDiEmu
    Philips CD-i (P)

    Cxbx
    Microsoft XBOX (P)

    Cygne
    Bandai Wonderswan Color

    Daphne (Homepage, 32-Bit)
    Daphne (P)

    Daphne Singe
    American Laser Games (P)
    WoW Action Max (P)

    DCVG5K
    Philips VG5000 (P)

    Demul (Homepage, 0.56, 0.56 GPU Plugin, Netplay Plugin, Pad Plugin) (0.57, 0.57 DX11 Plugin)
    Sammy Atomiswave (P)
    Sega Dreamcast
    Sega Naomi (P - but requires makaron for some games)

    DeSmuME
    Nintendo DS (P)

    DICE (Homepage, emu 32-bit, 64-bit)
    Dice (P)

    Dolphin (Homepage, 32-Bit, 64-Bit)
    Nintendo Gamecube (P)
    Nintendo Wii (P)

    Dolphin Triforce (Homepage, 32-Bit, 64-Bit)
    Sega Triforce (P)

    DOSBox (via Dfend)
    Microsoft DOS (P)

    Emu7800
    Atari 7800

    ePSXe (Homepage, Emu 1.7.0)
    Sony PlayStation

    ePV-1000
    Casio PV-1000

    E-Z Flasher
    Flash Games

    Fceux
    Nintendo Entertainment System

    Final Burn Alpha
    Final Burn Alpha
    NEC PC Engine
    NEC SuperGrafx
    NEC TurboGrafx-16
    Sega Mega Drive

    Flash Game Player (custom app)
    Flash Games

    Flash Player Projector
    Flash Games

    FreeDO
    Panasonic 3DO

    FourDO
    Panasonic 3DO (P)

    Frets on Fire X
    Frets on Fire

    Fusion (Homepage, Emu 32-bit)
    Sega 32X
    Sega CD
    Sega Game Gear
    Sega Genesis
    Sega Master System
    Sega SG-1000 (P)

    Future Pinball (Homepage, Download)
    Future Pinball

    Gambatte
    Nintendo Game Boy
    Nintendo Game Boy Color

    GameCom
    Tiger Game.com

    GeePee32
    GamePark 32

    Gens
    Sega 32X
    Sega CD
    Sega Genesis

    GEST
    Nintendo Game Boy
    Nintendo Game Boy Color

    Handy
    Atari Lynx

    Hatari
    Atari ST

    ICE64
    Nintendo 64

    Jaguar Tempest 2000 Emulator
    Atari Jaguar (Tempest only)

    Jagulator
    Atari Jaguar

    JNes
    Nintendo Entertainment System

    JPcsp
    Sony PSP (P)

    Kat5200 (Homepage, 32-Bit)
    Atari 5200 (P)

    Magic Engine
    NEC PC Engine
    NEC PC Engine-CD
    NEC SuperGrafx
    NEC TurboGrafx-16
    NEC TurboGrafx-CD

    Magic Engine FX
    NEC PC-FX

    Makaron
    Sega Dreamcast
    Sega Naomi

    MakaronEX
    Sega Dreamcast
    Sega Naomi

    Mame
    Cave
    Mame
    Nintendo Arcade Systems
    SNK Neo Geo
    SNK Neo Geo AES

    Mednafen (Homepage, Emu 32-bit)
    Atari Lynx (P)
    Bandai Wonderswan
    Bandai Wonderswan Color
    NEC PC Engine (P)
    NEC PC Engine-CD (P)
    NEC PC-FX (P)
    NEC SuperGrafx (P)
    NEC TurboGrafx-16 (P)
    NEC TurboGrafx-CD (P)
    Nintendo Entertainment System
    Nintendo Game Boy
    Nintendo Game Boy Advance
    Nintendo Game Boy Color
    Nintendo Virtual Boy (P)
    Sega Game Gear
    Sega Genesis
    Sega Master System
    SNK Neo Geo Pocket
    SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
    Sony PlayStation
    Super Nintendo Entertainment System

    Meka
    Sega Game Gear
    Sega Master System

    MESS
    Atari 2600
    Atari 5200
    Atari 7800
    Bally Astrocade
    ColecoVision (P)
    Creatronic Mega Duck
    Emerson Arcadia 2001
    Entex AdventureVision (P)
    Fairchild Channel F
    GCE Vectrex
    Magnavox Odyssey 2
    Mattel Intellivision
    RCA Studio II
    VTech CreatiVision
    Watara Supervision

    MFME
    Multi Fruit Machine Emulator

    Mjolnir
    (emu based off Mame 0100 for games based on Namco's System 21, System 22, and Super System 22 hardware)

    MUGEN (Homepage, MUGEN 1.0)
    MUGEN (required because some games will not work with PCLauncher)

    Nebula
    Sega Model 2
    SNK Neo Geo
    SNK Neo Geo AES

    NeoPop
    SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color

    NeoRaine
    SNK Neo Geo CD

    Nestopia (Homepage, Emu 32-bit)
    Nintendo Entertainment System
    Nintendo Famicom Disk System

    Nintendulator
    Nintendo Entertainment System

    No$GBA
    Nintendo DS

    Nostalgia
    Mattel Intellivision (P)

    NullDC (Homepage, Emu 1.0.4 r136)
    Sega Dreamcast (P) (use Makaron for WinCE games)

    Odyemu
    Magnavox Odyssey

    Ootake
    NEC PC Engine
    NEC PC Engine-CD
    NEC SuperGrafx
    NEC TurboGrafx-16
    NEC TurboGrafx-CD

    OpenBOR
    OpenBOR (some games have issues and may not close fully on PCLauncher)

    Parachute
    Nintendo Handheld Simulators

    ParaJVE
    GCE Vectrex (P)

    PCLauncher
    Doujin
    PC Games (P)

    PCSX-R
    Sony PlayStation

    PCSX2
    Sony PlayStation 2 (P)

    Phoenix
    Panasonic 3DO

    PlayGuy
    Nintendo Game Boy
    Nintendo Game Boy Color

    PokeMini SDL
    Nintendo Pokemon Mini (P)
    Pop Cap
    Pop Cap (some games will not close properly with PCLauncher)

    Project64 (Homepage, Emu 32-bit -- 1.61 Plugin (Homepage, download))
    Nintendo 64 (P v1.61)

    Project Tempest
    Atari Jaguar

    ProSystem
    Atari 7800 (P)

    PSXFin
    Sony PlayStation

    PSXMAME
    PSXMAME

    Radikal Bikers Emu
    Radikal Bikers (emu only plays this one game)

    RealSpectrum
    Sinclair ZX Spectrum

    Regen
    Sega Genesis

    Retroarch
    Nintendo Game Boy Advance
    Super Nintendo Entertainment System

    ScummVM (Homepage, Emu 32-Bit)
    ScummVM (P)

    Sega Model 2 Emulator (Homepage, Emulator)
    Sega Model 2

    Snes9x
    Super Nintendo Entertainment System

    Snes9xPP
    Nintendo Satellaview

    SNESGT
    Nintendo Satellaview

    Spectaculator
    Sinclair ZX Spectrum

    SSF (Homepage, Emulator, Other Versions)
    Sega Saturn (P)
    Sega ST-V (mame may do better for this hardware)

    Steam Big Picture
    Steam Big Picture

    Steem
    Atari ST

    Stella (Homepage, Emu 32-bit, Emu 64-bit, 32 & 64bit No Installer)
    Atari 2600 (P)

    SuperModel
    Sega Model 3

    T98-Next
    PC-9801 (used for Touhou)

    Taito Type X
    Taito Type X (cannot use PCLauncher)

    Turbo Engine 16
    NEC PC Engine
    NEC PC Engine-CD
    NEC SuperGrafx
    NEC TurboGrafx-16
    NEC TurboGrafx-CD

    TwoMbit
    Sega Master System
    Sega Game Gear

    U64Emu Platinum Edition
    Ultra64 (only plays Killer Instinct 1 & 2)

    UNZ
    FM Towns

    Virtual Aquarius
    Mattel Aquarius

    Virtual Jaguar
    Atari Jaguar (P)

    VisualBoyAdvance-M
    Nintendo Game Boy
    Nintendo Game Boy Advance (P)
    Nintendo Game Boy Color

    Visual Pinball
    Visual Pinball

    VivaNonno
    VivaNonno (Only plays Ridge Racer 1 & 2 and Rage Racer)

    WinArcadia
    Emerson Arcadia 2001 (P)

    WinApe
    Amstrad CPC
    Amstrad GX4000

    WinKawaks
    SNK Neo Geo
    SNK Neo Geo AES

    WinUAE
    Commodore Amiga (P)
    Commodore Amiga CD32 (P)
    Commodore Amiga CDTV (P)

    WinUAELoader
    Commodore Amiga

    WinX68k High-Speed
    Sharp X68000

    WinVICE
    Commodore 64

    Xebra
    Sony PlayStation

    XM6
    Sharp X68000

    Yabause
    Sega Saturn

    Zinc
    Zinc

    ZSNESw (Homepage, Emu 32-bit)
    Super Nintendo Entertainment System

    ZXSpin
    Sinclair ZX Spectrum
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    Re: Best Emulator For Each System 
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    This is a good list. Thank you for making it. Is there a way you can list it so it's listed by system with the emulators below it with the "P" next to the best emulator for that system.

    Also, is there anyone out there that has (according to them in their own opinion) the "perfect" setup for what emulators and settings they use for each system. I know "perfect" is subjective depending on the user but for someone just starting out, having a good base to start with would save a lot of time.
     

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    If you want to reorder it as systems, go ahead and I'll list both.

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    For anyone that is interested, I've just created a Google spreadsheet based of this original post, but merged with the info that is already in the Rocket Launcher AHK Modules.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

    Basically I scraped all the info out of the Module Headers to get supported Emulators, Versions, links and supported systems.
    I have limited the list to only "Official" Hyperspin Systems (ie http://hyperlist.hyperspin-fe.com/) and "Official" Rocket Launcher Modules
    This is mainly because the list is already very long.

    For the Preferred Emulator, I started with this thread, then added my suggestions so that each System has 1 preferred Emulator.
    I am happy to take other suggestions for preferred emulators and update this list.

    I've tried to avoid setting Retroarch as preferred, as it usually has a core based on one of the listed emulators.
    eg. For "Nintendo Entertainment System" the preferred emu is Nestopia, however the RetroArch Module uses the Nestopia_core as default.
    The exception to this are the Sega Consoles, Retroarch uses the genesis_plus_gx_libretro core, which doesn't seem to exist as another emulator.

    Finally I've added the MAME/MESS systems names and default Retroarch core for each system.

    Any feedback, comments, suggestions are welcome.
    Currently the spreadsheet is read-only, but I'm happy to allow a few other edit and help maintain this list.
     

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    I think Mame overtook AAE for AAE emulation a long time ago, at least, I remember reading that. You seem to favor Mame for a lot of the older systems. Wouldn't mind some pointers as to why, and by that I mean what's better about MAME than an older version of MESS (besides its dead, why should I bother moving if it works) and also MAME vs the MAME 170 core in RA. There was a time when I could have added to this discussion further, but RA is too.... too convenient. And I mean RA + Rocketlauncher is god-mode for couch/keyboardless set up, so as of now I've been using it for everything I can.

    Thanks!
     

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    As for AAE vs MAME, both seem to work fine for me, but I've never played these games a lot.
    I will update the list for MAME as preferred system.

    As for MESS vs MAME, basically I set everything to MAME as MESS is no longer developed as MESS.
    MAME is the new MESS! It just has a new name.
    For now the last MESS version 0.166 (i think) isn't that much different from the latest MAME, but slowly MAME will be improved. Plus even if the core systems aren't updated, other features like BGFX renderer or Scanline Simulation are always being improved.

    For RA, I also use it for most system, as its so much easier to manage the configs, etc. But I see RA more in the category of Frontend to multiple emulators. It's really the cores that are the emulators. Maybe in the future this list will be about preferred cores in RA.
     

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    Fair point on the RA cores, especially since some systems have multiple cores. I guess it would be too much to consider whether a core works better than the original emulator exe or visa versa. I always assume they don't, but often, don't care, heh. I can't open your list right now (at work) but I would say that Mednafen / the Mednefen Core in RA (For Upscaling Resolution) is by far the best in PSX emulation, and that's even with the new epsxe. The original chart doens't have anything listed as preferred for PSX emulation.
     

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    Updated PSX.
    Thanks
     

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    Hey everyone I'm a bit new to the forum however I'll chime in regardless.

    As Avar suggested in his recent Official HyperSpin tutorial MAME and RetroArch both aim to one day perfectly emulate every system in existence. In many cases MAME can run games as good as, if not better than, any other emulator.

    The project NonMAME documents the best open-source emulator for any given system, with priority given to MAME due to its comprehensive scope. This primarily involves arcade, computer, console and handheld systems.

    In most cases MAME or RetroArch are typically recommended.


    Current NonMAME Recommendation List (04/09/2016)

    MAME (Driven to Maturity)
    Acorn (Series) (Computer)
    ADAM (Computer)
    Alice32 (Computer)
    Amstrad CPC (Computer)
    Apple II (Non-IIGS) (Computer)
    Apple IIGS (Computer)
    Aquarius (Computer)
    Arcadia 2001 (Console)
    Atari 400/800 Series (Computer)
    Atari 2600 (Console)
    Atari 5200 (Console)
    Atari 7800 (Console)
    Central Data 2650 (Computer)
    ColecoVision (Console)
    CPS Changer (Console)
    CreatiVision (Computer)
    Cybiko (Handheld)
    Dreamcast Visual Memory System (Handheld)
    FM Towns Marty (Console)
    Game Boy (Handheld)
    Game Boy Advance (Handheld)
    Game Gear (Handheld)
    Genesis (Console)
    Instructor 50 (Computer)
    Intellivision (Console)
    Lynx (Handheld)
    Macintosh (Non-PowerPC)
    Master System (Console)
    MC-10 (Computer)
    MO Series (Computer)
    MSX Series (Computer)
    Neo Geo AES (Console)
    Neo Geo CD (Console)
    Odyssey2 (Console)
    Othello Multivision (Console)
    Pico (Handheld)
    PIPBUG-based Systems (Computer)
    PocketStation (Handheld)
    RX-78 (Computer)
    Sega Computer 3000 (SC-3000) (Computer)
    Sega Game 1000 (SG-1000) (Console)
    Sega Super Control Station (SF-7000) (Computer)
    Studio II (Console)
    SuperGrafx (Console)
    SuperVision (Handheld)
    TO Series (Computer)
    TurboGrafx 16 (Console)
    TurboGrafx CD (Console)
    Vectrex (Handheld)
    Videopac+ G7400 (Console)
    WonderSwan (Handheld)
    X1 (Computer)
    X68000 (Computer)
    ZX Spectrum (Computer)


    RetroArch
    32X (Console) (PicoDrive Core)
    3DO (Console) (4DO Core)
    Dreamcast (Console) (Reicast Core)
    Game Boy Color (Handheld) (Gambatte Core)
    Jaguar (Console) (Virtual Jaguar Core)
    Neo Geo Pocket / Neo Geo Pocket Color (Handheld) (Mednafen NeoPop Core)
    Nintendo 64 (Console) (Mupen64Plus Core)
    Nintendo DS (Handheld) (DeSmuME Core)
    Nintendo Entertainment System (Console) (Nestopia Core)
    PC-FX (Console) (Mednafen PC-FX Core)
    PlayStation (Console) (Mednafen PSX Core)
    PlayStation Portable (Handheld) (PSP1 Core)
    Saturn (Console) (Yabause Core)
    Sega CD (Console) (Genesis Plus GX Core)
    Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Console) (bsnes Accuracy Core)
    Virtual Boy (Handheld) (Mednafen VB Core)


    Dolphin
    GameCube (Console)
    Triforce-Based Hardware (Arcade)
    Wii (Console)


    Alto (Series) (Computer)
    Best Emulator: Salto


    Amiga (Series) (Computer)
    Best Emulator: FS-UAE


    Atari ST (Series) (Computer)
    Best Emulator: Hatari


    Commodore 64/128/PET/VIC-20 (Computer)
    Best Emulator: VICE


    Discrete Circuitry-Based Hardware: Miscellaneous (Arcade)
    Best Emulator: DICE


    Discrete Circuitry-Based Hardware: Monaco G.P. (Arcade)
    Best Emulator: HBMAME


    IBM Mainframes (Computer)
    Best Emulator: Hercules


    Laserdisc-Based Hardware (Arcade)
    Best Emulator: Daphne


    Macintosh (PowerPC) (Computer)
    Best Emulator: PearPC


    Model 3-Based Hardware (Arcade)
    Best Emulator: Supermodel


    PCW / PcW16 (Computer)
    Best Emulator: JOYCE


    Personal Computer (Computer)
    Best Emulator: DOSBox


    PlayStation 2 (Console)
    Best Emulator: PCSX2


    PlayStation 3 (Console)
    Best Emulator: rpcs3


    Xbox (Console)
    Best Emulator: XQEMU


    Xbox 360 (Console)
    Best Emulator: Xenia
    Last edited by jasynergy ; 04-09-2016 at 07:18 PM.
     

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    is it possible to post a RetroARch.ini that has this laid out and setup or does that not work this way. Don't these settings get saved in the :\RocketLauncher\Modules emulator folder?
     

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