Emulators for the Dreamcast
0 NICESposted by Iain Metcalf
from Durham United Kingdom
in Retro Computing Features
on November 22, 2016
I have just been digging about the old interwebs and found that there are loads of emulators available for the 8 Bit machines that are Dreamcast specific. I do remember trying one around 2004 and it ran terribly with only a handful of titles working, think it may have been MAME.
So I decided to give the Frodo C64 DC emulator a go last night and was pleasantly surprised with it. The file itself to download was around 270Mb and unpacked just shy on the size of a full CD (this includes around 5000 games!), you could probably squeeze a few extra titles on there as they are literally kilobytes in size so it would mean opening the image and adding extra stuff to the relevant directory.
It did take a little working out but you don't need to be a rocket scientists to be able to run some of the stuff.
Literally all you do is select the disk option then mount image, you then browse the CD and select the title you want. Now when it goes back to the prior screen it will show in red what is mounted so just select autostart and away it goes.
So I played a bit of The Last Ninja, there is an option to assign keys to the DC controller buttons, A is standard fire but games like LN also use space bar to select weapons and F7 to select items. So in the relevant option screen once the game is loaded assign those 2 and you are set. You can even just bring up a virtual keyboard if you need it.
So the discs I used to burn the emulator are the ones that have the full white printable fronts. I used Daemon Tools to burn the CDi image at 8x, I did buy my copy of Daemon Tools but it was only around £5 sterling or you can use ImgBurn (free) and get the addon that allows CDi DC image burning.
So presently I am also downloading an Amiga 500, Amstrad CPC & Atari 800 emulators. I have read the Amiga one only runs at around 90% speed of the original machine but is still highly playable.
Either way, if you have never experienced some of the old 8 Bit computers then if you have a Dreamcast you can have a play around. I would avoid the Spectrum emulator as there is no sound (which in some cases maybe for the better!), there are also NES, SNES and others available but remember copywrite is still enforced on a lot of the old games.
To find the various emulators literally just Google C64 emulator dreamcast or replace C64 with the machine you are looking for and you should get a link to the ISO Zone.