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Emulators for the Dreamcast


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posted 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.


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Iain Metcalf
Durham United Kingdom
November 24, 2016

I got rid of my 360 ages ago after it RROD, I could have repaired it but just got shot and stuck with PS3, my mum bought me my PS4 last year and loving it, only thing I am gutted about is removal of being able to play PS1 games on it.

Either way, the Dreamcast is a great machine, the only gripe I have as such is lack of second analog stick and extra shoulder buttons, games like Soul Reaver and Tomb Raider the camera controls aren't the best

Mind you I spent ages this afternoon playing on a Master System emulator on it, I was playing Outrun, Ultima 4, Shinobi, Rastan and quite a few other games.
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JodyRobz

November 24, 2016

Thanks man.. Appreciate it. I'm watching a few DCs as sold my Xbox one. Boom
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Iain Metcalf
Durham United Kingdom
November 24, 2016

Yes it is mate :

Utopia V2 (apparently the best for original imports and backups that aren't self boot), there are a lot of fake older version so just stick with this one I am linking :

http://www.theisozone.com/downloads/dreamcast/other/utopia-boot-disk/


I would also suggest using ImgBurn for the disc images, make sure you burn at low speed, I usually do them at 8x, instructions to get it up and running here :

http://theisozone.com/tutorials/dreamcast/burning-and-backup/dreamcast-burning-cdi-2012-style/


Or use Daemon Tools but you will need to buy a license to be able to actually burn discs, license is pretty cheap and it covers loads of different file types. It is not completely necessary though as ImgBurn does what you need it to. I only use Daemon as I needed to be able to use a virtual drive to setup my virtual XP machine for transferring files to an Atari ST formatted SD card that is hacked to be recognised as a hard drive but that's another story!!


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JodyRobz

November 24, 2016

Cool man. Thanks. And the boot disc /utopia is just downloadable and burnable...?
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Iain Metcalf
Durham United Kingdom
November 24, 2016

You won't have any issues at all with the emulators and the roms included with them, they are self booting and region is of no matter.

A Japanese machine I believe is region locked but if you boot Utopia V2 first then you can run any regions games on the machine. The disc boots and then tells you to put in a game disc and away it goes.

I do have a few original and backup American games and Utopia allows me to run them without any issues at all, literally just swap discs once the boot CD tells you to.
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JodyRobz

November 24, 2016

hey iain, all this utopia disc and playing roms/back ups - can i do that on a japanese console? Play PAL roms etc...? I'm sure i can but want to check...

There just used to be issues with regional virtual console WAD files on the wii homebrew so wondering about the DC
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JodyRobz

November 22, 2016

hell yes - I'm so interested, need a DC ASAP
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Iain Metcalf
Durham United Kingdom
November 22, 2016

Certainly am mate, I got Frodo C64 emulator with loads of game files from ISO Zone, unzipped it, burnt to a disc and I was playing The Last Ninja on my Dreamcast via the emulator!!

The disc is self booting also which is cool so no need for Utopia
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JodyRobz

November 22, 2016

Awesome. Just so I'm clear, you're running emulators on the DC
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