A link to the past: play SNES games on Windows 8 and RT

If the Zelda-themed headline didn’t grab your attention, the news of SNES 8x will. SNES 8x is a SNES emulator for Windows 8 and RT, and will run on Microsoft’s Surface tablet with on-screen buttons for those users. The application was released almost week ago, but surprisingly hasn’t been covered at all, so we thought we’d shed some light on the topic.

The application is based from the SNES 9x emulator which is also available on GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows 7, Mac OS X, iOS, PSP, and Android – so search for them if you're interested. The buttons show on-screen for Surface users who run SNES 8x and we can confirm that they are as responsive as they can be, with multi-touch fully supported.

Sure, the SNES isn’t the coolest thing to emulate, but it’s definitely the easiest and you’ll be able to play all those classics at full speed.

We’ll keep this short and sweet though, but if you have any video demonstrations of this emulator to show that you’ve uploaded to YouTube, feel free to tip us and we’ll add it into the article. For all you retro gamers, the download for the emulator can be found here.

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Voice of Buddy Christ said,
Wake me when they release a Genesis/Sega CD emulator.

Maybe it's because I had a Genesis growing up but never a SNES, but I have never gotten into Genesis emulation. Spent years and years with SNES ROMs, while I played maybe two or three Genesis games on my computer. If that.

Maybe it's because I'm an RPGer. One can only take so much Phantasy Star.

Hope they add multiplayer support as well as XBox controller support, cos I have a pc connected to my TV in the living room and this would be ideal for fun retro gaming.

Also it's quite annoying that when you remove the onscreen touch controls the play area does not resize, surely it should?

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Hope they add multiplayer support as well as XBox controller support, cos I have a pc connected to my TV in the living room and this would be ideal for fun retro gaming.

Also it's quite annoying that when you remove the onscreen touch controls the play area does not resize, surely it should?

It probably still will get updated over time, all emulators do. Full screen emulation will happen for sure though, it's a pretty common feature.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Hope they add multiplayer support as well as XBox controller support, cos I have a pc connected to my TV in the living room and this would be ideal for fun retro gaming.

Also it's quite annoying that when you remove the onscreen touch controls the play area does not resize, surely it should?

Why not use the regular SNES9x or ZSNES?

Rudy said,

Why not use the regular SNES9x or ZSNES?

Yeah no kidding, or bsnes - the best SNES emulator out there.

Unless for some reason the PC hooked to his TV is running Windows RT?

I am interested in the app for sure but due to the lack of controller (or seems mouse/keyboard - not ideal) turns me off. I do not have a touch device.

Have you even tried this? This has keyboard support and you can customize the control layout. Also, how would you use a mouse for an SNES game?

link6155 said,
Have you even tried this? This has keyboard support and you can customize the control layout. Also, how would you use a mouse for an SNES game?

Mario Paint! :3

Assuming you mean Windows Phone 7.x, there is NES (NESLite), SMS (Blue tomato) and GB/GBC (Purple Cherry). All of which highly playable.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
Indeed, exactly what I was expecting. It's obviously weighted more on the side of portable devices.

Exactly, I want my surface to be a portable SNES with controller support

MFH said,

Too bad that the dpad on the Xbox is so sh*tty...

a) What is so sh*tty about it
b) Why would you use the dpad when you can use the analogue sticks?

PmRd said,

Exactly, I want my surface to be a portable SNES with controller support

Can't you just plug in a SNES controller to your surface with one of those USB adapters?

ingramator said,

a) What is so sh*tty about it
b) Why would you use the dpad when you can use the analogue sticks?

1. The dpad is just horrible, have you ever used it yourself? Just compare it to the one that has been on Nintendo consoles for more than 2 decades and you'll understand why it's bad...
2. Why should I play a game that was clearly designed for dpad with analogue sticks?


That's just an improvement it still doesn't fix the dpad really...

MFH said,

That's just an improvement it still doesn't fix the dpad really...

Actually, it's really good. Plays NES, SNES, SMS, SMD and PSX games very well when "transformed" and a significant improvement over the piece of plastic and a "Self taper" screw that is the normal Xbox 360 dpad.

Whilst the emulator doesn't have Xinput support at the moment you can still use a Gamepad -> Keyboard input mapper to overcome this in the short term which works well for the older games that only use 4-way directional input as opposed to 8.

The D-pad on the Xbox 360 is the worst D-pad I've never used on any controller, and I otherwise LOVE the 360 controller.

Using analog sticks for 2D games designed for D-pads is just crappy.

MFH said,
That's just an improvement it still doesn't fix the dpad really...

I will agree that Nintendo's design patent for the D-Pad have made it impossible for others to compete, but the transformer d-pad is a great piece of engineering that's damn close to the original Nintendo design.

You can't use the Play and Charge Kit to connect a controller to a PC. The Play and Charge Kit only delivers power to the controller, which communicates to the console via WiFi.

You would need a PC dongle for wireless controllers such as this one with the transforming D-pad, and I'm not actually even sure if the dongle works for Windows RT.

deadonthefloor said,

I will agree that Nintendo's design patent for the D-Pad have made it impossible for others to compete, but the transformer d-pad is a great piece of engineering that's damn close to the original Nintendo design.


Well hasn't that patent already run out? Seems it did in 2005, so where are the clones?