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How to play old arcade games like Mario, Contra, Road Runner on a PC?

Want to enjoy old retro games on PC? Don’t have a SNES, Gameboy or old video games console? Don’t worry we have got you covered.

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PC games have evolved significantly over the years. When life was simple we used to play games like Contra, Mario, Roadrunner etc on TV gaming consoles. Nowadays games have become story-driven, graphic intensive and in some cases competitive. We might feel stressed after playing them. Sometimes it’s necessary to relax and be stress-free. Playing Old arcade games on PC is always fun. What’s more relaxing than enjoying the good old retro games? Let’s take a look at how we can play these games on PC. 

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How to use emulators to play old arcade games run

Using an emulator is the best method to run retro games on your PC. There are various emulators available on the internet free of cost. All you have to do is load the custom ROMs into these emulators and you are good to go.

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You can download the custom ROMs from here

But remember that some of the ROMs might be locked behind a paywall. You might have to upgrade to premium to download them. 

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Now let us take a look at emulators available to run these custom ROMs so that you can run the retro games: 

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Mesen is one of the best emulators to run old NES games. It has various features such as recording audio-video, taking screenshots as well as a unique rewind feature. It also gives you the option to improve in-game graphics. 

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Kega Fusion

It is one of the best emulators to run Sega Genesis, Game Gear and Sega CD games. It supports features such as taking screenshots, cheat codes, netplay and it has also has the option to customise the sound.

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If you want the best emulator for playing retro games on PC, look no further than RetroArch. It supports a wide array of systems be it Gameboy, SNES, MAME, NES, Playstation etc. However, it is a bit confusing. You need to understand its interface and various options first. Once you understand it you will forget about using other emulators.

Download it from here  

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These are some of the emulators which will help you to play retro games on your PC. You might want to check each one of them out for the best PC compatibility and run. Most do not need high-end PCs, so you can install and run them on almost any machine (with or without a graphic card). Playing Old arcade games on PC is a delightful experience for many and gives a sense of nostalgia. If you can suggest more emulators please let us know in the comments. 

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  1. I love old arcade games like Mario, Contra, Road Runner. I have been playing them for a long time and they are so fun to play. It’s great that you made this guide on how to play these games on PC. Thanks for sharing the helpful information!


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