Emulation on Mac

Emulating classic video game consoles on Mac OS X


The goal of this site is to document my efforts to emulate old game consoles on Mac OS X. Maybe you will find it useful, also.


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  1. DeX January 4, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Hey love the site, I hope they can get a Saturn emulartor to work, I know it’s super difficult and my hat goes off to whoever can get it to work and whoever can explain how it works because I have such a hard time, maybe it’s coz I’m still running an old 2009 white macbook but my hope is high that we are getting closer to getting the Saturn to work. Do you have any suggestions what to have in your mac to play classic games? I updated my ram to 6gb and the hard drive to 600gb and I have the Nividia graphics card for the time I think I’m topped out unless there’s some programs that pull out more juice. Also do you know if there is a way to play command and conquer red alert 2? Don’t know if you were into the game or not, but I can’t seem to get that work no matter what I do. Thanks

    • robocalypse January 5, 2015 at 4:05 am

      Thanks for you comment; yea the Saturn emulator does work, I have tested it on several of my original discs.

      The 2009 MacBook is probably too underpowered for anything beyond the 1990s cartridge consoles and maybe some portables. I believe it doesn’t have a discrete GPU, only the integrated chipset GPU. I use a 2010 MBP with the Nvidia 330M and it definitely skips frames trying to play Gamecube games in Dolphin – more noticeable in some titles than others – even if I am running the game from an SSD.

      The integrated GPUs on Macs have come a long way since 2010, and recent MacBooks have way better discrete GPUs too, but until I upgrade I can’t give you any first-hand impressions of how well the emulators for 32-bit consoles perform on them today. But I doubt you will see any gains with RAM or hard drive upgrades. You’ll have to get a system with a newer CPU/GPU.

      Standalone Red Alert 2 is probably still sold somewhere, but, if you can acquire the Windows version, it is known to work well under Wine: https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=167 Here is a wrapper to run it, provided you have the game already: http://paulthetall.com/red-alert-2-mac/ I don’t have the game personally, so that’s all the help I can give. Good luck!

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