Many people want to play Nintendo games like Mario but don’t have a Nintendo console or enough money for the games. They search for a better and free version to play them. They maybe have heard about ROMs and emulators but don’t really know what it is. So we will talk in the following about the question of what ROMs are.
What are ROMs?
ROM images or ROM files are computer files that contain copies of the data from read-only memory chips like video game cartridges. With emulators, you can run the games on your computer. ROMs can also be modified. You can make levels harder, modify the graphic and even translate the game in languages it wasn’t made for. They often are made very humourous. For example “Afro Mario Brothers” where you can play the Mario brothers with afro haircuts.
Are they legal?
In general, the possession and the use of emulators aren’t illegal. So you don’t have to be scared of using emulators. Along the ROMs, there is also the Homebrew-scene where the programmer develops the products on consoles or handhelds. It’s not illegal too but you have to be careful.
How can you play ROMs?
You can play games easily on your computer by using ROMs and emulators. We will show you a quick guide on how to use it:
You can play games from many consoles like Nintendo, NES, Wii, Playstation, Gamecube, Gameboy and many more with emulation.
- The first step is downloading an emulator. You have to choose a good one that is well rated because otherwise there could be problems.
- Then you can choose a game that you want to play and download your preferred ROMs or game files. For example, you can choose from the massive collection of free ROMs from Romsie.
- Your next step is extracting and installing the emulator and ROMs. If the files are in a .zip or .rar format you will need an extraction app to extract the files but you have to install them first.
- And the last step is just running the emulator, loading your ROM and playing your game.
If you have followed these steps you can play now many games that you like, very easily. If you don’t know where to download the games just look at Romsie and you will find some nice games. Have a nice gaming time.