3 free emulators for Gnu / linux

Screenshot of the free RetroArch emulator

Every day there are more video games that are compatible or that work on Gnu / Linux, something unthinkable 10 years ago. This is a good thing, but there is always some game that is available only for certain non-Gnu / Linux platforms.

To solve this problem there are emulators, programs that recreate the platform in question so that the game can work. And these emulators besides being free some, we can also install in any Gnu / Linux distribution. Next we will talk about 3 free emulators that we can install on any Gnu / Linux distribution.

1. DeSmuMe

Desmume in Ubuntu

Desmume is an emulator for Nintendo DS games. A portable game console that works with cartridge games. Although they cannot be installed on our computer, we can use backup copies and with them play popular titles such as SuperMario, Dr. Brain or Pokémon on Gnu / Linux.

Titles with which we have grown many and that have entertained us for so many hours. As usual, this emulator is in the official repositories of many popular distributions, but if we can't find it, we can get the emulator on the official website of the project.



PPSSPP is a cross-platform emulator that not only works for Windows or Android but also works on Gnu / Linux. This emulator allows us recover old PSP games, Sony's portable game console.

As with DeSmuMe, the PPSSPP needs backup copies of the games to be able to play since the discs of the PSP do not support the ports input from any computer. The PPSSPP emulator is found in some official repositories but if we don't have it, we can always get it for free at the official website of the project.



In essence, RetroArcho is not an emulator but rather a frontend of several emulators, but by installing this package we install several emulators for free. Thus, with RetroArch we can install any emulator of any old game console and just need the video game backup. I recently discovered this package or frontend and it seems to me interesting for those who do not want to be browsing in search of free emulators that work.

These are three free emulators that we can get in most of the Gnu / Linux distributions. Although if we have to choose only one emulator, I would personally stick with RetroArch due to its ability to install any other emulator without having to load the distribution application store or the console terminal. Something interesting for not so expert users.

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  1.   Fernando said

    Hi Joaquin. Good informative article, although a tutorial on how to use this type of emulators would not be bad and although you obviously cannot say where to download the games because they are not free software, it would not be bad to say what format they should have etc, etc, etc. Well I am a profiteer, I already know, but for asking that it not stay I agree with you in the official ten years with Linux in my love especially past Ubuntu that could only make me forget my current distribution, the old Debian. Just a greeting (by the way we also agree in the love of History and New Technologies)

  2.   ProletarianLibertarian said

    I would like to add two emulators not mentioned and interesting for emulating several machines such as:
    Dolphin Emu: Emulator for Nintendo GameCube and Nintendo Wii
    sudo apt-add-repository ppa: dolphin-emu / ppa
    sudo apt update && sudo apt install dolphin-emu

    apt install mednafen
    emulator for
    Atari Lynx
    Neo Geo Pocket (Colour)
    GameBoy (Colour)
    GameBoy Advance
    Nintendo Entertainment System
    Super Nintendo Entertainment System / Super Famicom
    Virtual Boy
    PC Engine / TurboGrafx 16 (CD)
    PC FX
    Sega Game Gear
    Sega Genesis / Megadrive
    Sega Master System
    Sega Saturn (experimental, x86_64 only)
    Sony PlayStation