Nestopia is a free and portable Nintendo Entertainment System (NES/Famicom) emulator. It allows you to play and emulate ROM files from the NES system while enjoying past favorites from the 80s and early 90s.
Playing NES Roms with this emulator is a piece of cake and the ability of this application to properly replicate Nintendo games is excellent. That goes both for sound and video. It can be a bit awkward playing Super Mario with a keyboard but Nestopia allows you to use different input devices and even use your Xbox 360 controller or Playstation Sixaxis controller (with the proper drivers and setup).
Since Nestopia is a portable application, installation is not required and you can run it from pretty much anywhere including external drives, network drives and USB memory sticks.
The main window of Nestopia is blank until you load a ROM with options in the top menu including File, Machine, Netplay, View, Options and Help. The File menu allows you to load a game from any location on your system.
The options available with Nestopia are vast and include changing sound output, increasing or decreasing the volume of instruments Master, Square 1, Square 2, Triangle, Noise, DPCM along with others. The emulator can playback either mono or stereo and can customize the output bit rate.
For video options in Nestopia, you can enable some fixes like refresh rate sync and auto frame skip. You can also change the video speed. Tweaking the brightness, contrast, saturation and hue is possible. You can run ROM files in either full screen or windowed mode.
In conclusion: Nestopia is an excellent and competent NES emulator which runs smoothly while offering a bunch of fixes and customizations depending on your system setup and ROM.Nestopia features and highlights:
Nestopia Win is licensed as Freeware for Windows (32-bit and 64-bit) operating system / platform from console emulators without restrictions. Nestopia Win 1.40 is available to all software users as a free download (Freeware).
Compatibility with this nes emulator software may vary, but will generally run fine under Microsoft Windows 10, 8, 8.1, 7, Vista and XP on either a 32-bit or 64-bit setup. A separate x64 version of Nestopia may be available from Nestopia Team.
We have tested Nestopia 1.40 against malware with several different programs. We certify that this program is clean of viruses, malware and trojans. [Read more]