If you’re a nostalgic old-school gamer and you haven’t yet found a satisfactory emulator for your Mac, prepare to pick up your jaw off the floor in 3... 2... 1...“OpenEmu is about to change the world of video game emulation, one console at a time,” reads an enticing announcement over at openemu.org.
A multi-console emulator, OpenEmu is preparing to leave beta and launch as a finalized product on Mac OS X really soon. The app is nothing short of mind boggling when you consider the possibilities.
As the screenshots show (gallery below) it comes with an iTunes-like interface for storing and organizing your ROMs into specific folders that act like virtual machines / consoles.
It runs games that originally launched on Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Gear, NeoGeo Pocket, Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis, and Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
Support for PlayStation, N64 and NDS is coming in a future update.
Best of all, you’ll also get full support for various controllers so you can play Castlevania, Contra, and every Mario game ever released on SNES just like you did in the ‘90s.
Just play it safe when it comes to fetching those ROMs from the web. As hardcore gamers should know, you actually need to own the games (on cartridge, compact disc, etc.) before you go downloading them, in order to avoid piracy.