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Welcome to VirtualNES.com
VirtualNES.com is the the premier online destination for playing classic Nintendo Entertainment System games like Contra, Mega Man, BattleToads, Tecmo Bowl, CastleVania and Super Mario Bros. and many other great NES games, whether they be imported, homebrew, or even the elusive unreleased games.
Unlike similar websites, VirtualNES.com is able to provide you classic NES games legally. We can only provide you with classic NES games that we have an original cartridge of, which have either been bought out of pocket or donated by Players Like You™. If we don't have the games in our possession, we can't have them online.
Here at VirtualNES.com we get emails regularly from hardcore gamers regarding all of the best classics, like Legend of Zelda, Bubble Bobble, and Super Mario Bros. Back in the day, consoles were very different in comparison to how they are now and they didn't offer any poker games. Luckily, the newer poker sites now fill that void, and with their no download poker software, have revolutionized gaming forever.
The original Vegas Dream Nintendo Game did offer casino games however. It brought online texas holdem to the masses for the first time. You can read about holdem's fascinating history at onlinepokerrealmoney.co.uk. The game of United States Texas Holdem for money went through a lot of trials and tribulations, mostly due to the legal environment in the USA. See the real money Durrrr Challenge section for more information.
EarthBound Zero, EarthBound & Some Informative Notes
For a series as iconic and as often requested as this, it seems fitting that it be given the extra attention of having an announcement dedicated to it. Today at VirtualNES.com, we've launched the complete translated EarthBound in the unreleased games section, as this game—while complete—was not released on the NES, and has still not seen a subsequent release stateside. Of note, this is the patched version of the game which should be playable to completion. While it technically counts as a ROM Hack, the game in an unaltered state isn't usable, and we don't have a ROM Hack section, so... we're leaving it in the unreleased games section out of convenience and tradition.
Over at VirtualSuperNES.com, the sequel to this game has been added for your enjoyment as well. These are somewhat difficult games to test for quality assurance because of the structure of their programming... as such, please feel free to contact us if something is going wrong in the middle of gameplay. (We would also suggest saving often, particularly for the first week of general availability, as if we have to patch it internally to fix some errors, your saved data will continue to work on the updated version.)
If you haven't checked, yesterday also the saw the release of 35 other great games, including some favorites that have been often requested, but were not added because the old emulation technology didn't support it.
Bring Us Together (Or, 35 New Games Added)
Following our successful migration to Flash, we have been studying our to-do lists to determine what games we have embargoed—that is, games purchased that haven't been added because they don't work on the old Java emulator—and have been putting together release lists and trying to work out some QA issues and requests for games to be added. As VirtualNES.com is by far the most popular of the four websites offered by Emulation Collective, we've started out here, but quickly found ourselves overwhelmed by the amount of work that lay ahead.
As such, we've decided to package up our currently cleared games, which is by a rough estimation about a quarter of the backlog we have for VirtualNES.com. The 35 games added today are:
Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Hillsfar, Adventures of Lolo 2, Archon, Bandit Kings of Ancient China, Bases Loaded, Bases Loaded II, Burai Fighter, Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, Clash at Demonhead, Cobra Triangle, Conflict, Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge, Day Dreamin' Davey, Days of Thunder, Defenders of Dynatron City, Demon Sword, Dig Dug 2: Trouble in Paradise, Double Dragon II: The Revenge, Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones, Dragon Warrior III, Dragon Warrior IV, G.I. Joe, G.I. Joe: The Atlantis Factor, Gauntlet, Gauntlet II, Gemfire, Goal! Two, NES Open Tournament Golf, Nintendo World Cup, River City Ransom, RoadBlasters, Taboo: The Sixth Sense, Tetris, Videomation, and Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II.
The next update will cover some unreleased games that we didn't get quality assurance clearance on to make it out this weekend—we're very much looking forward to being able to release. We hope to have that out before the end of the month, as well as a related update over on VirtualSuperNES.com. As before, if you have thoughts on the switch to the new Flash emulators, please feel free to contact us, and, thanks for playing!
Edit: A caching issue broke the rollout, it should be fixed. If you don't see the games on the list, press Ctrl+F5.
Delicious Fruit Blend Punch-Out!!
With the recent migration to Flash, we are able to bring you games that were not previously possible due to technical limitations of the old Java platform. We're presently preparing a much larger release of games, but felt it necessary to roll this release out well ahead of everything else, as it is easily the most frequently requested game in the history of the website.
Next month, we will be bringing you even more games to play, including more unreleased games that—for whatever reason—were completed but never saw a commercial release, as well as interesting pirate original games, which saw release in grey-market places primarily in Asia, where new games for the NES continued to be released into 2006.
If you have thoughts on the switch to the new Flash emulators, please feel free to contact us, and, as always, thanks for playing!
Suburban Space Invader (Or, Star Trek: The Pepsi Generation)
One of the issues we've had at Emulation Collective for quite some time is that following the purchase of Oracle, various structural changes to Java made it far less than optimal to use in a web browser. We've been trying to find a fix for it, and today that fix is here. VirtualNES.com is now using a Flash port of FCE Ultra, one of the longest-running Nintendo emulators.
With this upgrade in place, games that previously had issues such as Adventure Island should now work substantially better than before, if not completely perfectly. Emulation is a difficult discipline, and some issues may still remain. But, we're confident that this is a great leap forward in being able to preserve classic games on the Internet. In the coming weeks and months, we will begin to roll out games across all of the Emulation Collective websites that had been previously embargoed because of compatibility and other technical issues.
Of note, this upgrade brings a few new features to VirtualNES.com, and the return of features that were disabled due to issues with Java. Foremost among these is that a new save system is in place, which allows you to save your progress in any game, not just those which originally supported the feature on the original cartridge. Additionally, users can play in full screen by pressing F11.
If you have thoughts on the switch to the new Flash emulators, please feel free to contact us.
Thank you for your continued support of Emulation Collective.
April Spotlight: U-four-ia: The Saga
U-four-ia: The Saga, known in Japan as Hebereke （へべれけ） is a platformer game developed by Sunsoft in the style of Metroid, but with the artistic style of Bomberman. In the game, you play Bop-Louie, who must find and battle his friends, all of whom suffer from amnesia after falling into a crater. Following release in Japan, the North American release was prepared for the 1992 holiday season with the localization finished, but the release was cancelled due to diminishing interest in the NES—the SNES was in the first year of its lifespan at this time in North America. Despite this, the release of U-four-ia in Europe continued as scheduled, where the NES enjoyed an enduring popularity well into 1993.
Like other Sunsoft games, such as Batman, the controls and gameplay are particularly well-polished and hold up to the test of time substantially more than other games from the time.