Can RetroArch DOSBox emulate SimCity 2000?

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    Hello there. I want to play DOS version of SimCity 2000 on my 3DS (SNES version is more limited) but I don't know if it will work. I'm going to install it on my PC with DOSBox and then I'm going to copy the files. I don't know which settings for sound card should I choose when installing SimCity 2000, and I don't know if it will even work. I think it should work because 3DS DOSBox can emulate Windows 95. I have New Nintendo 3DS XL so I should have better performance. And if SimCity will work, what's the best resolution for it to run on 3DS?
     


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    Try it and get back to us. People haven't compatibility tested very much on it, shit is new and that's a really specific question.

    Heads up I don't think the emulator has mouse controls yet.
     
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    I have tried it on PC and it seems to have a bigger resolution than 3DS has. Can I lower it or force compatibility?
     
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    Not really no. Good luck though, I'm sure people would like to know how it performs.
     
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    I could give it a try if you'd like. SC2K is one of my favorite old computer games (I have it on my iMac G3 that I use from time to time). I'll report back later and see how it goes.
     
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    OK, I gave it a try (I was just too curious). The resolution is terrible, it isn't native 240p. It's downscaled to 240p so everything looks bad and you can barely read something. When I try to launch sc2000.bat it launches, but then it says that CD-ROM wasn't found (I have SimCity 2000 Special Edition CD-ROM). Then it says press any key to continue but when i press something nothing happens. When I try to launch sc2k.exe emulator crashes.
     
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    Somewhere along the lines I found writing that CD-ROM is not supported but CD Images are...whatever it means.
    Now I think about it I'm gonna try some DOS games I guess...
    Most hardcore will be trying Heroes of Might and Magic 1 and 2 probably :D
     
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    Image files are ISOs, BINs, IMGs, etc.
     
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    My advice... pick up a Raspberry Pi 2 and install RetroPie. It can run pretty much everything until you get into DOOM and Dark Forces territory where in it begins to lag, but ya, all those older less demanding games like Sim City 2000, Alone in the Dark, Anvil of Dawn, and so forth.
     
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    I am aware of that, come on :P
    What I mean is, obviously we can't mount physical CD-ROM to 3DS but can copy image files like ISO.
    It's common knowledge so why it was mentioned extra? Dunno.

    P.S. - It would be funny if someone would actually plug the CD-ROM drive to 3DS tough...
     
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    XD K I was wondering this too. Thx for answering this!
     
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    I am VERY interested in your results for Heroes 1 and 2 :)
     
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    Mount the folder containing the files from the CD as a CD-ROM in DOSBox. This can be done using the "mount" command. The game should then detect it automatically.
     
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    why dont you Emulate the Sega Saturn Version

    SimCity 2000 (Sega Saturn)
    The first console version of the game, one of the first games announced for the Sega Saturn,[8] and one of the first titles for the American Sega Saturn, it was released in fall of 1995.

    This version had several changes. The game has enhanced graphics for all buildings. The buildings will change at the year of 1950 and 2050. There are also 3D animations displayed for each building in the building query windows. The scenarios from the Great Disasters expansion packs are included.[9] The gameplay remains the same for the most part. Instead of the Braun Llama Dome, there is a Space Terminal which assist the launching of the Arco. The arco can be seen launching from the city along with a special animated video. There are several new animated videos. The opening sequence displays a scene of the Alien/Monster chasing a Launch Arco in space.
     
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    How? Can you use a keyboard in it? I've tried a few different things but they all failed.
     
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    I suppose you can make a bat file that mounts the game and runs the drive. I think it has keyboard support though.
     
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    That's a good idea.. I'll try it.

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    Err.. what would "C:\" on the 3ds be? (Or rather the SD card)
     
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    I'm not sure. I know the command you need is:
    Z:\>MOUNT D C:\path -t cdrom
    But I don't know how DOSBox on 3DS handles paths. How are you running SimCity if you don't know its path?
    You can try "dir c:"
     
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    I'm not running simcity, but I'm trying to run C&C & CIV

    Running either of them either gives a black screen (same happens when I run a .bat), or it gives an error and system restart.
    Or it quits to the homemenu, and freezes with the bottom screen black.

    Also, I'm using "Load content" to go directly to civ.exe or cnc_en.com. Is this wrong? Should I be using start core?
     
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    Oh, I was confusing you with the OP. I don't think mounting the folder as a CD-rom will solve a black screen but it could be worth a try.