Nintendo's emulation code

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May 20, 2008

Nintendo's emulation code by WiiCrazy at 1:47 PM (2,972 Views / 0 Likes) 22 replies

  1. WiiCrazy
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    Did they write all the vc emulation code themselves? Used open source? Bought rights of the emulators? Did you see any news stories about this specific subject?
     


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    obviously(!!!) they made the emulators themselves...
    no open source, there are no rights of homebrew emulators, no.
     
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    They probably just ported the internal emulators they wrote back when NES/SNES etc games were still in production.
    Nintendo always have their own emulators.
     
  4. Narin

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    Yes, they are emulators made by Nintendo. They always had in house emulators for every system they made to test games and allow developers to test and run games before the system was released and afterwards, without needing the actual system to test and debug the games. The source code isn't available for them sadly..which sucks because they emulate the games perfectly.

    And no, theres no way you can extract the emulator and get it working on a PC, they are made/ported to only work on the Wii hardware and software.
     
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    it's alot like the in-house Wii's with their 2.5 inch HD loaded with games, they have it, but you never will
     
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    It wouldn't be of any use to you either, as the internal development binaries are completely different to the final released game, and the 2 are incompatible. See the leaked ensata as an example, it disagreed with ROM dumps as they weren't in the correct format. (Except for some EA games)
     
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    actually, the genesis/MD and most likely neogeo and tg16 emulators are written by the respective companies, not nintendo.
     
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    Yes, the original companies would have emulators,
    but it's more likely that Nintendo was the one who did the actual porting. Seeing as they know the most about the hardware
     
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    knowing the original hardware is more important than knowing the system its being ported to. besides, all three of those systems are pretty easy to emulate.
     
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    I'm surprised software like this hasn't gotten out from Nintendo yet. You would've thought at least one employee would have that bright idea lol. Or maybe Nintendo are just amazing at keeping things under wraps.
     
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    Honestly, it amazes me that their emulators don't work BETTER. Unless they are specifically trying to bottleneck the N64 emulator, it seems that ROM injection tests have shown that their emulation efforts are quite poor.
     
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    Actually, a Nintendo official DS emulator has leaked a few months after the DS launch. It wasn't the final version though, and it's compatibility was not very good..

    edit: also, it's not only Nintendo that has access to those emulators, but every licensed Nintendo developer.. which includes a lot of EA, Ubisoft, SEGA, Konami and even DSI, DDI and others.. I believe that if Nintendo finds out that your company let the emulator leak, it won't be taken lightly.. so, it's not really smart to do something like that..
     
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    nintendo keeps information extremely internal, or did you ever see a video or pictures of their developers offices?
     
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    I have. They're quite nice.
     
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    I think you'll find that Every Nintendo 64 game they release onto VC has a different, optimised emulator in it.
     
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    If I'm not mistaken the GC N64 emulator used in the Zelda collections not only ran fullspeed on a notably slower machine (more important is the GC's lack of RAM) but also upscaled it.
     
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    yeah cant we use that emulator?
     
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    No, its made by Nintendo
     
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    oh

    but we are already ripping them off wii games why not rip the emulator off?
     
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    Because its not possible? Also the emulators were written specifically for the system, so it depends on the hardware and software/OS of that system. Even if you could rip it, its useless any wheres else.
     

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