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play free nes gamesJust recently, I put out an article outlining some of my favorite RPGs for the SNES 5 Great SNES RPGs Online & How To Play 5 Great SNES RPGs Online & How To Play Gaming sure isn't what it used to be. I haven't touched a console since the PlayStation 2 days, and I don't think you'll ever be able to convince me to purchase a new one ever... Read More and showed MUO readers how they can experience those games through a web interface. Not everyone has the time or privilege to be able to install a dedicated emulator, and there’s no reason to because writing that article made me realize just how many online emulation stations there really are.

I’ve harped on about how great the SNES is Awesome SNES Games You May Have Never Played [MUO Gaming] Awesome SNES Games You May Have Never Played [MUO Gaming] The Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) is, in my opinion the greatest video game system ever made. It has the perfect amount of old school feel and style, while still having good enough graphics and... Read More as a console, but let’s not forget the 8-bit legacy that the original NES has left behind. The NES offered some of the most challenging, frustraiting, and fulfilling titles ever. You’ll be happy to know that, if you missed the boat, practically every NES game ever released is literally just a few clicks and keys away. Let’s look at four websites where you can begin playing the NES today.

NESbox.com

NESbox.com takes in-browser emulation and does it as perfectly as you could ever imagine.

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Not only does NESbox.com offer an incredibly stable Flash client that runs each and every ROM smoothly and effectively, but it offers more than 1800 total NES games, and really works hard to engage a community within the website.

Selecting a game will immediately load a public chat room beneath the Flash embed where you can talk with others who are playing the game or even organize multiplayer sessions for two-player (or more) games. NESbox.com supports state saving, control and gamepad customization, and a fullscreen mode. This website is pretty much my gold standard for NES emulation through the web.

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VirtualNES.com

VirtualNES.com offers a Java client and an interesting selection of games that many other alternative websites fail to include.

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As shown above, VirtualNES.com offers homebrew games, translated games, and unreleased games. These are some of the more rare titles that you aren’t going to be able to find on other sites, and the games in these categories that I’ve checked out all seem pretty interesting.

You can also see that there is a list of the 25 most popular NES titles for the website in the left-hand menu. Clicking any of these will immediately take you directly to that ROM.

If you’re searching for a specific ROM, just use the alphabetical menu beneath the main menu icons in the header. Click on a letter and you’ll see all of the games that start with the letter you’ve chosen. From there, click a game, grant Java permission to run, and enjoy.

NESemu

NESCafe Play is a very quality and straightforward solution to playing NES games through your browser.

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Like VirtualNES.com, NESCafe Play is all Java. Their selection is pretty limited, currently only featuring less than 200 games, but the games that they do support run extremely smoothly.

Another perk of NESCafe is that they allow users to download a standalone Java applet to act as an emulator Emulating & Playing Classic NES Games On Your Computer With Nestopia Emulating & Playing Classic NES Games On Your Computer With Nestopia Oh, the NES. As an '89 baby, there wasn't a larger part of my childhood than this gaming console. Before school, after school, and on weekends you would find me attached to this thing. With... Read More . This applet can be hosted on your own website and functions exactly the same as the one featured on NESCafe Play does. It’s a really selfless gesture and it makes this website worth mentioning.

8bbit

8bbit breaks games up by featured titles, alphabetical lists, and by their gameplay genre (as you can see to the left). If there’s a specific game that you’ve gone to 8bbit looking for, it shouldn’t be hard at all to find.

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Each game takes about 10 seconds to load. Unlike NESbox.com, you can’t save your state through 8bbit so that’s a little frustrating. It makes it a lot truer to the NES experience though. There were no memory cards back then, and there surely wasn’t a way to just save the state of your game exactly where you’re at.

8bbit offers more games than many other in-browser emulation sites, but the player itself comes with a lot less features. There are others in this last that I’d consider to be better, but the website is still worth mentioning and anyone or anything that makes an effort to preserve classic gaming deserves some appreciation.

Years ago, you’d need to hoard ROMs off of sketchy sites and run a standalone emulator just to get to play through these games again. Browser-based emulation is a really cool and new technology that I’d like more people to become aware of. All of these NES titles are completely playable and you don’t have to download and save a single thing to get started (other than Flash and/or Java).

What do you think about these four websites? Do you have any favorite in this list or know of another that you’d like to share? What NES games can you still not pull yourself away from? Let us know in the comments!

  1. t-bo
    February 5, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    NESBox.com is dead.. I use http://emulator.online it's pretty good :D They have SNES, Genesis, NES, Game Boy, etc..

  2. Jake
    May 11, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    You can Play SNES games at SNESfun.com

  3. Joshua
    May 5, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Anyone tried webNES? It's a different type were you download RomS through Dropbox

  4. sam
    April 17, 2015 at 11:13 am

    And why ssega.com is not satisfied?

  5. sam
    April 3, 2015 at 9:42 am

    New resourse segazona.ru

    • Kirby Doan
      April 12, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Looks cool, but how can I change the language to English lol ?

    • sam
      April 13, 2015 at 11:32 am

      The developers have stated that they will soon make English

    • Kirby Doan
      April 17, 2015 at 11:00 am

      Oh. Thanks man ^^
      I gotta play Wily Wars and others on http://www.ssega.com/ while waiting for segazona.

    • Kirby Doan
      April 17, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Oh. Thanks man ^^ I gotta play Wily Wars and others on ssega.com while waiting for segazona

    • sam
      April 17, 2015 at 11:14 am

      And why ssega.com is not satisfied?

  6. Sarena ?oàn
    March 25, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    nesbox.com is dead, bro... The most wonderful browser-based emu, which feartured a chatbox below the game screen that could allow u to chat with many friends around the world and invite them to play co-op such as Contra or Monster in My Pocket, etc., has got cancelled by !@#$%-ing ESA! Now I've almost lost contact to my best bros, my memories, my everything! Q~Q It's hard to find a gaming website having multi-player fearture. My dream got Crash-ed, Man...

  7. Andrew E
    March 24, 2015 at 3:40 am

    You could check out sharingandroid.com. It doesn't allow you to play the games through your browser, but you play the games through Android devices. Like if you have a cellphone or tablet, you just download and install the app and then you can play. You don't need to mess around with emulators or roms because they're already compiled into the app for simplicity.

  8. Nintendo 84
    September 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    virtualNES.com also runs web sites for classic sega online, virtualGBX and virtualsuperNES. They keep adding more games for all these game consoles including the NES console.

  9. Ali Khan
    June 3, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Thank you very much for this. I like Nesbox.

  10. Web Design
    June 3, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Nice Post.....

  11. Aqil Nazeer
    June 2, 2013 at 5:54 am

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  17. Adly Asraf
    June 1, 2013 at 9:03 am

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  18. Aqil Nazeer
    June 1, 2013 at 9:01 am

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  19. Indrajeet Bhuyan
    May 31, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Super thank u for the share...

    Childhood days back \m/

  20. Chris Marcoe
    May 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I wish I still had my old NES. And another one too. I'd play one and use the other for a case for my Raspberry Pi.

  21. LEO INDIAN
    May 28, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    thanks for this share

    • Louisa Greenan
      January 27, 2015 at 6:47 am

      How do U do this w/ out a ROM if u only have have a RCA 7" Tablet But want to play these games always played them when I was a teenager & love them plz tell me so I can try playing them game Thanxs

  22. Chatinai C
    May 28, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Oh, NESbox sound interesting. I will check it out, thanks!

    • Federico Guzman
      May 28, 2013 at 11:46 am

      It's great. And even tough it has a huge selection of ROMs you can open your own with their online emulator. It's awesome.

      • Chatinai C
        May 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm

        I have checked it out and I must say that I'm impressed. The huge selection of ROMS and ability to save and change key are very nice. I feel that the save feature is a little sluggish though.

        • Craig Snyder
          May 29, 2013 at 7:34 pm

          It is. It's a bit inconsistent and works awkwardly with certain games, but for an emulator that (from a gameplay standpoint) seems to work perfectly in the browser, I can deal with it. I think it's best for playing games when you're on the move, otherwise I'd highly recommend a standalone emulator like NEStopia.

  23. David Moreira
    May 28, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Well, I guess the exams will just have to wait.

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