Dive into nostalgia with OpenEmu Console Emulator for Mac

OpenEmu for Mac lets you run 8-bit and 16-bit console games on OS X seamlessly. Supports gamepads too.

Here’s a christmas present for all you video gaming nerds who played the epic 8-bit and 16-bit console games of past.

OpenEmu – a console game emulator, lets you run all the pixel games seamlessly.


As the name suggests, it’s an open source project and a few days back, stable release of Mac app has been out.

To get started, download the Mac app from OpenEmu’s website. Also download the Starter Game pack, and drop them in the app to import. That’s all you have to do, to install a game, i.e. just drop the ROM file.

The app’s design is strikingly good, which is not something you expect from a console emulator. You can build collections, categorise your games and rate them.

Games can be played in fullscreen and can be saved for resuming at a later time.

You can even plug in your game pad/controller and use it just like that. I tried with my Xbox 360 controller and it worked fine, though I did needed to install the Mac-specific driver. Controls can be changed in the preferences window.

On a whole, it’s a polished and well made app. Also free, so why not give it a try?

Link: OpenEmu