There are lots of gamers eager to avail themselves of a user-friendly and understandable emulator. Still, they often don’t know what to start with, where to look for, and how to choose the most appropriate from the variety of programs offered online. This guide will be devoted to one of the most functional and easy-to-use emulators, MAME and showing how to get the coolest ROMs to start playing your favorite games. If you want to learn how to do that, go on reading!
If you are an experienced gamer who have already familiarized yourself with the subtleties of game emulation, you should know that it’s impossible to start running an emulator without MAME ROMs, read-only memory files that are often compared to cartridges that were used for playing on ancient consoles. Those small files represent the virtual images of the games, in other words, their copies.
Players decide what ROMs to download based on their gaming predilections. Thus, those who can’t imagine their life without Mario are very likely to download Super Mario Bros.
So, now as have downloaded MAME, you are ready to start downloading the necessary ROMs.
To do that, you can either look for ROMs in the Internet, or download the, from such a reliable and user-friendly website as Romsmania and take advantage of the greatest selection of ROMs.
Choose the game you want to play, and click the “Download Now” button to get the necessary ROM files on your comp.
If you have unzipped MAME before downloading ROMs, it is high time that you did it now. Also, don’t forget to place it into the appropriate folder.
You should know that there is a special folder in your newly installed MAME. This is the place where you should put the entire content of the ROMs you have downloaded. Once you are ready, don’t forget to click on the MAME icon to start the program.
Check the screenshot below to get the impression of how a standard ROM file should look like.
Next, go to the emulator’s File menu. Select the “Audit all games” option from there to prompt the program to check the ROMs folder for available games. Press “OK” once the scanning process is complete. After that, you should see the content of the downloaded ROM files, which is the game, in the main menu of the emulator.
Double-click the game to start loading it.
If you want to configure the buttons according to your liking, you will need to go to the Configuration menu in your emulator. Don’t forget to press Tab to bring it up. Select the “Input (for the game you are using)” option. Upon doing so, the Configuration window should pop up. You will be able to configure your controls from there.
If you choose to avail yourself of default control options, you can use good old arrow to move back and forth, up and down. Press 1 and 2 to choose a single-player and two-player mode, respectively.
If you want to pause your ROM, press “P.”
Pressing 2-4 usually can help you start a new game.
Control, Alt, and Space keys are also at your service in case you want to throw fireballs or take advantage of super speed.
Enjoy your game!