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Detailed instructions on how to install and experience the classic ‘4 button’ games right on PC

Appeared in Vietnam in the 1990s, the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) model has fascinated many Vietnamese students. At that time, owning a ‘electronic tape’ / ‘electronic 4-button’ was considered a dream of many young people aged 8x and 9x.

Today, although the NES machine has almost disappeared on the market, gamers who want to be nostalgic can still experience classic games such as Mario, Contra with the NES emulator software on their PC.

Currently, there are many free NES emulators on the PC for gamers to choose from. Because it does not require high configuration, all of these software can run on any PC configuration, even the weakest.

Of these, FCEUX is considered to be one of the most popular NES emulators, thanks to its ease of use / installation and support of nearly all 4-button titles ever released on the market.

In this article, we will guide you to install and customize this emulator. Readers can download FCEUX here: Detailed instructions on how to install and experience the classic 4 button games right on PC | Tips

Step 1: Customize the controls

The first thing we need to do is edit the controls. Although FCEUX does support keyboard control mode, using a single gamepad will make it easier to play games. Currently, FCEUX supports a lot of peripherals, including Xbox controllers, PS4 controllers or even a “noname” controller originating from China.

It should be noted, if you use the same keyboard to play together, you should set up the joystick so that no button overlap occurs. Ideally, you should use 2 handles, or a combination of 1 keyboard and 1 handle.

Detailed instructions on how to install and experience the classic 4 button games right on PC | Tips

From the main interface of FCEUX, select “Config -> Input. Here, there are 2 items to customize: Port 1 & Port 2, corresponding to Controller 1 & Controller 2. If you are playing alone, press the button “Configure” at “Port 1”.

Detailed instructions on how to install and experience the classic 4 button games right on PC | Tips

Here, you click on each button in the “Virtual Gamepad 1” to set the corresponding joystick on the keyboard or gaming controller. After adjusting the button, click Close to let the software save the button, or press the Clear button to reset.

In case you want to play 2 player games, you need to set up the joystick for 2nd player in “Port 2” in “Config> Input”. Here, choose “Gamepad” to replace the “none” setting, then press the “Configure” button. The setup of the second controller’s controls is similar to customizing the first.

Detailed instructions on how to install and experience the classic 4 button games right on PC | Tips

It should be noted, if you use the same keyboard to play together, you should set up the joystick so that no button overlap occurs. Ideally, you should use 2 handles, or a combination of 1 keyboard and 1 handle.

Step 2: Customize the interface of the image

After customizing the control button, we continue to customize the interface / picture mode of FCEUX when playing games. By default, FCEUX will run in windowed mode. Users can also customize the size of the window by going to “Config> Video> Windows Setting> Size Multiplier”, then type the desired value in 2 boxes X (vertical) & Y (horizontal).

Detailed instructions on how to install and experience the classic 4 button games right on PC | Tips

To play the game in full screen, gamers just need to press Alt-Enter to convert, or go to “Config> Video”, check the box Full Screen. Notably, FCEUX provides many special filters (filters) to help customize & upgrade the image quality of many NES games. To use these filters, go to the Special Filter in “Config” -> “Video”, choose Hq2x, Hq3x, Scale 2x, Scale3x according to your preference.

With other customizations such as sound (Sound), interface (GUI) etc, we will leave these settings at default.

Step 3: Open the game

After completing your settings, all you have to do is open the game and enjoy. Use FCEUX emulator to open the ROM file by selecting “File -> Open ROM” or pressing Ctrl + O ..

Detailed instructions on how to install and experience the classic 4 button games right on PC | Tips

Currently, there are many websites for free download ROM (games for NES machines), for example, EmulatorGames or FreeROMS. You just need to go to Google and type the keyword “NES ROM”, visit any website at page 1 to search. After finding the game you love, click the “Download” button to download the game to your computer. The downloaded games are usually compressed in .zip format, with only a few dozen KB or MB in size.

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