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Welcome to VirtualNES.com

VirtualNES.com is the the premier online destination for playing classic Nintendo Entertainment System games like Contra, Mega Man, BattleToads, Tecmo Bowl, CastleVania and Super Mario Bros. and many other great NES games, whether they be imported, homebrew, or even the elusive unreleased games.

Unlike similar websites, VirtualNES.com is able to provide you classic NES games legally. We can only provide you with classic NES games that we have an original cartridge of, which have either been bought out of pocket or donated by Players Like You™. If we don't have the games in our possession, we can't have them online.

Here at VirtualNES.com we get emails regularly from hardcore gamers regarding all of the best classics, like Legend of Zelda, Bubble Bobble, and Super Mario Bros. Back in the day, consoles were very different in comparison to how they are now and they didn't offer any poker games. Luckily, the newer poker sites now fill that void, and with their no download poker software, have revolutionized gaming forever.

The original Vegas Dream Nintendo Game did offer casino games however. It brought online texas holdem to the masses for the first time. You can read about holdem's fascinating history at onlinepokerrealmoney.co.uk. Real Money Blackjack was also offered in Vegas Dream, as reported by legitimatecasino.com the leading website on online gaming legitimacy.

The Nuance Between "Turn-Key" and "Allen Wrench"

Since April 2012, Emulation Collective has offered free promotional cards to tell your friends about our websites, which we have been able to provide through donations. Unfortunately, due to a recent postage increase by the US Postal Service and a lack of funds to continue the program, we are unable to continue providing the cards at this time.

Thank you for your continued support of Emulation Collective.

Game Controllers, or, The Triumphant Return of ZTNet Store!

Update: ZTNet Store is taking 10% off orders for Emulation Collective users with the coupon code EC10PCT. Also now in stock are super-comfortable Sega Saturn USB Retrolink controllers. Coupon expires October 21, 2013.

Long-time users of Emulation Collective websites will recall an initiative in our earlier days where users could buy USB controllers or USB-connected converters for controllers for the NES, SNES, PlayStation, and other consoles, all of which can be used with the games on the Emulation Collective websites.

We're happy to announce the return of that imitative, with the return of the ZTNet Store. ZTNet Store has controllers and adapters in stock or on the way for the NES, SNES, N64, and PlayStation. For more information on using USB controllers or adapters with Emulation Collective websites, click here.

A portion of the proceeds from items you purchase at ZTNet will go toward the Games Purchasing Fund at Emulation Collective, which will allow us to add more games to Emulation Collective websites.

Summer of Imports: Volume Three!

This summer, we're adding a bunch of Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom) games imported from Japan to VirtualNES.com, and, where available, translations of those games. Today, we're adding 12 Famicom games to VirtualNES.com, two of which are translated into English. These games are:

Hayauchi Super Igo, Herakles no Eikou - Toujin Makyou Den, Honshogi: Naitou Kudan Shogi Hiden, Hottaman no Chisoko Tanken, Kiteretsu Daihyakka, Kurogane Hiroshi no Yosou Daisuki! Kachiuma Densetsu, Magnum Kiki Ippatsu - Empire City 1931, Mahjong, Mirai Senshi Raios, Momotaro Densetsu, Money Game, and Musashi no Ken: Tadaima Shugyou Chuu.

In other items of community interest, if you enjoy VirtualNES.com, why not order a free promotional card pack so you can tell friends, family, and random strangers about Emulation Collective? Now, the delivery time for a free card pack is about one week, instead of 6 to 8 weeks.

We hope you enjoy the games, and please stay tuned for further installments in the "Summer of Imports" series on VirtualNES.com. For more updates, follow Emulation Collective on Twitter.

Information Regarding the Server Outage

We've experienced a rather large server outage because the datacenter botched a move from their old facility to their new facility. Emulation Collective has resumed normal operations, and this issue is not expected to recur.

Thank you for your patience during this unforeseen issue, and for your continued support of Emulation Collective.

Summer of Imports: Volume Two!

This summer, we're adding a bunch of Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom) games imported from Japan to VirtualNES.com, and, where available, translations of those games. Today, we're adding 10 Famicom games to VirtualNES.com. These games are:

Derby Stallion Zengokuban, a horse racing game by ASCII. (These never get published stateside, for some reason.)

Doraemon by Hudson Soft, based on the long-running manga by Fujiko. F. Fujio.

Dungeon Kid, an Adventure game developed by Pixel, best known for Baseball Stars II.

Gambler Jiko Chuushinha 2, a board game developed by Game Arts, best known for Faria.

Gegege no Kitaro: Youkai Daimakyou by Bandai, based on the manga by Shigeru Mizuki.

Ginga no Sannin, or "The Earth Fighter Rayieza" by Nintendo. This game was originally developed by Enix (before Dragon Quest) for various home computer systems such as MSX, and ported by Nintendo, where additional features were added. Ginga no Sannin remains as one of the few games published by Nintendo to not be released in the United States in any form, and not reissued on Virtual Console in any region, and to have no sequels produced.

Gyrodyne is a shooter developed by Human Entertainment, perhaps best known for developing most of the games for the Power Pad, including the exceedingly rare Stadium Events.

Igo: Kuroban Taikyoku, a video game version of the class board game by BPS.

Ikki, or "Riot" by Sunsoft, the game that inspired the term "kuso-gē" or "crap game".

Ochinnitoshi Puzzle Tonjan!?, by Jaleco, a game that is a combination of Sokoban and Adventures of Lolo with Mahjong tiles added in.

We hope you enjoy the games, and please stay tuned for further installments in the "Summer of Imports" series on VirtualNES.com. For more updates, follow Emulation Collective on Twitter.

We've Had a Badly Animated Rambo Game for Ages

There's a lot of hullabaloo about some new Rambo game for PC that, from all outward appearances, is really badly animated. But, I'm here to helpfully remind you we've had our own Rambo game that isn't very good for ages, so stick with a tried-and-true classic before going off to play that shiny new crappy game.

Really, I don't get a lot of opportunities to say "hullabaloo".

In other news, we'll be back later this month with Volume 2 of the Summer of Imports and a fix for some control issue that some users of Mac OS X are experiencing. Until then, don't forget you can tell your friends about Emulation Collective using our extra-special Emulation Collective promotional cards, hear more of my ramblings on Twitter, or help us buy more games for this and other Emulation Collective websites by donating a few bucks.

Update: The fix for Mac OS X and Linux users has been pushed live and will automatically load for those users.

Summer of Imports: Volume One!

This summer, we're adding a bunch of Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom) games imported from Japan to VirtualNES.com, and, where available, translations of those games. Today, we're adding 10 Famicom games to VirtualNES.com. These games are:

4 Nin Uchi Mahjong, or "Four Players' Mahjong" which is a Mahjong game released by Nintendo and developed by Hudson Soft. It is one of the first 25 games released for the Famicom.

Bakushou!! Ai no Gekijou or "A Hearty Laugh!! Theater of Love" is a board game by Coconuts Japan which is similar to a more advanced video game version of the board game "A Game of Life".

Choujikuu Yousai Macross or "The Super Dimension Fortress Macross" is a vertical shooter based on the anime of the same name, which was adapted in the United States as Robotech.

Dough Boy is the first Famicom game released by Kemco, which is a port of the game of the same name for the Commodore 64 by Synapse Software.

F-1 Race is a racing game released by Nintendo, and was released on the same day as "4 Nin Uchi Mahjong". Had it been released in the United States, it would have been one of the original "Black Label" games.

Family Jockey is a horse-racing game released by Namco.

Ninja Hattori-Kun, or "Little Ninja Hattori" is a side-scrolling platform game based on the anime of the same name by Fujiko F. Fujio, perhaps best known for series Doraemon. It was the fifth best selling Famicom game released in 1986, selling approximately 1,500,000 copies in its lifetime.
Pac-Land is a platform game released by Namco, the designers of which evidently had never played a platform game.
Route 16 Turbo is a racing adventure game by Sunsoft, the company responsible for the acclaimed racing game Spy Hunter. It is the first game released by Sunsoft for the Famicom.

We hope you enjoy the games, and please stay tuned for further installments in the "Summer of Imports" series on VirtualNES.com. For more updates, follow Emulation Collective on Twitter.

Plastic Fantastic! (Or, We're Somewhat Easier on the Eyes Now)

Summer is finally here, and that means we suddenly find ourselves with enough time to do some housekeeping around here. As usual, the title of this post is a reference to a song maybe four people using this website actually know (It's "Plastic Fantastic" by Infernal, the Dutch Eurodance group, not the Swedish Metal group. You should give it a listen.) A lot of stuff is new around here, the most obvious of which is the new, lighter design of VirtualNES.com, which is intended to reduce eye strain. It also matches the color scheme of the actual NES slightly more now. More updates will be forthcoming here and across Emulation Collective quite soon, including the addition of a bunch of games.

Here's a quick list of changes that have been made in the new design:

Enjoy, and let us know if you're experiencing any problems with the upgrades.

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