.NES File Extension

There is only one file type that uses the .NES extension:

Nintendo (NES) ROM File

Nintendo (NES) ROM File

An NES file is a game ROM created from an NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) video game. It contains the same data as the original NES cartridge and can be opened and played on a Mac or PC using an NES emulator.

NES files are used by gamers who enjoy playing retro, discontinued games on their computers. The gamers use emulators to play the NES games, including Nestopia, MESS, and FCEUX.

Some NES emulators play certain ROM files better than others. If you notice a game's audio or video performance is choppy in one emulator, you may want to try another emulation program.

Software's name License Platforms
FakeNES FakeNES Free Windows
FCEUX FCEUX Free LinuxWindows
iNES iNES Free Windows
Jnes Jnes Free Windows
MESS MESS Free LinuxMacWindows
Nesoid   —  Discontinued Nesoid  —  Discontinued Paid Android
NesterJ NesterJ Free Windows
Nestopia Nestopia Open Source LinuxMacWindows
OpenEmu OpenEmu Free Mac
RockNES RockNES Free Mac
VirtuaNES VirtuaNES Free Windows

Updated: October 29, 2019

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