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Day 17 : Super Metroid on SNES (1994)

by on Apr.25, 2010, under lutris

Super Metroid is one of my favorite games of all times, I’ve finished it several times and never get tired of it. It’s pure awesomeness at it’s best !
I didn’t do any work on the snes9x runner, everything was done a long time ago but I have good news to bring.
There are some comment (which I will eventually remove) in the file saying things about snes9x-gtk not being in an official repository and pointing to bug reports. Well guess what … it’s old news ! Snes9x 1.52 aka snes9x-gtk has been integrated into Debian unstable and Lucid Lynx, very good news indeed!
It took so long because of licensing issues very similar to what is happening to Gens right now (see day 15 with Sonic 2). They put everything in the Debian non-free repository and the problem was solved ! Now do the same thing for Gens !

There are some sound issues with snes9x 1.52 (tested on several machines), I had to fiddle with the settings to get something acceptable, and even then it’s not perfect. I’ll wait ’til I get some feedback about this and I’ll propose a patch to the package to change the default settings from crappy-by-default to excellent-by-default.

So if you happen to know how to get perfect sound in snes9x in Lucid, please let me know, this could help a lot of users.

Super Metroid

You don’t get many games with music as good as Super Metroid, it deserves perfect sound :)

2 Comments for this entry

  • wertigon

    Unfortunately the sound issue is due to SNES9X being not compatible with PulseAudio.

    Ran into this problem myself a year or so ago. The way to go today is bsnes ( – even though bsnes require a 2GHz computer to run, it’s Linux support is excellent, it’s accuracy is spot-on and it’s sound is superb (although can have latency on some machines).

  • strider

    Thanks for the tip, I’ll give bsnes a try and maybe implement a runner in Lutris

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