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Windows 7, ZSNES, Gens

This tutorial, courtesy of Muzer, assumes you have basic file management skills including downloading and extracting ZIP archives.

  1. Insert cartridges into the Retrode’s slots, and connect game controllers.
  2. Connect your Retrode to a USB port of your computer. The device should be detected and assigned a drive letter; no drivers should be needed. It may take a few moments for the system to install the built-in Windows drivers, however, so be patient if it doesn’t show up immediately.
  3. Locate the drive letter that has been assigned to your Retrode. It will usually be named “RETRODE”.

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Setting up a SNES emulator (ZSNES)

  1. Download ZSNES.
    • The latest version can be found here: http://www.zsnes.com/index.php?page=files
    • Choose the latest “Win/Binary” version listed.
    • Open the downloaded file, and extract the archive to a directory of your choice.
    • We will assume the binary (exe file) is located at C:\Users\Your_username\ZSNES\zsnesw.exe.
  2. Set file associations. Navigate to the Retrode’s drive letter with a SNES game inserted. If all has gone well, you should see a file with the extension .sfc named after your game (if not, safely remove and then unplug the Retrode, unplug the cartridge, give it a bit of a clean (blowing into the contacts might help in the short term but is not recommended as it can accelerate corrosion), insert it, and plug the Retrode back in). Right-click on that file, and click Open (or mouse-over Open With… and click Choose Program if you have previously had a SNES emulator assigned to SFC files). Click “Select a program from a list of installed programs” and click OK. Click Browse…, find the ZSNES binary (zsnesw.exe), and click Open. Make sure “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” is ticked, and give it a meaningful description (“SNES ROM” for instance).
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  3. ZSNES will load in a borderless window. You should see the game starting with any luck, but will probably only have keyboard control for the minute.
  4. To set up joystick control:
    • Press the Escape key.
    • Press the spacebar if prompted, then you should have mouse control.
    • From the Config menu, select Input.
    • For each control in turn, click the box to the right, then press the corresponding button on your controller.
    • You can leave the Turbo and Diagonals blank.
    • Repeat for any more controllers by using the tabs at the top.
    • ZSNES

      ZSNES

    • Done. Close the window, and press escape again to resume the game.
  5. Remember that you’ll need to press escape when you want to close the emulator.

Setting up a Mega Drive/Genesis emulator (Gens)

  1. Download Gens.
    • The latest version can be found here: http://www.gens.me/downloads.shtml
    • Choose the latest “Win32 binary” version listed.
    • Open the downloaded file, and extract the archive to a directory of your choice.
    • We will assume the binary (exe file) is located at C:\Users\Your_username\Gens\gens.exe
  2. Set file associations
    • Navigate to the Retrode’s drive letter with a Mega Drive game inserted.
    • If all has gone well, you should see a file with the extension .bin named after your game (if not, safely remove and then unplug the Retrode, unplug the cartridge, give it a bit of a clean [blowing into the contacts might help in the short term but is not recommended as it can accelerate corrosion], insert it, and plug the Retrode back in).
    • Right-click on that file, and click Open (or mouse-over Open With… and click Choose Program if you have previously had a program assigned to .bin files).
    • Click “Select a program from a list of installed programs” and click OK.
    • Click Browse…, find the Gens binary (gens.exe), and click Open.
    • Make sure “Always use the selected program to open this kind of file” is ticked, and give it a meaningful description (“Mega Drive ROM” for instance).

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  3. Gens will load You should see the game starting with any luck, but will probably only have keyboard control for the minute.
  4. To set up joystick control:
    • Go to Option -> Joypads
    • Select the number of buttons on each controller you have, and click Redefine Keys for both controller ports.
    • Select each button in turn and press the corresponding button on the controller.
  5. GENS

    GENS

    GENS

  6. Save Games Gens doesn’t like the checksums in filenames, so make sure filenameChksum in RETRODE.CFG is set to 0 otherwise it won’t be able to find your save game.
  7. GENS

  8. Done. You can now hit OK and play the game.

Tutorial by Muzer