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SNES9X4P is an emulator for the Nintendo Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES).

Download(s) Repository
License Non decided, binary non commercial Open source non-foss. (picklelauncher gplv3)
Developer(s) snes9x team / SiENcE / skeezix / ivanovic / other contributors
Version 1.39ff.20120226.1
Webpage GP32x Thread
Source Code
Compatibility List (wiki)

Emulator Information

Development Status


Known Bugs

Other Notes

Installation Instructions


Download the latest version of the emulator from the repository (here) and place it in one of the folders on your SD card according to the PND guide (This guide will assume that you put the PND in /pandora/menu) In XFCE, the icon to the emulator should appear in the menu under 'menu -> Emulators -> SNES9x4p' (if you put the PND in /pandora/menu), or on the desktop (if you put the PND in /pandora/desktop or /pandora/apps)

ROM Images

SNES ROM images are in the form of .smc or .fig, however SNES9x4p can also play compressed (.zip) ROM files.

While it does not matter where the ROM files are placed, it is often easiest to put them somewhere that makes sense in relation to the PND for easy browsing. A good place to put them would be either in a clearly-named folder in the root of the SD card (e.g. /SNES) or in the same folder as the emulator PND (e.g. /pandora/menu/SNES). It does not matter how many ROM files are in the folder, or what directory structure is used.


It has been reccomended that players overclock to at least 666Mhz, in order to 'keep things sensible', however greater speeds also help [1].

Loading a Game

Upon starting SNES9X4P, you will be presented with PickleLauncher (identifiable by the green mountains in the background). Up the top of the screen, you will see the current directory. If the main screen says <no files detected in dir>, press the X button until you are back at the root directory (/), and then scroll down and select (with B) /media , then /SD_CARD where SD_CARD is the name of your card, and then navigate to the folder where you have put your roms (e.g. /pandora/menu/SNES). When you are presented with the list of ROM files, scroll down to the desired on and press B to load it. Press escape (Fn+Q) to exit PickleLauncher.

Default Controls

SNES ControlPad Button Pandora Button Notes
A (Red) B (Gamepad) These buttons are in the same position as on the SNES controller, but have different letters
B (Yellow) X (Gamepad)
X (Blue) Y (Gamepad)
Y (Green) A (Gamepad)
Start Start
Select Select
Right Shoulder Right Shoulder
Left Shoulder Left Shoulder
D-Pad (Up, Down, Left, Right) D-Pad (Up, Down, Left, Right)

In-Game Menu

Press the spacebar to open the in-game menu (pauses the game). X closes the menu and resumes the game. The menu allows you to:

Menu Command Function
Reset Simlar to pressing RESET on the console
Save State Saves a 'state' of the game
Load State Loads a previously saved state
State Slot Choose which state to load/save from/to. Numbers range from 0-3.
Display Frame Rate If ON, shows the number of frames per second (FPS) at the bottom of the screen.
Transparency Enables the transparency layer
Display Mode Alters the Dispay (2:2 no-anti-aliasing, 2:2 Scaled, 2:2 Smoothed (anti-aliased), 3:2 no anti-aliasing).
Frameskip Increase this number if you experience slow or stuttery gameplay
Sound Volume (Does not appear to work)
Credit Lists the credits for the emulator
Exit Returns to PickleLauncher

Older versions

  • 1.39ff.20110310.2 (2011-05-06)1.39ff.20110310.2 (2011-05-06)