A while ago, we shared with you the Windows 8 app Nesbox that you could use to emulate NES games. Now, I’ve spotted the relatively new Genstalgia app for Windows 8 users which has been recently released in the Windows Store. Find more details below.
Genstalgia is a new Windows 8 app released by developer Hereafter who apparently has a good experience in bringing old console games to the Windows 8 environment. Genstalgia is a moniker derived from Genesis and Nostalgia and is actually a Sega Genesis and Mega Drive emulator optimized for Windows 8 and Windows RT device that you can download for $3.49 from the Windows Store, but there’s also a free trial option available, which is really useful.
Genstalgia brings old Sega Genesis games to Windows 8
Genstalgia is an evolving Sega Genesis emulator optimized for Windows 8 and Windows RT. To play your favorite old school games, additional game cartridge files (ROM) are required, which can be in .smd, .gen, .md, .bin and .zip file extensions.
By installing Genstalgia on your Windows 8 tablet, you will be able to play those games that used to keep you glued to your TV for hours, until your mom gave you the last warning. The app itself comes with only a single game – Fix it Felix Jr. This is actually a game that wasn’t launched in “the past”, as it’s part of the Wreck-it Ralph animated movie which was later on transformed into one of the many Disney games that we also reviewed for Windows 8 users.
For additional games, you will need to have cartridge files downloaded on your Windows 8 device or tablet, with the following extensions – .smd, .gen, .md, .bin and .zip file. What’s really cool is that besides touch and keyboard+mouse controls, you can also attach Xbox 360 controllers to it. The game with the option of saving and loading game states and also support 60Hz monitors and 30Hz high-definition TV. So, if you can set-up a wireless connectivity between your Windows 8 tablet and your TV, you will be able to see the games on a much bigger screen.
Other classic emulators for Windows PC
Sega Genesis was a great console, even I have played countless hours lots of games on it, but don’t forget other great consoles from your childhood. Many games used to work only on specific consoles: Mario Series, Golden Axe, Tanks, Duck Hunt, Mortal Kombat, Tekken and many others. If you do want to play them once more, here’s a list of emulators for specific consoles so you can enjoy these old games on Windows PC:
- Top 7 NES emulators for Windows 10
- Top 5 Sega emulators for Windows 10 users
- 3 best Sega Dreamcast emulators for Windows 10 users
- The 4 best Game Boy emulators for Windows 10
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.