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FCE Ultra
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FCE Ultra, running Metal Slader Glory in Windows.
Stable release 0.98.12 (FCE Ultra)
2.1.2 (FCEUX) / 2004-08-24; 5 years ago (FCE Ultra)
2009-11-03; 2 months ago (FCEUX)
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Emulator
License GNU General Public License

FCE Ultra is an Open Source Nintendo Entertainment System emulator that also supports emulation of the Family Computer Disk System and network play via TCP/IP. It is a fork of Bero's FCE, and has become far more advanced than its predecessor. It has now been superseded by another of its own forks, FCEUX.

It has been tested (and runs) under DOS, Linux SVGAlib, Linux X, Mac OS X, and Windows. A native GUI is provided for the Windows port, and the other ports use a command-line interface. The SDL port should run on any modern UNIX-like operating system (such as FreeBSD, Solaris or IRIX) with no code changes. It has also been ported to the GP2X, PlayStation Portable as PSPFceUltra, the Nintendo GameCube, Wii and Pepper Pad. As of version 2.1.1, it can no longer run on Windows 98.

There is also a graphical frontend for FCE Ultra. GFCE Ultra is written in Python and uses the GTK2 user interface library. Because is it written in Python and with portability in mind, it can be run on any UNIX-like platform and any processor architecture that is supported by Python. [1]



FCE Ultra was created by Xodnizel. The last full release was v0.98.12 in August 2004, though a pre-release v0.98.13-pre was released in September 2004 as source code only. After that, development appeared to stop and the homepage and forums for the emulator were taken down.

Source Forks

In the absence of official development, many forks of FCE Ultra were created. Foremost among these were:

In March 2006 FCE Ultra was resurrected by Anthony Giorgio and Mark Doliner. Shortly thereafter SP and zeromus initiated a project to combine all the forks into one new application called FCEUX, which attracted collaboration from many authors of the various forks of FCE Ultra.

The first public release of FCEUX was released on the 2nd of August 2008. This fork of the emulator has continued steady development since then, allowing the other forks to generally deprecate, and has features the original FCE Ultra does not, such as native movie recording support and the ability to extend, enhance, or alter gameplay with Lua scripts.

See also


  1. ^ "GTK+ Graphic Frontend for FCE Ultra".  

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