Nesticle The NES Emulator turned 20 making me feel old.


Nesticle turned 20 April 3rd.

It’s hard to believe that one of the best Emulators growing up has already turned the ripe ole age of 20. Nesticle was a  huge part of my childhood growing up!

Nesticle was developed by  Bloodlust Software in 1997 and was the NES emulator of choice. I remember vividly carrying around my trusty floppy disk loaded with my favorite NES Roms and it always had Nesticle beside it!


Back in the 90’s not many people knew about ROMs and emulators.

Luckily I had an older family member that was really great with computers and he showed me the way.  While I probably saw  Nesticle in 1997 I didn’t get a computer until  1998 or 1999 I don’t really remember.  School had tons of computers though and my mom’s work so I always had access to a computer.  Which probably drove my relentless computer nerdiness that I am today I’ve always been surrounded by computers for the most part.

Floppy Disks only held 1.44 MB which by today’s  standard isn’t even a word document but back in the 90s, everything ran on DOS which had very low file sizes. NES file was very small as well so you could get away with putting some homework on a disk, as well as Contra, Mario III,  and some Final Fantasy.

Thinking about Nesticle today.

It’s really truly amazing how quickly emulation came around. Nintendo is and probably always will be a huge target for Developers to target cause it’s just simple. Nintendo makes some of the most memorable and best videos games around the 80s and 90s are no exception. Mario is as big as gaming icon as I ever remember and he still is today. I’m sure that pushed some of the great developers to try to get their favorite consoles, and games on their big high dollar and high-powered computers back in the day.

Thanks, Nesticle and Bloodlust software if it wasn’t for them, it’s untelling what I would’ve been doing. Maybe I would’ve actually finished my homework instead of playing Mario III I don’t know.

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