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AntSnes alpha version ready

My Snes9x port to S60 is somewhat working and the alpha-version is ready for download. I have been testing AntSnes with N95 and N96, but I assume that it will run on other 3.1 and 3.2 S60 phones as well. Please send a comment if you are using it with some other phone. Please also keep in mind that this is the first alpha version, and I haven’t tested it much, so any problem reports are welcome to the comments.

With N95 the frame rate is decent, but you must install the Magic keys, to get the multimedia keys working. Unfortunately you must hack your phone for magic keys installation. There is nothing I can do about it. Use the Magic keys to map keys 1-4 to play, stop, forward and backward buttons. Start/select are mapped to volume up/down keys on the side.

The N96 multimedia keys can be used directly, so there is no need for magic keys. Unfortunately the N96 is much slower than N95. The n96 has only ARM9 processor running 260 MHz and no OpenGL ES hardware acceleration, and N95 has ARM11 running 330 with OpenGL ES hardware acceleration. Therefore I made two different packages, one for directscreenacces and one for opengles (I will combine these in the future, when I have a settings dialog). The AntSnes_dsa_alpha is faster for N96, but the there is no interpolation, so the size of a frame is 256×224(NTCS) or 256×248(PAL). The AntSnes_gles_alpha can be used with N95. I haven’t run benchmarks which are faster in N95 the gles, or dsa package. They both should work though.

The current source is based on Zodd’s snes4iphone and Notaz snes9x for UIQ. Thanks go for Zodd, notaz and for all the original snes9x developers. I will also publish my sources soon.

TODOs:

  • Sound support
  • Interpolation to full screen
  • Settings menu

Known issues:

  • The dsa version seems to be freezing at time to time with my N96.

Installation:

I expect this to work on S60 3.1(Feature pack 1) and 3.2 phones. If you don’t know if your phone is S60 3.1 or 3.2, see http://wiki.forum.nokia.com/index.php/S60_phones

Just install the sis package to the phone. Download links below.

antsnes_gles and antsnes_dsa
Merry Christmas
-Summeli

15 Comments

  1. Denis Budag says:

    Very nice!
    I´m waiting for news versions to my N95 8GB
    Merry Christmas

  2. yanal says:

    Great work!!Are you serious about this project and will you develop it further??Do you think it could ever reach a playable speed with sound?? and when is the next version coming?? Thanks!!

  3. Cartmann2 says:

    gratz for your work man! im very pleased with you =D

  4. janillotaz says:

    hey this works on n81?
    i will try and i’ll be waiting for updates…
    thanks!

  5. IGOX says:

    Very good! Great idea to use OpenGL!

  6. BORETS says:

    Don’t work on nokia 6290. I press icon of antsnes,but it not started. I try 2 versions:with accelerations and without…

    • Summeli says:

      Currently only landscape mode is supported, so it wouldn’t be nice to use anyway. However I expected it to work with 6290, since it has 3rd edition fp1. Did you try to press the left softkey after that? The screen should be green at the start…
      I’m planning to add portrait mode for next version, and try it with N73.

  7. BORETS says:

    Yes,i tried all,but application does not run. When i press icon of antsnes, green screen not showing,i simple stay in smartphone main menu

  8. Andre says:

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Unfortunately don’t work on E62, but I will continue following the next releases!!!!!!!Please continue working on it.
    If i wrote something wrong sorry i’m from Brazil

  9. h3nk3 says:

    Tried it on the E90. Did not start at all. Keep up the good work. (The E90 should be a good candidate though, since it shares the same hw-acceleration of the N95)

  10. Michael says:

    Summeli, i believe i must compliment you on your excellent work. I have tested the alpha version of your emulator ,and it truly is a thing of beauty. Forget Vsun, this emulator of yours has great potential. Your time and dedication is appreciated and acknowledged my friend. We await any further releases you may offer ( especially if full sound support without lagging is possible). Excellent work my friend. Keep it up.

  11. kapaw says:

    This is totally awesome.. I hope this project would be better that vampent’s vSun! My phone is nokia 6120c which I believe is fast like n95 8gb.. Sound is not much a priority.. Screen resolution, game compatibility and the game speed is more important..

  12. Zaca11 says:

    did not work on my Nokia E65 🙁 neither of the two versions, the error message, do not accept menu

  13. Dharo says:

    hi wanted to know if the nokia n95 8gb version is compatible so that says it is 3.1 for download by ponearla podrias see that h q west to download