5 ways to play SNES games on Linux

On Linux, there are many different ways to play Super Nintendo video games. However, if you’re new to the platform, you might not know about the many ways to enjoy SNES video games on Linux. That’s why we’ve made this list of 5 ways to play SNES games on Linux.

1. Snes9x

Snes9x is one of the best SNES emulators on the Linux platform. It is very well designed, with a thoughtful user interface and tons of excellent features, such as gameplay recording, controller support, and various graphical enhancements.

In the past, on AddictiveTips, we’ve gone over how to install Snes9x on the Linux platform. In the tutorial, we also go over how to configure a controller, save games, and much more!  To get going with the Snes9x app, click here.

2. Zsnes

Zsnes is another great emulator for the Linux platform. Unlike Snes9x, Zsnes doesn’t have a GTK-based GUI. Instead, it has a video game-style user interface that some users like, and some don’t.

To play SNES games with Zsnes on Linux, you will need to install the app first. To start the installation of Zsnes on Linux, open up a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open, follow the installation instructions below to get the Zsnes emulator set up.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install zsnes

Debian

sudo apt-get install zsnes

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S zsnes

Fedora

To get Zsnes on Fedora, you must first enable the RPM Fusion Free software repository. This repository contains free, open-source software not included by default in the Fedora repos. To set it up, click here

After setting up RPM Fusion Free on Fedora, you can install Zsnes with:

sudo dnf install zsnes

OpenSUSE

To get Zsnes on OpenSUSE, you will need to head over to the OpenSUSE Build Service and click on the “1 Click Install” button.

Now that Zsnes is set up on your Linux PC launch it by searching for “zsnes” in your app menu. Once the app is open, do the following to start playing SNES games.

First, press the spacebar to dismiss the one-time message that appears. After that, find the “Game” menu, and select it with the mouse. 

Inside of the “Game” menu, find the “Load” button and click on it. Then, use the file browser to select a SNES ROM. Upon selecting a ROM, it will load up, and you’ll be ready to play SNES games!

3. Snes9x EX

Coming in at the 3rd best SNES emulator on Linux is Snes9x EX. As an emulator, Snes9x EX is a lot like Snes9x, but instead of using the Higan SNES core, it uses the Imagine engine. It also has some other tweaks and changes that make it unique. 

To get going with Snes9x EX on your Linux PC, you will need to download it. Sadly, there aren’t any packaged binaries to download or install this app on the Linux desktop.

To download Snes9x EX to your Linux PC, open up a terminal. Once the terminal session is open, use the following wget command to download the ZIP archive of Snes9x EX.

wget https://archive.org/download/snes9x-ex-linux/snes9x-ex-linux.zip

After downloading the ZIP archive, you must unzip it using the Unzip utility in the terminal. Unzip will extract the contents of the ZIP archive, allowing you access to the emulator.

unzip snes9x-ex-linux.zip

With the emulator unzipped, use the CD command to move into the ‘Snes9x EX+’ directory.

cd 'Snes9x EX+'

You can then start up the app with: 

./s9xp

Once Snes9x EX is open on your Linux PC, you can start a game by doing the following. First, look for the “Load Game” button in the menu and click on it with the mouse.

By selecting “Load Game,” a file-browser will appear. Click on the arrow key in the upper left-hand corner to go up a level. Then, use the browser to load up a SNES ROM.

Once the SNES ROM is loaded up, you will be able to start playing SNES in Snes9x EX!

4. Retroarch

Retroarch is not a dedicated SNES emulator. However, it can emulate the Super Nintendo via downloadable libretro cores. As a result, it makes for a great way to enjoy SNES games on Linux.

To get started with playing SNES games with it, you will need to install the Retroarch app on your computer. Previously on AddictiveTips, we’ve gone over how to install Retroarch on Linux. To get the app set up on your Linux computer, search for “retroarch” in the terminal and install the program the way you typically install packages.

Once the Retroarch app is set up on your Linux system, launch it. Then, with the app open, do the following. First, select the “Online Updater” button in the menu. After selecting “Online Updater,” select “Core Downloader.”

In the “Content Downloader” page, look through for a Snes core to download to Retroarch and download it. Then, once the core is done downloading, right-click with the mouse till you get back to the main menu.

Inside of the main menu, find the “Import Content” button, and click on it. Then, select “Scan Directory” and use the file browser to add your SNES ROMS to Retroarch.

After adding your content, “Super Nintendo Entertainment System” will appear on the sidebar. Click on it, then select your ROM to start playing SNES with Retroarch!

5. Mednafen

If you want to enjoy Snes video games on Linux but don’t like GUI emulators, you should check out Mednafen. It’s a command-line multi-system emulator that can play SNES ROMs.

To play games with Mednafen, you must first install it. To install it on your Linux PC, open up a terminal window. Then, use the command-line installation instructions down below to get it working.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install mednafen

Debian

sudo apt-get install mednafen

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S mednafen

Fedora

sudo dnf install mednafen

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install mednafen

With the Mednafen emulator installed on your computer, do the following to play SNES games on your Linux PC. 

First, use the CD command to move into the directory where your SNES ROM files are. In this example, the ROM files are in ~/roms. Yours will differ, so be sure to modify the command below.

cd ~/roms

Once in the ROM directory, you can start up the emulation with:

mednafen my-snes-rom-file

As soon as the emulation starts up, you will be able to play SNES games on Linux with Mednafen!

Conclusion

In this list, we went over the 5 ways you can play Super Nintendo games on Linux. What is your favorite Super Nintendo game to emulate on Linux? Tell us in the comment section below!

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8 best casual Linux computer games

Are you in the mood for some casual computer games on your Linux PC like Solitare or Chess, or Sudoku? Don’t know the first thing about installing these types of video games on your Linux PC? If so, follow along as we go over the 8 best casual Linux computer games!

1. Quadrapassel

Quadrapassel is an open-source game inspired by the popular video game known as Tetris. Much like Tetris, in Quadrapassel, your task is to place falling block pieces to complete a horizontal row quickly. If you mess up your block placement, the game ends.

Quadrapassel is an excellent computer game and plays almost exactly like Tetris does, with the added benefit of being open-source and compatible with Linux. If you love Tetris, you’ll love Quadrapassel!

Install Quadrapassel

The GNOME project develops Quadrapassel, and as a result, you can get it on nearly every Linux operating system that also has the Gnome Shell desktop environment. 

If you’d like to play Quadrapassel on your Linux PC, you can install it through the Flathub app store as a Flatpak. To get started, ensure you have the Flatpak runtime installed. Then, enter the commands below to get the game working.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Quadrapassel

2. Bovo

Bovo is a “five in a row” type game. The game is 2-player (player versus computer) and the object of the game is to get 5 Xs or Os in a row on the pictogram to win. Bovo supports multiple modes of difficulty and is very easy to pick up and play for quick fun.

Install Bovo

The Bovo computer game is part of the “KDE Extra” line of packages for Linux. As a result, the game is straightforward to install on any Linux operating system that supports the KDE Desktop Environment.

If you’d like to try out Bovo on your Linux PC, enter the commands below in a terminal window.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install bovo

Debian

sudo apt-get install bovo

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S bovo

Fedora

sudo dnf install bovo

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install bovo

3. Aisleriot Solitaire

Aisleriot Solitaire is a card game application for the Linux platform, courtesy of the GNOME project. With it, users can play over 80 different solitaire-type card games using their mouse and keyboard. If you love playing cards on your computer, Aisleriot Solitaire is worth your time.

Install Aisleriot Solitare

As stated previously, Aisleriot Solitaire is developed by GNOME. So, you’ll have no issue getting this computer game up and running on your Linux PC. To install it, ensure you have the Flatpak runtime set up. Then, enter the commands below to get it working.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Aisleriot

4. Five or More

Five or More is a computer game in which users must align five or more objects of the same color into a line on the game board, causing them to disappear and thus score points. The game is won once the player removes all colored balls on the board.

Install Five or More

Five or More is available for installation on all Linux platforms in many ways. That said, the best way to get it working on nearly any Linux operating system is with Flatpak. To install it, ensure you have the runtime set up. Then, enter the commands below.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub org.gnome.five-or-more

5. Backgammony

Backgammony is a free backgammon game for Linux. Users can play the game of backgammon with a computer AI or another user over the internet or local area network. Backgammony makes use of GNU Backgammon to provide a challenging AI to play against.

Install Backgammony

Backgammony is available on Flathub as a Flatpak package. To get the game installed on your Linux PC so you can play it, make sure the Flatpak runtime is installed. Then, enter the commands below in a terminal.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub uk.jnthn.backgammony

6. KBreakOut

KBreakOut is a “Breakout” clone by the KDE team. It’s great fun. The game’s object in KBreakOut is to hit the bouncing ball with the brick at the bottom of the board (using your mouse) at the bricks at the top of the screen. If you destroy all the bricks, you advance to the next level, and if you drop the ball, you lose.

Install KBreakOut

The KDE project developed KBreakOut. As a result, it is available on any Linux OS supporting the KDE desktop environment. To install it on your system, open up a terminal window, and enter the commands below.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install kbreakout

Debian

sudo apt-get install kbreakout 

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S kbreakout

Fedora

Sadly, KBreakOut is unavailable for Fedora Linux.

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install kbreakout

7. GNOME Mines

GNOME Mines is the Gnome project’s take on the classic Windows computer game Minesweeper. Much like the Windows game, GNOME Mines tasks the player with sweeping a board for active mines, avoiding mistakes to stay alive.

Install GNOME Mines

Do you want to play GNOME Mines on your Linux PC? Here’s how to get it set up. First, make sure you have the Flatpak runtime set up on your computer. After that, enter the two commands below to get the game running!

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub org.gnome.Mines

8. Xboard

Xboard is a graphical chess game for the Linux platform. It’s laid out in 2D and supports both player/computer as well as person/person games over the network. Xboard is unique for its wide variety of chess options, like move history, player statistics, and much more. Suffice it to say; if you’re a chess lover, you’ll love Xboard!

Install Xboard

If you’d like to play Xboard on your Linux system, you can install it through the terminal using the commands below. 

Ubuntu

sudo apt install xboard

Debian

sudo apt-get install xboard

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S xboard

Fedora

sudo dnf install xboard

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install xboard

Conclusion

In this list, we talked about 8 excellent casual computer games for Linux. We also showed you how to install them so you can have some fun. What is your favorite Linux computer game on the list? Tell us in the comment section below!

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How to improve Minecraft graphic performance on Linux

The Minecraft Java Edition runs decent enough on Linux that most users don’t need to tinker with the graphical settings. But, on low-end PCs, and even high-end ones, the game struggles with graphical performance.

If you want to increase your FPS on Minecraft in Linux, you will need to improve the game’s graphical performance. The best way to do this is to install the Optifine mod. It can give you more FPS, as well as more control over the graphics in the game.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to install the Optifine mod on Linux and how to use it to improve the game’s graphical performance. 

Installing Minecraft Java Edition

As this guide focuses on Minecraft, we will demonstrate how to install the Minecraft Java Edition launcher on Linux before installing the mod to improve graphical performance.

To use Minecraft Java Edition on Linux, you will need to have the Java Runtime Environment set up on your Linux PC. In many cases, the Minecraft installer will automatically install this for you. However, keep in mind that if the Java Runtime does not automatically install it, you will need to do it manually. 

To get started setting up Minecraft Java Edition on Linux, launch a terminal window on the desktop. Once the terminal window is open and ready to use, enter the commands below to get Minecraft working on your Linux PC.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, you can get Minecraft working by downloading and installing the latest DEB package.

wget https://launcher.mojang.com/download/Minecraft.deb -O ~/Downloads/Minecraft.deb
cd ~/Downloads
sudo apt install ./Minecraft.deb

Debian

To get Minecraft working on Debian, you’ll need to install the latest DEB package from Minecraft.net.

wget https://launcher.mojang.com/download/Minecraft.deb -O ~/Downloads/Minecraft.deb
cd ~/Downloads
sudo dpkg -i Minecraft.deb
sudo apt install -f

Arch Linux

The Minecraft official launcher is in the Arch Linux AUR. To install it, enter the commands below.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git

cd trizen

makepkg -sri
trizen -S minecraft-launcher

Fedora

On Fedora Linux, you will need to install the Java Runtime Environment to get Minecraft working manually. Once the runtime is set up, you can download the latest generic Linux release of Minecraft Java Edition on your PC and enter the commands below to get it running.

wget https://launcher.mojang.com/download/Minecraft.tar.gz
tar xvf Minecraft.tar.gz
cd minecraft-launcher/

Launch Minecraft with:

./minecraft-launcher

OpenSUSE

On OpenSUSE, users can get the latest Minecraft Java Edition installed through the OBS. To get it working, head over to this page here, choose your release, and install it with the “1 Click Install” button.

Install Forge mod framework

The Optifine mod works in Minecraft with the help of the Forge mod framework. As a result, we must demonstrate how to install Forge to get Optifine working. To start the installation, open up a terminal window. Then, use the wget command below to download the latest Forge.

wget https://files.minecraftforge.net/maven/net/minecraftforge/forge/1.16.4-35.0.18/forge-1.16.4-35.0.18-installer.jar -O ~/Downloads/forge-1.16.4-35.0.18-installer.jar

After downloading the Forge mod framework installer to your Linux PC, you will need to install it. To start the installation, open up the installer file using the command below.

java -jar ~/Downloads/forge-1.16.4-35.0.18-installer.jar

Once the Forge installer is open on your Linux PC, select the “Install client” option in the installer window. Then, click on the “OK” button with the mouse to begin the installation. 

When the installation is complete, Forge will be set up in Minecraft Java Edition for Linux. From here, move on to the next step of the guide.

Installing the Optifine mod

Installing Optifine on Linux is easy, thanks to how Forge works. You won’t need to run any installer or anything like that. Instead, just create a “mods” folder in your Minecraft directory and place the Optifine file inside. 

Using the mkdir command, create the new “mods” folder in your Minecraft directory. 

mkdir -p ~/.minecraft/mods/

After creating the new “mods” folder in your Minecraft directory, head over to the Optifine download page and grab the latest version of Optifine. Once the file is done downloading to your computer, use the CD command to move into the “Downloads” directory.

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” directory, use the mv command to move the Optifine mod into your Minecraft folder.

mv OptiFine*.jar ~/.minecraft/mods/

Configure Optifine in Minecraft on Linux

Now that Optifine is installed launch Minecraft and start up the game. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below to learn how to configure Optifine to improve graphical performance.

Step 1: Select the “Options” button on the Minecraft main menu. After selecting this button, select “Video Settings.”

Step 2: Find the “Graphics” area, and change it from “Fancy” to “Fast”. Then, find “Smooth Lighting” and change it from “Maximum” to “Off” or “Minimum.”

Step 3: Locate “Render Distance” and change it to 5 or 6. Then, locate “Entity Shadows” and set it to “Off.”

Step 4: Locate the “Performance” button, and click on it. Then, once inside the “Performance” area, look through the settings and tweak them to your liking. Click “Done” when done.

Step 5: Locate “Animations” and go through the settings to tweak the animations. Turning off animations makes the game faster! Click “Done” when done.

Step 6: Find “Details” and go through the settings to tweak it to your desired configuration. Tweaking “Details” will give a considerable performance increase. Select “Done” when done.

After going through all 6 steps, your Minecraft game will run considerably faster on Linux. Happy gaming!

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How to play Minecraft Bedrock Edition on Linux

Minecraft Bedrock Edition works on Linux with the help of the Minecraft Bedrock Launcher for Linux. It is an unofficial app that makes the game work on Linux with the Minecraft Android APK. 

In this guide, we will go over how to set up Minecraft Bedrock Edition on Linux. However, keep in mind that Minecraft Bedrock Edition requires a Microsoft account, and you will also need to own the Android version of the game on the Play Store.

Installation instructions

To start the installation of the Minecraft Bedrock Edition launcher on your Linux PC, open up a Linux terminal on the desktop. Once the terminal window is open, follow the installation instructions outlined below that corresponds with the distribution you use.

Ubuntu

The unofficial Bedrock Edition launcher is available in Ubuntu. Unfortunately, the app software repository has not been updated to run on Ubuntu 20.04 or 20.10. As a result, if you want to play Bedrock on Ubuntu, you will need to use the Bedrock launcher AppImage instead.

To get the latest AppImage, open up a terminal window. Once the terminal window is open and ready to use, create a new folder with the name of “AppImages” in your home directory using mkdir.

mkdir -p ~/AppImages

After creating the new folder, use the wget downloader command to download the Minecraft Bedrock Edition AppImage file to your computer. 

wget https://mcpelauncher.mrarm.io/appimage/Minecraft_Bedrock_Launcher.AppImage -O ~/AppImages/Minecraft_Bedrock_Launcher.AppImage

Once the download is complete, use the chmod command to update the AppImage file’s permissions. Permissions need to be updated so that the AppImage file can run as a program. 

chmod +x ~/AppImages/Minecraft_Bedrock_Launcher.AppImage

With the file’s permissions changed, use the CD command to move into the “AppImages” directory where the launcher file is.

cd ~/AppImages/

Inside of the “AppImages” folder, you can launch Minecraft Bedrock Edition using the command below. Or, double-click on the Minecraft Bedrock Edition file in the “AppImages” folder with the Linux file manager.

./Minecraft_Bedrock_Launcher.AppImage

Debian

There’s currently no support for Debian with the Bedrock launcher via a DEB package. However, the AppImage file should work just fine. To get started, open up a terminal window and use the mkdir command to create a new directory called “AppImages.”

mkdir -p ~/AppImages/

After creating the new folder, you will need to download the Bedrock AppImage file from the internet. Using the wget command, grab the file from the internet. 

wget https://mcpelauncher.mrarm.io/appimage/Minecraft_Bedrock_Launcher.AppImage -O ~/AppImages/Minecraft_Bedrock_Launcher.AppImage

Once the file is done downloading to your Debian Linux PC, you will need to update the file’s permissions using the chmod command. 

chmod +x ~/AppImages/Minecraft_Bedrock_Launcher.AppImage

With the permissions up to date, enter the “AppImages” directory using the CD command. 

cd ~/AppImages/

Inside of the “AppImages” folder, execute the Bedrock launcher using the command below. Alternatively, open up the “AppImages” directory using the Linux file manager and double-click on the AppImage file to start it up.

./Minecraft_Bedrock_Launcher.AppImage

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, the Minecraft Bedrock Edition client is available in the AUR. The installation process is not complicated, thanks to the Trizen AUR helper. To install Bedrock on your Arch system, open up a terminal and enter the commands below.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git

cd trizen 

makepkg -sri

trizen -S mcpelauncher-msa-git mcpelauncher-msa-ui-qt-git mcpelauncher-linux-git mcpelauncher-ui-git lib32-libpulse lib32-alsa-plugins

Fedora/OpenSUSE

Both Fedora and OpenSUSE Linux support Flatpak very well. As a result, it is ideal to follow the Flatpak installation instructions to get Bedrock working on your Linux system.

Flatpak 

The Minecraft Bedrock launcher is available on Flathub as a Flatpak package. To start the installation process, you will need to install the Flatpak runtime on your computer. Once the runtime is set up, install the Bedrock launcher using the commands below.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

flatpak install flathub io.mrarm.mcpelauncher

Setting up Minecraft Bedrock Edition 

To set up Minecraft Bedrock Edition on your Linux PC, open up the Bedrock launcher on your computer via the app menu. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Note: If the game doesn’t load with the latest version, click on the pencil icon, select the drop-down menu next to “Versions,” and download an older release.

Step 1: Look for the “Sign in with Google” button in the launcher window, and click on it with the mouse. Upon selecting this button, a Google sign-in window will appear. Using this window, log into your Google account.

Step 2: After signing in, you’ll see the Bedrock launcher show the “DOWNLOAD AND PLAY” button, with version 1.16.100.04 on the screen. Select this button to download the latest version of the game.

Step 3: Select the “PLAY” button to start up Minecraft Bedrock Edition on your Linux PC to start up the game. When the game starts up, select “Sign In For Free” to log into your Microsoft account.

Upon signing in, you will be able to play Minecraft Bedrock Edition on your Linux PC!

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How to run games in safe mode on Steam on Windows 10

Games are complex apps but apps nevertheless and like any app, they can run into problems. Much like many apps have a safe mode e.g. Outlook, games on Steam have one too.

The safe mode for games allows users to run the game in its most basic, stripped-down version. In this mode, users can troubleshoot the game for things like a constant drop in FPS, failure to load, lag, screen tearing, etc, by going through its settings. 

Safe mode is also useful if you’re trying to play an older game on a newer system. The game may not have been updated to run on the hardware you have and playing it in safe mode will give you a better gaming experience.

Games in safe mode on Steam

You can run any Steam game in Safe mode. The process is the same. Some games may offer an option to run in safe mode when you click play but you can always force it with a simple switch.

Note: the game must be installed/downloaded to your system. If the game is on an external drive, you must connect the drive before you proceed.

  1. Open Steam.
  2. Go to Library.
  3. Select the game you want to run in safe mode.
  4. Right-click it and select Properties from the context menu.

  1. Go to the General tab.
  2. Click Set Launch Options.
  3. Remove everything in the bar and enter -safe.
  4. Click Ok and close the properties window.
  5. Play the game and it will launch in safe mode

Exit safe mode

To exit safe mode or to prevent the game from running in safe mode again, follow these steps.

  1. Open Steam.
  2. Go to Library.
  3. Right-click the game and select Properties.
  4. Go to the General tab.
  5. Click Set Launch Options.
  6. Remove the -safe switch from the Launch Options field.
  7. Click OK, and close the properties window.
  8. Run the game and it will run normally.

Conclusion

When you run a game in safe mode, it may take longer to launch. The larger the game, the longer it can take to run. Once it’s running you can change its setting and you will be able to play it without any trouble. 

If a game fails to run even in safe mode, try to verify its files. If they are corrupt, Steam will download them again and repair the game. There is a chance that it may not work in which case, you might have to uninstall and reinstall the game.

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