Commodore Amiga Emulator WinUAE 3.0.0 available

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 2, 2015

Ah, the Commodore Amiga. One of the greatest home computer systems that was home to some of the best games ever created.

While it is still possible to buy an Amiga on marketplaces like eBay, you may not have enough space at home to do just that.

That's were emulation comes in. While you can argue that emulation cannot mimic the computer 100%, it is better than not using it at all in my opinion.

Plus, it adds several options such as fast load or the emulation of hard drives or floppy drives that make things more comfortable.

WinUAE is probably the best Commodore Amiga emulator out there which emulates most of the features of all Amiga editions Commodore released in the past.

Emulation includes chip sets, drives, serial ports, mouse and joysticks, processors, memory, graphics units and hard drives.

WinUAE 3.0.0 was released in December 2014 by the development team adding various new features to the emulator. This includes support for new hardware like the A590 XT hard drive, CDTV-CR and accelerator boards.

New features are introduced as well in WinUAE 3.0.0. Among them support for connecting two WinUAE instances running on the same PC, support for secondary Z2 RAM boards, turbo-read mode for CDTV and CD32, support for multiple SCSI controllers which can now be active simultaneously, or the new cycle-exact CPU mode.

You can load adf files into the emulator to play them directly on the PC. ADF files can be created by connecting the Amiga to the PC and using specialized tools to dump the data to the file format.

Here are a couple of great resources that offer Amiga ADF file downloads

  • Amiga Future - Large collection of legal games for the Amiga.
  • Amiga Lore - Hosts games that were never released.
  • Dream 17 - All Team 17 games for the Amiga as ADF files.
  • Ami Sector One - The creators state that they have written permission to offer the games on their website. Lists a lot of all-time classic games.
  • Factor 5 - The three games Katakis, R-Type and BC Kid are provided on the official Factor 5 website.
  • Gremlin - Features several games by Gremlin such as Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge or Zool.
  • Old-Skool - Offers classic Amiga demos, diskmags, packs and music for you to download. Demos come in adf format which you can run right in the emulator.

Please note that you need a Kickstart ROM file to run the emulator. You can purchase ROMs legally from Amiga Forever.

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  1. Mac said on September 14, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    shame the music is the best part of these games and not all the emulation is perfect and it irritates me if the music is not plating correctly. It ruins the experience, far more than a bit of jerkiness in the graphics.

  2. PhoneyVIrus said on January 9, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Shadow Fighter from Gremlin isn’t a Street Fighter knockoff or noting, I was going to get around to downloading all the Top Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, Sega Dreamcast, Turbografx 16, Nintendo 64 and Sony Playstation 1 games sometime this year. So if anyone’s interested in emulators they should checkout DopeRoms and if you were to look on the right hand side of the site, you’ll see more websites offering emulators and Rom’s. Raspberry PI is what I have in mind, imagine having all those games on a small device like that, now that’s cool, plus it would be a neat little project if your were to ask me.

    Thanks for the Tutorial Marti

  3. Paul(us) said on January 4, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Wow, That’s nice I even think I still have 100 games on 5 1/4 inch floppy.
    Main absolute favorite and yes I know the new ones have much better resolution.
    Maybe it was the relative simplistic structure that was so relaxing after a day of hard work trying to reach the ultimate goal the end of then 150 levels.
    And Loderummer was also the last game I ever played (back around 1980)

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