While perusing the Windows Store for new tablet apps last night, I came across a surprising find: Microsoft had recently let in a Super Nintendo emulator, dubbed Snes8x, for Windows 8 and Windows RT devices.

The free app lets you play the classics from Nintendo’s 16-bit game console, such as Super Mario World and Street Fighter II, though you have to supply the games yourself in the form of SNES ROM files. Snes8x has touch screen controls, and it also supports keyboard input.

It’s not the only classic game emulator in the Windows Store, either. After searching some more, I also found EMU7800, an emulator for the Atari 7800 ProSystem, which itself was backwards compatible with the Atari 2600. EMU7800 is free as well, and though you can supply your own ROMs, it also includes a built-in selection of games, such as Ballblazer and Joust.

Of course, emulators…

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