Nintendo Save State Instructions

To use the save states on our website, follow these instructions. First, download and decompress the save state file. We recommend using WinRAR for this. Despite the name, it is available for Linux and Mac OS-X as well.

To use the save states (not the save ram), you must use FCEU. I don't know if the version is important, but it might be, so you should try to get the same version that we used if possible. We always supply the Windows version of the program we used on our website. You can find information about FCEU here.

  1. Download FCEU 0.98.10 for Windows
  2. Download FCEU 0.98.12 for Windows

In Windows, the save states are placed in a directory under the install directory called fcs. So, if you installed in C:\Program Files\FCEU, then you should put the save state in C:\Program Files\FCEU\fcs. The save states have extensions like .fc0, .fc4, etc.

In Linux (and presumably other unices), the save states are in the ~/.fceu/fcs directory. Place them there if you use Linux (or some other unice).

You will need the ROM to play the game.


Start the game in FCEU, and load one of the save states. Generally, we supply at least 2 (in case one gets corrupted), unless we put several into one archive. We generally use the 0 and 1 save states, so you should be able to load the game and press F7 to load the state. Or you can look at the possible save states.

Note: The save state must match the name of the ROM. If it doesn't, FCEU will not be able to load it. It's probably easiest to make a copy of your ROM somewhere, rename that copy, and play that one with our save states.

Don't like FCEU?

If the game supports SRAM, we also included the .SAV (save ram file) with the archive. You should be able to use this to play in any emulator that supports save ram, which nearly all good ones do. We have tested this ability using Nester public beta 4. But you should be able to use Nesticle, or Nestopia, or Nesten or any other good NES emulator that you like. We only supply save states for FCEU at this time.


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