So, you want to start playing some good ol' CPS1/CPS2/Neo-Geo games, but MAME is too complicated and cumbersome? Then welcome to the world of WinKawaks, the ePSXe of arcade emulation. There are a few things you need to do before you can play your roms, but after you configure everything, running the games is a breeze.1. Where do you get the emulator?
- You can get the current version of WinKawaks at their home site here
. As of this writing, it is at 1.63.2. I got the emulator, where can I get the games?
- As of this writing, I am not at liberty to link you to any rom site that host the roms that can be played using this emulator. I suggest using Google and search for "MAME roms". Note that not every MAME rom can be played in Kawaks, as it only plays Capcom CPS1/2 and SNK MVS titles.3. How do I run the emulator?
-After you download it, unzip the files into a folder and run the WinKawaks.exe file. After a few tests on your system, it should appear like this:
To find out what roms you can play, click on File > Load Game, or alternatively, press Alt + L
You absolutely NEED
the neogeo.zip bios file to run the Neo-Geo titles. You just have to put the .zip file inside one of the folders for your rom files (preferably the "neogeo" folder). A quick google search will give you the bios file.The roms showed here are the only games that you can play on this emulator, so don't go and try to run Tekken 3, NBA Jam or any other unsupported rom files.
When you find the game that you want to play, search google for that rom and download it. Remember to put it in the proper roms folder included in the Kawaks zip. (cps1, cps2 and neogeo)4. Can I make the emulator search the roms at a different location instead of the roms folder?
-You can, by configuring the paths where the emulator looks for the files it needs. You can find this by clicking File > Configure Paths.
By clicking "Browse", you have to direct the emulator to the folder where your roms are stored.
After directing the emulator to your roms, click the "Scan for new" button, as shown here:5. How do I change the buttons?/Can I use joysticks and other hardware to play this?
-For this, I will shamelessly plug my response to someone who wanted to know how to use his controller for Kawaks, which can be found here.
After you do all of these, the only remaining thing to do is sit back and enjoy your arcade experience!
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask in this thread.