You like video games? Almost everyone does (even those people who say they don’t, but secretly wish they could play them anyway). And the current craze in video games exists in the area of portable gaming, which may explain why Sony Inc. has created the PSP mini, or portable gaming system. All PSP drives are based on the patented Universal Media Disc technology, the exclusive property of Sony Inc.
With the PSP and handheld games growing in popularity by leaps and bounds, it’s no surprise that emulators are being created. An emulator, for those who don’t know, is a hardware or software product that can mimic the functionality of one system when the emulator is installed on a completely different system. Therefore, emulators can come in the form of software to be run on PCs so that a new software application can be run on such machines; or in the form of hardware that has embedded firmware. The firmware of this hardware would be responsible for telling your PC how to function once a specific game software has been downloaded on that PC.
One free emulator software that has been making the rounds is Neo Geo Emulator. This emulator, which is now popularly installed on many PSPs, aims to allow end-users to play games that were popularized in Japan in the late 1990s and are based on the Neo Geo Game console. Obviously, Sony Inc. doesn’t officially allow the Neo Geo Emulator to be installed on their PSPs, but that doesn’t stop people from downloading the emulator software on their PSP units for free anyway.
It should be explained that Neo Geo emulators do not come in a single version. An Internet source recommends this version, MVSPSP 2.0.6, and explains how to install it correctly. See below for the details of the installation process:
* To install MVSPSP 2.0.6, you must copy the MVSPSP folder to the GAME folder so that you can proceed to run the program on the 1.50 kernel. If you can secure some roms for yourself, find the other folder named romcnv. The romcnv folder has an exe inside that can turn your roms into a cache file. This cache file is required (just like the roms zip file) for use on the PSP phat due to its low memory.
* After that, you need to create a folder labeled ROMS and another labeled CACHE inside the MVSPSP folder. Also, you need the neogeo.zip which works as the console BIOS; this allows you to run Neo Geo games.
* Once done, set it to the ROMS folder. However, you do not need to create a cache of that information.
The Neo Geo emulator described here can play Metal Slug 1, Samurai Showdown, and King of the Monsters with 100% accuracy and functionality as well. This source also revealed that now you can get the MVSPSP 2.2.0 (applicable for the PSP version called PSP Slim) which does not need the use of cache files as the PSP Slim has a mirrored memory spanning 64 mb.