September 7, 2021

Video: The History Of The 'Silhouette' Super Nintendo Emulator Might Be An "Elaborate Hoax"

MVG takes a closer look.

The Switch generation has seen Nintendo call on emulation for games such as the Super Mario 3D All-Stars collection, but long before this, there was apparently an official emulator that could run Super Nintendo titles.

Starting out life as 'Mirage', project 'Silhouette' was a SNES emulator for MacOS and Power PC that supposedly got "leaked" anonymously by a former Nintendo employee in January 1998, who claimed Nintendo had plans to sell the client as a retail product. This was around the same time the Nintendo 64 was struggling to take off in countries like Japan and the sale of games on computers was apparently an idea some of the Nintendo bosses were seriously considering.

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