XCade is an arcade emulator for Palm OS.
What is an arcade emulator?
An arcade emulator is an application that pretends to be
the electronics that make up a real physical arcade machine like
you saw in midways and arcades of the past. The goal is to allow
software written for these machines to run in the emulator, and
in XCade's case.. right in the palm of your hand!
What games can XCade run?
XCade has a growing list of games it supports. Check the current
release notes for a list of supported game hardware. A variety of games
may be loaded into each game hardware, and new homegrown software
designed for these old machines will run as well.
You can look in the screenshots page to see examples of many
of the games one could run in XCade.
What kind of machine do I need?
XCade is designed to run exclusively on Palm OS version 5.0 and later
on the ARM processor based units. That means the Palm Tungsten T and
the Sony NX series, as of November 2002, though we're sure there
will be many more ARM units out soon. XCade needs these super powered
units in order to work its magic at the correct arcade framerates.
Where do I get the game software (ROMs) to run in the emulator?
We cannot help you obtain game software as most of it is owned
by the company that originally built it. The arcade game software we
ourselves run in XCade
we get from the physical machines themselves, as we've been collecting
for a long time. Where you get game software is your business, but
we trust you do it legally! You can purchase software emulators from
the game vendors to support them and perhaps copy the rom files from
them once you own the rights to use them?
The best way to obtain ROMS is the following: Buy the arcade cabinet
from ebay, or even just buy the pc-board of the game itself that came
from an arcade cabinet. Hundreds of these can be found on any given
day on ebay. Once you've obtained the pcboard for the game you want,
get yourself an EPROM-reader/burner and pull the game off the pcboard
and pop it into XCade. It takes only a few minutes and is the
correct legal way to do this.
Bottom line: XCade is here to let you play homemade and
retro-games in the palm of your hand. Why play immitations when you
can play the real thing?