What is MAME 2003-Plus and How to Use It
MAME 2003-Plus is a fork of MAME 2003 that adds new features and fixes bugs. It is a retro arcade emulator that supports over 4,000 games from the MAME 0.78 romset. It also includes CHDs (compressed hard disk images) and samples for some games that require them.
If you want to play arcade games with MAME 2003-Plus, you need to download the full non-merged romset from the Internet Archive[^1^]. This romset contains all the files needed to run each game, including any ROMs from parent or BIOS sets. You can use a torrent client to download the romset faster and more efficiently.
Once you have downloaded the romset, you need to extract it to a folder on your device. You can use a program like 7-Zip or WinRAR to do this. You should see a lot of .zip files in the folder, each one representing a game.
Next, you need to install MAME 2003-Plus on your device. You can find it on various platforms, such as RetroArch, Lakka, Recalbox, Batocera, or standalone. Depending on your platform, you may need to configure some settings, such as paths, controls, video options, etc.
Finally, you need to launch MAME 2003-Plus and load the game you want to play. You can use the built-in menu or a frontend to browse and select games. You may also need to press some buttons to start the game, such as coin and start. Enjoy!
MAME 2003-Plus has some features and options that can enhance your gaming experience. Here are some tips and tricks to get the most out of it:
Use the core options menu to change various settings, such as dip switches, cheats, mouse support, etc. You can access it by pressing F1 or the menu button on your device.
Use the MAME menu to access more options, such as video modes, audio filters, input mapping, etc. You can access it by pressing Tab or R2 on your device.
Use the MAME OSD (on-screen display) to adjust some settings on the fly, such as brightness, contrast, gamma, etc. You can access it by pressing Tilde or L2 on your device.
Use save states and rewind to save and restore your progress in games. You can use them by pressing F2 and F4 or the corresponding buttons on your device.
Use netplay to play online with other players. You can use it by enabling it in the RetroArch menu and joining or hosting a lobby.
For more information and documentation, you can visit the official website of MAME 2003-Plus[^1^]. You can also join the Discord server to chat with other users and developers.
MAME 2003-Plus supports over 4,000 games from the MAME 0.78 romset, but it also adds hundreds of new games and fixes that are not present in MAME 2003. Some of these games include:
Alien vs. Predator (Euro 940520)
Capcom Sports Club (Euro 970722)
Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara (Euro 960619)
Final Fight Revenge (JUET 990714 V1.000)
Marvel Super Heroes (Euro 951024)
Metal Slug X - Super Vehicle-001 (NGM-2500)(NGH-2500)
NBA Jam Extreme
Puzzle Bobble 4 (Ver 2.04O 1997/12/19)
Street Fighter Alpha 3 (Euro 980904)
X-Men: Children of the Atom (Euro 950105)
To play these games, you need to find or build MAME 2003-Plus romsets using a DAT file and a source of ROMs. You can use a program like ClrMamePro or RomCenter to do this. You can also use the MAME Menu to generate an XML DAT file from the core itself.
MAME 2003-Plus also supports CHDs for some games that require them, such as Area 51, Killer Instinct, NFL Blitz, and Primal Rage. You need to download the CHD files separately and place them in subfolders within your romset folder. For example, if you have area51.zip in your romset folder, you need to create a subfolder called area51 and place area51.chd inside it. 061ffe29dd