If that's your poison, then today might just be your lucky day, as Basilisk II, the popular open-source 68K Macintosh emulator is now available on the PS Vita in homebrew form.
Developer meetpatty, who piloted the initial, GUI-free release of Basilisk II homebrew release for the PS Vita back in March, is the one behind this release. You may remember that that build was not particularly well-received, given that it lacked a GUI and was notoriously difficult to set up. However, this newer release includes a GUI that is not dissimilar to that of the GUI that you'll find on Basilisk II for the PSP, making it fairly simple to set up and get started with given you have the correct files.
For those of you who were previously unaware, Basilisk II is a 68k Macintosh emulator that's available on a variety of platforms and systems such as the PSP, Windows, Linux, macOS and even AmigaOS computers! Basilisk II runs Mac OS 7.0 – 8.1 on the emulated equivalent of a 68000-series machine, as Basilisk II achieves its function through emulation of a Macintosh II or Quadra 900 system with a Motorola 68020/30/40 processor.
The port includes a number of well-executed features, such as:
- Touchscreen interaction support
- Analog-stick cursor control support
- Sound support
- A UI preferences editor
- Bluetooth keyboard and mouse support
This port seems to be extremely versatile and capable of achieving a great playing experience for those who want to indulge their nostalgia and take a nosedive into 90's games such as SimEarth. Do note that you will need a classic Macintosh ROM file and a hard drive image containing a bootable version of Mac OS 7.0 – 8.1 in order to run this. Full instructions are available here and you can download Basilisk II for your Vita from the link below.
What do you guys think? Will you try this out on your PS Vita? Ready to take a trip down memory lane? If you decide to, tell us; and if you decide against it, tell us why in the comments or over on the forums!