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February 2021: Amiga-Mac Wrappers bulk update

All Mac Amiga games updated, plus new HDF and ADF wrappers

By: GN Team
Published: 26 February 2021, 12:56 pm

Six years ago, when we started GamesNostalgia, we decided to create game packages (aka wrappers) that anyone could quickly run, including users who never configured an emulator. Many of you appreciated the idea, and every day we still receive messages from people that are so grateful about this choice.

What we didn't realize at that time is how often we should have updated the wrappers. New versions of the emulators are released periodically, and a new version of macOS is released every year. Unfortunately, new versions of OSes are often not compatible with old game wrappers (I'm talking to you, Apple!)

Big Sur and Catalina, for example, are no longer compatible with 32-bit apps, which forced us to update all the DOS and Amiga wrappers.

Fightin Spirit, one of the many Amiga games we host
Fightin' Spirit, one of the many Amiga games we host

That's why between July and October 2019, we made a massive update, almost all the wrappers, to update them to the new DOSBox and FS-UAE 3.0.2. In July 2020, we updated the Windows Amiga wrappers to include FS-UAE 3.0.5 and fix a minor bug.

Updating the Mac FS-UAE wrappers wasn't strictly necessary until we discovered that Big Sur raised an annoying false positive regarding a possible Eleanor malware on the FS-UAE 3.0.0/3.0.2 wrappers.

So here we go again! We are in February 2021, and we did another bulk update: all the Mac Amiga wrappers, more than 700 files, are now updated to include FS-UAE 3.0.5.

Lutus was one of the many Amiga Mac wrappers updated
Lutus was one of the many Amiga Mac wrappers updated

This is not the only change. Until now, we used WHDLoad packages to create all the Amiga wrappers. We didn't have a standard way to generate non-WHDLoad versions. Today we finally upgraded our system to support floppy (ADF) and hard disk (HDF) images and custom hard disc folders.

The new automated system opens many more possibilities because we can easily add games that don't have a WHDLoad version, both for Windows and Mac. All the old, custom, non-WHDLoad wrappers have been updated. Many of them were outdated and didn't work anymore on macOS Big Sur. Now they include FS-UAE 3.0.5 so you can play them again.

Super Skidmarks (aka Skidmarks 2) for Amiga
Super Skidmarks (aka Skidmarks 2) for Amiga

The titles are: Black Orchid and Santa Paravia and Fiumaccio (floppy versions, the only ones available)

and Formula 1 Masters, Alien Fish Finger, Super Skidmarks, Wasted Dreams, Center Court 2, Land Of Genesis, Sim City 2000, Whale's Voyage II, Sinbad and the Throne of the Falcon (HD, non-WHDLoad versions).

Center Court 2 for Amiga AGA, one of the new HD wrappers
Center Court 2 for Amiga AGA, one of the new HD wrappers

That's all for now. Feel free to leave a comment below if you have questions or suggestions.

Latest Comments

Violet Séverine Blanchard - 26 February 2021, 9:56 pm
Thank you so much for all your hard work. You guys are awesome!

Arena Vg - 1 March 2021, 1:01 am
Exolon for Commodore amiga pls! thks.

Manu - 1 March 2021, 11:13 am
@Arena, maybe the C64 version, the Amiga one is terrible :)

Neil McCann - 3 March 2021, 7:16 pm
I only discovered the site a few months ago but love the self running wrappers. Wish I knew how to make them. Loving all the old Amiga games. Keep them coming guys and thank you!

Paul Braun - 3 January 2022, 9:59 am
I'm afraid I can't play any Amiga games I've downloaded from this site on my MacBook in January 2022! Currently, my MacBook Pro is running Catalina 10.15.7, has 4Gb, and a 500Gb SSD. All attempts I make at running Amiga games end with an AmigaDOS "1>" prompt and several error messages saying various directories can't be created! How can I fix this? I've also sent you an email about it. I have no problems running your games for MS-DOS, Windows, or SEGA Megadrive, though.

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