This page provides instructions to get you up and going online, ready to play any player who questions your uncanny NHL '94 skills and secure your position among the world's best players!
On the front page of nhl94online.com, download the "RetroArch 32-bit" package from the "Downloads" section.
Unzip the downloaded file (Retroarch-32.zip) and save the folder to a location you prefer. I recommend adding a shortcut to the desktop.
On the front page of nhl94online.com, download the "RetroArch for Mac" package from the "Downloads" section.
Double-click the downloaded DMG file (It should be located in your Downloads folder). You should see a disk icon called "RetroArch-Mac" on the Desktop. Double-click it to open.
Follow instructions in the window. First, drag the RetroArch icon to the Applications folder. Second, open RetroArch. Depending on your security settings, you may need to open the Applications folder, right-click on the RetroArch app, and choose Open. After you open the app, wait about 10-30 seconds or so and then quit. This allows RetroArch to install the default configuration.
After quitting, go back to the RetroArch-Mac image (see above), and drag the retroarch.cfg file, the ROMs folder, and the cores folder to the folders on the other side of the arrows. Once this is complete, you can close the window, and drag the RetroArch-Mac disk to the Trash Can to Eject it. RetroArch is now installed, and can be run by going to the Applications folder and clicking on it (no need to right-click and Open anymore).
Windows - Double-click on Retroarch.exe in the Retroarch-32 folder.
Mac - Click on the RetroArch app in your Applications folder.
This will start RetroArch. Feel free to make a shortcut to this file where you would like. You should be at the Main Menu screen.
RetroArch contains many common controller configuration files, so there is a very good chance your controller will work "out of the box". If this is the case, a similar message like the one shown below will be seen when you start RetroArch (as long as the controller is connected beforehand, or you will see it when you connect your controller after starting).
In RetroArch, go to Settings->User. Set your User Name. This only needs to be done once.
RetroArch is a frontend for emulation. So, in order to emulate, we need "cores". The cores included with the package you downloaded are Genesis Plus GX (GPGX) for Genesis, and Snes9x for SNES. The first step we need to do is load the core. At the Main Menu, select "Load Core". Then, choose the core you would like to use (Genesis Plus GX for Genesis, Snes9x for SNES). Once you select the core, it should return you to the main menu, and you should see the core listed at the bottom of the screen.
Once the core is loaded, we can now load the "content". The content, in our case, is the ROM. The ROMs in the package are located in the "ROMs" directory, and are in 2 separate folders, Genesis and SNES. I recommend adding all new ROMs to these folders, for easy access in the future. Select "Load Content" from the Main Menu and you should see the following photo:
Select "Start directory", then select "Genesis" or "SNES", and select the ROM to play. Included in the package are the standard NHL '94 ROM, and the playoff version (with a longer OT period).
What's nice about RetroArch is that you only will need to do this once per ROM. The next time you wish to load the ROM, instead of loading the core and content separately, you just need to go to "Load Recent" on the Main Menu, and select the ROM.
Quick Menu - F1
The Quick Menu can be used to quit the game (Close Content), load or save a save state, restart, take a screenshot, and others. It is also useful to get back to the Main Menu (hit the Back button twice).
RetroArch is configured to automatically increment save state slots.