This page details how I added the Atari 2600 emulator
Z26 to my MAME cabinet,
using Mamewah as the frontend. Although the explanation could be
applied to other emulators, it is tied specifically to Mamewah and my
specific setup. For further information on my setup, please
see my Mamewah overview page.
As a convenience, I have included most all the files that are needed,
including a set of the games with their corresponding snapshots. I
believe I am running Mamewah v.1.51 so there will be one file that will be
different for you if you are at 1.61 or later.
The Atari 2600 was the first gaming system I owned, and as such, holds a place
near and dear to my heart. It was only a matter of time before the
games made it to the cabinet. However, I never found the time to just
do it. Once I finally started it, it was a "moral imperative" it was
finished. And documented. Which brings us to why you are really
Gathering the files
It was some hit and miss
discovering which files I needed. I found the Mamewah 2600 background on
website. Editing it slightly, I added a place for the box cover, if found, at the very
bottom of the screen. I also changed all the folders descriptions to
point to my cabinet's layout. I discovered the box art and the
screenshots through simple google searches. The Roms themselves were
found on my original Mame installation DVDs as an extra bonus but were
zipped files within the larger zip. This caused me some consternation
(unlike Mame Roms, Atari 'roms' must be unzipped to work) until I discovered that Winzip's command line add-on handled recursive
unzipping easily. I've
accumulated everything here to make your life easier and save you a fair
amount of time/trial-and-error. The Mamewah Atari2600.ini file is set for standard settings you will likely want. The Z26 folder
is simply a copy of my folder.
The first thing you will want to do is create a directory structure for the
Atari files to reside. Simply created a folder under C:\ as seen to the right.
Then download the Game Zip and
unzip the contents to the Roms folder (C:\Atari2600\Z26\Roms). Next
download and unzip the
Snapshots zip to the Screenshots folder. The
Boxes zip gets unzipped to the
boxart folder. I will leave it to you to find the cartscans (cartridge
scans) via google,
if you want. I did not include them as they are just a photo of the
Atari 2600 cartridge; if you've seen one cartridge, you've seen them all.
download the Atari2600.ini file and
place it in C:\Mamewah\ini. If you are using Mamewah v.1.61 or
and rename to Atari2600.ini. You can see again how my folders are set
up to the left. (You can ignore the two extra folders that are there
to hold any original files prior to my changing them.) While you are
at it, download Atari2600-0.ini and
Atari2600-1.ini; these files will
save you hassles later on, trust me. You will now
need to download the layout files and place them into the layout folder.
In my case that is C:\Mamewah\layouts\Custom. The files that need
moved there are: Atari2600.lay,
Now that should do it for the files you need. Now
start up Mamewah and go to the new Atari 2600 screen. It should be
empty. Just go into the Mamewah menu (Player 2 start button), click on
Games List Options, then Generate List. This will create
your list and you should now see all the games listed. The Favorites .ini
is already in place so you can begin adding games to that list whenever you
Below are all the files you need, in case you didn't use the
in-line links above. If you leave them as-is, they should work "right
out of the box." The Player 2 button will select the game/level
in the games and Player 1 start will reset the current game. Player 1
has several fire buttons mapped, while Player 2 button 1 is all they get.
Pause and exit are the standard Mame defaults. That's about all you
need to know to get started. Good luck and happy gaming!
Game Zip (for C:\Atari2600\Z26\Roms)
Snapshots Zip (for C:\Atari2600\Screenshots)
Boxes Zip (12meg)
Atari2600.ini (for C:\Mamewah\ini)
Zip for the C:\Atari2600\Z26 folder
Atari2600.ini (for C:\Mamewah\ini) if you are running Mamewah v.161 or later
ScreenshotArchive - Help pages, MAMEWAH Layouts, and screenshots.
Z26's home- John Saeger's excellent Atari 2600 emulator I use.