LAN multiplayer: getting there!
As of today:

LAN gameplay between the two computers I have at hand over here.

LAN is actually fairly close to a finished product, now. It's obviously still a bit rough around the edges, may be a tad unstable, but from my testing it has shown to be pretty smooth.

From this point, I encourage anybody who is interested to grab the experimental builds from our Github CI. It's the runs labelled 'season2 test PR'; note that you will need a Github account to download them.

But if you're motivated, please give them some deep testing, abuse them in whatever ways you can think of, and report anything that seems odd to you, in our IRC or Discord or in this thread. We'd like these features to be rock-solid for the 1.0 release.

How to get a LAN game going:

1. On the host machine: open melonDS, then System -> Multiplayer -> Host LAN game. You enter a player name and you're good to go.

2. On client machines: open melonDS, then System -> Multiplayer -> Join LAN game. Enter your player name there, then it should list any existing LAN games. If not, you can always try using the direct connect button.

3. Once all sides are connected to the LAN game, you can open a ROM on each machine and try getting a game going. Do note that you will need a good local network for this to work. Ethernet should work, but anything else may fail if the latency can get too high.

That should be about it. There are also options pertaining to netplay, but for now, it doesn't work. I had managed to get it working as a very crude proof of concept, but due to changes in the melonDS codebase since then, it's broken. I will let you know when I can get it working again.

Have fun!

EDIT- clarification on the terminology:

LAN is for playing local multiplayer games over a local network (ie. multiple computers in the same house for example).

Netplay is for playing local multiplayer games over the internet.

Neither of these apply to online multiplayer (aka WFC).
somelinuxer says:
Oct 25th 2023
Also what happens if the dummy packets just have the bare minimum?
Oct 27th 2023
How to get the experimental build for Mac? Can anyone help me with the link
Amnet says:
Oct 28th 2023
where do we download the build cause, i'm new
Amnet says:
Oct 28th 2023
The link?
Bottle says:
Dec 7th 2023
Any chance we'll see a way similar to Xemu and PPSSPP, were we can set up LAN in the settings and then it will just persist without having to open the LAN connection window everytime? Asking as a Batocera / JelOS user that would like to play with friends and a one time setup. :)
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