HES File Extension

Have a problem opening a .HES file? We collect information about file formats and can explain what HES files are. Additionally we recommend software suitable for opening or converting such files.

What is the .HES file type?

The .hes filename extension occurs in association with the TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine Chiptune format (also referred to as HES) and is used to denote HES chiptune files (.hes). PC Engine is the original Japanese name of an 8-bit game console by NEC Home Electronics and Hudson Soft marketed in late 1980's in both Japan and USA. In the US, it was known as TurboGrafx-16. HES is an artificial file format created for the purpose of extracting chiptune music from the original TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine games.

An .hes file is a binary data file that contains a stripped version of an original game ROM, with only game music data and the player executable code left. Any HES file can be loaded as a ROM image and played in a TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine emulator. With the use of special plugins like NEZplug, HES chiptunes can also be played by general-purpose multimedia players and converted to a waveform format (WAV). Entire collections of TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine chiptunes (.hes) are maintained on the Internet by chiptune enthusiasts and game console emulation communities.


Software to open or convert HES files

You can open HES files with the following programs:
Winamp by Nullsoft, Inc
Chipamp by OverClocked ReMix

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