If you are a fan of classic arcade fighting games, you might want to try Street Fighter III 3rd Strike on MAME. This game is the third and final installment of the Street Fighter III series, and it features improved graphics, gameplay, and character roster. However, to play this game on MAME, you will need a special file called 33s000.chd, which is not easy to find online. In this article, I will show you how to get this file and how to set up MAME to run Street Fighter III 3rd Strike smoothly.
What is 33s000.chd
33s000.chd is a compressed hard disk image file that contains the data of Street Fighter III 3rd Strike. It is required by MAME to emulate the game, as it was originally stored on a CD-ROM that was attached to the arcade board. Without this file, MAME will not be able to load the game and will display an error message.
Where can I download 33s000.chd
Unfortunately, 33s000.chd is not widely available on the internet, as it is considered a copyrighted material by Capcom, the developer and publisher of Street Fighter III 3rd Strike. Therefore, downloading this file may be illegal in some countries and regions. However, some users have shared this file on various websites and forums, such as Reddit[^1^], Wixsite[^2^], and Sway[^3^]. You can try searching for these sources using Google or other search engines, but be careful of malware and viruses that may be attached to the file.
How do I install 33s000.chd
Once you have downloaded 33s000.chd, you will need to place it in the correct folder for MAME to recognize it. The folder name depends on the version of MAME you are using, but it is usually called \"roms\" or \"rompath\". You can check the folder name by opening the MAME.ini file in a text editor and looking for the line that says \"rompath\". For example, if your MAME.ini file says \"rompath roms;C:\\MAME\\roms\", then you should place 33s000.chd in either the \"roms\" folder or the \"C:\\MAME\\roms\" folder.
After placing 33s000.chd in the right folder, you will also need to rename it according to the name of the ROM file that corresponds to Street Fighter III 3rd Strike. The ROM file name depends on the region of the game you want to play, but it is usually one of these:
You can download these ROM files from various websites that offer MAME ROMs, such as CoolROM or Emuparadise. Make sure you download the right version for your MAME emulator, as some ROM files may not work with newer or older versions of MAME.
Once you have downloaded the ROM file, you will need to unzip it and place it in the same folder as 33s000.chd. Then, you will need to rename 33s000.chd to match the name of the ROM file without the \".zip\" extension. For example, if you downloaded sfiii3.zip (USA), then you should rename 33s000.chd to sfiii3.chd.
How do I play Street Fighter III 3rd Strike on MAME
After installing 33s000.chd and the ROM file correctly, you are ready to play Street Fighter III 3rd Strike on MAME. To do so, follow these steps:
Launch MAME and select Street Fighter III 3rd Strike from the game list.