Open Emu also sports MAME Arcade emulation support but its a bit tucked away.
Go to and click the swatch and download Open Emu Experimental, and install it.
Imagine you want to play 5 different arcade games, you could have to use 5 different hardware emulators, whereas playing 5 different SNES games will only need the one and only SNES emulator.
That's why MAME has been invented: MAME is kind of a meta-emulator, it brings all the different emulated hardwares of arcade machines into one system, making it simpler for the user to play arcade games without any knowledge of the underlying arcade machine on which the games are launched.
I wonder where can I find an updated Mac version (if possible with a GUI) of Mame.
I've found SDL Mame that looks promising (no GUI however), but I'm not able to download it from the official site. Open Emu Hands down the most beautiful, elegant and functional emulator to ever grace OS X.
Name it the exact name as before (but with the new extension of zip).
Open Emu's mame core is version 0.149.1 so its significantly behind the windows version (from 2013 to be exact).
If you'd like a version that has MAME support (among other consoles not included in vanilla download), click the arrow and choose the experimental version.Right click it, and select "Audit" After a short scan, mame will tell you if the game has passed the audition or not. if not, then either there are files missing from the game, which means it wont play properly or not at all.Shoutime picked up a very rare version of Operation Thunderbolt that only uses a single gun.Then simply install the MAME core, drag your ROMs to the Arcade window, and Open Emu will do the rest.Lastly, for discussions on the topic, see this thread on github. If at any time you'd like to try SDL MAME, you can find v0.149 here: mac.majorgeeks.com/files/details/(it also provides a link to the SDL runtime libraries, which you'll need).