List of video game emulators

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This is a selected list of video game system emulators. For information about emulating specific systems, including those not covered by the emulators in this list, see the respective article for each system.

Arcade[edit]

An arcade emulator is a program that emulates one or more arcade games on a different computer, such as a PC. The first known arcade emulation available publicly was the Williams Digital Arcade series from Digital Eclipse Software, released for the Macintosh in 1994. This series featured the Williams Electronics' arcade classics Joust,[1] Defender and Robotron: 2084. In 1995, it was repackaged and expanded upon as Williams Arcade Classics for the PC.[2] DASArcade (written by David Alan Spicer) was arguably the first PC-based multiple arcade game emulator. This was distinct from Digital Eclipse's release in that only one program was required to emulate more than one arcade game, rather than one program per game. The first version of DASArcade was released later in 1995 and emulated a few titles including Pac-Man and Frogger (two years before MAME which now dominates arcade emulation). DASArcade evolved into Sparcade which emulates over 70 games.[3]

A virtual arcade is an extension of an arcade game emulator. With some setup, the player can view all the ROMs supported by the virtual arcade as actual arcade machines. The most commonly used emulator and virtual arcade software is MAME and 3D Arcade. Most common Virtual Arcades can not play more than one ROM at a time which makes it near impossible to play a game that requires the player to run two ROMs at once. Most virtual arcades also allow you to add new games, or customize the arcade.

Arcade System Emulators
Name Current version Last release System Platform License Link
DEmul 0.7A 221215 December 22, 2015 Dreamcast, Atomiswave, Naomi, Naomi 2 Windows Freeware Home
OpenEmu 1.0.4 October 15, 2014 NES, Super NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, SG-1000, Master System, Game Gear, Genesis, Neo Geo Pocket, Neo Geo Pocket Color OS X BSD Home
FB Alpha 0.2.97.38 April 10, 2016 Various arcade systems Windows FB Alpha License - non-commercial usage clause Home
Kawaks[4] 1.64 June 24, 2015 CP System, CP System II, Neo Geo MVS Windows Freeware Home
MAME 0.175 June 29, 2016 Various arcade systems Cross-platform, Web Browser (JSMESS) GPLv2 Home
Nebula 2.25b February 18, 2007 CP System, CP System II, Konami, Neo Geo MVS, PGM Windows Freeware Home
Raine 0.64.11 March 12, 2016 Various arcade systems, CP System, CP System II, Neo Geo MVS, Neo Geo AES Cross-platform Source available, redistribution without modifications. Home
Zinc 1.1 January 25, 2005 Namco System 11, Sony ZN-1, Sony ZN-2 Windows Freeware Home
viva nonno 22.0.3 February 26, 2004 Namco System 22 Windows Freeware Home
Model 2 emulator 1.1a January 2, 2014 Sega Model 2 Windows Freeware Home
Supermodel 3 0.2a September 24, 2011 Sega Model 3 Windows, OS X GPL Home
Arcadeflex 0.36.10 March 20, 2015 Various Arcade systems JVM Freeware, Open Source HomeGitHub

Atari[edit]

Home consoles[edit]

Atari 2600[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
Ataroid 1.0.4 2011 Android ? Unknown
javatari.js 1.0.0 2015 Web Browser GPL Home
MAME (formerly MESS) 0.173 April 27, 2016 Cross-platform, Web Browser (JSMESS) GPLv2 Home 12
PC Atari Emulator 2.6 March 16, 2002 Windows, DOS GPL Home
Stella 4.7.2 March 25, 2016 AmigaOS, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, MorphOS, Windows Mobile, Dreamcast, GP2X, Nintendo DS, Wii GPLv2 SourceForge
z26 3.02.01 June 13, 2011 DOS, Windows, Mac OS, Linux GPLv2 Home

Atari 5200[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
Atari800 3.1.0 August 4, 2014 Also emulates various Atari 8-bit computers Unix, Linux, Amiga, DOS, Windows, Windows CE, Dreamcast, Android GPL SourceForge
Altirra 2.70 December 19, 2015 Also emulates various Atari 8-bit computers Windows GPL Home
Atari++ 1.73 February 24, 2014 Also emulates various Atari 8-bit computers Cross-platform GPL Home
Jum52 1.1 March 2, 2010 Also emulates various Atari 8-bit computers Cross-platform Freeware Home
kat5200 0.6.2 June 28, 2009 Also emulates various Atari 8-bit computers Windows, Linux GPL Home
MAME (formerly MESS) 0.173 April 27, 2016 Also emulates Atari 400/800 Cross-platform, Web Browser (JSMESS) GPLv2 Home 12
Rainbow 2.2 August 25, 2012 Also emulates various Atari 8-bit computers Windows, Mac OS, OS X Freeware Home (Archived from August 14, 2012)

Atari 7800[edit]

Name Current version Last

release

Notes Platform License Link
EMU7800 1.7 June 1, 2014 Windows, .NET GPL SourceForge
MAME (formerly MESS) 0.173 April 27, 2016 Cross-platform, Web Browser (JSMESS) GPLv2 Home 12
ProSystem Emulator[5] 1.3 May 12, 2008 Windows GPLv2 Home (Archived from March 15, 2014)

Atari Jaguar[edit]

Name Current version Last

release

Notes Platform License Link
Jagulator 2.0.2[6] June 24, 2011 Windows Freeware Home (Archived from November 28, 2011)
Project Tempest 0.95 February 12, 2004 Windows Freeware Home
Virtual Jaguar 2.1.2 October 10, 2014 Linux, OS X, Windows, BeOS GPL Home

Handhelds[edit]

Atari Lynx[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
Handy 0.95 February 20, 2007 Windows, Mac OS, Linux zlib License Home
aLynx 1.032 May 31, 2012 Android MIT License Google Play
MAME (formerly MESS) 0.173 April 27, 2016 Cross-platform, Web Browser (JSMESS) GPLv2 Home 12

Nintendo[edit]

See also: Virtual Console

Home consoles[edit]

Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
EmiNES 1.0.0.6 September 3, 2013 Windows Phone 8, Symbian Commercial Home
vNESLight 1.2 November 1, 2012 Windows Phone 7 Commercial Unknown
FakeNES[7] 0.5.9 beta3 July 20, 2008 Windows, OS X, Linux, DOS zlib SourceForge
FCE Ultra GX 3.3.4 January 12, 2013 GameCube, Wii GPLv2 HomeGitHub
Fergulator v0.9 October 4, 2012 OS X, Linux Proprietary GitHub
FCEUX 2.2.2 September 23, 2013 Also emulates hardware add-on: FDS Windows, OS X, Linux, BSD, Solaris GPLv2 HomeSourceForge
iNES[8] 1.4 January 1, 2011 iOS  ? Facebook
halfnes 060 August 29, 2015 Windows, Linux  ? Github
higan 100 July 8, 2016 Formerly known as bsnes

Multi-system emulator; also for Super NES (Super Game Boy, BS-X Satellaview, Sufami Turbo), Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Wonderswan/Wonderswan Color

Windows, Linux, FreeBSD GPLv3 Home
IMBNes[9] 2.14 May 31, 2011 PlayStation GPLv2 Unknown
jsnes 0.0.0 May 28, 2013 Web Browser GPL GitHub
Jnes 1.1.1 June 22, 2013 Windows Proprietary Home
nemulator[10] 4.0 January 9, 2016 Multi-system emulator; also for Master System Windows Proprietary Home
Macifom 0.16 September 1, 2011 OS X MIT License Github
Mesen 0.3.1 July 10, 2016 Windows GPLv3 Home
Nesoid 2.5 November 29, 2012 Android GPLv3 SourceForge
NESten[11] 0.61 beta1 February 11, 2001 Windows Proprietary Home
Nester beta4a February 15, 2009 Windows GPLv2 SourceForge
NESticle[12] x.xx August 18, 1998 DOS Proprietary Home
Nestopia 1.40 June 11, 2008 Windows, OS X, Linux GPLv2 HomeSourceForge
Nestopia UE 1.46.2 October 13, 2014 Also emulates hardware add-on: FDS Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD GPLv2 Home
Nintendulator 0.975 Beta October 13, 2014 Windows GPLv2 HomeSourceForge
puNES 0.100 April 27, 2016 Also emulates hardware add-on: FDS Windows, Linux GPLv2 HomeGitHub
QuickNES 0.00 April 18, 2012 Windows GPLv2 GitHub
TI-NESulator 0.40 May 30, 2008 Windows, OS X, Linux Proprietary Home
TuxNES 0.75 April 15, 2001 Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD GPLv2 SourceForge
RockNES 5.22 June 14, 2016 Windows Proprietary Home
UberNES 2011 March 16, 2011 Windows Proprietary Home
VirtuaNES 0.97 October 14, 2007 Windows GPLv2 Home
Yanese 0.89 September 21, 2015 Windows Home

Super NES[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
CHAMPI 1.00 December 12, 1999 Windows Proprietary Unknown
ESNES 0.14a August 5, 1997 Windows, DOS Proprietary Home (archived)
GrimSNES  ? July 10, 1997 DOS Proprietary Unknown
higan 100 July 8, 2016 Formerly known as bsnes

Multi-system emulator; also for NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Wonderswan/Wonderswan Color

Also emulates hardware add-ons: Super Game Boy, BS-X Satellaview, Sufami Turbo

Windows, Linux, FreeBSD GPLv3 Home
bsnes-plus 073+2 November 9, 2015 bsnes-plus (or bsnes+) is a fork of bsnes (based on bsnes-classic) intended to introduce some new features and improvements, mostly aimed at debugging. Windows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD GPLv2 GitHub
John Snes 3.07 November 26, 2015 Snes emulator for Android, The emulator includes local wi-fi multiplayer system for 2 devices. Android 2.3+ John emulators (the creator) Info on the Play Store
no$sns 1.6 March 21, 2016 Windows Proprietary Home
RSRSNES 0.2d January 7, 1998 DOS Proprietary Home
SNEeSe 0.853b August 28, 2006 Windows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD Clarified Artistic License HomeSourceForge
Snes9x 1.53 April 25, 2011 Ported as SNES9xTYL for PSP, Snes9x EX+ for Android and iOS, Snes8x for Windows Phone 8 and Windows RT. Windows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, AmigaOS 4, MorphOS, PlayStation 3 MIT-like license with non-commercial usage clause, LGPL v2.1, GPL v2+ Home
Snes9x GX 4.3.2 November 9, 2012 Based on Snes9x 1.5.3 GameCube, Wii GPL GitHub
SNESGT 0.230 b6 August 30, 2008 Also emulates hardware add-on: BS-X Satellaview Windows Proprietary Home
SNesoid 2.2.4 July 16, 2012 Android Proprietary Unknown
Super Sleuth 1.04 p6 August 1, 2008 Windows Proprietary Home (archived)
ZSNES 1.51 January 24, 2007 Windows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, DOS (IA-32 only) GPLv2 Home
MeSNEmu 1.4.4.2 October 17, 2014 Formerly known as SiOS iOS GPLv2 Home
Provenance 1.0.3 January 19, 2014 Multi-system emulator; also for (other systems) Master System, Game Gear, and Genesis iOS GPLv2 Home

Nintendo 64[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
1964 1.2 r146 August 17, 2012 Windows, Xbox[13] GPLv2 Google Code (archived)
1964js 0.1.21 r296 October 3, 2013 Web Browser GPLv2 HomeGitHub
CEN64 v0.1 November 17, 2013 Windows, OS X, Linux BSD 3-clause HomeGitHub
Corn 0.3 July 13, 2003 Windows Proprietary Home (archived)
DaedalusX64 r1878[14] August 24, 2013 Windows, PSP GPLv2 HomeGitHub
Mupen64 0.5.1 August 26, 2005 Windows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, QNX, BeOS GPLv2 Home
Mupen64Plus 2.5 April 26, 2015 Windows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD GPLv2 Home
N64js git-b58d391335 April 7, 2013 Web Browser Expat N64jsHomeGitHub
Nemu64[15] 0.8 March 23, 2003 Windows Proprietary Home
Project64 2.2.0.3[16] April 1, 2015 Windows, Xbox[13] GPLv2 HomeGitHub
sixtyforce 1.0 June 2014[17] OS X Proprietary Home
Soft64 git November 2015 Windows GPLv3[18] Home
UltraHLE 1.0.0 January 28, 1999 Windows, Xbox[13] Proprietary Home

GameCube[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
Dolwin 0.10[19][20] January 11, 2005 Windows Open source[21] HomeSourceForge
Gekko 0.3.1 August 12, 2010 Windows, Linux GPLv2 Google Code (archived)
Dolphin 5.0 June 24, 2016 Also for Wii and Triforce As well as having both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift support Windows, OS X, Linux, Android[22] GPLv2+ HomeGitHubGoogle Play

Wii[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
Dolphin 5.0 June 24, 2016 Also for GameCube and Triforce With both HTC Vive and Oculus rift support Windows, OS X, Linux, Android[22] GPLv2+ HomeGitHubGoogle Play

Wii U[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
Cemu 1.5.3 July 5, 2016 First Wii U and eighth generation home console emulator to boot commercial games Windows Proprietary Home
Decaf git-04967a5 (In development) October 15, 2015 Windows, Linux GPLv2+ GitHub

Handhelds[edit]

Game Boy / Game Boy Color[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
BGB[23][24] 1.5.2 August 17, 2015 Also emulates hardware add-on for SNES: Super Game Boy Windows  ? Home
Gambatte git-f9fb003 March 22, 2015 Windows, OS X, Linux, BSD GPLv2 FreecodeGitHub
GB Enhanced 1.0 April 1, 2014 For Game Boy only GPLv2 GitHub
GBA4iOS 2.1 November 18, 2014 Also for Game Boy Advance.

Still work with the latest iOS version.[25]

iOS  ? Home
GBE+ In development In development Continuation of GB Enhanced

For Game Boy only

Also for Game Boy Advance

GPLv2 GitHub
Gearboy 2.0 November 10, 2014 iOS, Windows, OS X, Linux GPLv3 GitHub
GNUboy[26] 1.0.3 December 8, 2001 For Game Boy only AmigaOS, Linux, Cross-platform GPL
Goomba 2.3 September 17, 2005[27] Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS Proprietary Home
Goomba Paletted 2.40 January 31, 2011 Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS GPL Home
higan 100 July 8, 2016 Formerly known as bsnes

Multi-system emulator; also for Game Boy Advance, NES, Super NES (Super Game Boy, BS-X Satellaview, Sufami Turbo), Wonderswan/Wonderswan Color

Windows, Linux, FreeBSD GPLv3 Home
KiGB[28] 2.0.5 September 27, 2008 Windows, Mac OS Proprietary Home
NO$GMB 2.5 July 23, 2000 DOS, Windows Freeware / shareware (Color) Home
Phoinix[29] 1.4.2 June 14, 2008 For Game Boy only Palm OS GPL SourceForge
VisualBoyAdvance 1.7.2 (Windows) / 1.7.4 (OS X) / 1.7.1 (Linux) May 25, 2004 Also for Game Boy Advance Windows, OS X, Linux, BeOS GPL Home
VisualBoyAdvance 2 SVN246 February 23, 2010 Continuation of VisualBoyAdvance

Also for Game Boy Advance

Windows, Linux GPLv3 Google Code (archived)
Visual Boy Advance GX 2.2.8 July 7, 2012 Modified port of VisualBoyAdvance-M

Also for Game Boy Advance

GameCube, Wii GPL GitHub
VisualBoyAdvance-M 2.0.0 Beta 2 September 29, 2015 Continuation of VisualBoyAdvance

Also for Game Boy Advance

Windows, Linux GPL Home SourceForge
Wzonka-Lad 1.03 January 3, 2004 For Game Boy only Amiga Shareware (historical), GPL (current) Home
GBCoid 1.8.6 November 15, 2012 For Game Boy Color only Android GPL[30] SourceForge

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
Boycott Advance 0.4.0 September 27, 2008 Windows, Mac OS, BeOS, Linux, FreeBSD, JVM  ? Home
iDeaS[31] 1.0.4.0 February 12, 2012 Also for Nintendo DS Windows, Linux Home
IodineGBA git-5558faabd3 December 10, 2013 Web Browser GPL v2 HomeGitHub
GBA4iOS 2.1 November 18, 2014 Also for Game Boy and Game Boy Color iOS  ? Home
GBE+ In development In development Continuation of GB Enhanced

Also for Game Boy

GPLv2 GitHub
GBA Emulator 2016 9.3 February 18, 2015 Also for Game Boy and Game Boy Color iOS GPLv2 Home
higan 100 July 8, 2016 Formerly known as bsnes

Multi-system emulator; also for Game Boy, Game Boy Color, NES, Super NES (Super Game Boy, BS-X Satellaview, Sufami Turbo), Wonderswan/Wonderswan Color

Windows, Linux, FreeBSD GPLv3 Home
mGBA 0.4.0 February 2, 2016 Also for Game Boy Windows, Linux, OS X, FreeBSD MPL v2.0 HomeGitHub
NO$GBA 2.8c May 7, 2016 Also for Nintendo DS DOS, Windows Freeware Home
PocketGBA 060723 July 24, 2006 Pocket PC  ? Home
VisualBoyAdvance 1.7.2 (Windows) / 1.7.4 (OS X) / 1.7.1 (Linux) May 25, 2004 Also for Game Boy and Game Boy Color Windows, OS X, Linux, BeOS GPL Home
VisualBoyAdvance 2 SVN246 February 23, 2010 Continuation of VisualBoyAdvance

Also for Game Boy and Game Boy Color

Windows, Linux GPLv3 Google Code (archived)
Visual Boy Advance GX 2.2.8 July 7, 2012 Modified port of VisualBoyAdvance-M

Also for Game Boy and Game Boy Color

GameCube, Wii GPL GitHub
VisualBoyAdvance-M 2.0.0 Beta 2 September 29, 2015 Continuation of VisualBoyAdvance

Also for Game Boy and Game Boy Color

Windows, Linux GPL Home SourceForge

Nintendo DS[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
dasShiny git-c2ed70905e August 4, 2013 Windows, OS X, Linux GPLv3 GitHub
DeSmuME 0.9.11 April 14, 2015 Formerly known as YopYop DS Windows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, AmigaOS 4, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii GPLv2 HomeBuildbot
DraStic r 2.4.0.1a (Android) / 2.1.6.1p (Pandora) August 2, 2015 Android, Pandora Proprietary (available on inquiry) Home 12 3Google Play
DuoS 1.0  ? Windows  ? Home
Ensata 1.4e March 16, 2007 Windows Proprietary (official developers only) Home
iDeaS[31] 1.0.4.0 February 12, 2012 Also for Game Boy Advance Windows, Linux Home
nds4droid 46 December 9, 2014 Based on DeSmuME Android GPLv2 HomeSourceForge
nds4ios 0r37-272-gdca7ea0 [32] July 27, 2014 A Nintendo DS emulator for iPhone & iPad.[33] iOS GPLv2+ HomeGitHub
NO$GBA 2.8a May 3, 2015 Also for Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DSi, and PocketStation DOS, Windows Freeware Home

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
Citra complete In development OS X, Windows, Linux GPLv2+ HomeGitHub
3dmoo rolling build OS X, Windows, Linux GPLv2 GitHub
TronDS 1.0.0.5 2015-02-22 Windows Freeware Home
XDS In development In development Windows GPLv2 GitHub

Pokémon Mini[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
VBjin-OVR 2.0 July 29, 2014 VBjin-OVR is a Virtual Boy Emulator for Windows with support for the Oculus Rift VR display device. Windows GPLv2 GitHub

Virtual Boy[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
Mednafen 0.9.38.7 October 1, 2015 Multi-system emulator; also for NES, Super NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance

Other systems including: Lynx, Master System, Game Gear, Genesis, PlayStation, Neo Geo Pocket, Neo Geo Pocket Color, WonderSwan, TurboGrafx-16 (TurboGrafx-CD), SuperGrafx, PC-FX

Windows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Nintendo Wii GPLv2 Home
VBjin SVN61 May 21, 2010 Windows GPLv2 Google Code (archived)
VBjin-OVR 2.0 July 29, 2014 VBjin-OVR is a Virtual Boy Emulator for Windows with support for the Oculus Rift VR display device. Windows GPLv2 GitHub

Sega[edit]

SG-1000 / SC-3000[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
CrabEmu 0.2.0 February 27, 2013 Multi-system emulator; also for Master System, Game Gear

Other systems including: NES, ColecoVision

OS X, Linux, Dreamcast GPLv2 SourceForge
Genesis Plus GX 1.7.4 June 21, 2013 Multi-system emulator; also for Sega Mark III, Master System, Game Gear, Genesis (Sega CD), Pico Nintendo GameCube, Wii Freeware[34] Home
Kega Fusion[35] 3.64 (Windows), 3.63i (Mac OS), 3.63x (Linux) March 7, 2010 Multi-system emulator; also for Master System, Game Gear, Pico, Genesis (Sega CD, 32X, and SVP) Windows, OS X, Linux Freeware Home
OpenEmu 1.0.4 October 15, 2014 For SG-1000 only

Multi-system emulator; also for Master System, Game Gear, Genesis

Other systems including: NES, Super NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Neo Geo Pocket, Neo Geo Pocket Color

OS X BSD HomeGitHub

Master System / Game Gear[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
CrabEmu 0.2.0 February 27, 2013 Multi-system emulator; also for SG-1000

Other systems including: NES, ColecoVision

OS X, Linux, Dreamcast GPLv2 SourceForge
DSMasterPlus[36] 1.3 August 20, 2007 Nintendo DS  ? Home
Gearsystem 2.1 November 12, 2014 iOS, Windows, OS X, Linux GPLv3 GitHub
Genesis Plus GX 1.7.4 June 21, 2013 Multi-system emulator; also for SG-1000, SC-3000, Sega Mark III, Genesis (Sega CD), Pico Nintendo GameCube, Wii Freeware[34] Home
jsSMS git-9ed0ac0b09 November 26, 2013 Web Browser GPLv3 GitHub
Kega Fusion[35] 3.64 (Windows), 3.63i (Mac OS), 3.63x (Linux) March 7, 2010 Multi-system emulator; also for SG-1000, SC-3000, Pico, Genesis (Sega CD, 32X, and SVP) Windows, OS X, Linux Freeware Home
MasterEmu 2.1 March 14, 2016 Android Freeware Home
Provenance 1.0.3 January 19, 2014 Multi-system emulator; also for Genesis (Sega CD)

Other system including: NES, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance

iOS Freeware Home
nemulator[37] 4.0 January 9, 2016 Multi-system emulator; also for NES Windows Proprietary Home
BrSMS 20r April 12, 1999 Multi-system emulator; also for SG-1000, SC-3000, Game Gear DOS Proprietary Home

Genesis (Mega Drive)[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
BlastEm 0.4.0 May 2, 2016 Windows, OS X, Linux GPLv3 Home
EmiGens Plus 1.0.0.14 September 5, 2013 Also for Game Gear

Also emulates hardware add-ons: Sega CD and 32X

Windows Phone, Symbian  ? Unknown
Exodus 2.0.1 April 30, 2015 Windows MS-RL Home
Genecyst x.xx August 18, 1998 DOS Freeware Home
Genesis Plus[38] 1.3.1 January 17, 2010 AmigaOS 4, Windows, Mac OS, Dreamcast, Nintendo GameCube, Wii Freeware Home 12
Genesis Plus GX 1.7.4 June 21, 2013 Multi-system emulator; also for SG-1000, SC-3000, Sega Mark III, Master System, Game Gear, Pico

Also emulates hardware add-on: Sega CD

Nintendo Gamecube, Wii Freeware[34] HomeGitHub
Gens 2.14 May 21, 2006 Also emulates hardware add-ons: Sega CD and 32X Windows, Linux, Palm GPL Home
Gens/GS r7 February 23, 2010 Also emulates hardware add-ons: Sega CD and 32X Windows, Linux GPL Home
Gens32 Surreal 1.90 Std October 17, 2013 Also emulates hardware add-ons: Sega CD and 32X Windows Freeware Archived November 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
Kega Fusion[35] 3.64 (Windows), 3.63i (Mac OS), 3.63x (Linux) March 7, 2010 Multi-system emulator; also for SG-1000, SC-3000, Master System, Game Gear, Pico

Also emulates hardware add-ons: Sega CD, 32X, and SVP

Windows, OS X, Linux Freeware Home
KGen V0.34b June 10, 1998 DOS Freeware Home
Provenance 1.0.3 January 19, 2014 Multi-system emulator; also for Master System and Game Gear

Other system including: NES, Super NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance

iOS Freeware Home

Sega Saturn[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
GiriGiri[39] 0.6a 2003 Windows Freeware, later commercial Home (archived)
SSF 0.12 beta R4 June 8, 2013 Also for ST-V Windows Freeware Home 12
Saturn.emu 1.5.12 (1.4.32 WebOS) May 24, 2013 Android, iOS, WebOS, Linux GPLv2 Home
Yabause 0.9.14 November 22, 2014 Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Dreamcast, Wii, PlayStation Portable GPLv2 HomeGitHub

Dreamcast[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
Chankast[40] Alpha 0.25 July 7, 2004 Windows Proprietary Home
DEmul 0.7A 221215 December 22, 2015 Multi-system emulator; also for Atomiswave, Naomi, Naomi 2 Windows GPLv2 HomeGoogle Code (archived)
redream  ? August 23, 2015 Dreamcast Linux, OS X MIT Github
lxdream[41] 0.9.1 June 29, 2009 Linux, OS X GPLv2 Home
nullDC 1.0.4 r136 August 21, 2011 Also for Naomi Windows GPLv3 Google Code (archived)
nullDCe 0.37 Alpha August 24, 2012 Also for Naomi Android GPLv3 (currently non-compliant)[42] Google Code (archived)
reicast r6 December 19, 2013 Also for Naomi Linux, Windows, OS X, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Ouya, Pandora (console) GPLv2 HomeGitHub

Sony[edit]

PlayStation[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
bleem! 1.6b August 16, 2001 Windows Commercial Unknown
bleemcast! 1.0 beta November 1, 2001 Dreamcast Commercial Unknown
Connectix Virtual Game Station 1.4.1 October 11, 2000 Windows, Mac OS Commercial Unknown
PSone Classics November 22, 2006 PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, PlayStation Vita Proprietary
WiiSX Beta 2.1 July 11, 2010 GameCube,Wii
EmiPSX 1.0.5 November 2013 Windows Phone Commercial Home
ePSXe 2.0.5 June 23, 2016 Windows, Linux, OS X, Android Freeware, Commercial (Android)[43] Home
FPse 0.11.136 June 23, 2014 Android, Windows Mobile Commercial[44] Home
Mednafen 0.9.38.7 October 1, 2015 Multi-system emulator; also for (other systems) Atari Lynx, NES, Super NES, Virtual Boy, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Master System, Game Gear, Genesis, Neo Geo Pocket, Neo Geo Pocket Color, WonderSwan, TurboGrafx-16 (TurboGrafx-CD), SuperGrafx, PC-FX Windows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD The PSX Core of Mendafen is also included in Bizhawk. GPLv2 Home
NO$PSX 1.9 May 28, 2014 Windows Freeware Home
PCSX 1.5 May 12, 2003 Windows, Mac OS, Linux GPL Home
PCSX-df 1.10 March 29, 2009 Linux GPL SourceForge
PCSX-Reloaded 1.9.93 August 26, 2013 Windows, Mac OS, Linux GPLv2 Home
Xebra 160619 June 19, 2016 Windows Freeware Home (Japanese)

PlayStation 2[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
NeutrinoSX2[45] 0.08.01 January 13, 2004 Windows GPLv2 Home (archived)
PlayStation 2 Classics October 4, 2011 PlayStation 3 Proprietary
PCSX2 1.4.0 (Windows) / 0.9.7 (OS X) / 1.2.2 (Linux) January 8, 2016 Windows, OS X, Linux GPLv3 HomeGitHub
PS2Emu Alpha 01 May 6, 2004 Windows Proprietary Home (archived)
Play! 0.30 May 29, 2016 Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS FreeBSD License (Simplified BSD License) HomeGitHub
PS2 emulation for PS4 December 5, 2015 PlayStation 4 Proprietary

PlayStation 3[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
RPCS3 0.0.6 ed3ac91 December 1, 2015 Also for PlayStation Vita[46] Windows, OS X, Linux GPLv2 HomeGitHub
Nucleus 0.1.0 May 13, 2016 Windows, Linux, Mac OS, Android, iOS GPLv2 GitHub
Short Waves 0.0.2 January 20, 2014 Windows Wololo Download Link

PlayStation Portable[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
JPCSP r3458 February 7, 2014 Windows, OS X, Linux GPLv2 HomeGitHub
MFZPSP r270 September 4, 2008 Windows GPLv3 Google Code (archived)
PCSP 0.5.5 June 9, 2012 Windows GPLv3 HomeGoogle Code (archived)
PSPE4All 0.2.127 June 2, 2013 Windows Proprietary Home
Potemkin[47] 0.1 May 7, 2007[47] Windows GPL Home
PPSSPP 1.2.2 March 19, 2016 Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, BlackBerry 10, Symbian, iOS GPLv2+ HomeGithub
PSPE[48] 0.9b June 4, 2005 Windows Proprietary Unknown
PSP Player r612 November 24, 2008 Windows LGPL HomeGoogle Code (archived)
Sam PSP r18 February 4, 2009 Windows GPLv3 Google Code (archived)
Soywiz PSP Emu r555 August 15, 2013 Windows GPL[49] HomeGitHub
Yaupspe git-c9ddde8b5935 April 24, 2011 Windows, Linux GPLv2 Google Code (archived)Home

Microsoft[edit]

Xbox[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
Cxbx[50] 0.8.1-Pre3 May 6, 2013 Windows GPLv2 Home 123SourceForge
Dxbx 0.5 December 19, 2010 Windows GPLv3 HomeSourceForge
Xbox Backwards Compatibility Mode X: 5829.0 November 27, 2007 Xbox 360 Proprietary Home
Xeon[45] 1.0 August 13, 2003 Windows Proprietary Home
XQEMU rolling build Windows, Linux, OS X GPLv2 HomeGitHub

Xbox 360[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
Xenia rolling build March, 2015 a Xbox 360 emulator that is the very first to achieve the feat of running a commercial Xbox 360 game, Frogger 2 Windows BSD HomeGitHub
Xbox One Backward Compatibility November 12, 2015 Xbox One Proprietary Home

NEC[edit]

TurboGrafx-16[edit]

Name Current version Last release Notes Platform License Link
BizHawk 1.7.0 June 8, 2014 Multi-system emulator; also for SuperGrafx, Atari 2600, Atari 7800, NES, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Super Game Boy, SG-1000, Master System, Game Gear, Genesis (experimental), Sega Saturn, ColecoVision Windows MIT License Home GitHub
DeePCE 0.12a beta August 24, 2000 Windows 9x Proprietary Unknown
DPCE Initial Release September 15, 2000 Windows 9x Proprietary Unknown
Hu-Go! 2.12 April 9, 2005 Windows, DOS, Linux, FreeBSD GPLv2, BSD 3-clause Home
Hu6280 1.50 February 4, 2000 Also emulates hardware add-on: TurboGrafx-CD Windows 9x, DOS Proprietary Unknown
Mednafen 0.9.38.7 October 1, 2015 Multi-system emulator; also for SuperGrafx, PC-FX, Atari Lynx, NES, Super NES, Virtual Boy, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Master System, Game Gear, Genesis, PlayStation, Neo Geo Pocket, Neo Geo Pocket Color, and WonderSwan

Also emulates hardware add-on: TurboGrafx-CD

Windows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD GPLv2 Home
MagicEngine[51] 1.1.3 May 26, 2008 Also for SuperGrafx

Also emulates hardware add-on: TurboGrafx-CD

Windows, OS X, DOS Proprietary Home
Ootake 2.77 March 1, 2016 Also for SuperGrafx Windows GPLv2 Home (Japanese)
pcejin svn-r211 April 20, 2013 Also for SuperGrafx

Also emulates hardware add-on: TurboGrafx-CD

Windows GPLv2 GitHub
PicchioEngine 0.0.8 October 9, 2009 Windows Expat, LGPL v2.1 Home
Project PC2E 20050123 January 23, 2005 Also emulates hardware add-on: TurboGrafx-CD Windows GPLv2 Home
TG16 EMU 0.01 April 14, 1998 Windows 9x, DOS, PlayStation Proprietary Home
TGEmu 0.1 February 16, 2001 Windows 9x, DOS, Mac OS, BeOS GPLv2 Home
Turbo Engine 0.32 April 18, 2010 Also for SuperGrafx

Also emulates hardware add-on: TurboGrafx-CD

Windows Proprietary Home
VPCE 0.3 November 23, 1997 Windows 9x, DOS, Mac OS, Linux, BeOS, RISC OS Proprietary Unknown
xpce 0.11 December 12, 1998 Windows 9x Proprietary Home
MagicEngine FX 1.1.1 February 13, 2008 PC-FX Windows, Mac OS Proprietary Home

Other[edit]

These programs emulate multiple systems with cores used from various emulators and/or systems without many alternatives. Many early and obscure systems are covered by one or more of these emulators.

Name Current version Last release System Platform License Link
BizHawk 1.11.5 February 16, 2016 Atari 2600, Atari 7800, NES, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Super Game Boy, SG-1000, Master System, Game Gear, Genesis (experimental), Sega Saturn, ColecoVision, TurboGrafx-16, SuperGrafx Windows MIT License Home GitHub
Bliss[52] 2.0.5 2006-05-25 Mattel Intellivision Windows, Palm OS  ? Home (archived)
CDi Emu 0.5.3 beta 2 January 9, 2012 Philips CDi Windows  ? Home
ColEm[53] 3.5 November 15, 2015 ColecoVision Windows Open source Home
Emulicious 2014-06-26 June 26, 2014 Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Master System, Game Gear Windows, Linux, OS X and JVM Freeware - non-commercial Home
Little John Palm OS 1.2 2009 NES, Super NES, Game Boy/Game Boy Color, Genesis, Master System, Game Gear, Wonderswan/Wonderswan Color, Neo-Geo Pocket/Neo-Geo Pocket Color, Atari 2600, TurboGrafx-16 (Not fully implemented) Palm OS GNU General Public License Home (archived)
Mednafen 0.9.38.7 October 1, 2015 Atari Lynx, NES, Super NES, Virtual Boy, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Master System, Game Gear, Genesis, PlayStation, Neo Geo Pocket, Neo Geo Pocket Color, WonderSwan, TurboGrafx-16 (TurboGrafx-CD), SuperGrafx, PC-FX Windows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD GPLv2 Home
MAME (formerly MESS) 0.175 June 29, 2016 Various systems Cross-platform, Web Browser (JSMESS) GPLv2 Home 12
NeoRAGEx 0.6b June 24, 1999 Neo Geo AES Windows Freeware Home (archived)
OdyEmu  ? November 29, 1999 Magnavox Odyssey DOS  ? [1]
OpenEmu 1.0.4 October 15, 2014 NES, Super NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, SG-1000, Master System, Game Gear, Genesis, Neo Geo Pocket, Neo Geo Pocket Color OS X BSD HomeGitHub
Oswan 1.73 (Windows) / 0.8.1 (Mac OS) January 23, 2007 WonderSwan, WonderSwan Color, SwanCrystal Windows, Mac OS Open source SourceForgeHome
RetroArch 1.3.6 July 17, 2016 PlayStation, NES, Super NES, Game Boy/Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Genesis, Sega CD, Master System/Game Gear, Arcade, Virtual Boy, PC Engine, Neo Geo Pocket Color, Wonderswan Color/SwanCrystal, possibly other in-development [54] Windows, OS X, Linux, Android,[55][56][57][58] iOS (jailbroken), Blackberry 10,[59] Raspberry Pi, OpenPandora, PlayStation 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, GameCube, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Portable[60] GPLv3,[61] individual cores may be licensed differently Home
RetroCopy 0.960 May 16, 2011 SG-1000, SC-3000, Master System, Game Gear, Mega Drive, NES, Various arcade systems Windows, Linux Freeware Home
WinUAE 2.8.0 May 5, 2014 Amiga CD32, Commodore CDTV, other Amiga Windows, Linux GPL Home

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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  5. ^ Kohler 2006, p. 157
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  7. ^ Kohler 2006, p. 171
  8. ^ Kohler 2006, p. 166
  9. ^ PSX Scene, p. 205
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  11. ^ Carless, 2004, p. 60
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  40. ^ Stolarz 2005, p.318
  41. ^ Goodwin, Steven. "Appliance Hacking". Smart Home Automation with Linux. Apress. p. 53. 
  42. ^ Although nullDCe is listed as GPLv3 on its Google Code project page, the source, as well as the binaries, are nowhere to be found.
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  44. ^ "FPse for android - Android Apps on Google Play". Google Play. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
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  51. ^ Kohler 2006, p. 179
  52. ^ Kohler 2006, p. 148
  53. ^ Kohler 2006, p. 151
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