ColecoVision emulators

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Developer Coleco Industries, Inc.
Type Home video game console
Generation Second generation
Release date 1982
Discontinued 1985
Predecessor Telstar series

The ColecoVision was the second-generation video game console produced by Coleco in August of 1982, before being discontinued in 1984 partly due to the ongoing crash in North America at the time. It retailed for $174.99 and had a Zilog Z80 CPU at 3.58 MHz with 8KB of RAM. Notably, it provided gamers with experiences very much like the arcade versions of games, as well as having Donkey Kong as a pack-in title to showcase this, although the Atari 2600 and Intellivision could do the same with the respected hardware. It shares largely the same underpinnings with the SG-1000. Indeed, a clone of the SG-1000 known as the Dina 2-in-1 (sold in the United States as the Telegames Personal Arcade) had support for both SG-1000 and ColecoVision games, though compatibility with the latter is spotty due to the lack of an expansion module interface or a second numeric keypad, rendering two-player ColecoVision games unplayable.


Name Platform(s) Latest version libretro FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
BizHawk Windows 2.8
ColEm Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 5.6
CoolCV Windows Linux macOS 0.6.9
DSP Windows Linux macOS 0.19
ares Windows Linux macOS v130.1
higan Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD v110
MAME Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 0.248
FinalBurn Neo Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD WIP builds
Pantheon Windows 11.874
vdmgr Windows 0.2.6
Retro Virtual Machine Windows Linux macOS 2.0.beta-1.r7 TBD
Phoenix Windows Linux macOS 2.8.JAG ~
FreezeSMS Windows 4.6 ~
Clock Signal Linux macOS FreeBSD 2022-09-16
Bee Windows Linux macOS 2.4.3
blueMSX Windows Linux
macOS FreeBSD Web [N 1]
MEKA Windows Linux macOS 0.8-alpha (2022-03-27)
DarcNES Windows Linux BeOS 9b0401/9b0313
Mugrat macOS 0.4.7
Mobile / ARM
ColEm+ Android Linux Pandora
5.6.4 (Android)
(blueMSX tech)
Android iOS Dragonbox Pyra Pandora 1.5.65git
Pandora build 15
blueMSX Android iOS
Linux Pandora [N 1]
ColEm PSP 2.6.1
WiiColEm Wii 0.3
(D)ColEm Dreamcast 0.99
ColecoDS Nintendo DS git
  1. 1.0 1.1 Only available outside of Windows as a libretro core (e.g. RetroArch).


  • FinalBurn Neo was confirmed as having better compatibility than MAME/MESS, blueMSX, openMSX and CoolCV. See this topic.