MSX emulators

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Developer Microsoft Japan, Sanyo
Type Computers
Generation Z80-based home computers
Release date 1983
Discontinued 1996
MSX is a Z80-based family of home computers, designed by Microsoft in cooperation with ASCII Corporation, which appeared in 1983. They were popular in Asian, South American and European countries as well as the former Soviet Union, but they are virtually unknown in USA.

The games came either as cassettes or floppy disks, but only the former is preserved on the No-Intro set for now. You'll also need an extensive BIOS pack, though RA's bluemsx core only requires four. There are game manager tools to help with configuring which BIOS and games come with which feature. The Japanese Wii Virtual Console also included basic MSX-2 emulation.


Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Active Accuracy Libretro Core Recommended
blueMSX Windows, Multi-platform[N 1] 2.8.2 Cycle
openMSX Multi-platform 0.14.0 Very High
CLK macOS and UNIXalikes 2018-09-12 Cycle
MAME Multi-platform 0.201 High
MSXPLAYer Windows ? Mid
fMSX Multi-platform 5.4 Mid
blueMSX Windows, Multi-platform[N 1] 2.8.2 Cycle
fMSX Multi-platform 4.9.2 Mid
MSX.emu Android 1.5.34 ?
  1. 1.0 1.1 Only available outside of Windows as a libretro core (e.g. RetroArch).


Another open source project in active development. In recent years, it has surpassed blueMSX in terms of accuracy and the quantity of emulated hardware.
An open source project that's cycle-accurate with very high compatibility.

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