PC Engine (TurboGrafx-16) emulators

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The PC Engine (Japanese Model)
The PC Engine (PCE) was a 16-bit system released by NEC in 1990. It is known as TurboGrafx-16 in other regions outside of Japan. PC Engine CD (PC-CD) was a CD addon.

The PC Engine 2 (PCE2) was an upgraded version of the PC Engine that could also play PCE games. In the west it was known as the SuperGrafx. Only 7 games were released for it.

Emulators[edit]

The PC Engine SuperGrafx
Name Operating System(s) Latest Version PCE-CD (TG-CD) PCE2 (SG) Libretro Core Accuracy Recommended
PC
Mednafen PCE Multi-platform 0.9.44.1 High
Mednafen PCE-Fast Multi-platform 0.9.44.1 Mid
MAME Multi-platform 0.184 ? High
BizHawk Windows 1.12.0 High
ePCEngine Windows 3/18/2017
Final Burn Alpha Windows 0.2.97.39
higan Windows, Linux, OS X 0.102
Hu-Go! Windows, Linux 2.12
MagicEngine Windows, OS X 1.1.3 Mid
Ootake Windows 2.79 ? Mid
pcejin (Mednafen 0.8.x) Windows GitHub Mid
Turbo Engine Windows 0.32 High
Console
Virtual Console Wii n/a High
HuE PlayStation Portable 0.70 ? ?
Mednafen PCE-Fast* Multi-platform 0.9.44.1 Mid

*Only available on consoles as a libretro core (e.g. RetroArch).

Comparisons[edit]

  • Mednafen is great, it has two PCE cores: PCE-Accurate and PCE-Fast, its operated by command line. pcejin is based on an older version of Mednafen's PC Engine core but with a GUI. Linux users should use Mednafen with a GTK GUI[1].
  • RetroArch uses Mednafen's PCE-Fast core.
  • MagicEngine only has a free demo available. The full version costs €15 EUR. There is no reason to buy it when there are better free options available.
  • Ootake is okay for general purposes.