Master System emulators

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Sega Master System

The Sega Master System (SMS) was an 8-bit console released by Sega in 1985-1989. It was designed to be a direct competitor to the Nintendo Entertainment System, as well as being technically superior to it. There is a lot of technical similarities between the SMS and the Game Gear (GG). Notably, SMS game cartridges can be played on the Game Gear by use of an adapter. For this reason, most SMS emulators can also run GG games.


Name Operating System(s) Latest Version SMS GG Mega Drive Sega CD 32X Libretro Core Accuracy
PC ~ Recommended
Genesis Plus GX* Multi-platform 1.7.5 RC1 Very high
Kega Fusion Windows, Linux, OS X 3.64 Mid
MAME Multi-platform 0.221 High
BizHawk Windows 2.4.2 ?
PC ~ Other
Emulicious Multi-platform [1] ?
HiSMS Windows 0.01 beta ?
MasterGear Multi-platform 3.7 ?
Osmose Linux 1.1 ?
PicoDrive Windows, Linux 1.80 ?
TwoMbit Windows, Mac, Linux 1.0.5 Cycle
Phoenix Multi-platform 2.8 ?
higan Multi-platform v110 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Consoles ~ Recommended
Genesis Plus GX Wii, Gamecube 1.7.5 RC1 ?
MasterBoy PlayStation Portable 2.10 ?
PicoDrive PSP, ARM Devices 1.80 ?
Virtual Console Wii, 3DS n/a ?

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