Master System emulators

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Sega Master System
Developer Sega
Type Home video game console
Generation Third generation
Release date 1985
Discontinued 1992
Predecessor SG-1000
Successor Genesis / Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear

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, and was technically superior to it. There are a lot of hardware similarities between the SMS and the Game Gear (GG). Notably, SMS game cartridges can actually be played on the Game Gear via an adapter. For this reason, most SMS emulators can also run GG games.


Name Operating System(s) Latest Version SMS GG MD/G CD 32X Libretro Core Accuracy Active Recommended
Genesis Plus GX[1] Multi-platform 1.7.5 RC1 Very high
MAME Multi-platform 0.214 High
Kega Fusion Windows, Linux, OS X 3.64 Mid
Osmose Linux 1.3 ?
Phoenix Multi-platform 2.8.JAG ?
BizHawk Windows 2.3.2 ?
Emulicious Multi-platform [1] ?
GearSystem Multi-platform 2.2 High
higan Multi-platform v106 High
HiSMS Windows 0.01 beta ?
MasterGear Multi-platform 4.4 ?
PicoDrive Multi-platform (PC) 1.92 Mid
SMS Plus Windows, Mac, Linux 1.3
TwoMbit Windows, Mac, Linux 1.0.5 Cycle
Genesis Plus GX[1] Multi-platform 1.7.5 RC1 Very high
PicoDrive Multi-platform (ARM devices) 1.92 Mid
GearMasterPlayer Android 1.0.5 ?
Genesis Plus GX Wii, Gamecube 1.7.5 RC1 ?
MasterBoy PlayStation Portable 2.10 ?
PicoDrive PSP, ARM Devices 1.92 Mid
Virtual Console Wii, 3DS N/A ?
  1. 1.0 1.1 Only available on PC and mobile as a libretro core (e.g. RetroArch)

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Consoles: SG-1000Master SystemGenesis / Mega DriveCD32XSaturnDreamcast
Handhelds: Game Gear
Arcade: System seriesModel 1Model 2Model 3Naomi