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 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 8 KBs 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 as 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
DSP Windows Linux macOS 0.19
ares Windows Linux macOS v131
FinalBurn Neo Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD WIP builds [N 1]
Pantheon Windows 12.144
vdmgr Windows 0.2.6
CoolCV Windows Linux macOS 0.6.9
MAME Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 0.251
higan Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD v110 ~[N 2]
Phoenix Windows Linux macOS 2.8.JAG ~
FreezeSMS Windows 4.6 ~
Retro Virtual Machine Windows Linux macOS 2.0.beta-1.r7 TBD
Clock Signal Linux macOS FreeBSD 2022-11-25
Bee Windows Linux macOS 2.4.3
blueMSX Windows Linux
macOS FreeBSD Web [N 3]
MEKA Windows Linux macOS 0.8-alpha (2022-03-27)
DarcNES Windows Linux BeOS 9b0401/9b0313
Mugrat macOS 0.5.0
Mobile / ARM
ColEm+ Android Linux Pandora
5.6.4 (Android)
(blueMSX tech)
Android iOS Dragonbox Pyra Pandora 1.5.67git
Pandora build 15
blueMSX Android iOS
Linux Pandora [N 3]
blueMSX Vita git ?
ColEm PSP 2.6.1
WiiColEm Wii 0.3
ColemPS2 PlayStation 2 2.0
AdamX Xbox v4 ?
(D)ColEm Dreamcast 0.99
CollisionGC GameCube 1.01 b1
ColecoDS Nintendo DS git
CoG GameBoy Advance 0.9.7 beta
  1. FinalBurn Neo was confirmed as having better compatibility than MAME/MESS, blueMSX, openMSX and CoolCV. See this topic.
  2. Superseded by ares
  3. 3.0 3.1 Only available outside Windows as a libretro core (e.g., RetroArch).