Emerson Arcadia 2001 emulators

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Developer Signetics
Type CPU
Generation Second generation
Release date 1975

The Signetics 2650 was an 8-bit microprocessor introduced in July 1975.

Arcadia 2001[edit]

Arcadia 2001
Developer Emerson Radio
Type Home video game console
Generation Second generation
Release date 1982
Discontinued 1984

The Emerson Arcadia 2001 is a second-generation 8-bit home video game console released by Emerson Radio in May of 1982 following the release of ColecoVision. It had a Signetics 2650 CPU at 3.58 MHz with 1KB of RAM. It was discontinued only 18 months later, with a total of 35 games having been released. Emerson licensed the Arcadia 2001 to Bandai, which released it in Japan. Over 30 Arcadia 2001 clones exist.


Name Platform(s) Latest Version Retro
Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86 / PPC / 68k
WinArcadia Windows 32.5 32.5 High
AmiArcadia AmigaOS MorphOS 32.5 32.5 ? High
MAME Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD git artifacts[N 1]
libretro core[N 2]
Mid ~
Tunix2001 Windows 26.8.06 ?
Arcadia 2001 Emulator MS-DOS 1998/07/30 ?
Emulator2001 Windows Linux macOS 2014/09/20 ?
Mobile / ARM
DroidArcadia Android 2.52 2.52 High
Super Bug Advance† GameBoy Advance 1.3 Low ✓‡
  1. CI-Windows CI-Linux CI-Macos
  2. As 0.251, 0.139 (2010), 0.78 (2003), 0.37b5 (2000)

†Can only emulate Super Bug, Super Bug 2, and Capture

‡Only recommended because it's the only Emerson Arcadia 2001 emulator for the GBA.


The history of the Arcadia 2001 emulators is very foggy and hasn't been documented clearly before.

In 1998, Emerson Arcadia 2001 Emulator by Paul Robson was the first Emerson Arcadia 2001 emulator[1].

Emulator2001 was developed by Gavin Turner in 2005[2].

WinArcadia started in 2006.[3] It is the Windows backport of AmiArcadia, which is the enhanced official Amiga port of Emulator2001[4]. It was written by James Jacobs and Gavin Turner, but the original author (Turner) is no more credited[5].

WinArcadia emulates the Emerson Arcadia 2001 family of consoles (Bandai, Emerson, Grandstand, Hanimex, Intervision, Leisure-Vision, Leonardo, MPT-03, Ormatu, Palladium, Poppy, Robdajet, Rowtron, Tele-Fever, Tempest, Tryom, Tunix, etc.), and various other machines.

WinArcadia and MAME are multi-system emulators, which means that the Arcadia 2001 wasn't their major goal, but simply just a system upon a hundred other system these emulators are capable of emulating.


Probably the biggest issue is that this system didn't grab attention because of the very limited games it has and that it was discontinued only 18 months after it was released in 1982, so developers aren't giving it any significant attention.


  1. https://www.gamefaqs.com/a2k1/916364-arcadia-2001/faqs/2628
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20051026150459/http://www.gstsoftware.co.nz/
  3. http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://amigan.1emu.net/releases/
  4. https://web.archive.org/web/20130801182925/http://www.gstsoftware.co.nz/
  5. WinArcadia 1.21 (7 April 2006) : "AmiArcadia is the enhanced official Amiga port of the Windows program Emulator 2001. WinArcadia is the Windows backport of AmiArcadia." "They were written by James Jacobs and Gavin Turner of Amigan Software."

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