Multi-system emulators

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Multi-system emulators focus on emulating many different systems under one program. They can be focused on a single company's systems because of the similarity of the systems or may have systems from many different companies.

To be defined as "multi-system" an emulator has to emulate two or more distinct systems. Although, for simplicity reasons in this wiki (not just this page), the term, "multi-platform", in the OS column fields can come to mean three or more covered platforms. For the purpose of this list, Add-ons (eg. Sega CD, 32X) are not counted as a separate system.

The term 'multi-system emulator' can sometimes be confused with frontend applications. placeholder text


Name Platform(s) Latest Version Retro
Libretro Core # of Emulated systems FLOSS Active Recommended
MAME Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD git artifacts[N 1]
libretro core[N 2]
0.267 (akatana and ddpsdoj unlocked)[N 3]
Thousands of electronics[1]
Mednafen Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD Wii PlayStation 3
GCW Zero
OpenEmu macOS 2.4.1 35
BizHawk Windows Linux Dev builds
30 (excluding the libretro cores)
ares Windows Linux macOS git Artifacts
Delta iOS AppStore 6 ~
Folium iOS App Store ($)
3 ~
ZEsarUX Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 11.0 22 ~
Pantheon Windows 14.062 21 ~
CLK Linux macOS FreeBSD 2024-06-03 14 ~
WinArcadia Windows AmigaOS MorphOS 30.7 21 ~
Xpeccy Windows Linux macOS 0.6.20240621 14 ?
Z64K Java 2.0.0 5
DSP Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 0.23WIP1 More than 10 ?
Phoenix Windows Linux macOS 2.8.JAG 5
higan (火眼) Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD v110 ~ 14 [N 4]
Wave Web V0.9.6 8 (But you can import ROMs)
EMU (Russian) Windows 1.01 More than 50 ? ?
kindred Windows 1.12 Preview Build 3 7 ?
Xe Windows Linux 2.16.2 18
DarcNES Windows Linux FreeBSD 9b0401/9b0313 8
rew. Windows Windows 9x rew12stx ? 3 ? ?
Dolphin Windows Linux macOS Android Xbox One Xbox Series X/S 2407
libretro core
[N 5] 3
mGBA Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD Android
iOS Pandora Wii Wii U Switch Nintendo 3DS
Dev builds
libretro core
~ 2
GBE+ Windows Linux macOS 1.8 4 ~
No$GBA Windows MS-DOS 3.05 3[N 6]
Kega Fusion Windows Linux macOS 3.64 10 ~
PicoDrive Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD Pandora
GP2X Gizmondo PlayStation 2 PSP
PlayStation 3 Vita GameCube Wii Wii U Switch
Xbox One Xbox Series X/S
libretro core
6 ~
EightyOne (81) Windows 1.40 12
Retro Virtual Machine Windows Linux macOS 2.1.16 2 ~
VICE Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 3.8 6
  1. CI-Windows CI-Linux CI-Macos
  2. As 0.251, 0.139 (2010), 0.78 (2003), 0.37b5 (2000)
  3. Akai Katana and Dodonpachi Saidaioujou removed at the request of the current rightholder, exA-Arcadia ([email protected]).
  4. Superseded by ares.
  5. work-in-progress, Topic: Gamecube Dolphin achievements soon?
  6. No$GBA also does PocketStation emulation.


  1.'s list (Only shows the games covered, not systems)

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