PicoDrive

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PicoDrive
PicoDrive.png
Developer(s) notaz
Latest version 1.93
Active No (main branch)
Yes (libretro core)
Platform(s) UIQ2
GP2X
PSP
Pandora
Gizmondo
Emulates Sega Master System
Game Gear
Genesis/Mega Drive
Sega CD
32X
Pico
Website notaz's Site
Source code GitHub

PicoDrive is a open-source Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Sega Genesis/Sega Mega Drive, Sega CD/Sega Mega CD, Sega 32X and Sega Pico emulator. It was originally developed for the UIQ2, before moving onto the GP2X, PSP, and other handheld devices.

Download[edit]

Main branch
Pandora GP2X PSP Gizmondo Official releases
Severely outdated, libretro port recommended instead
Libretro (RetroArch) port
Windows macOS Linux PSP Vita
GameCube Wii Wii U Nintendo 3DS Switch Downloads page for RetroArch PicoDrive

Versions[edit]

The most actively developed version was for the GP2X, as well as being the best port, due to higher levels of optimization.

PicoDrive is also available as a libretro core for RetroArch.

Review[edit]

PicoDrive is designed to run well on toasters like the GP2X, so it sacrifices a lot of accuracy for speed. It can emulate most Genesis and Sega CD games without any serious issues, but SMS emulation is somewhat buggy and Game Gear emulation is completely broken. 32X emulation works but is not as well developed as Kega Fusion (you can find a list of incompatible games here), ares is another alternative for 32x emulation.

It's recommended that you only use PicoDrive if your preferred device is too weak to run anything better, or if you absolutely need a 32X and Pico emulator that isn't Kega or MAME. However, consider that PicoDrive is the only core that emulates the 32X and Pico when using RetroArch.