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 Retro
FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
BizHawk   2.9.1
ColEm         5.6
DSP       0.19
ares       v134
FinalBurn Neo
        WIP builds
libretro core
NC [N 1]
CoolCV       0.6.9
MAME         0.261
Mugrat   0.5.0
Snepulator     git ~
Pantheon   13.130 ~
Phoenix       2.8.JAG ~
vdmgr   0.2.6 ~
      [N 2]
libretro core
~[N 3] ~
Retro Virtual Machine       2.1.10 TBD
higan         v110 [N 4]
Clock Signal       2023-10-29
Bee       2.4.3
FreezeSMS   4.6
MEKA       0.8-alpha (2023-08-26)
DarcNES       9b0401/9b0313
Mobile / ARM
5.6.4 (Android)
fbneo_libretro     libretro core NC [N 1]
(blueMSX tech)
Pandora build 15
libretro core ~
fbneo_libretro     libretro core NC [N 1]
libretro core ?
ColEm   2.6.1
WiiColEm   0.3
ColemPS2   2.0
AdamX   v4 ?
(D)ColEm   0.99
CollisionGC   1.01 b1
ColecoDS   git
CoG   0.9.7 beta
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 FinalBurn Neo was confirmed as having better compatibility than MAME/MESS, blueMSX, openMSX and CoolCV. See this topic.
  2. Only available outside Windows as a libretro core (e.g., RetroArch).
  3. Libretro core is still active.
  4. Superseded by ares