ColecoVision emulators

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ColecoVision
Coleco.jpg
Developer Coleco Industries, Inc.
Type Home video game console
Generation Second generation
Release date 1982
Discontinued 1985
Predecessor Telstar series
Emulated

The ColecoVision was the second-generation video game console produced by Coleco in August of 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 8KB 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 with 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.

Emulators[edit]

Name Platform(s) Latest Version Libretro Core FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
BizHawk   2.8
ColEm         5.6
CoolCV       0.6.9
DSP       0.19
ares       v128
higan         v110
MAME         0.244
FinalBurn Neo         WIP builds
Pantheon   11.468
vdmgr   0.2.6
Retro Virtual Machine       2.0.beta-1.r7 TBD
Phoenix       2.8.JAG ~
FreezeSMS   4.6 ~
Clock Signal       2022-04-17
Bee       2.4.3
blueMSX    
      [N 1]
2.8.2
MEKA       0.8-alpha (2022-03-27)
DarcNES       9b0401/9b0313
Mugrat   0.4.7
Mobile / ARM
ColEm      
 
 
5.6.3 (Android)
MSX.emu
(blueMSX tech)
        1.5.59git
Pandora build 15
1.5.46.02
blueMSX    
    [N 1]
2.8.2
Consoles
ColEm    
 
0.3
0.99
2.6.1
ColecoDS   7.2 ?
  1. 1.0 1.1 Only available outside of Windows as a libretro core (e.g. RetroArch).

Note[edit]

  • FinalBurn Neo was confirmed as having better compatibility than MAME/MESS, blueMSX, openMSX and CoolCV. See this topic.