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 Windows 2.9.1
ColEm Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 5.6
DSP Windows Linux macOS 0.22
ares Windows Linux macOS v136
FinalBurn Neo
Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD WIP builds
libretro core
NC [N 1]
CoolCV Windows Linux macOS 0.6.9
MAME Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD 0.262
Mugrat macOS 0.5.0
Snepulator Windows Linux git ~
Pantheon Windows 13.640 ~
Phoenix Windows Linux macOS 2.8.JAG ~
vdmgr Windows 0.2.6 ~
Windows Linux
macOS FreeBSD Web [N 2]
libretro core
~[N 3] ~
Retro Virtual Machine Windows Linux macOS 2.1.10 TBD
higan Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD v110 [N 4]
Clock Signal Linux macOS FreeBSD 2024-01-22
Bee Windows Linux macOS 2.4.3
FreezeSMS Windows 4.6
MEKA Windows Linux macOS 0.8-alpha (2023-08-26)
DarcNES Windows Linux BeOS 9b0401/9b0313
Mobile / ARM
ColEm+ Android Linux Pandora
5.6.4 (Android)
fbneo_libretro Android iOS libretro core NC [N 1]
(blueMSX tech)
Android iOS Dragonbox Pyra Pandora 1.5.77git
Pandora build 15
blueMSX_libretro Android iOS
Linux Pandora
libretro core ~
fbneo_libretro Xbox One Xbox Series X/S libretro core NC [N 1]
blueMSX_libretro PSP PlayStation 4
Vita Wii U
Xbox One Xbox Series X/S
libretro core ?
ColEm PSP 2.6.1
WiiColEm Wii 0.3
ColemPS2 PlayStation 2 2.0
AdamX Xbox v4 ?
(D)ColEm Dreamcast 0.99
CollisionGC GameCube 1.01 b1
ColecoDS Nintendo DS git
CoG GameBoy Advance 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