ColecoVision emulators

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For other emulators that run on ColecoVision hardware, see Emulators on ColecoVision.
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 Adam libretro Retro
FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
BizHawk   2.9.1
ColEm         5.6
E.mul T.wo   git
ADAMEm SDL     git
ADAMEm   Acorn 1.0 (MS-DOS)Acorn ?
DSP       0.23WIP1
ares       v139 roadmap
FinalBurn Neo
        WIP builds
libretro core
NC [N 1]
CoolCV       0.6.9
MAME         0.267
Mugrat   0.5.0
Snepulator     git ~
Pantheon   14.062 ~
Phoenix       2.8.JAG ~
vdmgr   0.2.6 ~
      [N 2]
libretro core
~[N 3] ~
Retro Virtual Machine       2.1.10 TBD
JollyCV         1.0.1 TBD
higan (火眼)
byuu (謬/view)
        v110 [N 4]
Clock Signal       2024-06-03
Bee       2.4.3
FreezeSMS   4.6
MEKA       0.8-alpha (2023-08-26)
DarcNES       9b0401/9b0313
Mobile / ARM
5.6.4 (Android)
NumPadPlayer   1.0.5
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   9.9
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


Developer Coleco
Type Home computer
Generation Second generation
Release date 1983
Discontinued 1985

The Coleco Adam is a home computer and expansion device for the ColecoVision by American toy and video game manufacturer Coleco. The Adam was an attempt to follow on the success of the company's ColecoVision video game console. It was available as Expansion Module #3 for the ColecoVision, converting it into a home computer, and as a standalone unit. As such, it had the benefit of being entirely compatible with all ColecoVision games and peripherals. The computer came with 64 KB of memory, a tape drive for a proprietary medium called Digital Data Packs, a daisy wheel printer, and productivity applications, along with two DDPs for SmartBASIC and Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom Super Game. It was released in October 1983 with the initial price of $700.

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