Master System emulators

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Sega Master System
Developer Sega
Type Home video game console
Generation Third generation
Release date 1985
Discontinued 1992
Predecessor SG-1000
Successor Genesis / Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear

The Sega Master System (SMS) was an 8-bit console released by Sega in 1985. it was designed to be a direct competitor to the Nintendo Entertainment System, and was technically superior to it.

There are a lot of hardware similarities between the SMS and the Game Gear (GG). Notably, SMS game cartridges can actually be played on the Game Gear via an adapter. For this reason, most SMS emulators can also run GG games.

Internally the Master System extends Sega's older SG-1000 by adding a single new video mode; since the SG-1000 was built from the same CPU, video and audio chips as the ColecoVision many Master System emulators also run ColecoVision games.


Name Operating System(s) Latest Version SMS GG G/MD CD 32X Libretro Core Accuracy Active Recommended
Genesis Plus GX[1] Multi-platform 1.7.5 RC1 Very high
MAME Multi-platform 0.233 High
Pantheon Windows 10.600 High ~
TwoMbit Windows, macOS, Linux 1.0.5 Cycle
CLK macOS and UNIXalikes 2021-07-16 Very high
Emulicious Multi-platform [1] Very high
higan Multi-platform v110 High
GearSystem Multi-platform 2.2 High
Kega Fusion Windows, Linux, macOS 3.64 Mid
PicoDrive Multi-platform (PC) 1.92 Mid
SMS Plus Windows, macOS, Linux 1.3 ?
Osmose Linux 1.3 ?
Phoenix Multi-platform 2.8.JAG ?
BizHawk Windows 2.6.2 ?
HiSMS Windows 0.01 beta ?
MasterGear Multi-platform 4.4 ?
Genesis Plus GX[1] Multi-platform 1.7.5 RC1 Very high
PicoDrive Multi-platform (ARM devices) 1.92 Mid
GearMasterPlayer Android 1.0.5 ?
PicoDrive PSP, ARM Devices 1.92 Mid
Genesis Plus GX Wii, GameCube 1.7.5 RC1 ?
MasterBoy PlayStation Portable 2.10 ?
Virtual Console Wii, Nintendo 3DS N/A ?
  1. 1.0 1.1 Only available on PC and mobile as a libretro core (e.g. RetroArch)

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Consoles: SG-1000Master SystemGenesis / Mega DriveCD32XPicoSaturnDreamcast
Handhelds: Game GearVMU / VMS
Arcade: System seriesModel 1Model 2Model 3Naomi