SG-1000 emulators

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Sega SG-1000
Developer Sega
Type Home video game console
Generation Third generation
Release date 1983
Discontinued 1985
Successor Master System

The SG-1000, also known as Sega Game 1000, was a third-generation 8-bit home video game console released by Sega on July 15, 1983, and had a Zilog Z80 CPU at 3.58 MHz with 1 KB of RAM. This system marked Sega's first entry into the home video game hardware business. The SG-1000 didn't see much success in its home country, mostly due to competition from the technically superior Famicom. It did, however, enjoy a brief period of popularity in Taiwan before the latter market was inundated by unlicensed Family Computer clones.

Sega's use of off-the-shelf components in developing the console, which was also shared with the ColecoVision, led to at least one unauthorized clone of the SG-1000, manufactured and sold by Taiwan-based Bit Corporation as the Dina 2-in-1. Indeed, the Dina had support for SG-1000 games and ColecoVision titles to a certain extent.

The SC-3000 (also known as Sega Computer 3000) was its home computer counterpart and has a built-in keyboard.


Name Platform(s) Latest Version SC-3000 SF-7000 libretro Retro
FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
MasterGear         4.9.3
MAME         0.254
BizHawk   2.9.1
ares       v132
Genesis Plus GX         * libretro core NC ~
Kega Fusion       3.64 ~
Gearsystem         libretro core
blueMSX         ** libretro core
~[N 1] ~
MEKA         0.8-alpha (2023-03-27) ~
Snepulator     git TBD
FinalBurn Neo       Stable
WIP builds
libretro core
higan         v110 ~ [N 2]
vdmgr   0.2.6 ~
DarcNES         9b0401/9b0313 ~
CLK       2023-05-15
CoolCV         0.6.9
TwoMbit       1.0.5
FreezeSMS   4.6
Essgee   git
Mobile / ARM
Snepulator MS   v23.04-1git ?
Snepulator SG   v23.04-1git ?
MasterGear   4.9.3
Genesis Plus GX     * libretro core NC ~
blueMSX     ** libretro core ~[N 1] ~
GearMasterPlayer   1.0.5 ~
FinalBurn Neo     Stable
WIP builds
libretro core
MEKA   git20191218
Genesis Plus GX     1.15.0
1.7.5 RC1
S8DS   0.7 ? ?
SMS Plus GX       1.15.0
r64 0.2b (DC)
? ? ~

*Only available on PC as a libretro core (e.g., RetroArch).

**Only available outside of Windows as a libretro core (e.g., RetroArch).


Name Genesis Plus GX Kega Fusion Snepulator MEKA BlastEm PicoDrive
Sega Graphic Board ? ? ?
Keyboard ? ? ?
Floppy Disk Drive ? ? ? ?
System Converter ? ? ? ?
Data Recorder SR-1000 ? ? ? ? ? ?
Bike Handle
Arcade ? ? ? ? ? ?
Consoles: SG-1000Master SystemGenesis / Mega DriveCD32XPicoSaturnDreamcast
Handhelds: Game GearVMU / VMS
Arcade: System seriesModel 1Model 2Model 3Naomi