Emulators

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Computer System Emulators

Computer emulators are emulators of computers of varying kinds. These do not just focus on games, but also any software available for the chosen system. Examples are the Commodore Amiga and Commodore C64, the Atari ST, Sinclair's ZX Spectrum and the Amstrad's CPC range.

Emulator Name Computer Name Year Computer Manufacturer BIOS ROM required Save-State support Emulator License
Fuse ZX Spectrum 1982 Sinclair --- ---

GNU GPL 2

VICE PET 1977 Commodore No ---

GNU GPL 2

VICE VIC-20 1980 Commodore No ---

GNU GPL 2

VICE C64 1982 Commodore No ---

GNU GPL 2

FS-UAE Amiga 500 1987 Commodore Yes/No ---

GNU GPL 2

FS-UAE Amiga 1200 1992 Commodore Yes/No ---

GNU GPL 2

Hatari Atari ST 1985 Atari --- ---

GNU GPL

DOSBox x86 IBM PC compatibles --- --- No ---

GNU GPL 2

NOTE: Emulation is generally thought of to differ from virtualization software like VirtualBox and QEMU or "compatibility-layers" like Wine or CrossOver.

Game Console Emulators

Console emulators are emulators of game-consoles like for example PlayStation, Super-Nintendo and Atari 2600.

Emulator Name Console Name Year Console Manufacturer BIOS ROM required Save-State support Emulator License
Mednafen PC-FX 1994 NEC --- --- GNU GPL 2+
PPSSPP PSP (PlayStation Portable) 2004 Sony --- --- GPL
Mednafen Playstation 1 1994 Sony Yes Yes GNU GPL 2+
Yabause Sega Saturn 1994 Sega Yes? ---

GNU GPL

Virtual Jaguar Atari Jaguar 1993 Atari --- --- GNU GPL 2
Stella Atari 2600 1977 Atari No(?) ---

GNU GPL

FCEUX NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) 1983 Nintendo No ---

GNU GPL

ZSNES SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) 1990 Nintendo No Yes GNU GPL 2
Snes9x SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) 1990 Nintendo No --- MIT-Like, Non-Commercial
PCSX-R Playstation 1 1994 Sony Yes ---
PCSX2 Playstation 2 2000 Sony Yes Yes GNU GPL 3
Reicast Dreamcast 1998 Sega Yes --- GNU GPL 2
FS-UAE Amiga CD32 1993 Commodore Yes/No --- GNU GPL 2
Gens/GS Sega Genesis/Mega Drive 1988 Sega No ---

GNU GPL

Mupen64Plus Nintendo 64/N64 1996 Nintendo No ---

GNU GPL

Dolphin Gamecube 2001 Nintendo --- Yes? GNU GPL 2+
Dolphin Wii 2006 Nintendo --- Yes? GNU GPL 2+
Hu-Go! TurboGrafx-16 1987 NEC, Hudson Soft --- ---

GNU GPL/ BSD Rev./ ZLIB

Hand-Held Device Emulators

Emulator Name Device Name Year Device Manufacturer BIOS ROM required Save-State support License-type
Citra Nintendo 3DS 2014 Nintendo --- ---

GNU GPL 2

DeSmuME Nintendo DS 2004 Nintendo --- ---

GNU GPL

Visualboy Advance Gameboy Advance 2001 Nintendo --- ---

GNU GPL

Mednafen WonderSwan 1999 Bandai --- --- GNU GPL 2+

Arcade Machine Emulators

Emulator Name Machine Name Year Machine Manufacturer BIOS ROM required Save-State support Emulator License
MAME --- --- --- Yes/No ---

GNU GPL 2

MESS --- --- --- Yes/No ---

GNU GPL 2

Online Emulation

Thanks to the good folks at Internet Archive, quite a massive amount of emulated games have been made available right to your browser, at their Internet Arcade By use of JSMess

Front-Ends and Rom Collection Managers

See http://emulationstation.org/ in the meantime

See Also

Joysticks & Gamepads regarding (retro) joysticks and gamepads for Linux.

Debian Emulator Software