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  • GnGeo
    GnGeo is a software emulator for the Neo-Geo game platform. It is notable for the fact that it uses specialized cores to emulate the main processors, giving it a significant performance boost over more general emulators such as MAME. Read more hot
  • Kega Fusion
    Kega Fusion is an impressive multi-console emulator created by Steve Snake. The emulator supports most of the Sega consoles, including the GameGear, Genesis (Mega Drive), Master System, Sega 32X, Sega CD, Sega Pico, SG-1000, SG-3000 and SF-7000. Read more hot
  • MESS
    The Multi Emulator Super System (MESS) emulates the inner components of computers, consoles, calculators, and even chess computers. It allows modern PCs to run software which was originally written for the emulated machines. MESS supports a mammoth 479 unique systems with 1282 total system variations. Read more hot
  • PPSSPP
    PPSSPP can run your PSP games on your PC in full HD resolution, and play them on Android too. It can even upscale textures that would otherwise be too blurry as they were made for the small screen of the original PSP. hot
  • VisualBoyAdvance
    VisualBoyAdvance is a Game Boy Advance emulator that works with many ROMs that are publically available. It emulates GBA, GBC, SGB, and GBA roms. Read more hot
  • ZSNES
    ZSNES is a Super Nintendo emulator. On April 2, 2001 the ZSNES project was GPL'ed and its source released to the public. It currently runs on Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, and DOS. Read more hot
  • higan
    higan is a Nintendo multi-system emulator. It supports the following systems: Famicom, Super Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. new
  • AdvanceMAME
    An unofficial MAME emulator with an advanced video support for helping the use with TVs, Arcade Monitors, Fixed Frequencies Monitors and also for PC Monitors. Read more
  • AdvanceMENU
    A GNU/Linux and DOS frontend for the AdvanceMAME, AdvanceMESS, AdvancePAC, MAME, MESS and Raine emulators with a lot of unique features.
  • asq
    A simple front end for mame/emulator cabinets. It runs in a terminal window (using curses).
  • Boycott Advance
    BoycottAdvance is a free and portable emulator for the Nintendo Gameboy Advance handheld. Features include: good compatibility with most public and commercial games, frameskipping and auto-frameskipping, and throttle support.
  • CabFE
    CabFE is a multi-emulator frontend for MAME, Daphne, and other arcade games. It is designed specifically for arcade cabinets that have a minimal set of controls.
  • cingb
    cingb is an attempt to write a Gameboy-emulator for all kinds of platforms. It plays Gameboy and Gameboy Color ROMs, includes a debugger for step-by-step analysis of Gameboy programs and might be also interesting for educational purposes.
  • ckmame
    ckmame checks ROM sets for MAME, the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. It tells you which ROM files are missing or have a wrong checksum, and can delete unknown and unused files from the ROM sets, and rename or move ROM files.
  • ColEm
    A portable emulator of the old ColecoVision videogame system written in C. ColEm has been successfully tested on FreeBSD, HP-UX, SunOS, Solaris, Linux, and other Unix systems.
  • csnes9x
    csnes9x is a command-line based front-end to the snes9x projects program for running SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) ROM games. It allows you to chose a directory to load the ROMs from and will display a nice menu to load up your games.
  • CuteMupen
    CuteMupen is a GUI front-end for the cross-platform Mupen64Plus N64 emulator.
  • DAPHNE
    DAPHNE allows you to play laserdisc arcade games such as Dragon's Lair and Space Ace on your home computer.
  • Dega/SDL
    A Sega Master System/Game Gear emulator, ported to SDL.
  • DeSmuME
    DeSmuME is a Nintendo DS emulator that aims to be portable. It can run commercial games or homebrew demos. Read more
  • DGen/SDL
    DGen/SDL is a free, open source emulator for Sega Genesis/MegaDrive systems. Read more
  • Dolphin
    Dolphin is a Nintendo GameCube, Wii, and Triforce emulator.
  • ePSXe
    A Playstation emulator that supports a large number of games. Plays the games right off the original disc. Read more
  • FakeNES
    A portable, Open Source NES emulator which is written mostly in C, using the excellent Allegro library for cross-platform capabilities.
  • FCE Ultra
    FCE Ultra is a NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) and Famicom (Family Computer) emulator for a variety of different platforms, based on Bero's FCE. Game compatibility is very high, provided you provide non-corrupt ROM/disk images. Read more
  • Gambatte
    Gambatte is an accuracy-focused, cross-platform Game Boy and Game Boy Color emulator. It is based on hundreds of corner case hardware tests, as well as previous documentation and reverse engineering efforts. The core emulation code is separated into a library back-end (libgambatte) and front-end user interfaces. There is a GUI that uses Trolltech's Qt4 toolkit (gambatte_qt), and a simple command-line SDL front-end (gambatte_sdl).
  • GameBoy Developers Kit
    A set of tools that enable to develop programs for the Nintendo GameBoy system, either in C or in assembly. GBDK includes a set of libraries for the most common requirements and generates image files for use with a real GameBoy or with an emulator like VGB or no$gmb.
  • Gamefu
    Gamefu is a graphical frontend for many console emulators for systems such as the SNES, NES and Gameboy.
  • gbsplay
    gbsplay emulates the sound hardware of the Nintendo Gameboy. It is able to play the sounds from a Gameboy module dump (.GBS format) over /dev/dsp and NAS. Also included is an XMMS input plugin, a tool to display information about a .GBS file, and a demo file.
  • Generator
    Generator is an open source emulator designed to emulate the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive console, a popular games machine produced in the early 1990s. It is a portable program written in C and has been ported to the Amiga, Macintosh, Windows and even pocket PCs such as the iPAQ and Cassiopeia. Natively it compiles under unix for X Windows with either tcl/tk or gtk/SDL, for svgalib and even cross-compiles to DOS with djgpp/allegro. Generator uses it's own custom 68000 processor emulation which is and uses compilation techniques such as block-marking, flag calculation removal, operand pre-calculation, endian pre-conversion etc.
  • Gens
    Gens is a Sega Megadrive, MegaCD and 32X emulator. Read more
  • GMAMEUI
    GMAMEUI is a front-end program that helps you run MAME on non-Windows platforms, allowing you to run your arcade games quickly and easily.
  • GnoMAME
    GnoMAME is a GTK+ xmame frontend with all the basic features of a X11 frontend, the idea came from the MAME32 and MameCAT. Features include: Support for a lot of xmame configuration options through xmamerc, Xmame options autoprobing, Visualization of game preview/screenshots, and Sorting, search, filtering on the games list.
  • GNOME Video Arcade
    GNOME Video Arcade is another very simple frontend for the xmame multiple arcade machine emulator Linux fork specifically for GNOME.
  • GnomeBoy Advance
    Gnomeboyadvance is a GNOME frontend for the Visual Boy Advance emulator.
  • gnuboy
    gnuboy is a portable program for emulating the Nintendo GameBoy Color software platform. gnuboy is Free Software, distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
  • gnuboy GUI
    A frontend for the gnuboy Gameboy Emulator. Requires Python 2.2.0 and wxPython 2.4.1 or newer.
  • GooSNES
    GooSNES is a little GTK+ frontend for SNES9x. It allows users to set SNES9x options without typing a pageful of command line options at a prompt. It also allows users to select a SNES image and launch SNES9x at a click.
  • gRustibus
    gRustibus is a M.A.M.E frontend for the Gnome environment. Its goal is to be feature rich and easy to use.
  • GSnes9x
    GSnes9x is a GNOME front-end for the Snes9X SNES emulator. It allows setting and preservation of options for each ROM, and keeps a Cheat Codes database, an unlimited amount of codes can be stored.
  • GTuxNES
    GTuxNES is a graphical launcher built for use with the NES emulator TuxNES. TuxNES itself is a command-line only interface. GTuxNES is a graphical interface to the command-line utility. It is completely separate from the TuxNES codebase and so is extremely small and fast.
  • GXMame
    GXMame is a frontend for XMame using the GTK library, the goal is to provide the same GUI than mame32. For the moment it will just have the same gui, the final goal is to be able to share config files with Mame32k.
  • gzinc
    A graphical GNOME frontend for the zinc arcade game emulator.
  • Hu-Go!
    Hu-Go! is a pc engine emulator. The PC Engine is a 8-16 bits console which had quite a great success in Japan from 1986, roughly, until early 90's.
  • iNES
    An emulator of the NES/Famicom videogame console produced by Nintendo. It allows to run old NES games on PCs, Macs.
  • InfoNES
    A Nintendo Entertainment System emulator for x86/Linux, PS2/Linux.
  • IT-MAME
    IT-MAME is an TCL-TK Front end for the great xmame arcade emulator.
  • jzIntv
    An Intellivision Emulator for Linux, Unix, Windows and MacOS.
  • Kemulator
    Kemulator is a KDE emulator frontend written in C++ using the QT/KDE toolkit and licensed under the GPL. Kemulator provides a graphical user interface (GUI) with the ability to configure an emulator without touching the command line. The main interface simply presents the user with a list of available ROMs (games) to play.
  • KiGB
    A free portable emulator for Gameboy, Gameboy Color and Super Gameboy for Windows, Linux, MS-DOS, and Mac OS X. Read more
  • KMameleon
    A smart, slick, easy and simple to use XMame wrapper. It supports a vast section of options provided by the emulator, and supports X11, SDL and XGL versions.
  • KMameRun
    KMameRun is a KDE frontend for M.A.M.E. (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator).
  • KnoppiXMAME
    KnoppiXMAME is a bootable CD/DVD image with hardware automatic probing and configuration for playing MAME games. No games are included, but they can be added to the ISO image, as well as new versions of X-MAME, gxmame, and the Linux kernel.
  • KSnes9x
    KSnes9x is a KDE frontend for the Snes9x emulator. It features automatic saving of options, profiles and a easy to use interface.
  • KTamaga
    KTamaga is a free Tamagotchi emulator for X-Window systems with KDE.
  • Lefromoma
    Lefromoma is a simple mame frontend focused on cabinets. It features fullscreen, snapshots, a roms-list, a favorites-list (alphabetical), an ignore list, and scaling of a game. All actions are performed with the enter and arrow keys.
  • Legacy
    Legacy is an application designed to recreate the nostalgic experience of playing retro "bootable" games - early 1980's PC games which were truly "plug-n-play" in that inserting the floppy disk and rebooting the computer would start the game automatically.
  • lxdream
    lxdream is a Dreamcast emulator for Linux-based systems. It is currently in a usable state but is still in heavy development. Read more
  • MasterGear
    MasterGear provides emulation of several 8-bit SEGA consoles and home computers: the old SG1000/SC3000/SF7000 family, the MasterSystem, and the portable GameGear. MasterGear is using the same Z80 emulation as fMSX and ColEm.
  • Mednafen
    Mednafen is an OpenGL command-line driven multi-system emulator with many advanced features. It emulates the Atari Lynx, GameBoy, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advance, NES, PC Engine (TurboGrafx 16), and SuperGrafx and has the ability to remap hotkey functions and virtual system inputs to a keyboard, a joystick, or both simultaneously. Save states are supported, as is real-time game rewinding. Screen snapshots may be taken at the press of a button, and are saved in the popular PNG file format. Read more
  • Meka
    MEKA is a multi machine emulator, originally started as a Sega Master System emulator, and generally very oriented toward Z80-based Sega 8-bit systems. Read more
  • MESSyFront
    MESSyFront is a frontend for the MESS emulator. The main goal of the project is to get the user into the emulation environment as quickly as possible. The secondary goal is targeting Tandy Color Computer users that run Linux (or *nix environments).
  • Mupen64
    A n64 emulator designed to be multi-OS. It is developed on/for Linux but a Mac version is available.
  • Mupen64Plus
    Mupen64Plus is a plugin-based N64 emulator for Linux which is capable of accurately playing many games. Included are four MIPS R4300 CPU emulators, with dynamic recompilers for 32-bit x86 and 64-bit amd64 systems, and necessary plugins for audio, graphical rendering (RDP), signal co-processor (RSP), and input. There are 3 OpenGL video plugins included: glN64, RiceVideoLinux, and Glide64. Read more
  • NeoPop-SDL
    NeoPop-SDL is the SDL port of NeoPop, a portable NeoGeo Pocket emulator. It supports black&white and color games, game state saving, screenshots (BMP and PNG), sound and music, double- and triple-size both in software and hardware scaling as well as full-screen-modes, joysticks and keyboard input, and reading ROMs directly from ZIP files.
  • NEStopia Linux
    NEStopia Linux is the port of a Famicom/Nintendo Entertainment System emulator that strives for the most accurate emulation possible.
  • Osmose
    Osmose is a Sega Master System / Gamegear console emulator. The emulator is released as open source project, under the GPL license.
  • PCSX
    PCSX is an advanced PlayStation (PSX) emulator, which uses a plugin architecture to provide full support for all components of the PSX. Read more
  • PCSX-DF
    PCSX-DF is a Playstation 1 emulator based on the PCSX project.
  • PCSX2
    PCSX2 is a PlayStation 2 emulator for Windows and Linux, started by the same team that created PCSX (a Sony PlayStation 1 emulator). Read more
  • pLauncher
    pLauncher is a front-end (for Linux) to launch emulators with their roms. It is written in Perl and is licensed under the GPL. The pLauncher user interface was designed with Glade and uses libglade and Gtk-Perl.
  • pNES
    pNES is a hacked-up version of nestra 0.64. It offers two major improvements over nestra: a tile-based rendering engine, and the use of Glide to render the tiles.
  • PyXmame
    Pyxmame is a free application that provides a simple frontend for the xmame, developed with PyGTK. It would have to run on all GNU/Linux boxes, but it only has been tested on Debian and Ubuntu.
  • Qtmame
    A frontend to xmame. It supports configuration of multiple video modes, and shows snapshot, cabinets, flyers, mameinfo, and history.
  • QTVBA
    A Qt 3.x and C++-based graphical frontend to the VisualBoyAdvance Nintendo Gameboy Advance Emulator.
  • Raine
    A very fast 680xx arcade emulator. It is totally compatible with the DOS version, and it supports ModeX, SVGAlib, X, and X+DGA for the video by using Allegro.
  • RbVBA
    RbVBA is an interface to your Gameboy ROM collection for use with the VisualBoyAdvance emulator. Currently it supports files with the extensions of gb, gbc, gba, gz and zip. It allows the display of screenshots taken with VisualBoyAdvance and additionally box art (covers) that you can download from the Internet.
  • Regen/GTK+
    Regen/GTK+ is an emulator for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive, Sega Master System, GameGear, SG-1000, and SC-3000 systems. Read more
  • SDLMAME
    SDLMAME is meant to be a replacement for the MIA xmame but has no connection with it otherwise. It has been separately developed from base MAME, the popular Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator that supports hundreds of machine chipsets with thousands of games from back in the 70s till today. Read more
  • SDLMESS
    SDLMESS is a fork of MESS, the Multiple Emulator Super System, to SDL, resulting in a mostly platform independent version.
  • SharpNES
    SharpNES is a clean-room NES emulator using SDL and GTK#.
  • SNEmul
    A Super NES Emulator for the PC.
  • snes9express
    Snes9express is a graphical interface for the X11 versions of snes9x, featuring an organized layout of common snes9x options.
  • Snes9x
    Snes9x is a portable, freeware Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulator. It basically allows you to play most games designed for the SNES and Super Famicom Nintendo game systems on your PC or Workstation; which includes some real gems that were only ever released in Japan.
  • Snes9x Python Launcher
    The Snes9x Python Launcher is a terminal/text based frontend for the Snes9x emulator. Planned features include enabling all command line switches for Snes9x and support for multiple directories. It is working, but rather buggy at the moment, crashing if anything violates the boundaries of the script.
  • Sope
    Sope is an open-source Playstation emulator for Linux/Unix Systems. It is still in a quite early stage, but most demos now work. It uses interpretive emulation, but a dynamic recompilation core is available for the Alpha and the x86 processors.
  • System16
    An emulator of the sega system16 arcade machines.
  • TkDgen
    A Tcl/Tk GUI front-end for DGen, an emulator of the Genesis video game console. It displays a list of available ROMs, and it can display a game screenshot when a ROM is selected in the list.
  • TkMAME
    A graphical front end for xmame written in Tcl/Tk.
  • TrueReality
    An N64 emulator that is targetted primarily at UNIX-based systems.
  • Turaco CL
    Turaco CL is a command-line based tool for extracting sprite/bank based graphic imagery from Arcade game ROMs into a common graphics file format so that you can view and edit them in a paint program. You can then use Turaco CL to take these extracted graphics and convert them back into Arcade game ROMs to be burned out to EPROMS and installed into arcade games.
  • TuxArcade
    A multi-emulator frontend. It's designed for arcade cabinets, so it doesn't need a keyboard and a mouse, but is completely configurable via joystick. It includes theme support.
  • TuxBoy
    TuxBoy is a fork of the open source GameBoy/Color emulator gnuboy. Read more
  • TuxNES
    TuxNES is an emulator for the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. Currently, the emulator has been tested on Linux, FreeBSD, and NetBSD, all running on i386 processors. TuxNES is a continuation of Nestra.
  • uCON64
    uCON64 is a tool to backup all kinds of video game media (cartridges and CDs). It can operate as an intelligent frontend for every available emulator. uCON64 uses code from various people.
  • VBA Express
    VBA Express, a front end to the GameBoy Advance emulator VisualBoyAdvance for Linux.
  • VGB-GUI
    VGB-GUI is for launching and configuring VGB, a GameBoy emulator.
  • Virtual Gameboy Emulator
    Virtual GameBoy (VGB) is an emulator of the GameBoy videogame handheld produced by Nintendo. It runs GameBoy, Super GameBoy, and GameBoy Color games on PCs, Macs, PocketPCs, or just about any other sufficiently fast computer in existence. It can also help to debug GameBoy software without using a costly development system.
  • Virtual Jaguar
    A portable Jaguar emulator which is based on the source code released by David Raingeard (Cal2) of Potato Emulation.
  • Wah!Cade
    Wah!Cade is a GUI front-end to the xmame emulator for arcade games. It's a clone of the Windows only program MameWAH.
  • X-Mame
    The X11/Unix port of the MultiArcade Machine Emulator project.
  • X-MESS
    A free emulator that can emulate a variety of systems. The current release (0.1) supports the NES, Sega Genesis/Megadrive, TRS-80, Colour Genie, and Colecovision. It is written in C and the source code is available for download.
  • XGngeo
    XGngeo is a frontend (GUI) for Gngeo which is a powerful command line Neo Geo emulator. With XGngeo multiple configuration panels, designed in an intuitive way, emulator behaviour can be regulated both precisely and easily; while Rom selection is made simple thanks to a full featured list with preview image and various game information, etc.
  • Xmame-fe
    The primary goal of xmame-fe is to have a front end for xmame that can handle all the options of xmame without needing to be modified every time the options change. The second goal is to handle multiple configurations. Xmame-fe requires Tcl/TK.
  • Yabause
    Yabause is a Sega Saturn emulator under GNU GPL. It currently runs on GNU/Linux and is being ported to Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Read more
  • Zinc
    Zinc is a command line emulator that focuses in emulating the ZN1, ZN2 and System 11 arcade hardware which are based on Playstation hardware.



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