6 of the Best Free Linux Mega Drive Emulators
The Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis) was a leading 16-bit video
game console system. The console was developed by Sega Corporation in
1988. Sega was unable to obtain trademark rights in North America, and
it was released in that market under the name of Sega Genesis.
By current console standards, the Mega Drive's specification
seem positively pedestrian. However, at its launch the console's
specifications surpassed competitors in many respects. At its core is
a Motorola M6800 16 bit processor running at 7.67 MHz with a Zilog Z80
8-bit co-processor to handle sound. In the graphics department, the
console offers a typical resolution of 320 x 224 pixels, with a 512
colour palette (up to 64 displayable at any one time), with up to 80
sprites. When released in Japan the console did not meet anticipated
sales, but it was more popular in the North American and European
markets. Demand for the Mega Drive took off with the release of the
classic game, Sonic the Hedgehog.
The Sega Mega Drive spawned a number of variants including the
a redesigned version of the console called Mega Drive 2. To maintain
interest in the platform, Sega also released the Mega-CD (Sega CD in
North America) which offered an improved specification over the
original console and the ability to
play audio CDs, as well as the video game console add-on, 32X, which
was inserted into the system like a normal game cartridge.
Besides the Sonic series, the Mega Drive was particularly
strong in the number of sports titles released, with EA Sports' titles
being especially popular. The console was discontinued in 1997.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of 6 high quality Mega Drive
emulators. Hopefully, there will be something of interest
here for anyone who wants to relive their mis-spent youth.
The games are known as ROMs, reflecting that the media
used a ROM cartridge. There are some Mega Drive ROMs which
released in the public domain. However, the vast majority remain
copyrighted, and the emulators below do not include any non-legal ROMs.
Even if a user owns a
legally purchased Mega Drive cartridge, this does not
mean that using an emulator to play the game will be legal in a
Now, let's explore the 6 Mega Drive emulators at
hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full
description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with
links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Mega Drive Emulators
||Virtual environment for the Mega Drive
most of the Sega consoles including the Mega Drive
||Sega Mega Drive, MegaCD and 32X
focusing on accuracy
Multi System emulator supporting a large number of different systems
Emulator Super System offering emulation for 479
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