Alternatives to MESS for all platforms with any license

  • ZSNES icon

    ZSNES

    ZSNES is a Super Nintendo Entertainment System emulator. Aside from emulation accuracy, many interface features first introduced in ZSNES have been adopted by other emulators. ZSNES interface features include: Smoothing and dynamic...

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    • Discontinued last update: January 24, 2007
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    VisualBoyAdvance

    VisualBoyAdvance (VBA) is a free software (GNU GPL) emulator targeted for the Game Boy, Super Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance handheld game consoles sold by Nintendo.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Haiku AmigaOS MorphOS

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    • Discontinued Development on VisualBoyAdvance stopped in 2004 with version 1.8.0 beta 3.
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    RetroArch

    What is RetroArch? RetroArch is a modular multi-system emulator system that is designed to be fast, lightweight, and portable. It has features few other emulators frontends have, such as real-time rewinding and game-aware shading. ...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud Android iPhone ... Blackberry iPad

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    Snes9x

    Snes9x is a portable, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) emulator. It allows you to play most games designed for the SNES and Super Famicom Nintendo game systems on your PC. Main Snes9x mirror:...

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    • Discontinued last update: April 25, 2011
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    Project64

    Project64 is a Nintendo 64 emulator for the Windows platform. It employs a plugin system that allows 3rd party developers to implement their own software. It is an emulator, meaning that the user has the option to run ROM files that...

    Open Source Windows

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    ePSXe

    ePSXe (enhanced PSX emulator) is an emulator of the PlayStation video game console for x86-based PC hardware. ePSXe makes use of a plugin system to emulate GPU, SPU, and CD drive functions, similar to the model first introduced in...

    Free Windows Linux Android Android Tablet

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    higan

    higan was formerly known as bsnes. The project was renamed after becoming a multi-system emulator. higan is a Nintendo multi-system emulator that began development on 2004-10-14. It currently supports the following systems: ...

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    Nestopia

    Nestopia is a NES emulator that was written in C++ and it is perfect for games requiring precise timing since it is very cycle-accurate. With support for an incredible amount of mappers. It also supports NSFs, the famicom disk system...

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    • Discontinued last version: 1.40: 21 June 2008
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    EmulationStation

    A graphical and themeable emulator front-end that allows you to access all your favorite games in one place, even without a keyboard!.

    Open Source Windows Linux Raspberry Pi

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  • Kega Fusion icon

    Kega Fusion

    Kega Fusion is an emulator for the Sega Genesis / Megadrive, Master System, Game Gear, 32x, SegaCD/MegaCD, SVP, Pico, SG-1000, SC-3000, and SF-7000 emulator for Win9x/ME/2000/XP/Vista/Win7, Mac OSX (Intel), and Linux.

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    • Discontinued last update: March 7, 2010
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    No$GBA

    NO$GBA is a Nintendo DS emulator for Microsoft Windows. It is capable of running commercial and homebrew Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS games, such as Pokémon Diamond which the latest version is able to run at full speed with no...

    Freemium Windows

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    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...

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    FCEUX

    FCEUX is a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Famicom, and Famicom Disk System (FDS) emulator. It supports both PAL (European) and NTSC (USA/JPN) modes. It supports both Windows and SDL versions for cross compatibility. The FCEUX...

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  • NESBox icon

    NESBox

    Nesbox Emulator is a multiplatform emulator of video consoles. You can play your favorite NES, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis and GameBoy Color/Advanced games on any computer working under Windows 8.1/RT/Phone or directly in the...

    Open Source Windows Windows RT Windows Phone Self-Hosted JavaScript Adobe Flash Player

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  • Snes9x EX icon

    Snes9x EX

    Snes9x EX is an SNES/Super Famicom emulator written in C++ for Android, iOS, WebOS and Linux. It uses the emulation backend from Snes9x and is built on top of the Imagine engine.

    Free Linux Android iPhone iPad

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    mGBA

    mGBA is an open source emulator of the Game Boy Advance. The goals are speed and accuracy.

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    Gens/GS

    Gens/GS is a version of Gens maintained by GerbilSoft. The main goal of Gens/GS is to clean up the source code and combine features from various forks of Gens, as well as improving portability to other platforms.

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    • Discontinued last version: r7: February 23, 2010
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    Yabause

    Yabause is a Sega Saturn emulator under the GNU GPL. It currently runs on FreeBSD, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Dreamcast, PSP and Wii. Yabause supports booting games using Saturn cds or iso files.

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    • Discontinued last official update: 2014-11-22
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  • PCSX-Reloaded icon

    PCSX-Reloaded

    PCSX-Reloaded is a PlayStation Emulator based on PCSX-df 1.9, with support for Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X as well as many bugfixes and improvements. Note: This project is affiliated with neither...

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    • Discontinued last update: Aug 26, 2013
  • 1964 icon

    1964

    1964 is a Nintendo 64 emulator for Microsoft Windows, written in C and released as free software. It is one of the oldest and most popular N64 emulators, supporting many commercial N64 games. With the right plugins, you can play...

    Open Source Windows

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    • Discontinued last update: August 17, 2012
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    GBA4iOS

    iOS: The popular Game Boy Advance emulator, GBA4iOS has been updated to version 2.0 and now works without requiring a jailbreak or any crazy workarounds. On top of GBA emulation, you'll also get support for Game Boy and Game Boy...

    Open Source iPhone iPad Bitbucket

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  • Gens icon

    Gens

    Gens is a Win9x based emulator for the SEGA Genesis/Mega-Drive/Sega-CD/ Mega-CD/32X systems, it allows you to play games developed for these classic SEGA 16bit game consoles on your x86 compatible PC. Gens is developed by...

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  • Regen icon

    Regen

    Regen is an accuracy focused emulator which can emulate the following Sega console and computer systems with very high degree of accuracy: Genesis/MegaDrive Master System Game Gear SC-3000 SG-1000 Support...

    Free Windows Linux

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    SSF

    SSF is a Sega Saturn emulator for Windows systems using DirectX 9.0c or higher. The current version claims near-complete implementation of the Saturn hardware, and can also emulate the Saturn-based Sega Titan Video arcade hardware.

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued Author's website not available.
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    UltraHLE

    UltraHLE was an emulator for the Nintendo 64. It was hailed as a massive step forward in emulation technology on its 1999 release. Emulating the N64 (which was only 3 years old at the time) made it the first of the N64 emulators to...

    Free Windows

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    • Discontinued last update: January 28, 1999
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    Basilisk II

    Basilisk II is an Open Source 68k Macintosh emulator. That is, it allows you to run 68k MacOS software on your computer, even if you are using a different operating system. However, you still need a copy of MacOS and a Macintosh ROM...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux AmigaOS MorphOS

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  • MD.Emu icon

    MD.Emu

    Advanced open-source Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega CD, and Master System/Mark III emulator.

    Commercial Android

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  • Cloud Emus icon

    Cloud Emus

    Cloud Emus is a mobile-first collection of emulators aimed at playing classic and retro game ROMs on iOS devices without jailbreak, sideloading, hacks, or other exploits to get the emulators working on the iPhones, iPods, and iPads.

    Free Web / Cloud

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    Mednafen

    Mednafen is a portable, utilizing OpenGL and SDL, argument(command-line)-driven multi-system emulator with many advanced features. The Atari Lynx, GameBoy (Color), GameBoy Advance, NES, PC Engine (TurboGrafx 16), SuperGrafx, Neo Geo...

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  • RetroBoxTV

    RetroBoxTV is an Android application that will help you organize and play your own Retro Games with the less possible effort. Put your collection in your device and RetroBoxTV will take care of the rest.

    Freemium Android

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    pSX

    PSX is an emulator of the PlayStation video game console for x86-based PC hardware. It is Windows and Linux compatible. The original game CDs can be used to play the games. ISO files are also supported. Graphics quality may be...

    Free Windows Linux

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    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 1.13, released on February 2008, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine.
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    puNES

    PuNES is a high accuracy NES emulator. In addition to the standard color pallettes used by most NES emulators, PuNES uses a color palette derived from an actual tv.

    Free Windows Linux

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  • Mini vMac icon

    Mini vMac

    The Mini vMac emulator collection allows modern computers to run software made for early Macintosh computers, the computers that Apple sold from 1984 to 1996 based upon Motorola's 680x0 microprocessors. The first member of this...

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  • PCE icon

    PCE

    PCE is a collection of microcomputer emulators. At the moment it contains three emulators: PCE/atarist is an Atari ST emulator. It emulates the various ST and Mega ST models. PCE/ibmpc is an IBM PC 5150 emulator. It emulates an...

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    BoycottAdvance

    BoycottAdvance is a free and portable emulator for the Nintendo Gameboy Advance handheld. Program is available on Windows, Macintosh, BeOS, Linux, FreeBSD and there is even a Java port, playable online.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud BSD Haiku

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    • Discontinued last update: September 27, 2008

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