Master system emulation

The Sega Master System is an 8-bit console originally produced by Sega, under the name Mark III, in 1985 in Japan, and later available in other parts of the world.

Photo of a Sega Master System (the first model)

Batocera uses two libretro cores to emulate this system:

  1. Picodrive
  2. Genesis plus GX

Picodrive is a very light and fast emulator, it should be used whenever possible on more limited hardware, however some games have notable issues, and switching to Genesis plus GX can correct them, the most common one being Picodrive does not support master system games using an actual save system originally.

  • Gauntlet : The HUD lags behind when the screen is scrolling
  • Golden Axe Warrior : The game uses a save system, which doesn't work and results in visual glitches in the save and load menus, as well as crashes when trying to load a game.
  • Phantasy Star : The game uses a save system, which doesn't work and results in visual glitches in the save and load menus, as well as crashes when trying to load a game.
  • Wonder Boy in Monster Land : Won't get past the title screen, and the title screen blinks.
  • Ys - the vanished Omens : The game uses a save system, which doesn't work and results in the start of the game being completely unplayable.
  • emulators/master_system.txt
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