Sega Game Gear Emulators

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Matt James

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Game Gear emulators are much more preferable to playing on original hardware these days. Why’s that you ask? Well, going through 6 AA batteries every few hours and struggling to see the washed-out-looking screen in the daylight are two big enough reasons to maybe relive classic game gear games through emulation!

Aside from this, the Sega Game Gear was essentially a miniaturised Sega Master System in terms of its power, so for the time, it did actually pack quite the punch.

Check out the differences between the Game Gear games and the Master System versions using emulators recommended in this Sega Master System emulator guide.

Sega Game Gear Emulator For PC, Mac & Linux

Gearsystem is my favourite Sega Game Gear Emulator for PC, Mac & Linux without question. Not only does it emulate Sega’s 8-bit handheld, but also emulates the Master System & SG-1000, so is really all you need for Sega’s 8-bit systems.

Gearsystem is still under active development and is open source, so will likely continue to receive updates in the future.

This is such a comprehensive standalone emulator, even if you are a fan of some other Sega-orientated emulators, Gearsystem is just such a great all-rounder for its ability to emulate all the classic Sega 8-Bit systems. Its vast array of options and functionality really help it a must-have for fans of not just the Game Gear, but early Sega systems as a whole.

Sega Game Gear Emulator For PC, Mac & Linux
Sega Game Gear Emulator For PC, Mac & Linux – Gearsystem playing Earthworm Jim

Gearsystem Game Gear Emulation Features Include:

  • High accuracy Z80 CPU emulation
  • Region Auto Detection
  • Save States
  • Reads ROMs held in ZIP files
  • Debug Mode
  • Emulates multiple systems, the Sega Game Gear, Master System, Mark II & SG-1000
  • Available for multiple systems – PC, Mac & Linux

Sega Game Gear Emulator For Android

There are a few options out there for Android users, but I think the best way to play Game Gear games on your Android device is with RetroArch, using the ‘Genesis Plus GX’ core.

Sure, it’s another Sega core that runs many of Sega’s systems, but it has excellent performance as well as plenty of options to fiddle about with to get things set just how you want.

Sega Game Gear Emulator For Android
The Best Sega Game Gear Emulator For Android – RetroArch & Gensis Plus GX Core

The LCD ghosting filter which is built into this core is excellent, it mimics the ghosting effect of the original Game Gear hardware, which gives you a much more realistic account of what it was like to play on original hardware.

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