Last Updated on: 23rd December 2023, 11:53 am

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Category: Emulators
Platform: AmigaOS, Linux, BSD, OS X, UNIX-like, Windows
License: GNU GPL
Interface: CLI
Wikipedia: Multi Emulator Super System
First release: 1998

MESS (Multi Emulator Super System) – a part of the MAME project. MAME is a source-available project which documents the hardware for a wide variety of (mostly vintage) arcade machines, computers, video game consoles, and calculators through software emulation.

As a nice side effect to this documentation, MAME allows software and games for these hardware platforms to be run on modern PCs. Prior to version 0.162 (May 2015), MAME only supported arcade machines, and MESS was a separate emulator for all other types of systems, built on the same code base, although there has been increasingly close cooperation between the teams for many years.

As of version 0.163, MESS supports 1,081 unique systems with 2,199 total system variations and is growing all the time (you can find a complete list of the supported systems here). However, not all of the systems in MESS are fully functional.

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