blueMSX ColecoVision emulator

blueMSX ColecoVision emulator with Classic theme.It's name suggests that it's only an MSX emulator, but it also emulates the ColecoVision console. Makes sense, as the ColecoVision uses the same CPU as the MSX. Although not updated recently, the latest version of the blueMSX emulator is suitable for Windows 11 or Windows 10 operating systems.

  • Latest version 2.8.2 (14 aug 2009)
  • Works on Windows 11, Windows 10 or older (32 and 64 bits)
  • Emulates ColecoVision, as well as MSX, MSX2 and MSX2+ machines and certain SEGA computers
  • Supports several file formats like .COL, .DSK, .CAS, and .ROM files (either zipped with zip or unzipped).
  • Project website

Play ColecoVision games with blueMSX on Windows 11 and Windows 10

So, what to do to play ColecoVision games such as Tournament Tennis with blueMSX?

  • Download blueMSX (zip file without installer,
  • Copy the contents of the zip file to an empty folder of choice
  • Create a folder "Games" in the folder where you've copied the blueMSX files
  • Search for a ColecoVision game, for example Tournament Tennis
  • Copy the contents of the archive file to the games folder you've created

  • Start blueMSX by double clicking the blueMSX.exe file
  • Choose correct machine to emulate at Options - Emulation - General section (in this case COL - ColecoVision)
  • Load a game file with File - Cartridge Slot 1 - Insert and choose your game

Configure the controllers

The ColecoVision was a great console, but it's controllers were terrible. The good news is that you can configure the controller buttons with blueMSX as you like.

  • Click on Tools - Input editor. A ColecoVision controller will appear.
  • Click on the joystick, primary or secondary fire button or one of the numeric buttons and press a key on your keyboard that you would like to use.

When a game doesn't start

It's possible that you're trying to insert your virtual rom or disk into the wrong virtual machine.

  • Change to the COL - ColecoVision machine at Options - Emulation - General section
  • If the right file is loaded, press F9 to start it