MD.emu Sega CD Compatibility


The first emulator I tried on the Ouya was PCE.emu. Its CD compatibility so far has been perfect. Every game in my TG16/PC Engine CD colllection works and losing the early 90s CD drive load times has been very welcome. The Sega equivalent, MD.emu, has been a bit more spotty. It is based on Genesis Plus which advertizes 100% compatibility so I don't know if the CD compatibility is different on other source ports. From poking around random Android emulation forums I've confirmed that my CD compatibility is consistent with what others have experienced.

This is limited to games I actually own. In my last article I noted that MD.emu is picky about how Sega CD games are ripped so I can't trust that ones from another source were done in a compatible way. I'm not remotely close to owning a complete Sega CD collection but I think this is a good enough sampling to represent what works & what doesn't. I also didn't play any of these games all the way through but went far enough to find any catastrophic issues.


Fully Compatible

Afterburner III

Afterburner III

Afterburner III

No issues.

AH3 Thunderstrike

AH3 Thunderstrike

AH3 Thunderstrike

No issues.

Bill Walsh College Football

Bill Walsh College Football

Bill Walsh College Football

No issues.


Bouncers

Bouncers

Bouncers

No issues.

Chuck Rock 2

Chuck Rock 2

Chuck Rock 2

No issues.

Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia

Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia

Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia

No issues.


Demolition Man

Demolition Man

Demolition Man

No issues.

Dune

Dune

Dune

No issues.

Dungeon Explorer

Dungeon Explorer

Dunegon Explorer

No issues.


ESPN National Hockey Night

ESPN National Hockey Night

ESPN National Hockey Night

No issues.

ESPN NBA Hangtime

ESPN NBA Hangtime

ESPN NBA Hangtime

No issues.

Eternal Champions

Eternal Champions

Eternal Champions

No issues.


Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder

Eye of the Beholder

No issues.

Flashback

Flashback

Flashback

No issues.

Ground Zero Texas

Ground Zero Texas

Ground Zero Texas

No issues.


Heimdall

Heimdall

Heimdall

No issues.

Hook

Hook

Hook

No issues.

Iron Helix

Iron Helix

Iron Helix

No issues.


Jaguar XJ220

Jaguar XJ220

Jaguar XJ220

No issues.

Jeopardy!

Jeopardy!

Jeopardy!

No issues

Joe Montana's NFL Football

Joe Montana's NFL Football

Joe Montana's NFL Football

No issues.


Lunar: The Silver Star

Lunar: The Silver Star

Lunar: The Silver Star

No issues.

Mansion of Hidden Souls

Mansion of Hidden Souls

Mansion of Hidden Souls

No issues.

Midnight Raiders

Midnight Raiders

Midnight Raiders

No issues.


NBA Jam

NBA Jam

NBA Jam

No issues.

Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors

Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors

Penn & Teller's Smoke and Mirrors

OK, I obviously didn't rip this one. This is the version that leaked to the internet a few years ago. Everything works fine in MD.emu.

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure

Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure

No issues.


Racing Aces

Racing Aces

Racing Aces

Title screen was funky but it played fine.

RDF Global Conflict

RDF Global Conflict

RDF Global Conflict

No issues.

Rise of the Dragon

Rise of the Dragon

Rise of the Dragon

No issues.


Robo Aleste

Robo Aleste

Robo Aleste

No issues.

Samurai Shodown

Samurai Shodown

Samurai Shodown

No issues.

Shining Force CD

Shining Force CD

Shining Force CD

No issues, although I got bored before getting to any actual gameplay. Apologies to all the die-hard fans of this series.


Sonic CD

Sonic CD

Sonic CD

No issues.

Spider-Man vs Kingpin

Spider-Man vs Kingpin

Spider-Man vs Kingpin

No issues.

Star Wars: Rebel Assault

Star Wars: Rebel Assault

Star Wars: Rebel Assault

No issues.


Stellar Fire

Stellar Fire

Stellar Fire

No issues.

Surgical Strike

Surgical Strike

Surgical Strike

No issues.

The Animals

The Animals

The Animals

No issues.


Third World War

Third World War

Third World War

No issues.

Wirehead

Wirehead

Wirehead

No issues.

Wonder Dog

Wonder Dog

Wonder Dog

No issues.


Partially Compatible

Crime Patrol

Crime Patrol

Crime Patrol

Plays fine, loud static noises instead of some sound effects.

Ecco the Dolphin

Ecco the Dolphin

Ecco the Dolphin

Graphical glitches but playable.

Ecco the Tides of Time

Ecco the Tides of Time

Ecco the Tides of Time

Graphical glitches but playable.


FIFA International Soccer

FIFA International Soccer

FIFA International Soccer

Graphical glitches but playable.

Mad Dog McCree

Mad Dog McCree

Mad Dog McCree

Plays fine, loud static noises instead of some sound effects.

Marky Mark n' Da Funky Bunch Make My Video

Marky Mark n' Da Funky Bunch Make My Video

Marky Mark n' Da Funky Bunch Make My Video

Choppy video and audio but playable.


Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia

Prince of Persia

Plays fine, horrible static throughout game so you need to mute it.

Sega Classics 5-in-1

Sega Classics 5-in-1

Sega Classics 5-in-1

Revenge of Shinobi doesn't start.

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective

All the scenes stop playing after a few seconds but the game itself can be continued by pressing any button.


Soul Star

Soul Star

Soul Star

Graphical glitches but playable.

Star Wars Chess

Star Wars Chess

Star Wars Chess

The battles scenes have distorted graphics and freeze, if you cancel them before they start the game is otherwise fine.

 


Not Compatible

Black Hole Assault

Black Hole Assault

Black Hole Assault

Opening cinema plays, game freezes before a fight starts.

Chuck Rock

Chuck Rock

Chuck Rock

Severe graphical glitches, unplayable.

Double Switch

Double Switch

Freezes on blank screen after Sega logo.


ESPN Sunday Night NFL

ESPN Sunday Night NFL

ESPN Sunday Night NFL

Severe graphical glitches, unplayable.

Kids on Site

Kids on Site

Freezes on Sega logo.

Lunar: Eternal Blue

Lunar: Eternal Blue

Freezes at Working Designs logo with the first few seconds of music looping.


Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

Freezes on blank screen after opening cinema.

Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat

Game freezes after opening cinema, trying to skip it also freezes.

NFL Trivia

NFL Trivia

NFL Trivia

On the menu screen the first few seconds of music loops endlessly and input doesn't register.


NFL's Greatest: San Francisco vs. Dallas

NFL's Greatest: San Francisco vs. Dallas

NFL's Greatest: San Francisco vs. Dallas

Freezes after opening kickoff.

NHL '94

NHL '94

Freezes on blank screen after Sega logo.

Panic

Panic

Freezes on blank screen after Sega logo.


Panic

Panic

Freezes on blank screen after Sega logo

Power Monger

Power Monger

Freezes on Sega logo.

Silpheed

Silpheed

Silpheed

Freezes after opening cinema.


The Secret of Monkey Island

The Secret of Monkey Island

Either I completely forgot how to play this game or the controls don't work.

Vay

Vay

Vay

Opening cinema played fine, game froze during the first dialog.

Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune

Wheel of Fortune

Froze when it was time to spin the titular wheel.


The Adventures of Willy Beamish

The Adventures of Willy Beamish

The Adventures of Willy Beamish

Severe graphical glitches, unplayable.

WWF Rage in the Cage

WWF Rage in the Cage

WWF Rage in the Cage

Freezes when loading a match.