Play Sega Genesis Games on Windows 10

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Sega Genesis (Sega Mega Drive outside North America), the successor to the Sega Master System, is a 16-bit video game console that was released in 1989. For those of us old enough to have owned a Genesis console, or if you're a vintage game enthusiast who managed to pick one up, you'll know just how much fun the system is. Sega was one of the leaders in arcade game scene in the 90s, and the Genesis console was based on the very same hardware (Sega System 16 Board).

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If you never owned or didn't hang on to your Genesis console, all is not lost. Users can enjoy the system in all its glory by using a video game console emulator, directly on a Windows 10 PC. A gaming console emulator can emulate a console's hardware on a computing device (desktop, laptop, phone, tablet, etc.). Video game emulators run on what is known as ROM files, which are files that contain the data from game cartridges. ROM images are the digital versions of games and are necessary for game play with an emulator.

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In the following VisiHow guide, we're going to show how to play Sega Genesis games on a Windows 10 computer. For this article, we used a Clevo laptop and two Sega emulators; Fusion and Gens. Feel free to check out our tutorial on Playing NES Game on Android if you prefer to use your mobile device.

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Connect Microsoft One S Wireless Controller to Windows 10

To use an Xbox One controller wirelessly with your PC, you'll have to have the Anniversary update. You should also ensure that your controller is properly updated.

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    On your Xbox One controller, press the Xbox button for a couple of seconds to turn it on. Once on, the button will begin to flash slowly.
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    Next, press the Bind button for about three seconds. The Xbox button will now start flashing more rapidly.
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    On your Windows 10 machine, press the Windows key + X simultaneously.
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    When the Quick Link menu appears, click "Settings".
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    On the main Settings window, click "Devices".
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    With Bluetooth & other devices selected, first enable Bluetooth by toggling the switch. Next, click "Add Bluetooth or other device".
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    On the Add a device window, click "Bluetooth".
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    Once your Xbox controller is displayed on the Add a device window, select it.
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    Your PC will now pair with your controller, once it's connected, click "Done" to close the window.
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Play Sega Genesis using the Fusion Emulator

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    Open a web browser and visit the following link. When the page loads, click "Kega Fusion 3.64 Windows" under Downloads.
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    Once the archive is downloaded, click the Downloads icon in your browser to open the "Downloads" folder on your PC.
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    Locate the "Fusion346" archive, right-click it, then select "Extract Here".
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    With the archive extracted, go into the folder, right-click the "Fusion" application file, then select; Send to > Desktop (Create shortcut). You can leave Fusion in your Downloads folder if you prefer. We created a shortcut on our desktop for this demonstration.
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    Launch Fusion from either the desktop or the location/directory it was extracted to.
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    When Fusion opens, click "File", then select "Load Genesis / 32X ROM".
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    Navigate to the folder you store your ROM files, select one, then click "Open". Genesis ROM files will have an MD or SMD file extension.
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    To use your controller or gamepad, click "Options" from the main file menu, then click "Set Config...".
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    On the Fusion Configuration window, select the "Controllers" tab. Next, select; the port your controller is on (1 in our example), three or 6 button configuration, and your controller from the drop-down next to "Use". Click the "Define" button next t to your controller to set which keys do what.
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Play Sega Genesis using the Gens Emulator

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    Open a web browser, visit this link, then click on "Gens 2.14 win32 binary".
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    In your browser, click on the icon that opens your Downloads folder.
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    When your Downloads folder opens, right-click, then select New > Folder. Name the folder something related to the Gens emulator.
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    Next, copy the gens-win32-bin-2.14 archive to the clipboard, then paste it into the folder you just created.
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    With the gens archive in your new folder, right-click it, then select "Extract here".
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    To make things easier, we're going to create a desktop shortcut for Gens. Right-click the Gens application file, then select; Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).
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    Open Gens from either the desktop or the folder you extracted it to.
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    With Gens open, click "File", followed by "Open ROM".
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    Browse to the directory where your ROMs are located, select one, then click "Open". You may have to select "All Files" to see all your ROM images.
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    To add your controller, click "Options", followed by "Joypads...". Select your controller and either the three or six button layout, then define your buttons.
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