Higan emulator began its own development as bsnes in 2004. First it was created as a SNES emulator ( Super Nintendo platform), then the project grew to multi-system and has plural features and can emulate different devices.

Since 2012 bsnes project was renamed to higan, which concentrates attention on multi-system purpose. Currently it is growing and continues development as an open source project on Github. Higan heading by direction to uncompromising accuracy and trying to provide the best emulation of the target devices.

Higan has a unique user interface which provides one of the most accurate emulations possible, but as minus has a higher level to understand how to use it, if compared to different traditional emulator programs.

Higan currently can emulate following devices:

  • Famicom and Famicom Disk System
  • Super Famicom
  • Game Boy 
  • Game Boy Color
  • Super Game Boy
  • Game Boy Advance 
  • Game Boy Player
  • SG-1000 / SC-3000
  • Sega Mega Drive 
  • Sega Mega CD
  • Master System
  • Game Gear
  • PC Engine 
  • PC Engine CD
  • SuperGrafx
  • MSX / MSX2
  • ColecoVision
  • Neo Geo Pocket / Neo Geo Pocket Color
  • WonderSwan / WonderSwan Color / SwanCrystal / Pocket Challenge V2


  • audio filtering
  • games database
  • debugger
  • multi-platform UI
  • adaptive sync
  • dynamic rate control
  • Save game states
  • color grading