Though the life cycle of the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive ended in 2002 (with the publication of the last licensed game), the console continues to be popular among fans, collectors, lovers of game music, the developers of the emulators and many others. Also third-party companies produced officially licensed replica of the consoles and there are several developers of new games for this system.
Emulator BlastEm uses algorithms providing the most accurate emulation of the 68000/68k (CISC family of microprocessors used in game consoles Genesis/Genesis II / Mega Drive/Mega Drive II) supports the acceleration and deceleration emulation (game speed), saving the game state etc...
BlastEm consumes minimum system resources (acceptable quality emulation), supported the launch of the Sega most ROM files (ROM images, copies of cartridge/disc games), in formats *.rom/*.smd (including in the archives *.gzip/*.bzip2). Control the game process can be carried out using gaming devices (joysticks, gamepads, etc) or keyboard.
Installation latest version into Linux Mint:
I found one site where a large collection of games "coolrom.com". Just download and open in the emulator. Here's how it turned out on my example game - Sonic
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hda-me/blastem sudo apt-get update sudo apt install blastem
May the Force be with you,