9 best emulators for Android

November 13, 2013
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    Best emulators for Android
    Older consoles are an endearing and memorable part of a lot of childhoods. Not only were they bastions for gaming graphics and pushing the envelopes of their day, but they also had some of the best video games of all time. Even today you can find games on these consoles sprinkled among best-of lists of nearly every genre. So can we play these games on Android? You bet we can and in this list we’ll look at the best emulators for their respective consoles.

    DraStic DS Emulator - best emulators for AndroidDraStic DS Emulator

    [Price: $7.99]
    First on our list is DraStic and it is the best Nintendo DS emulator out there. It isn’t totally complete just yet, but in terms of features, smooth game play, and ROM compatiblity, this is about as good as you can get. It supports a huge number of games and has good controls and menu options. Get it on Google PlayIt’s a tad pricy at $7.99 but for the chance to play some of the Nintendo DS classics, it’s worth every penny. Click the button to check it out!
    DraStic DS Emulator - best emulators for Android

    FPse - best emulators for AndroidFPse for Android

    [Price: $3.63]
    It’s always been hotly debated on which PlayStation emulator was the best. Many say that ePSXe is the best but if you want full control, all the options, and the best overall experience, FPse wins out. It has an amazing ROM compatibility and more options Get it on Google Playand tweaks than you can shake a controller at. The only downside is the app is definitely not simple. Using it requires a slight learning curve but once you get around the app, it’s the best out there.
    FPse - best emulators for Android

    John GBC - best emulators for AndroidJohn GBC (GBC Emulator)

    [Price: $3.49]
    If you were more of a handheld console person, there are some great emulators out there for you too. To start, John GBC which is a Game Boy and Game Boy Color emulator. It’s highly rated, stable, and has the best ROM compatibility. Included is fast forward control, Get it on Google Playturbo buttons, and cheats are enabled. Reviewers have stated the emulator is quick and has virtually no outstanding problems. If you liked the GBA era, this is the emulator for you.
    John GBC - best emulators for Android

    My Boy! - GBA Emulator - best emulators for AndroidMy Boy! – GBA Emulator

    [Price: $4.99]
    In terms of pure Google Play ratings, My Boy is the highest rated on the list. It’s incredibly stable with great compatibility and a lot of options. This includes the fast forward control so you can speed through slow parts of the game. This is a great feature for RPG players Get it on Google Playbecause it makes level grinding very quick. It looks good, is customizable, and worth every penny if you’re fan of Game Boy Advance games.
    My Boy! - GBA Emulator - best emulators for Android

    Nostalgia.NES - best emulators for AndroidNostalgia.NES Pro

    [Price: $3.99]
    None of us will ever forget the days of the original Mario Bros video games. Now, you can relive those days with a good NES emulator and our pick was Nostalgia.NES. As with the rest of these, this has the prerequisite stability and ROM compatibility needed to be here. It also includes some awesome Get it on Google Playfeatures like virtual controller customization and the rewind function. The rewind function lets you rewind a few seconds of game play so you can try it again. If you want to try it out, the button is right there.
    Nostalgia.NES - best emulators for Android

    PPSSPP - best emulators for AndroidPPSSPP – PSP emulator

    [Price: $5.99]
    The PSP emulator market is fairly skim but there is one that’s separated itself from the pack and that’s PPSSPP. It’s not as polished as some of these but PSP is also a less popular console than a Super Nintendo or a Sony PlayStation so it’s expected that development would take longer. That said, it does Get it on Google Playhave an above average ROM compatibility and it works on a lot more devices than most of the others. It’s far from perfect but they are working hard on it. If you like PSP games, this is the one you’ll want to try out.
    PPSSPP - best emulators for Android

    Sega Emulator GENDroid - best emulators for androidSega Emulator – GENDroid

    [Price: $5.99]
    Sega as a console company are dead and gone but their best days will be fondly remembered by every Sonic the Hedgehog fan out there. A great way to get back into it is to get a Sega emulator and our recommendation is GENDroid’s option. It’s a little complicated and the options are Get it on Google Playa little rough to navigate, but it does actually play Sega games and at the end of the day, that is what’s important. Also, it’s one of the few free options on the list, so there is that.
    Sega Emulator GENDroid - best emulators for android

    SuperGNES - best emulators for AndroidSuperGNES (SNES Emulator)

    [Price: $3.99]
    Super Nintendo is generally heralded as one of the best consoles of all time. It had a range of games from shooters to action/adventure games and one of the healthiest RPG selections ever. Even though games are bigger and more beautiful than ever, you’d be hard pressed to find a gamer who doesn’t like to pop open Super Metroid, Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy 3, or Chrono Trigger every once in awhile. For an emulator, Get it on Google Playwe recommend SuperGNES. It’s solid and stable with a plethora of options and customizations. It’ll even go find the game art for your ROMs so you can select like you do with music.
    SuperGNES - best emulators for Android

    SuperN64 - best emulators for AndroidSuperN64 (N64 Emulator)

    [Price: Free]
    When this game was released, it actually made our trending apps of the week list and for good reason. The emulator crowd on Android was begging for a functioning N64 emulator and they finally got one. Get it on Google PlayIt’s not perfect and there are some minor graphical glitches here and there, but it’s the most complete N64 emulator you can get right now. Also, it’s free and free stuff is awesome.
    SuperN64 - best emulators for Android

    Best emulator for Android wrap-up

    Emulators are funny things. Sometimes they work flawlessly and sometimes they just don’t. Years ago, the Super Nintendo emulators used to work fine except for games like Super Mario RPG. Now, problems like that are in the past. The emulator space is far from perfect but the developers seem to be working hard to let everyone play their old favorites once again. These things are also pretty difficult to find in the Play Store. If we happened to miss one and you want to tell us about it, feel free to do so in the comments below.


    • Rickrau5

      Mupen64 AE gets my vote.. 3 video plungins plus external Gamepad support and Hi-res texture pack support…

      • JosephHindy

        SuperN64 is built on top of Mupen64 ;) so it should have at least some of those features too.

        • Rickrau5

          Ah it looks like superN64 is just a relabled Mupen64 AE (android edition). I would suggest downloading the real one for the latest updates..

          • JosephHindy

            That’s an over simplification. It’s not just a copy, it’s been worked on and optimized :D

            • me

              Super n64 just turned ad-based, super annoying, and I get better performance from mupen, too

            • adama

              My antivirus reads SuperN64 as having malware. Mupen passes it fine.

            • WeActOnImpulse

              There is no such thing as malware on Android because Android software can’t cause damage to the device without root access, which very few people have. The worst you can get is adware.
              My Antivirus and security (Lookout Mobile Security) returned SuperN64 as clean. Either your Antivirus is a fake (which it most likely is) or you’re just lying to get your opinion across (also possible.)
              Edit: perhaps this is your Antivirus? http://mobile.theverge.com/2014/4/8/5594196/another-bogus-android-app-briefly-tops-google-play-charts

            • em0rox

              Every single thing I own is rooted…

            • WeActOnImpulse

              Well you would still have to grant root access to the app. Just because the phone is rooted doesn’t mean every app automatically has access to root as well. That is why supersu exists: to keep apps away from your root.

    • Fakhruddin Fakhrul

      the only reason for me to get an emulator is because of pokemon. nuff said

      • Zaria

        That’s an over simplification. It’s not just a copy, it’s been worked on and optimized :D

      • Niggerly Von Niggerton

        What about portable Tekken?

    • lambo

      For me PPSSPP is the best emulator because
      1. It’s free.
      2. It supports my Tegra2 phone quite well.
      3. It runs Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 perfectly :)

      The second best emulator is ePSXe (android) because
      1. It’s simple & easy to set up.
      2. It runs Time Crisis 1 & Project Titan very well :)

      Sadly, Drastic DS didn’t work on Tegra devices… ugh… *sob* >,<

      • Meloboi

        How come I was able to play Pokemon Black 2 on Drastic..? com,on man..!

    • zebastianviden

      Frodo C64 for those who grew up with a Commodore 64. There are some alternatives on Play.

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      • Dman

        I just discovered JNES and it’s the best NES emulator I’ve encountered thus far!!!

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    • James Houston

      I’d have to go with the ‘John NES’ for emulating NES games. And the ‘GBC A.D.’ for Gameboy games. But I agree with anything else mentioned in the list.

    • Edward

      for GBA i prefer Gameboid over myBoy
      well, many people will not even found it on playstore since it had been removed
      i think Gameboid is better than myBoy since it’s easy to use and it can not only fast forward the game till 4X it can even slow the game down to 0.5X which is really help while playing castlevania series

      • JJLaw

        Myboy can do that too

        • fcolvera

          Yeah HisBoy can do that too!

        • Non-Specific Action Figure

          Since its removal from the Android Marketplace (as it was called at the time), Gameboid has been made completely free on the developer’s website.

          MyBoy is $4.99.

          For the featureset, I’d go with Gameboid over MyBoy any day.

    • trevor

      Just saying, i have the emulators nesoid, snesoid, gbcoid, gbaoid, and n64oid. Not only were they all FREE, but they have just as much fuctionality, compatibility, smooth gameplay as the others. N64oid is actually better than those on the playstore, with better framerates and higher compatibility. Come on, man. Do research, dont just go off of google playstore ratings…..

      • C Butler

        N64oid IS Mupen 64. Come on, man. Do research.

        • Roet-Ivar

          Sure, if you want worse performance and more graphical glitches, go for Mupen. If not, go for N64oid (which indeed is an optimized version of Mupen).

      • MrMiketheripper

        I couldn’t get full compatibility with my Xbox controller on N64oid so I dropped it in favor of CoolN64 which I believe is based off SuperN64 and Mupen. However for my phone where I don’t use a controller, I use the -oids and they’re perfect.

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    • theforsaken7

      My old boy is a GBC emulator made by the same people who made my boy, Ifyou like my boy you will love my old boy

    • John

      N64oid has much smoother graphics and sound when playing Majora’s Mask than SuperN64 and Mupen64 Plus AE. There’s no flickering or missing textures. The sound is a little choppy when entering new areas but it’s much better than the other emulators. N64oid 2.7 is available on SlideMe Marketplace for $5. I haven’t seen the app update in over a year I don’t think but it works good and it’s the best in my opinion.

    • Roet-Ivar

      I¨m still looking for a great NES emulator that runs Double Dragon II smoothly. I love that game and if I can´t deliver those crouching knees the emulator is a no-no :(

    • http://gamesemulation.blogspot.com.br/ Saulo Vitor

      This is how I would make my list for Nintendo Emulators:

      GB+GBC – GBCoid
      SNES – SNESoid
      N64 – N64oid
      GBA – My Boy! GBA Emulator
      NES – NESoid