Games, you like them right? Want to relive the glory days of gaming on your tablet? Read on, dear friend, read on. Getting the best console games of yesteryear on your Android Honeycomb tablet is easier than you think. This is the beauty of Android – openness, freedom, and community collaboration. Follow the simple directions below, and watch the videos, and you should have your Honeycomb tablet playing your favorite games in no time – and with an actual controller, no less. Read on.
Well, we at Android Authority are all about good times. So much so in fact, that we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on how to relive the glory days of classic gaming with consoles like the SNES, N64, the original Playstation One, Gameboy, and more, on your Android phone or tablet. While this article is geared towards those with a tablet, the instructions will still work for you if you want to get things working on your Android phone too! Having an Android tablet will result in a better gaming experience, as you will be able to connect a USB controller, like the Playstation controller, or a XBOX controller, and get that nice tactile experience we have all come to know and love. Plus, more screen real-estate! Furthermore, if you decide to get an HDMI cable involved in the setup, well then you’ve got a totally portable gaming solution that will work on the big screen too.
1. Why is this cool?
First off – are you kidding? This alone is worth buying an Android tablet over an iPad, in this writers opinion. Emulators have the power to bring you back to a simpler time, a time of pixelated 8 bit goodness, where button mashing techniques returned loyal players higher scores. Android devices are almost all at the level that they can handle most PSX and N64 games now, and it’s not that hard to set up. Still, having tried a ton of emulators in the market, I have to say I wasn’t interested in them until now. Why? Simply because with my new Android tablet, and the Android 3.1 update, I can connect a USB controller, to free up screen real estate, and get my old-school gamer on. Another little awesome secret is that your Android tablet will, in all likelihood, charge your USB controller, which is always nice to have.
Things you will need:
How to get Playstation 3 controller working on your Android tablet
How to get Xbox 360 controller working on your Android tablet
How to get Playstation Emulator working well
SNESoid overview for Android Honeycomb
n64oid overview for Android Honeycomb
As with all emulators and ROMs, we expect that you own the console and the game itself. You also need to download BIOS file in order to get the Playstation emulator working, and you will find the link below.
Also, there’s a ton of emulators to be found, all created by the same developer that had his emulators pulled off the Android Market, and they can all be found here
Just head on over to Emuparadise and find the ROMS for your platform of choice! We highly recommend you create a separate directory to store them in, as it makes finding them much easier, and it’s nice to have them all in one place.
Remember, Google pulled the emulators from the market. As such, we just wanted to reinforce that that emulators are not easy to build, and very few developers can do what Yongzh has done. We suggest that if you are enjoying reliving the glory days of gaming on your console of choice on your Android phone or tablet, that you make a small donation to Yongzh to show your appreciation. After the emulators were pulled, he didn’t have to go and upload them to Slideme.org, but he did. This is a very nice gesture of good will, so we hope you return the favor.
Also, we are not responsible for any legal matters, any problems you have, and you do this all at your own risk. We fully expect you already own the games and consoles whose experience you are trying to recreate on your Android honeycomb tablet.
A big thank you goes out to SleeplessNinja for creating these awesome videos! Check out his site, it’s a real treasure chest for those looking to get the most out of their Android Honeycomb tablet, plus he’s got a ton of great videos.
What Android Honeycomb Tablet do you want to try this on? It will work on any of them, as long as they have Android 3.1 on board. Anyone excited? Going to give this a try? Let us know!