Emulators are a valuable part of Android’s past. Emulators allowed gamers to play their favorite retro titles on mobile. It provided hours of entertainment for not that much money. Thankfully, there are a decent number of really good SNES emulators available to replay those classics like Chrono Trigger, Super Mario World, and Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Super Nintendo emulators have plateaued a bit. These are not only good, but extremely stable. Here are the best SNES emulators for Android! Don’t forget to pair it with one of the best Bluetooth controllers as well! Or double up on the nostalgia with a Bluetooth controller that looks like the old SNES controllers.
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John NESS is an SNES and NES emulator from John Emulators. This replaces the very popular John SNES and John NES apps. The good news is that it works amazingly well for both systems. You get cheats, good rendering quality, high compatibility, save states, customizable digital controls, turbo buttons, fast forward and slow down, and even hardware controller support along with cloud storage support. However, those who already purchased John SNES or John NES (or both) have to purchase the app a second time and that’s making some people upset. In any case, this is the current champion of the best SNES emulators for Android list. Thankfully, the app is also free with ads if you want to go that route.
Retroarch is a unique all-in-one emulator. It has support for a wide range of systems. The SNES is one of them. The app has a bit of a learning curve. Prepare to read their wiki to find some troubleshooting answers. It boasts on-screen controls, a high compatibility rate, and support for tons of systems. It’s also open source, free to use, and has no advertisements. It’s not half bad for what it is.
The Retro Box for SNES
The Retro Box for SNES is kind of the wild card SNES emulator on the list. It’s relatively new and unproven, but it worked okay in our testing. It works with only SFC files and has the usual array of features like save and load states. We only recommend this one if none of the other four work for you, but it is still an option for those who might need something different. We’re hoping this app gets better over time and becomes a more solid option.
Snes9x EX+ has been around for a long time. It’s been among the best SNES emulators pretty much since its release. It’s open source and has the basic features you’ll find in most SNES emulators. That includes save/load states, on-screen controls, support for .smc, .sfc, and zip files, and support for game pads. It looks a little old school, but works well on pretty much every device. It’s also completely free with no in-app purchases. That makes this a gem considering how great this developer’s other emulators are.
SuperRetro16 has gone by many names. However, it’s always been one of the most popular SNES emulators. This one boasts cloud storage support, support for multiple types of controllers, and the usual fair like save/load states, fast forward, and more. It also includes a variety of visual enhancements that tries to make the games look a little smoother. There isn’t another emulator on this list with as many features as this one. SuperRetro16 was removed from Google Play in mid-2019 for some sort of violation. It’s back now, but some people are angry that they have to pay for it a second time. Bad circumstances aside, it’s still a good emulator.
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