best SNES emulators for AndroidEmulators 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.

For the time being, SuperRetro16, a mainstay on this list, was booted from the Play Store for some sort of Google Play policy violation. The developers do plan on releasing a Google Play-compliant version sometime in the near future. You can follow the developers on Twitter for updates. We will update the article when SuperRetro16 comes back. You may also see other articles that try to list like 15 of these bad boys. In reality, there are only about five unique products. The rest are open source rip offs of Snes9x with a bunch of ads piled in. We don’t recommend anything other than these five for now.


Emulator for SNES

Price: Free (with ads)
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Emulator for SNES is a super basic, free emulator with advertising. You get the basics, including decent compatibility, auto-detection of games, cheat codes, support for game controllers, and more. It also boasts effect shaders although we didn't try those. The emulator has some bugs and it seems to either work perfectly fine or not at all. Your experience may vary. To be frank, we only recommend this one as a last ditch effort in case one of the others on the list don't work. It's only just okay.
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Emulator for SNES

John NESS

Price: Free / Up to $4.49
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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.
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John NESS

RetroArch

Price: Free
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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.
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Snes9x EX+

Price: Free
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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.
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Snes9x EX+

SuperRetro16 (SNES emulator)

Price: Free / $1.99
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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. That can be great if you're looking for that. However, those who want a less bloated experience may want to try a different one. At the time of this writing, SuperRetro16 isn't on the Play Store. We're not sure if this is permanent or temporary, so we'll leave this entry here with a link to the developer page on Google Play. We will update this article when we learn more.
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