The emulators’ world has been around for many years; not everyone is willing to spend money on video games and often prefer to play old games from their computers or smartphones. In Android, you have been lucky to be able to run many of them for years.
Today we bring you the best console emulators for Android, from Nes to PSP consoles, we will try to cover every console that can be played on Android devices.
ClassicBoy is one of the best emulators for Android. It supports several consoles, including PSone, N64, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Classic and Color, and some others.
Most of them work correctly well. It also supports saving states, loading states, hardware command compatibility, and gesture support. The free version has some missing features, while the pro (paid) version packages all the functions of the emulator.
Matsu PSX Emulator
Matsu PSX Emulator is one of the most potent emulators for Android. It has several emulators in one, including PSOne, SNES, NES, GBA, GBC, WSC, PCE, Game Gear, and Mega Drive. It is one of the few emulators with so many popular console systems. The emulator also has support for cheat codes, personalization settings, fast forward functionality and support for external controllers. The free version contains ads.
DraStic DS Emulator
DraStic DS Emulator is the best Nintendo DS emulators. It has essential features such as saving and loading states together with virtual controllers.
You can also customize the top, and bottom DS screens and sync saved games through Google Drive. It also has support for hardware keyboards. However, the best feature is stability. Most game ROMs work perfectly well with very few errors. And although it doesn’t have a free version to test, the price of the emulator has dropped considerably over the years.
ePSXe for Android
ePSXe is one of the most popular PlayStation emulators for Android. This emulator focuses mainly on simplicity and will work well most of the time without having to configure its settings. It is compatible with most PSX games, and if you already use the PC version, you can share files using memory cards. It’s easy to use: you only have to load an ISO image of a PSX rom, and you will be ready to play. It also has excellent virtual keyboard customization, hardware keyboard support, and the usual features such as saving and loading states.
FPse for Android devices
FPse is the second popular PlayStation emulators. This emulator is more focused on deep personalization. There are a lot of settings, add-ons, and other settings. You can make the graphics look better, set the frame rates and improve several other things. It also has the usual features, including hardware control support. Like ePSXe, it is relatively inexpensive, with no additional purchases in the app. However, there is no free version either.
MegaN64 (N64 Emulator)
MegaN64 is one of the most stable and popular Nintendo64 (N64) emulators for Android. It uses the open code of Mupen64, and taking into account that Mupen64 is the only open source N64 emulator, the experience doesn’t differ so much from the original. MegaN64 takes Mipen64 and adds a bit of optimization for performance and compatibility with some devices. Like most emulators, some roms don’t work, and occasional graphics glitches can occur. It’s free, but it also contains ads.
Mupen64+AE FREE (N64 Emulator)
Mupen64 is the N64 emulator from which all the other N64 emulators come. It presents the essential features, such as saving states and loading states. It also has surface support for hardware controls. The emulator still needs some work, but many ROMs work perfectly fine. The emulator can be downloaded and used aren’t free. The pro version is an optional purchase to support the developer.
My Boy! Free - GBA Emulator
MyBoy is an emulator for Game Boy Advance. This one is among the best GBA emulators for Android. Some of the features include save/load status, fast forward mode, cheat codes, sync saves with Google Drive and much more. It even allows multiplayer mode, using Bluetooth instead of the old Nintendo link cable system. The free version comes with ads within the app and lacks some features available in the pro versions.
Nostalgia.NES (NES Emulator)
The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is remembered fondly by many players, and this emulator helps you relive some of those classic moments of video games. You can customize the controller, save games and even rewind the action. There is also a WiFi driver mode if you have an additional phone. Unfortunately, you’ll need to be online and see the ads if you want to take advantage of all those features.
PPSSPP - PSP emulator
PPSSPP is, without a doubt, the best PSP emulator in the market. It offers the best stability, the best Roms compatibility and the best features of any of the other PSP emulators. You can use it to enjoy free homebrew games or download your PSP games in .iso or .cso. You can even share saved games from your PSP. Also, the emulator includes the usual series of features for an emulator. It is a work that is still in progress, and therefore, it is possible that some games aren’t fully playable, even with the latest devices. However, it is good enough for most things. You can try it for free before buying the pro version.
RetroArch is one of the most exceptional multi-platform emulators that you can install on your Android device. It can emulate a lot of different consoles: NES, SNES, PlayStation, Sega Genesis, N64, and much more. The application itself is the emulator. People download the kernels that run inside the app. Each core is a different console. It’s a little hard to master at the beginning. However, most emulator cores work exceptionally well. This is an excellent app for those who like to emulate multiple consoles without downloading a lot of applications. It is also completely free, with many features included.
If you want to play a fast Super Mario World or immerse yourself in one of the epic titles of Final Fantasy in the SNES, SNES9x EX + is your entry into the world of nostalgia. The SNES9X EX + is compatible with a Bluetooth keyboard and gamepad and allows you to play with up to five different players through gamepads simultaneously. This free emulator is open source and runs most titles without problems. However, you will need an Android device with at least a 1GHz processor (which is not a problem nowadays). It comes with the Bio Worm game included, and you can add ROMs to your internal storage or SD card as long as the games are in .smc or .sfc format. This app doesn’t have ads.
Anyone who wants to go to the time when the arcades were common, you have to take a look at MAME4Droid. If so, consider MAME4droid, an emulator that supports a wide range of arcade titles. With the ability to use the iCade and iCP iCO external controls and even the Nintendo Wii Wiimote, MAME4droid allows you to take full control of your favorite arcade games in a whole new way. MAME is the abbreviation of Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator, and this version for Android is compatible with more than 8,000 different ROMs. For the most demanding games, you will need decent hardware (and you may still have performance problems).
MD.emu is probably the best solution available for those who want to emulate the Sega Genesis console on Android. This is an open source project on which most other emulators are based. It works with the Genesis/Mega Drive games as well as the Sega CD and Master System/Mark III games. This makes it the most versatile Sega console emulator in the market. It also has a long list of additional features, including support for hardware controllers, support for cheat codes, auto-save, and support for various controller settings. If you are a fan of the Sega consoles, this is the emulator we recommend since it seems to be the most stable of all.
GENPlusDroid (Sega Genesis)
This Sega Genesis open source emulator is compatible with the frenetic game action of the Sega Master System and the Mega Drive. It’s free, but you’ll find some ads on the main menu. It seems to work quite well, and it supports some controls. The app offers a lot of options to personalize the experience and is aimed at expert Android users. We were impressed by the depth of the video and audio options. However, we noticed performance problems (stuttering) when running the games.
Who can resist the action of the old school of Atari? This Atari 2600 emulator is open source and works well on most Android smartphones. You will need ROMs in .a26 or .bin format, and the compressed files will work correctly. It also supports saving states and some controllers via Bluetooth. Probably the only bad thing (although very annoying) about the 2600 is that it often plays ads and can ruin your gaming experience at times.
This is a DOS emulator that will run your classic DOS and Windows games on your Android. It is optimized and runs at high speed, but you are likely to encounter occasional failures. It occupies at least 50+ MB of storage space and a minimum of 256 MB of RAM to run, but if you have a powerful device, you can run MS-DOS, Windows 95 and Windows 98 games. It also has complete mouse emulation, keyboard, and joystick, as well as a host of other functions (including LAN compatibility), which makes it the best app available in the Play Store to emulate classic PC games.
You will enjoy a solid emulation of NES games with this application. It also emulates the old Zapper gun and some other peripherals. It will read ROMs compressed in .nes or .unf format and can process files.fds with a Famicon BIOS. It has support for fast saves, configurable controls, and backup memory. It even can use your favorite Bluetooth / USB gamepad with your device. And thanks to its ease of use, you’ll be playing all your favorite NES titles in the blink of an eye.
SuperRetro16 Lite (SNES Emulator)
SuperRetro16 is one of the best SNES emulators. Over the years it underwent a series of name changes, however, to this day it remains reliable. It works for practically all the SNES ROMs you can find. There are also a lot of features, including fast forward, saved games in the cloud and lots of graphics and audio settings. This SNES emulator automatically detects your ROMs. You can also use several controllers, play in multiplayer mode through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and streaming your games to Android TV or Chromecast devices.
VGB - GameBoy (GBC) Emulator
If you want to relive the times when you spent hours on your GameBoy with your Android, this emulator covers the GameBoy Classic, GameBoy Color, and Super GameBoy variants. You can use all types of gamepads, and it supports multiplayer through Wi-Fi. There are also cheat codes and vibration emulation. You can save your games at any time and rewind the games up to 16 seconds with a single keystroke (which you can get to do quite often).
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