Top 5 Emulators for Android

Sonic the Hedgehog - Android Emulator

Android emulators and 1000 memories (roms)

If you’re like me all your favourite gaming moments are still lodged in your memory, serving no purpose and frankly taking up valuable space. I can remember when I completed Sonic the Hedgehog, the first time I played StreetFighter II, or the heart pounding victory music in Final Fantasy 6. And all these memories are wrapped in the wonderful nostalgia of pocket money prices, 16 bit graphics, and first experiences. Well, now you can have them again! Albiet, a bit ropey around the edges, covered in dust, and altogether far less appealing – but none-the-less yours for free or thereabouts.

So here’s a run down of 5 emulators for Android, and a look back to some amazing titles.

Final Fantasy 7 -  Android Emulator

FPSE (PS 1 Emulator)

FPSE is a great playstation emulator and allowed me to retrieve one of my favourite games on that platform, Final Fantasy 7. You can play in portrait mode with the screen occupying the top half and the controls at the bottom, or rotate to landscape and have the gameplay fullscreen with buttons layered over the top. You’ll need a reasonable phone to cope with the storage requirements of the games and the demand on the processor, but think of all the classic titles that walked across the original playstation. Resident Evil 2, Ridge Racer…. Crash Bandicoot?

Legend of Zelda - Android Emulator

N64OID (Nintendo 64 Emulator)

This emulator was a personal favourite of mine, since it bore existance to the fan favourite Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. This has also been the only emulator that I’ve encountered graphical glitches in, the others all ran very smooth. It’s not so much screen lag as some of the details not being drawn in – but in most cases they get there eventually and my experience was only really of 1 or 2 games and it certainly did nothing to hinder the overall experience. I found the controls on this emulator differed in design slightly and were very good.

Super Mario World - Android Emulator

SNESDROID (Super Ninendo Emulator)

Who wouldn’t want a Super Ninendo in their pocket, it was a behemoth in the 16 bit era! Once again, and as it common with each of these emulators, you can choose your preferred screen orientation and customise controls on screen to suit and with SNESROID you have access to a enormous back catelouge of classic gaming. Super Mario World, StreetFighter 2, and Castlevania to name but a few!

Sonic the Hedgehog - Android Emulator

GENPLUSDROID (MegaDrive/Genesis Emulator)

What emulator collection would be complete without one that had the capacity to offer you Sonic the Hedgehog. As before, portrait and landscape modes along with cusomisable control setups and the ability to save state.


Super Mario 3 - Android Emulator

NESOID (Nintendo Emulator)

Home of Mario 3, the NES boasts games that transcended all Nintendo platforms. The graphics and sound aren’t going to blow you away any more, but if you never beat Mario 3 or Metroid you’ve got a chance to revisit.


Also worthing of note is GAMEBOID, a GameBoy Emulator.  Original Tetris and Pokemon live here.

So there’s a short run down of some of the pure classic gaming material you can get your hands on via emulation, and though there is a wealth of quality modern games on the marketplace for Android, I highly recommend revisiting some titles of years past.

If you know of any great emulators, let me know in the comments.


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3 Comments on "Top 5 Emulators for Android"

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  2. Brad July 16, 2014 at 6:04 am - Reply

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    It almost felt like playing a Nintendo console (the fact an NES
    emulator can be found in the marketplace made it feel even more so).

  3. keshileng July 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    try ‘happybay’ via, It’s a NES/SNES/MAME/MD all-in-1 game portal, with good user experience, and easy to find ROMS, not need to search and download from all the internet.
    - Metro user Interface
    - Support NES/SNES/MAME/MD/Flash, the one who can support the most type on internet.
    - Engine and Controls suit different game automatically, not need to configure for most people, easy to start up.
    - Well edited ROM introduction with Pics and download links, not need to find ROM any more. (that’s why it’s not on google market).
    - High quality rendering
    - Virtual On-screen keypad
    - Save States
    - Customizable keys with size and transparency.
    - Custom screen size
    - Joystick, 4 way or 8 way D-Pad,Turbo buttons switch.
    - Trackball Support
    - Xperia Play special buttons supported.

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