5 Best Free Android Retro Console Emulators
Emulation refers to the duplication of functions of one system
using a different system. Specifically, an emulator is software
written to emulate aspects of the original console or computer,
primarily the processor, input/output, and memory system. The most
common type of emulation is video console emulation.
Armed with a retro console emulator, users can play
games written for arcade machines on their Android device. Further, the
same Android device can also be used to play video console games such
as the ones developed for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES),
Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), and Sega Genesis.
The legality of emulators has been debated on a number of
occasions. The upshot is that whilst an emulator, in itself, is not
illegal, this does not mean that individuals can legitimately download
copyrighted games for free, which are stored in ROMs. However,
ROM from a game cartridge that you physically own does fall on the
side of the law in many countries. None of the emulators featured in
this article therefore come supplied with any ROMs. If you wish to use
these apps, you do need to own the relevant ROMs already.
There are a number of retro consoles currently without a good
Android emulator. A notable example is the Playstation 1. If you want
to play Playstation 1 games on your Android device, we would recommend
the highly impressive FPse for Android which costs just over 4 dollars.
There are a number of emulators coded for operating systems
Android that have been ported (quite well) to the Android platform.
Unfortunately, one 'author' violated the licenses of the
original code. Consequently, a number of emulators
such as Nesoid, n64oid, SNesoid, and Bit64 were removed from
Android Market. These apps have also been excluded from consideration
for the purposes of this article.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of 5 remarkable Android retro
console emulators. Hopefully, there will be something of
interest for anyone who wishes to play their favorite 8-bit console
games on their Android phone or tablet.
Now, let's explore the 5 retro console emulators at
hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full
description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of
the software in action, together with links to relevant resources and
reviews. We give our highest recommendation to MAME4droid and
|Retro Console Emulators
||MAME is an arcade machine emulator
SNES, NES, GBA, GBC, GameGear, and Genesis games
||A NES/Famicom emulator with good compatibility
Super Nintendo emulator
||ColecoVision Console Emulator
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Last Updated Sunday, January 01 2012 @ 03:39 AM EST