18 emulators for Android: play NES, Sega Genesis, PlayStation, N64, and arcade games on your phone or tablet


There was once a time when video games were not something you could play on phones and tablets. Those were the simpler days when in-game currencies didn't exist, downloadable content was unheard of, and online multiplayer was a thing of science fiction. Back then, video games did not require you to join a clan in order to achieve any kind of progress, and you didn't have to beg friends to send you lives in order to keep on playing. Oh, and video games were actually challenging, had story lines, and were perfectly enjoyable even when you played them on your own. 

Now, we're not trying to convince you that old games were better because, in all honesty, many of them were mediocre at best. But among the plethora of old-school titles exist timeless gems that are still lots of fun to play. And the selection of apps below will let you enjoy these classic video games on your Android mobile device, be it a smartphone or a tablet. These apps, better known as emulators, are made to run the thousands of video games released on classic consoles, such as the NES, the Sega Genesis, and the original Game Boy handheld. We've thrown a few classic computer and arcade machine emulators as well. 

How to get the actual games, you ask? Well, that's a tricky topic. Technically, you may find and download emulator games in the form of ROMs from the internet. However, you're only legally allowed to if you own the original game, unless the title is a free homebrew game or has been released in the public domain. Also, owning the original console might be required to use the respective emulator without breaking any copyright laws. 

So, with all the mandatory legal disclaimers out of the way, here's our selection of best emulators on Android.

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11 Comments

1. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Drastic should be at the top with their perfomance after last few updates

2. gaming64 unregistered

Just use a PC emulator PC master race beytches!

3. mixedfish

Posts: 1551; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Because you have no games on your PC?

4. gaming64 unregistered

GTA IV, Just Cause 2, Spore and Assassins Creed 2. Currently downloading AS Creed, Brotherhood. My laptop is just 2 months old so give it a break.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Steam sale is here Prepare your wallet :) I somehow went from 0 to just over 250 games within a year and a half Luckily because of sales and bundles, I've only spent about $300

8. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I just wanna play FFVII and Metal Gear Solid 2 on my Z3 with my PS3 controller. I'll give PPSSPP a shot.

9. waddup121 unregistered

hurrah

10. Downtime24g

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

Snes9x + Super Scope = best games ever lol

12. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

PA, no love for RetroArch? In the same vein as #18 up there, ClassicBoy, it's a one-stop shop for games emulation. And, a lot more. (It may require a little more technical proficiency, but it's fairly capable & versatile.)

13. plck74

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

i wont bother that game coz i aledi play before. Still i searching advance world war for Sega Saturn into android or anyone wanted to convert into android??? I love that game...it is so fantastic.

14. imparanoic

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

i have played a few emulators using my z2, ps3 clip and ps3 dual shock joypad, it's decent

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