Android Gaming Emulators – Console Games on Smartphone
Android Gaming Emulators
By now, we should all be aware of the power we carry in our hands today. Yes, I’m talking about ‘Android’ smartphones and tablets. These little devices have improved drastically in performance over the last decade. Mobiles were created for the sole purpose of making phones calls from remote areas but now you may have noticed that this is becoming a secondary purpose because online video chatting, browsing the web, taking pictures and videos, playing games and doing so much more with a smartphone is becoming the norm.
Most of us like to play games on our smartphones and a lot of us avoid boredom by playing games while on a train, waiting for a flight at the airport, etc. Nobody should hesitate to play games on their smartphones because these phones are built for games these days otherwise, what’s the point of putting a 3GB of RAM and a Quad Core processor for just calling?
Only Android (Sorry iPhone users)
Did you know that there is another way of playing games on your Android device (And yeah you can’t do this on iOS, that’s one reason why iPhone still sucks)? Through Android gaming emulators you can play different console games right on your smartphone. You guessed right, these android gaming emulators will allow you to play different console games on your device. Imagine playing those old games that you used to play on Nintendo, Sega console, Game-boy and Play Station 1 during your childhood. Who doesn’t want to relive those moments? There are tons of Android gaming emulators available on the Google Play Store for free, specifically for each console. But, an emulator called RETRO-ARCH pretty much includes all kinds of gaming consoles in a single app.
Retro-Arch is packed with the following Android Gaming Emulators:
- PlayStation 1 (emulator: PCSX ReARMed)
- Super Nintendo (emulator: SNES9x Next)-
- Nintendo Entertainment System (emulator: FCEUmm / NEStopia)
- GameBoy / GameBoy Color (emulator: Gambatte)
- GameBoy Advance (emulator: VBA Next)
- Arcade (emulator: Final Burn Alpha)
- Neo Geo Pocket Color (emulator: Mednafen NGP)
- Virtual Boy (emulator: Mednafen VB)
- Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (emulator: Genesis Plus GX)
- Sega Master System/Sega Game Gear (emulator: Genesis Plus GX)
- Sega CD / Mega CD (emulator: Genesis Plus GX)
- PC Engine / PC Engine CD (emulator: Mednafen PCE Fast)
- WonderSwan Color / Crystal (emulator: Mednafen Wonderswan)
- Cave Story (game engine: NX Engine)
- Doom 1 / Doom 2 / Ultimate Doom / Final Doom (game engine: prBoom)
Now that our smartphones are becoming more and more powerful, an official Play Station 2 simulator will soon be announced.
How To Play?
Playing your favorite old school games on Android Gaming Emulators is not as simple as downloading an app but it’s also not as hard as you might think. Let’s follow these steps in order to figure out how you can convert your android smartphone into a legendary console emulator.
- Download and Install the free app called Retro Arch.
- The emulator has been installed and now we need to install games to run on those emulators. Note that different emulators run games in different file formats. So, download your favorite game file. You can download these game files for free from all over the web. One of the best sites for downloading emulator games is www.roms4droid.com.
- After you downloaded the game file on your Android smartphone, you need to open the emulator (Retro-Arch) and run that file.
- Wait for the emulator to load the game and enjoy!
As you will be playing on a touch screen device, a couple on-screen virtual buttons will appear on the bottom. This might be annoying to a lot of people so in order to enhance your gaming experience, you can also buy a Bluetooth joystick or controller. A company called Phone Joy provides a very good Bluetooth controller (www.phonejoy.us). It costs about $69, but it’s worth the money.
In order to have more fun and a much realistic experience, you can also connect your smartphone to a larger display, like a TV. An OTG cable can connect an android smartphone to the TV. I personally have a Nexus 5, and its OTG cable costs about $3.99. CLICK HERE to buy the Nexus OTG cable from Amazon. If you have any other smartphone, search for your specific OTG cable because yours might be different.
And, that’s how you can play games through Android Gaming Emulators on your smartphone.