What are the Best Android Emulators?

Why do we upgrade every two years to the newest Samsung or HTC Android phone? So we can play decades-old video games on-the-go, of course! Android might be second banana when it comes to most mobile developers, but the platform still has a ton of great apps. Last time, I took a look at the best RPGs on Android, so this time I'm changing direction and looking at the best emulators.

I'll be keeping this list down to a certain number of popular old platforms, otherwise you'd be reading all day: Atari 2600, Arcades, NES, Super NES, Master System, Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, Game Boy, and Game Boy Advance. I've avoided systems whose games are available on current platforms or systems that won't give you the best experience when played on your mid-range smartphone.

If you're keeping up your due diligence like a good citizen, that means you own absolutely every single game that you're emulating, right? Good. Let's begin.

Atari 2600 - 2600.emu ($2.99)

I don't feel the need to go back this far, but some people like Jaz do, so the Atari 2600 is the first up. 2600.emu is the first emulator on this list developed by Robert Broglia. He's made emulators for pretty much everything and he doesn't charge too much for each one. 2600.emu uses on-screen touch controls like most Android emulators, but it also retains support for Bluetooth and USB gamepads.
Even Nintendo Wii controllers are supported if you're using Android 4.1 or lower!

Ataroid is a free alternative, but it's not on Google Play and it hasn't been updated for almost two years now.

Arcade - MAME4Droid (Free)

Like it says on the tin, this is an Android version of the popular MAME arcade system emulator. There's actually two versions of MAME4droid on the Google Play store; this version supports more games and more games is always better, right? You can choose to play your games upright like an arcade cabinet or in landscape mode with a touch-control overlay. The emulator even supports light gun games in its own touch-screen fashion.

NES - NES.emu ($3.99)

Yep, this is another Robert Broglia jam, emulating games that ran on the Nintendo's first foray into the gaming industry: the Nintendo Entertainment System. Like 2600.emu, this emulator features save-states, Bluetooth and USB gamepad support, and dual-orientation options for touch-screen controls.
Alternative options in this category include Nostalgia.NES, which includes a wicked rewind feature, or Nesoid, which is free but hasn't been updated in more than a year...

To see the rest of the list, head over to US Gamer.

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