Video Game Emulators
Video Game Emulators
Video Game Emulators

Video Game Emulators

Here you will find all the best video game emulators for every common OS & device!

Systems are missing here?

I've intentionally excluded several video game systems from this page. I'll explain. The Google Play Store is flooded with emulators that have ads or require you to pay. I hesitate to recommend any of those to you. (Except DraStic DS and ePSXe because those are definitely worth paying for.) Instead, I primarily recommend the multi-system emulator, RetroArch, which supports every single video game system. Its interface is a bit confusing, but I offer a full RetroArch guide to help you.

Nintendo 64Nintendo 64

Mupen64+

Play Store

Size: 11.9 MB

Mupen64Plus FZ is one of the better N64 emulators for Android. It's not as good as Project64 on Windows, but it's close! The most popular games definitely run flawlessly.
*Don't have access to the Play Store? You can download Mupen64+ here.

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Super NintendoSuper Nintendo

Snes9x EX+

Play Store

Size: 1.31 MB, Version: 1.8.7, Homepage

The great Snes9X that we all know and love from the PC is also on Android. Just like on Windows, Snes9X is the top SNES emulator for Android.
*Snes9X EX+ accepts save states & SRM saves from Snes9x on Windows!
*Don't have access to the Play Store? You can download Snes9x EX here.

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Nintendo DSNintendo DS

DraStic DS

Play Store

Size: n/a

The fastest and most compatible Nintendo DS emulator! The catch is that it costs $4.99 US. If you refuse to pay and you want a free emulator, there's nds4droid (below). Although DraStic DS is far superior over nds4droid.

nds4droid

Play Store

Size: n/a

A free alternative to DraStic DS. DraStic DS is a far better emulator, though. Reviews for nds4droid are generally good. The most common complaint is that it can be slow.

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Playstation 1PlayStation 1

ePSXe

Play Store

Size: n/a, Homepage

ePSXe is currently the best PlayStation 1 emulator for Android. Unlike the free version on Windows, this Android version will cost you $4 US. It supports a wide range of ISO formats. It also makes it easy to swap ISOs for multile-CD games. Also, it requires the BIOS (grab it below). If you refuse to pay $4, you can try RetroArch for PS1 emulation (which is free). However, ePSXe is much better than RetroArch. And RetroArch doesn't make it easy to swap ISOs for multiple-CD games.
Note: By default, audio is set to low quality for better performance on slower/older devices. To change it to normal quality, go to More options > Audio Settings and press “Sound Quality” until it says “Sound Quality=Full Effects”.

FPse

Play Store

Size: n/a, Homepage

Another good PlayStation 1 emulator is FPse. I think ePSXe is better. Loading games requires the BIOS (grab it below). If you refuse to pay $4, you can try RetroArch for PS1 emulation (which is free).

Extras

Size: 236 KB - Both ePSXe and FPse need this in order to boot games. It's “Scph1001.bin”, the most common BIOS file. In most cases this is all you need.
*After you download the file, use a file manager app to rename the “_ip” file extension to “zip”. And then extract it.

Size: 2.67 MB - If for whatever reason you need all the PS1 BIOS files, here they are.
*After you download the file, use a file manager app to rename the “_ip” file extension to “zip”. And then extract it.

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PSPPSP

PPSSPP

Play Store

Size: 28 MB, Version: 1.5.4, Homepage

Everyone's favorite PSP emulator on Windows is also on Android! Just keep in mind that this is a CPU heavy emulator. The average smartphone can't handle PSP emulation at peak capacity. Here's a performance guide to help boost performance.
*Don't have access to the Play Store? You can download PPSSPP here.

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ArcadeArcade

aFBA

Play Store

Size: 21.4 MB, Version: 2.2, Homepage

This is the best arcade emulator on Android! It's a port of FinalBurn Alpha on Windows. It has great performance. Particularly, I've tested my Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom/ Shadow Over Mystara ROMs on it and they play fine. The NeoGeo BIOS is needed for playing NeoGeo games. Grab it below.
*Don't have access to the Play Store? You can download FinalBurn Alpha here.

MAME4droid

Play Store

Size: 16 MB, Version: 0.139, Homepage

MAME has always been a reliable arcade emulator. The Android port is good. I think FinalBurn Alpha is still a better emulator. The reviews for this emulator are generally good. The NeoGeo BIOS is needed for playing NeoGeo games. Grab it below.

Extras

Size: 931 KB - Arcade emulators need this in order to play NeoGeo games.

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Multi-systemsMulti-system

RetroArch

Play Store

Size: 73.6 MB, Version: v1.6.7, Homepage

This is a mass system emulator with support for pretty much everything: PlayStation 1, N64, Nintendo DS, SNES, NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, NeoGeo Pocket Color, Virtual Boy, Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega CD, 32X, Sega Master System, Game Gear, PC Engine/TurboGrafx16 (plus CD support), Wonderswan Color, Atari Lynx, arcade (MAME), and more. It offers lots of features: screen filters (shaders), save states, different screen overlays, cheats, netplay, and more! It's highly customizable! I highly recommend RetroArch.
*Need help? Check out my RetroArch tutorial.
*Don't have access to the Play Store? You can download Retroarch here.

Extras

Size: 264 KB - The Sega CD BIOS files that are required for booting up US, Euro and Japanese games.

Size: 492 KB - The PC Engine CD System Card BIOS files that are required for booting up CD games (all regions).

Size: 889 KB - Contains 'mpr-17933.bin' (US/UK BIOS) and 'sega_101.bin' (JP BIOS), which are required for booting up games.

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