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!

I don't like it any more than you do that many video game emulators in the Android Play Store have ads or require you to pay. The status of whether an emulator is free or not is highlighted in “Availability”. If an emulator does require payment or have ads (and you're opposed to that), I point out an alternative either below it or in the description. Keep in mind that the pay emulators I do recommend are worth it and better than the free ones. I just want to make sure I present you with all the options so you can decide what's best for you.

Nintendo 64Gamecube/Wii

Dolphin

Play Store

Availability: 100% Free, Homepage

Everyone's favorite Gamecube/Wii emulator on Windows has an excellent Android port. Enjoy games for these two consoles in full HD (1080p) with several enhancements: compatibility with controllers, turbo speed, networked multiplayer, and more! Check out its compatibility list to ensure the games you want to play fully work. It's a CPU heavy emulator, so it requires higher end Android devices to run well.

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Nintendo 64Nintendo 64

Mupen64+

Play Store

Availability: 100% Free, 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

Availability: 100% Free, 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 (NES)Nintendo

NES.emu

Play Store

Availability: $3.99 US, Homepage

Part of the great “.emu series” of emulators, here's its NES emulator. It has an intuitive GUI and the usual assortment of emulator features: save states, cheats, screen filters, etc. Game compatibility is virtually perfect. The emulator is tiny and barely takes up space on your device, too. If you refuse to pay for NES.emu, you can try the 100% free multi-system emulator, RetroArch, for NES emulation.

Nostalgia.NES

Play Store

Availability: Free with ads, Homepage

I'm not a big fan of the Nostalgia series of emulators, but it's a good alternative if you refuse to pay for NES.emu and insist on having a standalone NES emulator. If you can't stand ads, you can try the 100% free multi-system emulator, RetroArch, for NES emulation.

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Nintendo DSNintendo DS

DraStic DS

Play Store

Availability: $4.99 US

The fastest and most compatible Nintendo DS emulator! If you refuse to pay and you want a free emulator, there's nds4droid (below). Although DraStic DS is far superior over nds4droid. RetroArch (which is free) supports Nintendo DS emulation as well.

nds4droid

Play Store

Availability: 100% Free

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. RetroArch (which is also free) supports Nintendo DS emulation as well.

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Game Boy Classic/ Color/ AdvanceGame Boy Advance

GBA.emu

Play Store

Availability: $4.99 US, Homepage

Part of the great “.emu series” of emulators, here's its Game Boy Advance emulator. It has an intuitive GUI and the usual assortment of emulator features: save states, cheats, screen filters, etc. Game compatibility is virtually perfect. The emulator is tiny and barely takes up space on your device, too. If you refuse to pay for GBA.emu, you can try the 100% free multi-system emulator, RetroArch, for GBA emulation.

My Boy GBA

Play Store

Availability: Free with ads

I'm not a big fan of the My Boy emulators, but it's a good alternative if you refuse to pay for GBA.emu and insist on having a standalone GBA emulator. If you can't stand ads, you can try the 100% free multi-system emulator, RetroArch, for GBA emulation.

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Game Boy Classic and Game Boy ColorGame Boy Color

GBC.emu

Play Store

Availability: $2.99 US, Homepage

Part of the great “.emu series” of emulators, here's its Game Boy Classic/Game Boy Color emulator. It has an intuitive GUI and the usual assortment of emulator features: save states, cheats, screen filters, etc. Game compatibility is virtually perfect. The emulator is tiny and barely takes up space on your device, too. If you refuse to pay for GBC.emu, you can try the 100% free multi-system emulator, RetroArch, for Game Boy Color emulation.

My Boy GBC

Play Store

Availability: Free with ads

I'm not a big fan of the My Boy emulators, but it's a good alternative if you refuse to pay for GBC.emu and insist on having a standalone Game Boy Color emulator. If you can't stand ads, you can try the 100% free multi-system emulator, RetroArch, for Game Boy Color emulation.

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Genesis and Sega CDGenesis & Sega CD

MD.emu

Play Store

Availability: $4.99 US, Homepage

Part of the great “.emu series” of emulators, here's its Genesis emulator. It's a good emulator that can play virtually any game, except it doesn't support Game Gear and 32X games (RetroArch does). It has an intuitive GUI and the usual assortment of emulator features: save states, cheats, screen filters, etc. Game compatibility is virtually perfect. The emulator is tiny and barely takes up space on your device, too. It also supports Sega CD! Although playing Sega CD games is a little tricky. My directions for playing Sega CD games with RetroArch are actually the same for MD.emu. If you refuse to pay for MD.emu, you can try the 100% free multi-system emulator, RetroArch, for Genesis and Sega CD emulation.

Extras

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

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Sega SaturnSaturn

YS's Saturn

Play Store

Availability: Free with ads, Homepage

Yaba Sanshiro's Saturn emulator (also known as uoYabause) is excellent. Game compatibility is really good. I recommend reviewing the compatibility list before trying out games. It's a CPU heavy emulator; it may not run well on slower/older devices. Don't forget to download and configure the BIOS (which is right below). RetroArch supports Saturn emulation as well, but this emulator is the better option.

Extras

Size: 889 KB - Contains 'mpr-17933.bin' (US/UK BIOS) and 'sega_101.bin' (JP BIOS). This is required for all Saturn emulators.

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Sega DreamcastDreamcast

Reicast

Play Store

Availability: 100% Free, Homepage

The most popular Dreamcast emulator for Android. Graphics are gorgeously rendered in a higher resolution than the real thing. It's updated regularly. One drawback is that it's a CPU heavy emulator, so it may not run well on slower/older devices. Reicast is compatible with most Dreamcast games. I recommend checking its compatibility list before trying out games.

Extras

Size: 2.10 MB - This is required by Reicast. The zip contains the standard BIOS, Flash BIOS, and VMS BIOS.

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Game GearGame Gear/Master System

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There aren't any standalone Game Gear or Master System emulators that I recommend. Not only that, the ones that are available all share a strange bug where a portion of the right side of the screen is cropped off. What I recommend is the free multi-system emulator, RetroArch. It emulates Game Gear and Master System perfectly.

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Playstation 1PlayStation 1

ePSXe

Play Store

Availability: $4 US, 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 for ePSXe, you can try the 100% free multi-system emulator, RetroArch, for PS1 emulation. 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 Preferences > Sound Quality and select “Full Sound Effects” - as shown here.

Extras

Size: 236 KB - ePSXe needs 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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Playstation 2PlayStation 2

DamonPS2

Play Store

Availability: $9.99 US, Homepage

DamonPS2 Pro is a superb PlayStation 2 emulator. It also supports PSP emulation. Some people report bugs with saving, loading games (black screen), and slowdowns. The slowdowns, though, should be expected given the CPU-heavy nature of running PlayStation 2 on an average smartphone. There's a pretty hefty price tag on this emulator at $9.99. RetroArch doesn't support PS2 emulation, so DramonPS2 is your only worthwhile option.

Extras

Size: 12.7 MB - This is required in order to run games with DamonPS2.
*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

Availability: 100% Free, 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

Download

Availability: 100% Free, 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 and game compatibility. 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.
*I'm sure you're noticing I have a link to aFBA's APK here instead of a link to the Play Store. Well, aFBA was available in the Play Store for many years until September '18 when it was deleted for no apparent reason. It has since been abandoned. If you want the best FBA experience, you should use RetroArch and install FBA's core (which is still being updated). If you insist on a standalone emulator, you can try the APK I have here (remember to enable unknown sources so it will install) or try MAME4droid below.

MAME4droid

Play Store

Availability: 100% Free, 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 MAME4droid 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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TurboGrafx16 / Turbo DuoTurboGrafx16

PCE.emu

Play Store

Availability: $3.99 US, Homepage

Part of the great “.emu series” of emulators, here's its TurboGrafx16/PC Engine emulator. It's a good emulator that can play virtually any game. It has an intuitive GUI and the usual assortment of emulator features: save states, cheats, screen filters, etc. Game compatibility is virtually perfect. The emulator is tiny and barely takes up space on your device, too. It also supports CD games! Although playing CD games is a little tricky. My directions for playing CD games with RetroArch are actually the same for PCE.emu. If you refuse to pay for this emulator, you can try the 100% free multi-system emulator, RetroArch, for TurboGrafx16/PC Engine emulation.

Extras

Size: 492 KB - The BIOS files that are required in order to boot CD games.

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Multi-systemsMulti-system

RetroArch

Play Store

Availability: 100% Free, 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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