It may be more than 25 years old but the Super Nintendo still boasts some of the best and most popular video games of all times. We may love the graphic intensive first person shooters but the classic SNES games still pack a lot of fun for when you’re feeling nostalgic. And when you do, you will most probably need an emulator to run any of the games. Emulators have been a vital part of the Android gaming platform, and it’s not surprising at all that there are so many emulators available on the Google Play Store. So here are the 5 best SNES emulators for Android in case you want to relive some childhood memories.
Matsu PSX Emulator – Multi Emu
Matsu is one of the newer emulators and it is not just a SNES emulator. In fact, it supports SNES, PSX, NES, GBA, GBC, Genesis, and a few others as well. The developers are working on adding support for N64, PSP, and Nintendo DS games as well. Other than that, it has nothing that special to boast of to justify its steep $7.99 pricing. It comes with the usual set of features you’d expect from an emulator, save and load states, cheat codes, fast forward, etc.
Snes9x EX+ has been among one of the best SNES emulators on Android ever since it’s release. Some might go on to claim it is the best SNES emulator. It’s among the most compatible of any SNES emulator in that it’s capable of running even the later Super Famicom releases. That makes sense since the Snes9x EX+ is based on the Snes9x 1.53, a SNES emulator for PC which is the best SNES emulator on PC. This one also comes with all the basic emulator functions save/load states, on-screen controls, support for .smc, .sfc, and zip files, and support for game pads.
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John SNES – SNES Emulator
If you’ve ever looked for emulators on Android, you’re probably familiar with the name. The developer has a number of emulators for Nintendo systems on his Google Play Store page, this being one of them. All of those emulators, and thus this one too, enjoy a positive reputation among users. John SNES boasts of a high level of compatibility running on the original SNES engine. While not as feature packed as some other SNES emulators out there, this one does have support for game pads (on-screen, wireless, wired, and Bluetooth). Other features include support for cheat codes, fast forward and slow motion modes, turbo button support, and more. It is not all available for free, however and you might have to shell out $2.99 for all the features.
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RetroArch is another all-in-one emulator for Android that boasts of support for a large number of game systems. SNES, of course, is one of them. It’s an open source project and has probably the best looking UI among the ones listed above. Not only is RetroArch completely free, it does not even sell ads. There is a bit of a learning curve to the app though and you should probably be ready to read their wiki to find some troubleshooting answers. Once you do learn how things work, it is most probably going to be your go-to emulator for almost any old school games you might want to play.
The name might sound a little unoriginal but Snesdroid is one of the best SNES emulators currently available on Android. It is also based on the Snes9x SNES emulator for PC like the Snes9x EX+. The difference lies in the version numbers. While Snes9x EX+ is based on Snes9x 1.53, Snesdroid is based on Snes9x 1.52. The best feature Snesdroid offers is probably its support for multi-touch. Meaning you can walk + jump / shoot at the same time, thus enhancing your SNES gameplay. It also has the best Sound emulation output, making the game sound to come better each time without any lag. Other features include keyboard/Gamepad controller support (Wiimote, SixAxis, etc), support for up to 5 players via game pads, custom key bindings, fast forward, auto save, moving and resizing the touch input controls to your liking, etc.