So the other day I was talking to my brother and we were reminiscing about old Nintendo games and how great they were. The good old days when we would race each other back to our house after school. Whoever got there first got to play until their player had died and it was time to switch. He wishes he still had our old Nintendo and Sega Genesis so he could just pop a game in and have at it. With a big smile on my face, I said I’ve been able to play those games ever since I started using Android.
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Many of you already know this, but Android devices can run emulators that play old console games. What’s an emulator you ask? An emulator is an app that lets you run ROM’s. No, not ROM’s meant for themeing your rooted Android device. These ROM’s are the games themselves. You see, unlike most mobile games, game ROM’s need an app to run them and that’s what emulators are for.
There are several different brands of emulators, but the ones I have had the most success with are what I like to call the “OID” brand. There are emulators for the Sega Master system (Gearoid), Nintendo (NESoid), Sega Genesis ( Gensoid), Super Nintendo (SNESoid) and Nintendo 64 (N64oid). There is a Playstation emulator called FPse for Android, if you are looking for PS1 games. These aren’t the only emulators out there and you can pick and choose between several versions in the Google Play store.
Have a tablet that you want to use for a screen only? There’s a great app called BT Controller that turns your phone into a game pad. The above emulators I’ve mentioned support this function, as well as many others listed at the link. Not only can you turn your phone into game pad, but you can connect multiple phones for multiple controllers if you want to play with friends. In my case I have used this app to connect my brothers Motorola Droid RAZR to my TF700 (connected to my TV via HDMI). I connected my Galaxy Nexus and BAM, we’re playing Tecmo Super Bowl on my 46” plasma.
One site that I have found that has a great selection of ROMs is http://www.freeroms.com/ . I have not had any issues with most of the ROM’s, with the exception of a few N64 ROM’s that didn’t work. Emulators can be found in the Google Play Store, although the “OID” brands above that I mentioned are not there. They can easily be found doing a Google search.
Below is a video that Armando made a while back with a tutorial on how to turn your device into a game console