In the gaming community, nostalgia is power. It doesn’t matter if today’s latest release of “War of Shootfighter 6: Modern Violence Guy” boasts super high quality graphics or enormous set pieces; the older gamers out there are still going to prefer their 8- and 16-bit classics any day of the week.
But the good thing about today’s advancing technology is that gamers both new and old are able to replay the classics of yesteryear on modern smart devices. This is thanks to pieces of software called emulators, which, as their name suggests, emulate classic consoles and their games right from a PC, smartphone, or tablet. Entering into the world of emulation can be a little confusing for newcomers, but thankfully TabletPCReview is here to help with a handy guide on how to play those old greats on the go.
The important thing to remember when it comes to emulators and ROMs (the games themselves, essentially) is that they’re not always 100% legal. By law, users are only legally able to play an emulator/ROM if they had previously bought their corresponding console/game beforehand. This had led to a heaping of legal dilemmas for emulator makers, even causing some of them to have their work pulled from the Google Play store entirely by Google. So please, do things the legal way, because there’s always going to be a possibility that an emulator will be shut down regardless.
But once those legal hurdles are cleared, TPCR recommends emulators like SuperGNES (for Super Nintendo games), MAME4droid (arcade games), and FPse (PS1) through the Google Play store, and especially browser-based emulators like SNES9X (again, for Super Nintendo). On browsers, most fully-featured emulators can be downloaded for free, making them a superior option for those who don’t want to shell out the four or five bucks often necessary to get the complete versions of Android ones. It’ll take some experimentation to find “the right one,” but users should make sure their choice has features like save states, cheat codes, and third-party controller supports, and they should especially be careful when downloading potentially unknown files.
TPCR also recommends that Android users download a file manager to keep track and easily sort all those folders of ROMs. By the way, those ROMs, like the emulators, should only be downloaded from a trusted source. Once everything is good to go, however, all that’s left for gamers is to either get used to the sometimes awkward touch controls (these games are old, after all), or hook a controller up to their handsets and enjoy the nostalgia that way. But to get the full rundown of TabletPCReview’s tips, be sure to check out its complete How To guide for playing old-school games on Android tablets.