Super Nintendo, Super Famicom, SNES, whatever you like, this is one of the best video game consoles of all time. Play SNES games on the Android is also very simple, thanks to the many well-established emulators that bring all the joy of the original Nintendo console to the small screen.
If you want to play games not only from the SNES, but from pretty much every other retro console in existence, then Retroarch is undoubtedly the best choice. Setting up can be a daunting task, and the sheer number of options – from shaders to graphics settings to changing drivers – may be overwhelming for beginners, but its reputation as an ideal emulator is well deserved.
Retroarch allows you to download “kernels”, which are essentially emulators. There are quite a few SNES cores to choose from, but in my opinion the best option is the Snes9x, which works with an excellent balance of accuracy and quality.
Snes9x EX and EX + are the best dedicated SNES emulators for Android if you don’t need all the Retroarch fuss and they run on top of the excellent Snes9x emulator.
The “+” app option is available in the Play Store and is intended for more powerful devices. The regular “EX” version can be found on the developer’s site and run on cheaper devices. While these emulators don’t update as regularly as the Snes9x Retroarch kernels, they still perform brilliantly, with a large selection of settings, shaders, and other options to play with.
Like most SNES emulators for Android, PS4 and Xbox One controllers should be easily discoverable automatically via Bluetooth.
Multi Snes9x functions great as a single-player emulator, but it actually lets you play your favorite SNES games with your friends on your local network or the internet.
It has all the features you could count on in an online / socially oriented emulator, including the ability to send text messages in chat while you play. You sign in using your Google or Facebook account, and you can invite friends to play through any of these platforms.
If you remember the paid emulators John NES and John SNES, which were removed from the Play Store due to alleged copyright infringement, then you will feel right at home with John NESS. This is a continuation of projects in which NES, SNES and GBA emulators are combined into one package. (You can still download the original John NES and John SNES emulators from their official site).
Everything in this emulator works smoothly and with great precision. It has the usual set of features like shaders, turbo buttons, saved states, cheat lists, and other features that one would find on an emulator.
These are some of the best SNES emulators you can find for Android, and you don’t have to pay a dime to use them!
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