Who still emulates?

Posted May 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm in Threads > Apps & Games

So, it’s been a while now since Google rid what was then the Android Market of some of the best emulation apps: Gameboid, Nesoid, etc. Does anyone still use their Android devices to emulate, or have you moved on to native games like Fruit Ninja, Cut the Rope, etc? Are any good emulators still being developed for newer builds of Android (a.k.a. ICS)?

I just realized the other day that I hadn’t bothered to reinstall my copy of Gameboid after installing my current build of AOKP, and I began to think about whether I still need to emulate. I do enjoy my classic games, but with so many new, quality games to enjoy on my phone I’m not sure if it’s worth the time.

I’d be interested in hearing thoughts on the topic of emulation in general, whether people admire or abhor the practice, etc. To be clear I don’t condone piracy, just emulation, and I ask that you please refrain from posting links to anything shady or “outside the law.” The subject is fair game to discuss, though.

  • ralphwiggum1

    The best part of Android is even though they’re removed from the Market/Play Store, they are still maintained and updated and can be installed legitimately without any problems.

    I think emulators are still useful, but even more practical with a real controller.

    I think the Sony PSP was one of the best handheld emulating machines around, especially since it did/does flawless PSX emulation as well as all the older consoles.

    Maybe the Xperia Play is the best emulation phone?

  • Yonas

    Emulation is what brought me into android,and i still manage to emulate even though Google threw most of them away,but re-living back those good moments in front of the Genesis and the 64,on the move is what i needed,and i found it with android,my first android phone was x10 mini pro,and the physical keyboard was doing wonders when it came to playing emulators,i just assigned the buttons and played directly with no issues.

  • Inquizitor

    My first phone was an OG Droid, and while there were few games for the phone in the first year or so I loved using the keyboard to play GBA games. Must have done at least 3 or 4 nuzlocke runs on that thing…

    Which emulators are still updated? I know the “oid” apps (Gameboid etc) are still available for download somewhere, but I don’t know of any that are still being developed.

  • Inquizitor

    My first phone was an OG Droid, and while there were few games for the phone in the first year or so I loved using the keyboard to play GBA games. Must have done at least 3 or 4 nuzlocke runs on that thing…

    Which emulators are still updated? I know the “oid” apps (Gameboid etc) are still available for download somewhere, but I don’t know of any that are still being developed…

  • ralphwiggum1

    This SNES emulator is free (and open source): http://www.explusalpha.com/home/snes9x-ex/downloads

    I know the developer frequently updates because there’s always a new version on Cydia (iPhone version) every couple weeks. It even supports Wiimote and Zeemote JS1 controllers.

    • ralphwiggum1

      Actually not sure where the source is for his ports, but the actual SNES 9x emulators are open sourced which is why he distributes them for free.

  • Jiltedae

    I still use dosbox to play daggerfall on my android tablet. Native games seem to be lacking in the open world rpg department. If a decent one came along in the app store, I may be compelled to ditch dosbox, though.

  • Wunako

    i never really used emulators mostly because i never took the time to download them and find the games, but i have to say that since i got the N64 emulator (forgot what its called) i cant stop playing Super Mario64, Star fox 64, and Diddy Kong Racing on my TF101 but it just died :(
    I do like the emulators but i like them more on my tab then on my phone, i try not to game on my phone as much other then occasional angry birds space, Geared, and oven break