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    Best emulators to play console games on Android!

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    Classic console games were a lot of fun back then and we really enjoyed playing them on our consoles. These games included Super Mario, Contra, Pokémon, Pac-MAN, etc.

    We have some great games that we can enjoy on our smartphones, from battle royale games or racing games, we have several of them on Google Play Store. But compared to the number of game titles available on consoles, whether Xbox ou Playstation, the number of games for smartphones is quite limited.



    In our childhood, we played a lot of games on PlayStation and luckily, there are few emulator apps on the Play Store that can be used to run Playstation exclusive games on our smartphones. Just follow this guide to discover the best emulators to play console games on your smartphone Android.

    Console games that you can play on your Android using an emulator!

    There are many children's console games still available in the market. Some of them have their own smartphone versions. However, many of them are still only available on consoles like Playstation.

    Do you remember the Final Fantasy games? They are available for Android and iOS and you can play them without an emulator. But Nintendo games like Super Mario, Pac-Man, etc. are not available on Android. You can play Mario Kart, which is also owned by Nintendo, but it's still not the game we used to play when we were little. 



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    Though Android games come with great graphics and all console games were better in their storylines and gameplay. So if graphics don't mean much to you, you can start playing those awesome retro games using an emulator.

    Why use an emulator?

    Using an emulator on your Android smartphone can easily replicate the console-like gaming experience on your smartphone. This makes your smartphone a suitable device for experiencing video games and playing hassle-free. Here are some of the best emulators to play console games on your Android smartphone.

    1. Dolphin Wii Emulator

    If you want to play Wii on your smartphone using an emulator, try Dolphine Wii Emulator. It is available for Android and also for Mac and Windows. Dolphin Emulator is compatible with almost all versions of Android and also supports a wide range of console games.

    In order for things to run smoothly, please make sure your device has enough internal storage to run the game as the game files need to be transferred separately. You can play games like Mario Galaxy, Skyward Sword on your device using Dolphine.

    Download: Google Play Store

    2. Emulator Image

    Citra is another Android emulator that lets you play old PlayStation games on your Android smartphone. It comes with a free version, but if you can upgrade it to the premium version, you can enjoy the dark theme, texture filtering, along with some other premium features. 



    The updated version comes at just $4,99 (Rs 375), but it works well as a free emulator. Citra Emulator also supports external game controllers, which is a great addition to a full console experience.

    Download: Google Play Store

    3. PlayStation Emulator: PPSSPP

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    Simply install PPSSPP emulator on your iOS/Android or Windows/Mac, and you can play all the fun retro games on your Android device. The emulator is available for free, but its Gold version comes with some great additional features. 


    You can download games directly into the emulator and play them with ease. It has all the features you could possibly need while gaming, including saving screenshots, touch screen controls, audio and game recording, and much more.

    Download: Google Play Store

    4. M64Plus FZ Emulator

    Are you looking for an emulator that will help you play Super Mario on your Android phone? We can't think of any better than Mupen64Plus. 

    It allows you to save stats, play online with friends, offers improved graphics, allows you to take screenshots and supports many other functions. You can set keyboard shortcuts for better control over the emulator and manage your games easily.

    Download: Google Play Store

    5. RetroArch

    RetroArch Emulator supports Android, Windows, Mac, Linux, etc. It allows you to play old arcade and Nintendo games hassle free. You can play Playstation 1,2,3 games as well as Wii games. Plus, it comes with built-in game cheats for the serious classic gamers out there. You can pause a game on RetroArch and go do other things and come back again to continue playing. Using RetroArch is simpler than any other emulator of its kind.

    Download: Google Play Store

    6. EmuBox

    Another free emulator on our list is EmuBox; It supports all device platforms. With EmuBox, you can play Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, NES, PSX, SNES and some other classic video games. It offers the basic emulator features like saving and loading games, fast forwarding, connecting external consoles, etc.

    The free version of EmuBox comes with some ads every now and then, but they won't be too annoying. If you want to get rid of ads, you can upgrade to the premium version.

    Download: Google Play Store

    7. ePSXe

    ePSXe is the simplest of all emulators, but it comes with the features you need to enjoy video games. You can customize your keyboard to control your game and save your load states with ease. It is available for just Rs. 210 on Google Play and does not come with a free version for you to try.

    Download: Google Play Store

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