I’ll be honest, I never had a Super Nintendo Entertainment System when I was younger, but I certainly always wanted one. Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country and Chrono Trigger always looked like the coolest games in the world. It wasn’t the worst thing since I was spoiled with some other gaming systems like N64, a PS1 and an XBox, but I never had a chance to really start playing original SNES games until I got my first Android phone. Why? Because I started playing on SNES emulators for Android.
These emulators let you grab a little nostalgia and play games without having to pay for them online or drag your huge console around with you at all times. We have reviewed the best PSP, N64 and Sega Genesis emulators, but now let’s take a look at the best SNES emulators for Android so you can play the games whenever you want.
What’s the Point of Using an Emulator?
Sure you can go out and buy Sega Genesis on eBay or Craigslist, but there are some reasons you might want to think otherwise.
- You don’t have to buy a console online or from a used store.
- You don’t have to pay for any games like you used to have to.
- You don’t have to drag around the big console, so you can play games in the car or while traveling.
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1. Snes9x EX+ – Free
Fast and Effective
The Snes9x EX+ emulator is top-notch in terms of all the emulators I have tested in the past. It’s not that packed with features, but it works flawlessly. Try it out and hopefully you get the same awesome gameplay as I was getting before.
- It’s open source so you might see some modifications of this emulator on the Google Play store
- Bio Worm is included
- You don’t get any ads with the emulator
Transfer any games you want to the SD card. It’s really easy to put a game on this emulator.
2. SuperGNES Lite (SNES Emulator) – Free and $3.99
2.a Free Version
SuperGNES Lite (SNES Emulator) isn’t a bad choice either for your SNES emulator, but you do have to purchase a paid version in order to get the full experience. The emulation is quick and you don’t have to worry about having problems when uploading your ROMs to the emulator.
- External controller support is awesome
- Gives you cover art for all the games you load
- Punch in as many cheats as you want
You can sync your gameplay to DropBox in case you want to continue playing the same game from another device.
2.b Paid Version
I didn’t notice any difference between the paid and free version. It must have something to do with ads. Maybe a few features are included, but I didn’t notice them and they aren’t listed on the Google Play page.
3. John SNES Lite – SNES Emulator – Free and $2.99
Not Much Lag, But It Could Be Better
3.a Free Version
The tagline for John SNES Lite is a tad misleading, because sometimes this emulator was the best one I tested, but on seldom occasions I noticed that the lag was just a little too unbearable. If that didn’t occur then I would have put this as number one on the list.
- The sound is great
- Uses an original SNES engine, so it runs smooth
- Customize the keys on your screen
Fast forward in your games. Not sure why you might use this, but the feature was interesting.
3.b Paid Version
This is primarily to support the developer. I didn’t notice any ads in the free version, but it might remove that as well.
4. SNES Emulator – Free
Sleek, But Problems With Loading Games
The SNES Emulator is pretty bare bones, but it runs smoothly once you get the games uploaded into the emulator. The only problem? The games were a tad glitchy when I tried to upload them.
- It includes a mute button
- Save and load your saved games later
- Runs smooth
You can type in cheats for this SNES emulator, but it took me a while to figure out where you are supposed to punch them in.
So as usual I typically talk about my favorite emulator as the first suggestion, so I would recommend taking a look at that option and then moving on from there. Keep in mind that everyone has different devices and preferences, so you should test out all of these and figure out which one works best for you. For example, my fingers are a tad larger than the average person, so you might not actually like the control placement of some of the emulators.
Let me know in the comments section if you have any questions about the best SNES emulators for Android. There are a few additional ones on the Google Play Store that I didn’t mention, but they were just terrible in terms of gameplay and functionality.