RetroArch Emulates Nearly Every Classic Gaming Console On Android

Android has always been a great platform for emulating the classics, but multiple emulators were required to get the job done. Now you can download RetroArch and emulate nearly every classic console in a single app.

RetroArch emulates many systems. Here's the full list:

  • PlayStation 1 (emulator: PCSX ReARMed)
  • Super Nintendo (emulator: SNES9x Next)
  • Nintendo Entertainment System (emulator: FCEUmm / NEStopia)
  • GameBoy / GameBoy colour (emulator: Gambatte)
  • GameBoy Advance (emulator: VBA Next)
  • Arcade (emulator: Final Burn Alpha)
  • Neo Geo Pocket colour (emulator: Mednafen NGP)
  • Virtual Boy (emulator: Mednafen VB)
  • Sega Genesis/Mega Drive (emulator: Genesis Plus GX)
  • Sega Master System/Sega Game Gear (emulator: Genesis Plus GX)
  • Sega CD / Mega CD (emulator: Genesis Plus GX)
  • PC Engine / PC Engine CD (emulator: Mednafen PCE Fast)
  • WonderSwan colour / Crystal (emulator: Mednafen Wonderswan)
  • Cave Story (game engine: NX Engine)
  • Doom 1 / Doom 2 / Ultimate Doom / Final Doom (game engine: prBoom)

Like most emulators, RetroArch features on-screen controls for touch-based play. It also includes support for several USB and Bluetooth gamepads (like the iCade). RetroArch uses your GPU for maximum performance, you can customise the touchscreen overlays, the emulation cores are expandable (you can even add your own), and it's completely free (no cost, no ads).

If you've wanted to turn your Android smartphone or tablet into a retro gaming device, this is the emulator to get.

RetroArch (free) [Google Play]


    PS: Little off topic but no idea where else to ask - Are all comments on this site permanently moderated, or does it cease after a few comments are approved?

    If it's permanent it seems like the least likely way to conjure any meaningful discussion.. unless moderators are on 24/7.

      Hi Michael, We moderate guest comments; sign up for a site account to be allowed to post automatically

        I already did, thus why it doesn't say guest hehe but it's ok - it stopped doing it after a few posts, or maybe when a few got moderated as OK.

        Thanks for hitting me back though :)

    These are all well and good, but what I want, what I really need, what would make this kind of experience complete, is a ROM management program. Something where I can select which game I want, and the program will go find the game online, download it for me, save it to a certain location and then organise it into libraries, and let me open them with individual apps. But something to take all the FINDING and DOWNLOADING of ROMs out of the picture

    Even a program to do that for the PC would be amazing

    Can you get this on ipad

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