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How to Play Nintendo Games on Android

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How to Play Nintendo Games on Android

New things do not necessarily mean good things. As practice shows, players quickly get tired of and become disappointed with modern games. Therefore, more people tend to look nostalgically back on those times when they played Nintendo classics on their video game consoles. To tell the truth, many of them regret having lost or thrown away their vintage consoles and old cartridges that may cost a bundle on eBay now. Fortunately, there is no need to get old hardware in order to start playing your favorite retro titles. Modern technology allows you to run such classics as Mario, Zelda, or Pokémon, which have recently experienced a total rebirth, on your Android device. You won’t need any expensive tools to plunge into nostalgia. An emulator and a couple nice old games will suffice.

Getting Software

The software we are going to talk about is emulators. Those are special tools that allow you to emulate the work of retro devices on third-party emulating platforms such as your computer, tablet PC, or a cell phone. Do you want to get an emulator on your Android phone, too? Why wait, then!

Grab the phone, connect to the Internet, and fire up your favorite browser. Go search for a reputable online source that offer emulators for download.

There is a wide variety of emulators capable of running Nintendo games on Android devices. Still, you should note that not all programs operate the same way, and not all of them are equally safe for your device.

First of all, you need to be vigilant and download software only from reliable sources. Running an antivirus program across the new files also won’t hurt.

It’s always a wise choice to check other users’ feedback on the Android emulators they used. This can help you figure out what emulation software will be most compatible with your device and what games the program you’re planning on downloading can support.

We recommend that you take a look at some time-tested and arguably the most stable programs that are worth being tried out:

  • John GBC. This emulator will help play the Game Boy and Gameboy Color games on your phone or tablet PC.

  • DraStic. It’s the tool that can be used for playing Nintendo DS games.

  • My Boy. It’s the most popular emulator for Gameboy Advance games.

  • Nostalgia.NES and SuperRetro16. Can be used for playing all of the Nintendo Entertainment System’s titles.

  • RetroArch. This multi-platform emulator will allow you playing the games designed for different systems.

Instead of scouring the Internet for emulators, you may want to go straight to Google Play Store that offers lots of decent emulation options for Android devices.

Head to the “Emulators” section and select the “For Android” option from there.

After the page finishes loading, you will see a list of gaming systems offered for emulating. Browse through this list until you find the Nintendo section. From that section, select the preferred emulator and tap on its name.

Installing the Emulator

Now you can process to installing the program.

To do it, tap the “Install” button and wait for the “Open” option to appear in a dialogue window. Tap on it to continue.

At this point, the installed tool should begin looking for available games, which, in our case, are yet to come.

Downloading Retro Games

The games your emulator is looking for are ROM files of the old Nintendo games you want to revive.

On the website offering ROMs file for emulator (this one should be reputable, as well!), use the Search bar and type in the name of the Nintendo game you want to download and tap “OK.”

When the system generates the results, tap on the title you would like to run with your emulator.

Don’t forget to tap on the “Download” option.

Then, check your “Downloads” folder. You new game files should be stored in there.

Retro Games in Your Android Device

Next, you’ll need to access your App Drawer and locate the downloaded emulator. Tap on its icon to launch it.

When the program is open, it should start looking for the games automatically.

Pick your favorite game. Tapping on the file will traditionally prompt it to open.

Enjoy your game

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