How to Play Retro Games on Your Android Device

If you’re the owner of an Android device, you probably know that the platform’s open nature lends itself to pursuits that just aren’t possible on closed platforms like iOS. This can work to your benefit.

On Android, you can actually install emulators and play classic games from the NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and more. Of the dozens of available emulators, the most popular are:

  • MyBoy (GameBoy Advance) ($4.99)
  • Drastic DS (Nintendo DS) ($5.99)
  • Dolphin (Gamecube/Wii) (Free)
  • ClassicBoy (NES, SNES, N64, PS1, and more) (Free)

All of the above are on the Play Store.


From there, it’s all about downloading games. CoolRoms, DopeRoms, and RomHustler are great sources to find compatible games. Once you have the game, you just load it to your device, and open it in the emulator.

Note that some of these games are copyrighted, which means that downloading and playing them could leave you open to legal action from any copyright holders. Others are free of copyright, clones, or released as open source, so they’re free to play and share.

What retro game do you have a craving for? Let us know in the comments below. 

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