Play NES Games on Android
Edited by Jay
The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was released in 1985 and quickly became a household hit. As far as 8-bit video game consoles go, the NES is regarded as one of, if not, the best. Those of us who are old enough to have been around during the system's initial release can recant many fun sessions playing a wide variety of games like; Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Mega Man, Rad Racer, Tetris, and many more.
If you're feeling a tad nostalgic, and want to try your hand at some of those old NES games, you can do just that with your Android phone or tablet. Thanks to video game console emulators, users can play near-perfect emulation of their favorite old school games, right on their mobile device. Emulators work by emulating the game play of console systems with a computer device. With smartphones being as powerful as they are, playing games that were designed for 8-bit systems is easily manageable. Some emulators also support WiFi/Bluetooth controllers, which is a bonus when playing older console games. Touch controls are fine for many newer games that are designed for mobile devices, but when it comes to older console games, physical controllers can't be beaten.
Emulators run what are known as ROM files or images, and is where game information or code is stored. ROMs are essentially input files for emulators and are required to play games.
In the following VisiHow tutorial, we're going to show how to install an NES emulator app, where to copy, and how to run ROM files (play games), as well as using a controller. For this article, we used a Google Pixel running Android 8.1.0, NES.emu (paid emulator app), and an Xbox One S wireless controller.
**PLEASE NOTE** To abide by copyright laws, you should only download ROMs that are in the public domain or, use backups of games you own.
Install NES.emu for Android
There are many free and paid NES emulators available on the Play Store. After testing several, we decided that NES.emu (which is a paid application) was one of the best regarding performance and options. You are free to use any emulator you wish as they all relatively work in the same way.
- 6In the first pop-up box, tap the green "BUY" button. In the second pop-up box, enter the password for the Google account linked to the Play Store, then tap "CONFIRM".Google Play Guide.
Adding ROMs to an Android Device
Loading ROMs and Playing NES Games on Android
To make the touch controls disappear, rotate the screen/device.
- 1To access the in-game menu, tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner. From this menu you can; access cheats, reset the game, save state, take a screenshot, and close the game.