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Top 8 best SNES Emulators for Android in 2022

Top 8 best SNES Emulators for Android in 2022

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October 11, 2022 - added 2 new emulators. Original article by Mihail Katsoris, updated by Pocket Gamer staff.

If you were born in the 80s' the nostalgia of the SNES games will hit you like a train at the mere mention of the console. That's why we made a list of the best SNES emulators for Android, to warm the hearts of the generations that came before the new millennia. 

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, aka SNES, is a 16-bit home video game console released by Nintendo in 1990 in Japan and South Korea, in 1991 in North America and a year later in Europe.

The successor to the NES (designed by the same man, Masayuki Uermura), competed with Sega Genesis (also known as Sega Mega Drive) in what is remembered as one of the most notable console wars in video game history.

Its reception in Japan was so overwhelming that it caused a “social disturbance”, with over 300,000 units being sold within the first few hours of its release. This led to the Japanese government demanding that video game manufacturers schedule future console releases on weekends.

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SNES9x Emulator Box

SNES9x Emulator Box

Based on SNES9x, Emulator Box uses the latest UI interface (sadly you can’t reposition it and that can be frustrating), gets continuous optimization updates, and supports Android 4.1 or higher devices. The developer will reply to your comments on Google Play Store and I think that’s always a good thing. Also, it’s free to use. However, you might have some issues with the controller, and there are a few annoying ads.

SNES9x Emulator Box on Google Play Store

John NESS

John NESS emulator

Another emulator by John, this time for SNES, this emulator supports zipped files, fast forward, slow motion, Bluetooth and MOGA controller, Dropbox support (with John DataSync), save states with previews and fully customizable layout. What else can you ask for? Definitely, worth checking this one out, it’s also free. The ads can be annoying at times but you can purchase “remove ads” to get rid of them. You'll need a phone with 6.0 OS and higher to run this Android SNES emulator.

John NESS on Google Play Store

MultiSneS16

MultiSneS16

MultiSneS16 is a variant of the super solid Snes9x open-source emulator that lets you play games with others via LAN network or even Online without the need for third-party apps. You can invite others to play online using a Social Network account, there are public servers created by users that you can join, supports custom cheat codes, controllers, customizable layout, save and load states. This Android SNES emulator also supports an offline single-player mode of course. It has no ads, easy to use, has multiplayer features, and an unlimited number of saves. Highly recommended.

MultiSneS16 on Google Play Store

The Retro Pocket of Super N.E.S Emu

The Retro Pocket of Super N.E.S Emu

Retro Pocket comes with a pre-installed game and list of downloadable ROMs. Simply, click your favorite game, download it and start playing. Ideal for non-advanced users who just want to play without having to tweak around much. It was released on December 26th, 2019, and hasn’t received any updates since then.

The Retro Pocket of Super N.E.S Emu on Google Play Store

The Kurono S.N.E.S - Classic Simulator

The Kurono S.N.E.S - Classic Simulator

The Kurono S.N.E.S is another regular SNES emulator. You'll have to download your favourite game and start playing. That simple. Ideal for users who just want to play without getting too much into settings etc. Also, the best part? It’s free. The Kurono S.N.E.S was released in December of 2019 and it hasn’t received any updates since. Also, ads won't interrupt your gameplay, which is nice.

The Kurono S.N.E.S - Classic Simulator on Google Play Store

Snes9x EX+

Snes9x EX+ emulator

The last, but certainly not the least. A free Android SNES emulator, SNES9x was released way back in January 2013 and it’s still getting updates to this day. Regularly fixing bugs, and fixing compatibility with newer Android versions and hardware is one of the reasons this app has over 10 million downloads on the Google Play Store to this day. Supports Bluetooth controller, MOGA controller, key mapping. Some would say the good ol' reliable, and it really makes sense considering it's been around for 9 years!

Snes9x EX+ on Google Play Store

SuperRetro16 (SNES Emulator)

SuperRetro16 (SNES Emulator) is another very popular emulator with cool features like cloud storage support, multiple controller types support, fast forward, and many others. It also has unique features, such as visual enhancement that make games run smoother. Two versions of the emulator are available. The free version has ads and the paid version is available for $1.99.

SuperRetro16 (SNES Emulator) on Google Play Store

RetroArch

RetroArch is another great emulator. It makes it easy to emulate many old gaming platforms. Moreover, it's one of the easiest ways to access thousands of games. While RetroArch is an indispensable tool for the true gamer, it will also require some time and effort from you to set it up properly. Also, it is completely free to use.

RetroArch on Google Play Store

In short, this is a complete list of the best SNES Emulators for Android at the moment. If you have any suggestions regarding the emulators, or in case we missed any of them, leave a comment below and we'll make sure to review it.

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