The Mega Drive or Genesis console has made a huge number of popular hits, and some of you grew up playing those games. Now there are Mega Drive emulators that allow you to play the games from the 16-bit era on your Android phone or tablet. Today, we are going to talk about the top 5 best Sega Genesis emulators for Android that are currently available on the market!

Sega released the Mega Drive in Japan in October of 1988, but its reception was anything but overwhelming. To give some perspective, the Mega Drive sold 400,000 units in its first year, while Nintendo's SNES (or Famicom in Japan) sold 300,000 units within the first few hours of its release. Nintendo had a stronghold on the market at the time, but what would be later known as "The great console war" was about to begin.

Enter Sonic the Hedgehog

Sega's decision at the time was to create a mascot character in order to compete with Nintendo's Mario series. For that reason, a wide contest was held by the company. The winning submission? A blue hedgehog with red shoes, by creator Naoto Ohshima. His creation (you might have heard of him before) was Sonic who would go on to replace Alex Kidd as Sega's mascot.

Sonic spawned one of the best video game franchises ever in terms of sales and helped Sega gain a significant advantage of the market share against Nintendo. By the year 1992, when Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was released, Sega was now the market leader.

In hindsight, Nintendo did ultimately win the rivalry, but Mega Drive left its mark in gaming history and gave us some amazing titles that still have plenty of fans to this day (plus probably the best gamepad ever).

Mega Drive Library

We've already talked a little bit about the Sonic franchise, but games such as Disney's Aladdin, Mortal Kombat series, NFL 98', Jurassic Park, X-Men, NBA Jam went on to sell millions of copies worldwide.

Today, you can play all these titles on your Android device by simply installing a Mega Drive emulator. In this article, we present to you the best available Mega Drive emulators for Android devices that we've found on the market. Before we get into our list, let’s clarify some terms first.

About Mega Drive Emulators

An emulator is a software that allows one system to behave like a different system, to “emulate” that other system. Emulators are not games. In order to play games on an emulator, you are going to need ROM files.

About Mega Drive Roms

ROM is a term that you’ll come across every time you look for an emulator. They go hand in hand. ROM (which stands for Read-Only-Memory), are the game files of the original cartridge game. You need to load those files on the emulator of your choice in order to play a game.

With all that being said, let’s get right into our list of the best Mega Drive emulators for Android devices.