Why do we upgrade every two years to the newest Samsung or HTC Android phone? So we can play decades-old video games on-the-go, of course! Android might be second banana when it comes to most mobile developers, but the platform still has a ton of great apps. Last time, I took a look at the best RPGs on Android, so this time I'm changing direction and looking at the best emulators.
I'll be keeping this list down to a certain number of popular old platforms, otherwise you'd be reading all day: Atari 2600, Arcades, NES, Super NES, Master System, Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, Game Boy, and Game Boy Advance. I've avoided systems whose games are available on current platforms or systems that won't give you the best experience when played on your mid-range smartphone.
If you're keeping up your due diligence like a good citizen, that means you own absolutely every single game that you're emulating, right? Good. Let's begin.
Atari 2600 - 2600.emu ($2.99)
Even Nintendo Wii controllers are supported if you're using Android 4.1 or lower!
Ataroid is a free alternative, but it's not on Google Play and it hasn't been updated for almost two years now.
Arcade - MAME4Droid (Free)
NES - NES.emu ($3.99)
Alternative options in this category include Nostalgia.NES, which includes a wicked rewind feature, or Nesoid, which is free but hasn't been updated in more than a year...
To see the rest of the list, head over to US Gamer.