Updated by Ivan Spasojevic on June 7, 2023 – changed some emulators.
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
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. Most importantly, it’s free to use. However, you might have some issues with the controller, and there are a few annoying ads.
We have to note that it was updated in 2021, so if you’re looking for an emulator with continued support, you can sit this one out.
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 a 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 a 6.0 OS and higher to run this Android SNES emulator.
MultiSneS16 is a variant of the super solid Snes9x open-source emulator that lets you play games with others via a 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. MultiSneS16 supports custom cheat codes, controllers, customizable layouts, save and load states. It also supports an offline single-player mode, of course. It has no ads, it’s easy to use, has multiplayer features, and an unlimited number of saves. However, it was probably abandoned by the creator, since it was last updated 3 years ago.
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. However, an average rating of 4.8 with more than half a million downloads says that it’s already perfect in its current state. Ads won’t interrupt your gameplay, which is nice.
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, and key mapping. Some would say the good ol’ reliable, and it really makes sense considering it’s been around for 10 years!
Super Emulator – Retro Classic
Super Emulator – Retro Classic is another very popular emulator with cool features like auto-save and auto-resume. You’ll also be able to save your state with 8 slots, that you can load later. On the image, it says that you can play 999 games, which is simply not true as a true number isn’t even close to it. Still, it does have some free games included, which you can play straight away, and it supports your custom ROMs. Other than that, there is an option to customise your controls.
Simple emulator that doesn’t offer anything unusual, but it’s rather easy to set it up.
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. If you’re looking for more options and customisation, this is the right one. However, it’s not really good to pick and play. Also, it is completely free to use.
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.
I enjoy playing games ever since I was a kid (which was a long long time ago at this point). Everything started with an Atari 65XE. Then came an Amiga 500+, a Sega Genesis, a 386, a Playstation, a Playstation 2 and so on. Anyway, you get the idea. I consider myself lucky to be able to experience the gaming evolution throughout the years. This is my passion, and what I will continue to do for as long as I can.