Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Emulation on the…Android Platform(?)

android The Android platform is an amazing Operating System.  Partner it with some impressive hardware, and you have an all around powerful computer in the palm of your hand.  Because of this, the Android OS is a tempting platform to develop for.  Many modern Android phones, such as the Droid, Nexus One, and the Incredible, you have a powerful processor, plenty of ram, and a rendering engine that puts some dedicated handheld systems to shame.  With all of this, it was only a matter of time before you would see emulators for many popular retro consoles on your Android device.  Yongzh on the Android Market has brought many to your finger tips!

So what kind of emulators can you find for your Android device?  I have the Motorola Droid, and have most installed.  I think that you will find yourself putting these all on your device and loving every moment of it!  All of the following come in Free and Paid versions.

NESoid – Nintendo Entertainment System Emulator

SNESoid – Super Nintendo Entertainment System emulator

GBCoid – Game Boy Color emulator (plays Game Boy, Super Game Boy, and Game Boy Color)

GameBoid – Game Boy Advance emulator

Gensoid – Sega Genesis emulator

Gearoid – Sega Game Gear and Master System emulator

There are a lot of other emulators on the market, but these are the ones that, to me, matter most.  I have a 16gb memory card in my Droid, and that offers more than enough space to place every single game I have on there.  Best yet, you can even hot key all the buttons so you can have a perfect emulated experience.  Best yet, you can purchase the Game Gripper.  This attachment slips over the Droids keyboard and lets you have a better, realistic, gaming experience that lets you properly play your games without accidently hitting the wrong keys during frantic gaming action.

Either way you go, the free versions and the paid versions are both so worth it.  My only complaint is the lack of Game Genie support.  Get those thrown in, and we have a perfect experience!

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