Do you remember how much it was to play the original Mario Bros? Or how about the first time you went speeding through Green Hill Zone as Sonic?
I know I do! And you know what? A lot of the games that come out these days just don’t capture the same magic. Of course, there are some amazing titles that come out now, but very few can match the magic of those classics. That’s why remakes are so popular these days.
Yet, even a remake won’t be the same as playing the original.
That’s why we are going to look at how you can relive that magic now, even if your SNES, MegaDrive or PlayStation 1 has seen better days! So, let’s all take a look at some of the best emulators out there that will let you play these awesome games on your PC or phone!
NOTE: To use an emulator legally, you need to actually own the game you are going to play.
We’ll start with the one I personally use the most; the PlayStation 1 emulator known as ePSXe. Now, I know there was an Android version of this emulator, but I’m not sure if it is still on Google Play… I never used it on Android anyway (we’ll cover the alternative in a bit). Instead, I use the PC version of the emulator, and have done for years now!
Actual setup is really easy. All you need to do is get your hands on the PlayStation bios files and then add them to the app. Then, select your keyboard setup and run your game. It’s that simple! All of the games run perfectly fine, and I’ve only once had any issue with a game crashing in all of the years I’ve used ePSXe.
You could also connect a PC controller to your computer and use that with the app, which is more comfortable than using the keyboard for some people.
Go PSX Emulator
Moving on from ePSXe, if you are like me and get bored on long train or bus rides, or even on flights, then Go PSX Emulator will be a saving grace! If you’ve got an Android device, this is definitely my pick for the best emulator out there, and its free from Google Play… Oh, and I’ve yet to see any ads come up in the app!
As you can see, the controllers make use of the touch screen, but don’t distract from the actual game. This makes it far easier to control, and works brilliantly on both phones and tablets. The only thing to note is that, depending on your device, it make run games a bit slow.
However, there is a trick for that! By going into the apps settings and enabling Frameskip, the games will run much faster. In fact, on my Galaxy S6 I have Frameskip set to 8, and all of the games run amazing well!
Now, we’re going back to a very old emulator now, but VisualBoyAdvance is still my number 1 for GameBoy Advance games! It’s for PC (not sure if there’s a mobile version) but its super simple to use! There’s no bios files that you need or anything – you just download and play.
Its a super simple little emulator that just does exactly what it says on the tin. So why not get it and boot up Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Yu-Gi-Oh GX or Mario Kart? There are hundreds of different GBA emulators out there, but this has been my go to emulator for the better part of 10 years now!
Ok, so who here loves the old SNES games? You know; Mario, Donkey Kong and Zelda, to name some of the more famous ones… Heck, you’ve even got Final Fantasy IV, V and VI on there! The SNES was a beast of a gaming machine with some awesome games. So why not play them again with the SNES9X on your PC?
The great thing about the emulators for older consoles like the SNES is that they are just download-and-play apps. You don’t need any specific files, other than the games, of course. There’s not fumbling around, except maybe setting up your keyword settings. You just load the game into the app and away you go!
For me, one of my first ever consoles was the Sega MegaDrive (or Genesis in the States). So it will always have a soft spot in my heart. That’s why I also use GENS, a MegaDrive emulator named after the US name for the console.
As with VisualBoyAdvance and SNES9X, Gens is really easy to get set up, and you’ll be speeding through Sonic in no time! Plus, the joys of these games being so old is that they run so smoothly on PC. So I would definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of the old Sega games.
And That’s All Folks
Those are just some of the countless emulators out there… However, I would always go for these apps. They’re easy to install and get started with, and you can even have with up arm
Do you use emulators? Did you miss playing those retro games? Then perhaps this is the way forward for you! Why not let me know your favourite classic or retro games in the comments below?