Console emulators for your mobile and smartphone

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Mobile games for the current mobile phones are becoming somewhat better. But still the games supplied with the phones or the ones you download often feel like cheap ripoffs of real classics, or badly executed new ideas to sell you the phone.

Combining gaming with mobile phones has been tried (see Nokia N-gage), but never really succeeded. So how about looking back to some of the older consoles and use the older technology, but great classic gameplay, for your mobile? There’s nothing like a bit of classic Super Mario on your mobile phone.

Since the coming of the Smartphone, the marriage of the mobile phone and the PDA, there are a lot of new apps coming out including console emulators. Retrogaming is becoming more and more appealing for the Smartphones. Firstly because the gameplay of the old games is often just amazing and secondly the limited specs of the Smartphone still make it possible to run these games pretty well.

You might want to consider trying out one of the free available emulators below. I’ve also added some non-console emulators. They do require some adjusting to your phone and some are work in progress, but you can find all the info you need on these webpages. On the pages you should be able to check if your phone can run it. I’ll keep this list updated, and if you have any additions just let me know. Also let me know if any of the linked developers started charging.

Armstrad CPC

Commodore 64

LucasArts Adventures
ScummVM SymbianOS:

Nintendo Gameboy & Gameboy Color

Nintendo NES (Nintendo Entertainment System)

Nintendo SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System)
Snes9x UIQ:

Sega Mastersystem & GameGear
SMS Plus S60: 

Sega Megadrive

Just to see how it performs and how it looks, you can check out these Youtube examples of the performance of the emulators. Of course this differs per phone, just give it a try on your own.

Picodrive (Sega Megadrive) on Motorola Q

PocketNesterPlus (Nintendo NES) on Motorola Q

Vnes (Nintendo NES) on Nokia 6260



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  1. Interesting idea. Those examples certainly look better than the rubbish games I’ve tried downloading to my Sony Ericsson. It’ll be interesting to see if this idea develops.


    August 22, 2006 at 7:17 pm

  2. will these emulators work on my treo 750v?


    November 10, 2006 at 1:46 pm

  3. Treo 750v works on Windows Mobile right? I think most of ’em will work, but some require some setting up. On the homepages of the makers there usually is system compatibilty info and info on how to install. Good luck, and if you got some time, let me know which work with 100% with the Treo and Windows Mobile.


    November 11, 2006 at 11:54 pm

  4. I can’t run this emulators in my Sony Ericsson K750i why it not reading them=


    March 27, 2007 at 7:46 pm

  5. They all require some tweaking and sometimes quite detailed specifications, so that might be the reason. Look on the developer pages for some more info, loads of stuff on there, goodluck!


    March 27, 2007 at 11:17 pm

  6. How do you enlarge the Sega games on your Q


    July 8, 2007 at 3:09 am

  7. Where is Meboy, the gameboy emulator? That is surely the fastest, smallest and most reliable gameboy emulator which works on even rubbish phones. How is it not there?

    Marc Capavanni

    May 26, 2008 at 2:46 pm

  8. Meboy can be found here meboy is still in its early stages and is not perfect but that doesnt stop me from using it. Its the only gameboy and gameboy colour emulator for mobile phone that i know of. Alot of the incompatability can also come from the roms itself. If a rom isnt made corectly it can casue problems. Thankfully meboy’s creator seems to be working on new versions and slowly ironing out the bugs and leaving room for more roms. If you have an older phone you can adjust the settings for a slower frame rate which will compensate for the slowness of the cell phone.


    August 18, 2008 at 5:38 pm

  9. Very informative post !
    love emulatin’ on my phone 🙂

    snes emulator

    October 22, 2008 at 9:28 am

  10. For a Nes emulator I would use Nescube, it works faster and better than vNes, and works on older phones.


    February 17, 2009 at 1:35 am

  11. will they work on Nokia 7100 and Sony Ericsson K320i ???
    great things if they worked


    March 12, 2010 at 12:54 am

    • I havent updated this list in quite some time, but I do know some of the apps have been translated to modern symbian (7100). SE K320i I’m not sure about, check out the developers websites for that.


      March 12, 2010 at 10:48 am

  12. Another quality cheat code. I posted a plug for your website at mine. Anyway, I am sure most people forget how how to use it.


    March 14, 2010 at 2:56 am

  13. Is there any emulators for blackberry smartphones if any I would like to use it thanks


    August 8, 2011 at 6:57 am

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