The incredible success of the NES Mini clearly caught Nintendo unprepared. They had built so few units and had intended it only to be a temporary “gimmick” that would be fun for the holiday season. Their lack of insight into the popularity of these eight-bit classics is surprising, but we weren’t shocked to see people going crazy over the chance to play these immortal masterpieces again.
In fact, a growing number of people are learning how to get their favorite NES games on their Android phones. This process requires installing an emulator on your phone and using it to run various emulated games. Make sure to only download games you already owning, as failure to do may be considered an illegal activity (it’s a gray area depending on the console).
Find An Emulator
There are many different emulators available for download right now, so many that it can be confusing to pick the right one for your needs. However, there is actually an NES emulator available right in your Android store! Go to Google Play Store and search “John NES.” This is a free app that allows you to play your favorite NES games right on your android.
Free up any hard drive space you might need and install the emulator. At this point, you will need to search out ROMS that you can use with the emulator. That is the next step in the process. However, we want to emphasize that emulation is only legal if you emulate games you own. While nothing is to stop you from emulating games you don’t own, we did not suggest this idea to you.
The best way to find high-quality games (ROMS) for your Android is to open up your favorite internet browser and search for “Console Name ROMS” ex: Super Nintendo ROMs, Gameboy Advance ROMs, etc. There are a few websites you can use to download ROMS and the process is simple, find the game you want and download it. Most websites will have these games in a zip format, this is fine and most newer emulators will be able to read them.
After you have opened up John NES, all you have to do is wait for it to automatically search for game files on your phone. If you have a lot of files on your phone, this could take a few minutes. Once it has found your games, it will automatically find them in the same location in the future. After the list of games has opened up, click on the game you want to play.
You can also adjust the controls by clicking on the “Settings” button and adjusting the buttons used for each action. Try to find a scheme that works for your phone layout and your personal preference. Once you do, you have all your NES games with you on the go!
As you can see, it isn’t too hard to run your favorite NES games right on your phone or tablet. While it will take a little adjustment to get used to the smaller playing screen and the keyboard-based control method, it isn’t impossible. That’s why we suggest trying it out on your own. You might be surprised at just how much fun you have with it!
And if you need help installing this item on your phone, please don’t hesitate to look to us for help. We can provide you with a more in-depth look at how to install emulators on your phone and the ways they can be run smoothly and efficiently.