The Nintendo Entertainment System or simply just the NES, is an 8-bit, cartridge-based home video game console, released by Nintendo almost 40 years ago, in the distant 1983. Known in Japan as the Family Computer or Famicom, it became one of the best-selling consoles of all time, with total sales close to 62 million.
In total, 704 known licensed games were released for the console, with the final release been Lion King (PAL exclusive) in 1995. Among these, 75 games sold over a million copies (at least) worldwide.
When we are talking about ‘systems’ that left their mark in gaming history, the NES is absolutely near on the top of that list.
Best selling NES games and hits
Some of the best-selling NES games, includes titles that shaped gaming for years to come. “Super Mario Bros” defined the side-scroller genre and “The Legend of Zelda” established the genre of action-adventure games. If you have ever heard of the genre “Metroidvania”, that originates from the NES games Metroid and Castlevania. Now, if you are a gamer, chances are that you’ve heard about Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy and Mega Man once or twice. But the list goes on and on. So many legendary games, we can’t name them all.
What if you want to play some of these games now? Well, unless you own an NES and the cartridge of your favorite game(s), you are going to need an emulator and the ROM files. But for people who are not familiar with those terms, “emulator”, “ROM”, let’s clarify some things first.
Emulators? How do they work?
The emulator is an application that “emulates” or “imitates” another system. Running an emulator on your Android device will allow you to “run” software developed in that system. But that’s all an emulator is. If you want to play games, you are going to need a ROM.
ROM? Why do I need that?
To put it as simply as possible, whenever you read or hear the term ROM (Read-Only Memory), think of game files. That’s what it is essentially, the game files that an original cartridge contains. But since we can’t really use a cartridge on our mobile device, we need the ROM files. Once you have them, you load them up on the emulator of your choice and you can enjoy your favorite game. That simple.
Best NES emulators for Android devices
Many many years ago, Pasofami was the first emulator for NES. Soon after, iNES followed. Nowadays? Way too many to name them all. That’s why, in this article, we will take a look at the best available NES emulators for Android devices.