How to Play SNES Games on Your Android Tablet

Last Edited: May 25, 2017 | Published: February 26, 2017 by

How to Play SNES Games on Your Android Tablet

Have you longed for the good ‘old days of gaming? Do you miss your Nintendo Entertainment System or maybe your Super Nintendo? If so, then today’s post is for you. Today, I will show you how to install and play some classic Super Nintendo games on your Android tablet. Don’t worry, thanks to a handy app on the Play Store, the process is actually quite easy.

Download Your Emulator

A quick search on Google Play will reveal several different SNES emulators. I have to admit I haven’t tested them all, but one that is my favorite is Snes9x EX+. While most of the different emulators offer similar interfaces and functionality, this one in my experience works the best. There is a free and a paid version available, but the free one will work just fine. The paid version gives you way more features, though, so if you find yourself using it a lot you may want to spring for that one.

Find Your ROMS

Now, you need the games in order to be able to play them. These games are saved into a format that we know as ROMs. These files are then stored in a zip file that the emulator can open. There are many sites out there that allow you to download ROMs. Some of my favorites are:

Now there is some question on the legalities of downloading roms. Technically, you are supposed to own the game in cartridge form if you are going to download the rom for that game. However, at best this is a gray area as the SNES is old technology that has long been abandoned. In most cases, nobody is going to kick up any fuss if you download a game that was made over 20 years ago. But I still felt like it was important that you all know and understand this part of classic gaming.

Play Your Game

Once you have downloaded the game or games you wish to play, I recommend creating a folder on your memory card where they can be stored, just to keep everything organized. If you really get into classic gaming, this will help you when your ROM collection begins to expand.

Are you ready to start playing? Great. Let’s get to it.

1. Open Snes9x EX+.

2. Tap on Load Game and navigate to where you saved your ROM files.
3. Choose the game you want to load by tapping on it.

4. Start playing.

That’s really all there is to it. Who knew it was so easy to play these classic games on your Android tablet?

Cool Features


There are several features built into your SNES emulator that you should know about it. First, there is a handy feature called Save State. We all know that save points were often hard to come by in many Nintendo games. In some, it didn’t exist at all. With Save State, you can save your game at any point you choose. When you are ready to play again, all you have to do is load that state and off you go.

Your emulator comes with a touchscreen based controller that you will see on the screen. It works quite well. However, those aren’t your only options. You have full key mapping support if you have a keyboard on your tablet and the emulator will even recognize many controllers today. If it doesn’t, you can even map the different buttons to your controller to truly customize your experience.

What About Other Platforms?

So now that you have your SNES emulator working great, what about other platforms? You will be glad to know that you can find an emulator for almost any platform you can think of. There are emulators for the Atari 2600, Nintendo, arcade games, PlayStation and much more. Pretty much every classic platform has an emulator for it. If you want to play those games, you will need to download the emulator for that platform and then go and find the roms that you want to play.


Some of the best video games ever created were made in the early days of gaming. Over time, many believe that these games have just been lost. However, with emulators, you can give these games another chance or go back and play some of your favorites from when you were a kid. Your Android tablet is a great place to do it, as well. So why not give some of the classics a try again and see what you think about the games made so long ago? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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