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This article will guide you through some of the best SNER emulators for PC, MAC and Android.

The old but classic SNES consoles would always remind you of your old childhood memories of playing video games for endless hours. Unfortunately, SNES consoles have become outdated and to be able to get a proper, functioning model could become a dream come true.

In order to be able to play those SNES games back, you can do so with an emulator which is found in varying variety. The emulators may be old but, it is still legally available. However, the games must be played that one already owns and is not pirated. Though the quality may be compromised, the gaming facility is yet possible. The 10 best SNES emulators for PC, Mac and Android are the following:-


With the help of cross-platform support, the Retroarch is doing very well as a SNES Emulator. The emulator allows a user to have their SNES games on any platform they wish. The polished interface feature of the product makes it possible for the user to play a variety of classic games. Moreover, Retroarch is a great supporter of different controllers and several advanced elements such as shades, rewinding etc. The capability of recording and streaming gameplay to popular streaming platforms is exclusively available on this device.  Known as one of the best emulators, Retroarch should be able to fulfil the maximum needs and desires of a gamer.

Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, Web

Price: Free of cost


Supporting multiple consoles, Higan offers a gameplay experience that a user always dreamed of. A fairly demanding emulator, it would not work on any outdated devices which could be a pointer to consider. Otherwise, the device holds the second post and emulates original hardware as properly as required. If a user’s interest is only in SNES games, the emulator is perfect for them. At present, Higan includes 12 systems such as Nintendo Super, Game Boy Color, Sega Mega Drive etc. The device would not be able to function on Apple devices.

Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux

Price: Free of cost


A much easier to use emulator, SNES9x allows launching games perfectly after the first extraction. In terms of ease, the emulator does not require any significant adjustments. Capability to run virtually on all SNES titles, the device functions properly and fairly well on dated hardware. The outdated hardware could be questioned. The great features available on the device is output image processing, save states for saving games, speed up games along with recording features.

Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux

Price: Free of cost


A specific design-oriented device, BizHawk is suitable for all the individuals who love Speedruns and wish to finish it in the minimum time possible. The emulator is designed around the production of Tool-Assisted Speedruns. The multiple platforms on which the emulator functions on are NES, SNES, Game Boy, PlayStation, Atari 2600 etc. Otherwise, also, the casual gaming facility is easily available with the emulator. The device does not have any specific limitation of devices.

Supported platforms: Windows

Price: Free of cost


Although the development of the emulator stopped back in 2007, it is still capable of easy usage and it remains popular till today. The features present in the emulator are of varying variety such as filters to improve video output, save states support and great recently played gas list which keeps track of 10 most recent games that played on the emulator. The features could be exclusive to this device therefore, must be considered while selection. Although, ZSNES has security exploit this can be avoided by downloading ROMs from trusted sources.

Supported platforms: Windows, Linux

Price: Free of cost


A clean UI complements the overall macOS aesthetic. It features different filters to improve visual output and supports multiple input methods. Open Emu can work upon older macOS devices with low-end specifications. Although, the device is like a front end for a bunch of different emulators requiring one to download additional cores to play games. Initially, Open Emu was just a port for NEX emulator Nestopia but, has become an emulator today. The device has been used for a long time period before and is still sustainable.

Supported platforms: macOS

Price: Free of cost


– Capable of playing most NES games without any trouble along with additional features such as texture scaling and netplay etc. The device has good accurate NES Emulator. The features of the emulator are game-specific custom palettes, cheat support, Famicom mic support that makes it great for emulation fans out. Coming with VSync support, the emulator can be used.

Supported platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux

Price: Free of cost


For a suitable android Smartphone, SNES9x EX has the most basic characteristics such as save/load states, on-screen controls, support for variety of file types and gamepad support. Free of cost without advertisements the emulator will work well only on a few devices. The emulator looks a bit old school, but since it works quite well there’s no point complaining about the UI.

Supported platforms: Android

Price: Free of cost


A better version of SNES9x EX + is the NES.Emu that would run well on most of the android devices. The features of the emulator consist of backup and save state support, on-screen multi-touch controls etc. the portrait orientation supports the device. With the support of Bluetooth/USB gamepad and keyboard which could make a connection with the controller an easy task.

Supported platforms: Android

Price: $3.99


The emulator works on all Android devices running Android 4.1 and offers an original SNES engine that’s compatible with almost all SNES games. The ease of use will definitely appeal to beginners. The emulator offers high-quality rendering with cheat support, customizable keys, save states support and completely customizable keys.

Supported platforms: Android only

Price: $2.99 only


The emulators are difficult to find in India and are available at few places abroad. The emulators mentioned above may cater more for android devices and IOS device emulator is unable to be found. It is due to the reason the concept of the emulator in Apple Company is unavailable. Apple has a stronghold on the apps that are applicable for it which does act as a drawback. The company continuously removes emulators that are added to the App Store and even those that are carefully hidden inside. One can easily enjoy their emulator on Android devices. The selection of the device should be done properly after consideration of all the features so that the buyer is not disappointed with their purchase.

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