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How to Play Retro Arcade Games on Your Smartphone

Moe from Mondo / 24-05-2021 / Tech news

Retro gaming has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to a heavy dose of nostalgia for the simple gameplay and graphics that those games offered, reminding people of their childhoods and happier times. If you are an old-school gamer, then you’re in luck, because emulators can be installed right on your smartphone to let you play your favourite retro games from the likes of Nintendo, Sega and even Sony PlayStation. The question is - which of these emulators is the best for you?

If you own a smartphone, you are most likely a part of one of two groups of people: Apple users and Android users. Although the available emulators generally cater for only one of the two smartphone operating systems, the range of choice more than makes up for it. To play, you will need game ROMS that are compatible with the gaming platform you are emulating as these do not come packaged with the emulators because of licensing rights. So, if you long for the days of Super Mario Brothers or Sonic the Hedgehog, read on to find out which emulator is the best one for you.

Apple iOS

The Apple app store does not allow for gaming emulators, but there is an assortment of legitimate options that can be downloaded off the internet and installed on your device without the need to jailbreak or void any warranties. Here’s our top 3 picks for the best and most reliable emulators:


Delta supports a wide range of Nintendo consoles, including Game Boy, NES/SNES, N64 and Nintendo DS. The well-developed emulator allows the user to save their game in any state and all data can be stored in a Google Drive Account. A reliable, yet consistently innovative emulator, Delta is a top choice.

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iNDS is the emulator that allows you to play Nintendo DS games on your phone for free. Like Delta, iNDS allows the user to save their game with ease and their gameplay runs at nearly full speed on phones from iPhone 5 and above. iNDS is the perfect emulator for Nintendo fans on a budget.

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Dedicated to emulating the PSP (PlayStation Portable) on your iPhone or iPad, PPSSPP will run any PSP game on your device at near-full speed. Like the others above, PPSSPP allows you to save progress in your gameplay, but the differentiator is that it gives you the option to transfer existing PSP saved files onto your phone!

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On Android, there are many more options for retro game emulators. With such a huge variety of choices, you know there’s an emulator that is perfect for you, so here’s are our top 3 picks of Android emulators:


ePSXe is perfect for PlayStation gaming. With the Sony PlayStation 1 being one of the most popular consoles of all time, ePSXe has capitalized on the market by providing a reliable emulator to run your favorite games. On top of being able to save your game, ePSXe offers you the chance to play split screen with your friends as well as allowing custom key mapping for your controller.

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After combing the two apps, John NES and John SNES, into one, John NESS allows the user to play Nintendo games on Android. With a wide range of attractive features, such as cheat support, save states and integration with DropBox, John NESS is proving to be a very popular choice of emulator.

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DraStic DS Emulator

This particularly impressive emulator is unique in the sense that the user can improve the resolution of the game as well as customize the position of the display. More than having the usual save option, DraStic DS Emulator can sync with Google Drive in order to store your progress. For those who want to get ahead quickly, this emulator also houses thousands of cheat modes in their database.

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Finally, RetroArch is widely regarded as a leader in this emulation industry. The main point of differentiation, and probably the most important, is that RetroArch does not need a specific operating system to run on. They offer you the chance to play classic games on a large variety of devices through its clean graphical interface. With advanced features such as rewinding, blind accessibility features and netplay, RetroArch is a very good option for anyone who wants to play their old games again.

What you decide to download will depend on what games you are trying to play, and which emulator features attract you the most. With the huge amount of emulator options found online, you are almost guaranteed to find one that suits you.

Happy gaming!


How to Connect Your Gaming Controller to Your iPhone

Big on using your Apple iPhone for gaming, but not loving the touchscreen controls? Hit your best scores by connecting your PC, PlayStation or Xbox gaming controller to your iPhone (or any Apple device) with iOS 13 or higher. While not all games are supported in this mode, most of the favourites are available and benefit from the use of the external controller. As is often the case when pairing any two devices, Bluetooth is the preferred option – and the same can be said for enhancing your gaming experience. Bluetooth provides wireless connection and allows for unimpaired gaming. Xbox One + Bluetooth An unusual approach, but when pairing your Xbox One check that Bluetooth on your phone is turned OFF then turn your attention to your controller. Ensure your Xbox One controller is fully charged and disconnected from your console. Enter pairing mode on the controller by first tapping and holding the Xbox button. The button should begin to flash. Press and hold the Share button at the top of the controller. While holding the button, turn back to your device and enable Bluetooth to activate search mode. Xbox Wireless Controller should appear on your device screen. Select the option and you’ll be paired and ready to go! PS4 + Bluetooth Falling back into routine, start with your device and turn your Bluetooth ON. Press and hold the Share and PlayStation buttons at the same time. Your controller light should start blinking. Check your device for a pop-up message. Select the name of your controller and pair up! If you’re the lucky owner of both an Xbox One and a PS4 console, you will have to unpair one of the controllers from your device in order to use the other – but this is really is a small price to pay for a slicker smartphone gaming experience!


How to Connect Your Gaming Controller to an Android Phone

If your touchscreen gaming technique is missing the mark, it might be time to bring in the big guns. Connecting your PC, Sony PlayStation or Xbox controller to your Android smartphone is an excellent way to create an all-round smoother gaming experience on mobile. All you will need is a device with either Android 10 or 11 and a fairly recent model controller, like any standard Bluetooth PC gaming controller, a PS4 Dual Shock controller or the Xbox One with Bluetooth capabilities. Here’s how you can connect for seamless gaming: PS4 + Bluetooth How to connect: To sync your PS4 controller with your android device, start by activating your Bluetooth on your smartphone. Once your device is discoverable, turn your attention to your controller. Press and hold both the PlayStation and Share buttons at the same time. The light on the controller should start flashing and a Wireless Controller message should pop up on your phone. Tap on the message to accept and complete the pairing process. The light on your PS4 controller should stop flashing and show a steady blue which signals that you’re connected and all set! Xbox + Bluetooth How to connect: Like with the PS4, start by ensuring that your Bluetooth is enabled on your smartphone. To connect your phone, the controller must be fully charged and unplugged from your Xbox One. Press and hold the Sync button on your controller to activate its search for your phone. Once the devices detect one another, just tap the pop-up message on your phone to select your controller and follow the instructions to finish pairing. Once you start your game, your Xbox One controller will kick in. While wireless connection is the prime set up, it doesn’t always work. If you’re having difficulty pairing your devices through Bluetooth, or have an older controller, try a USB-OTG cable. Just be sure to get a cable that is compatible with your phone’s charging or USB ports.


The Samsung Galaxy A52 makes its SA debut!

The release of the Samsung Galaxy A51 last year was a resounding success for the South Korean giant and with the A52, it looks like Samsung has another hit on its hands in 2021! Under the Hood Released together with the Galaxy A32 and A72 in late March, the A52 shares many similarities with its sister smartphones. Fitted with latest software – Android 11, UI 3.1 and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G, it also features the much-desired 90Hz Super AMOLED display for fluid scrolling and high refresh rates. The A52 sports an internal storage capacity of 128GB and the option of between 4 and 8GB of RAM. Screen and Body The A52 comes in Awesome Black and three candy-like versions: Awesome Violet, Awesome Blue and Awesome White. At 6.5 inches, the A52’s screen size remains the same as its predecessor so, if you’re looking to upgrade, rest assured this is a lightweight and comfortable fit. The A52 sports a brightness level of nearly 800 NITS and the Eye Comfort Shield that comes standard in newer Samsung models. It also boasts dual loudspeakers, which creates a surround-sound effect that will be especially pleasurable for anyone who prefers binge-watching their favourite shows from the comfort of their smartphones. Good news for gamers - in addition to the fantastic sound, the A52 handles well when it comes to demanding titles and the phone’s touch response is a smooth and impressive experience. Camera Again, like it’s siblings, the A52’s camera is unique – both inside and out. The cameras sit on an island which protrudes from the back casing unlike any of the pre-2021 A series versions. The camera specs stand out too – a slick 32 MP selfie camera that allows the subject to shine, a vibrant 64 MP rear camera, a 5 MP Macro camera, a 5 MP depth camera and a 12 MP Ultra-wide which produces photographs with a creative fish-eye effect. Battery If you’re always on the go and need a smartphone that can keep up with you, the A52 will not disappoint. The device has a 4 500 mAh battery that lasts up to two days and 15W fast charger capabilities that get you fully powered up and ready to go in a snap. Verdict If it’s versatility, durability and affordability with a touch of sleek style you’re looking for, the feature packed Galaxy A52 is the smartphone you’re looking for.