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!


The New Sony Xperia 1 IV Experience

Sony’s latest smartphone release is spec-ed out and ready to take on the iPhone 13 range.The Sony Xperia 1 IV 5G launched in May and has excited tech-heads everywhere thanks to its impressive capabilities.Flagship ProcessorThe Sony Xperia 1 IV runs on the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon (SD) 8 Gen 1 chipset, making for a powerful, advanced machine with increased learning capabilities.It comes ready with Android 12 and boasts 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, which can be expanded with the help of a microSD card.Dynamite DisplayWith this flagship device you get a 6.5-inch 4K OLED display and a 120Hz refresh rate. This smartphone has the honour of being the first phone of 2022 to boast 4K HDR resolution. It also come equipped with a 3840 x 1644 screen resolution – that’s higher than even the iPhone 13 Pro Max – making for a sharper viewing experience.Battery BonanzaThe Sony Xperia 1 IV has a large 5000mAh battery under the hood. It offers 30W wired fast charging like its predecessor and supports wireless charging, keeping up with its own flagship standards.Camera QualityBased on the Sony Xperia 1 III, the IV didn't have to try too hard to deliver a superior camera. It doesn’t disappoint. Like the iPhone 13, it sports a 12MP triple camera setup with four lenses – 12MP Main, 12MP Telephoto with 5 x zoom and a 12MP Ultrawide lens.Sony has set out to rival the best with the Xperia 1 IV. Only time will tell, but with specs like these, they could achieve the impossible!Looking for the hottest mobile and data deals from SA’s leading networks? Be the first to be in-the-know when you sign up for our newsletter.


Huawei P50 Hits The Market

The flagship Huawei P50 series has finally launched worldwide.Debuting in in July last year, the P50 is the most affordable phone from the series.The P50 sets the standard for the range. It packs in sought-after features while still being light on your wallet. You get a new design, new software and new technology that makes it a worthy successor to the standout P40s and Mate 40 series.A+ Camera SpecsAs with most Huawei’s, the camera specs are outstanding. The P50 boasts three shooters at the back, including a 50MP primary camera with OIS and a colour sensor, a 12MP periscope zoom with 5x optical magnification and a 12MP ultra-wide snapper. The front-facing camera is a 13MP, and although this is a little modest compared to other standard smartphones on the market today, it’s more than enough for eye-catching selfies. Altogether, the camera hardware offers a solid performance that captures vibrant, detailed and accurate photos day or night.Just Keep ScrollingThe display on the P50 is impressive with its flat-edge OLED 6.5-inch screen that's bright and efficient, featuring a smooth refresh rate of 90Hz and a touch input rate of 300Hz for easy scrolling and quick switching between apps. The P50 is dust and water resistant at a depth of 1.5m for up to 30 minutes. Overall, it offers a decent display and fast refresh rates for a great user experience.Super-Fast Wired ChargingThe P50’s battery is in line with the current market standards at 4 1000mAh. It features 66W wired charging and goes from 0% to a full charge in 30 – 40 minutes. If you’re looking for a wireless charge, this feature is only available on the flagship P50 Pro. However, if you don’t mind wired as the only option, the standard P50 delivers quickly for the ultimate convenience.Creative ConnectivityPowering the P50 is the top-end Snapdragon 888 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. This can be expanded thanks to a pro nano memory card slot, which is ideal for those who need the extra storage for videos, photos, music and apps. Although the processor supports 5G, it is not enabled in this new series. But if you’re content with a 4G LTE connection or using WiFi 6, the P50 packs a punch without compromising on storage.Updated HarmonyOSThe phone runs on HarmonyOS 2, which was recently revealed as the rival to Android. The operating system shares many similarities with Android but comes with one big difference. It features Huawei AppGallery instead of Google Play. Huawei’s app store has around 45 000 apps but lacks all Google apps. Fortunately, there’s a workaround as you can install apps directly from the web using Petal Search. The best part about the operating system is that it works seamlessly with other Huawei devices, ensuring that those with tablets, smartwatches etc., can easily integrate their devices.If the Huawei P50 striking all the right notes with you, find the right deal here.Sign-up for our newsletter for updates on the hottest mobile and data deals from SA’s leading networks.


The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 Rumours Unlocked

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is expected to be announced in August but there is already a whirlwind of talk about what it could offer.The new flagship series has big shoes to fill as the successor of the trailblazing Galaxy Z Fold 3. If the rumours prove to be true, the Fold 4 is set to continue the legacy into the next generation.An Affordable Foldable?The new series could become the most affordable foldable by the South Korean tech giant.  The Z Fold 3 hit the South African market at a hefty R 37 999. If these guesses hold any value, we could see this price reduced.S22 Camera SpecsThe Z Fold 4 may be adopting the camera setup from the Galaxy S22 range with its stellar telephoto lens boasting 3x optical zoom, a 50MP main shooter and 12MP ultra-wide cameras. A new rumour, by leaker Dohyun Kim, claims that the new model will get the S22 Ultra’s massive 108MP main camera. Samsung’s innovative under-display camera may also get a boost as the tech giant may be adding another to the Fold 4.Two Hinges Become OneKorean blogging site Naver says Samsung is considering ways to reduce the phone’s weight by decreasing the number of hinges at the centre of the handset from two in the Z Fold 3, to just one in the new series. This will make the Z Fold 4 thinner, lighter and more durable. Samsung could also completely ditch the book-style fold format for an s-fold design!Same Size, Bigger ScreenThe weight reduction may also mean that the Z Fold 4 will not be bigger than its predecessor. A leading tipster, Ice Universe, claims that the screen size will remain the same, but there may be more screen area as thinner bezels, and a reduced outside dimension is being considered.Reimagined DisplayTurning to the inner display, Samsung may be upgrading the current Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) material with a tougher and higher quality option.Axed S Pen?The S Pen’s future with the Fold series is… complicated.  There are rumours of a built-in stylus, no stylus at all and the most frustrating option, no silo slot for the accessory – meaning that finding a place to store your S Pen could become an issue, especially when travelling.All in all, the latest rumours about the Z Fold 4 indicate that it’s poised for greatness, just like the generations before. For the latest updates on the new series, sign up for our newsletter and stay in the know.