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Sneakers8b (OP)

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Emulation on the GPD
« on: February 22, 2017, 07:06:41 am »
So just for verification, before I go buying all my favorite and necessary emulators (which I have no problem doing).
In order to emulate the most popular of systems on an Android device, I must pay for most of the emulators (with exception of the obvious free ones)?

migoto

Re: Emulation on the GPD
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2017, 09:06:25 am »
For 16 bit like she's,  nes, pc engine etc you can download nes.emu, pce.emu and genesis ones from the playstore. All free.

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sirp0p0

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Re: Emulation on the GPD
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2017, 02:02:47 pm »
For 16 bit like she's,  nes, pc engine etc you can download nes.emu, pce.emu and genesis ones from the playstore. All free.

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All the free *.emu's on the Play Store are years out of date.

If you want free, RetroArch had tons of great emulators, if you can wrap your head around the interface (I don't like it).

As for the "official" *.emu's I recommend buying them. They're a bit more than most other apps but they run great, are updated relatively often, and all share the same interface so once you know how to configure one you can configure all of them.

If you want to learn how to compile apk's (not hard actually), you can get the apps for free from the devs github. You'd just need to recompile when they're updated and he updates them all at once usually.

Sneakers8b (OP)

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Re: Emulation on the GPD
« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2017, 02:35:38 pm »
Keep hearing about RetroArch, can't get it to come up on my google play store, googled it from my PC, said it wasn't compatible with my device...

Sneakers8b (OP)

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Re: Emulation on the GPD
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2017, 03:03:12 pm »
I don't want to complicate things, I just want to get a fair idea which of these emulators are the ones  to buy. There is too many on the play store, which I'm practically brand new to. I Know which PSX emulator I want, I got MAME4droid, Mupen64 Plus AE, and Snes9x EX+. I'm now talking strictly paid for apps, and my interests include: Genesis, Neo Geo, NES, N64, and MAME. I need dongle compatability, for multiplayer, this may be something that starts with the system first (not sure). So are the ones I have keepers, which ones are worth the money?

tiagao_extremo

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Re: Emulation on the GPD
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2017, 04:54:51 pm »
Keep hearing about RetroArch, can't get it to come up on my google play store, googled it from my PC, said it wasn't compatible with my device...

If you want the latest and updated version of RetroArch you can get the nightly builds from here:

https://buildbot.libretro.com/nightly/android/

skelton

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Re: Emulation on the GPD
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2017, 05:23:55 pm »
I don't want to complicate things, I just want to get a fair idea which of these emulators are the ones  to buy. There is too many on the play store, which I'm practically brand new to. I Know which PSX emulator I want, I got MAME4droid, Mupen64 Plus AE, and Snes9x EX+. I'm now talking strictly paid for apps, and my interests include: Genesis, Neo Geo, NES, N64, and MAME. I need dongle compatability, for multiplayer, this may be something that starts with the system first (not sure). So are the ones I have keepers, which ones are worth the money?

In my opinion the only emus worth the money are ePSXe for PSX and Drastic for DS emulation.
The rest are free and Retroarch includes most devices with cores up to date. It's a bit tricky to use it first time, but once you learn how it goes I don't want anything else to be honest.
For n64 mupenplus fz is the best choice, is free on play store.
For mame you have mame4droid 0.139 free in play store, it needs mame 0.139 romset. You also have mame and final burn alpha cores in Retroarch for arcade emulation. Fba core is a must to emulate cps3 or pgm games for example.
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salamandar

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Re: Emulation on the GPD
« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2017, 06:36:26 pm »
Don't forget to buy Drastic Ds emulator , you won't regret it , one of the best and polished emulator to play ds games full speed

Sneakers8b (OP)

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Re: Emulation on the GPD
« Reply #8 on: February 23, 2017, 02:06:24 am »
Awe you guys are awesome, I really appreciate all the help everyone. :)

moff

Re: Emulation on the GPD
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2017, 03:08:17 pm »
RetroArch is a must for MAME, cause only it's mame2016 core supports later romset 0.174 (mame4droid emulator supports only very old 0.139u romset).

skelton

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Re: Emulation on the GPD
« Reply #10 on: February 23, 2017, 04:51:54 pm »
RetroArch is a must for MAME, cause only it's mame2016 core supports later romset 0.174 (mame4droid emulator supports only very old 0.139u romset).
yeah, but that core is very slow in android emulating many boards, unless you play very old mame games. CPs3, PGM, Cave games etc are slow with that core. Even simple neogeo games struugled a bit with that core, at least the last time I tried. Maybe is more optimized now. Fba is better for those boards (Cps3, PGM, Cave, Kaneko, and some Taito ones)
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moff

Re: Emulation on the GPD
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2017, 05:09:53 pm »
Fba is better for those boards (Cps3, PGM, Cave, Kaneko, and some Taito ones)
And again, fba core in retroarch is the best choise for that (not the aFba standalone outdating emulator)

skelton

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Re: Emulation on the GPD
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2017, 05:15:54 pm »
Fba is better for those boards (Cps3, PGM, Cave, Kaneko, and some Taito ones)
And again, fba core in retroarch is the best choise for that (not the aFba standalone outdating emulator)

Exactly, fba core is awesome. aFBA is outdated and sound emulation is quite crappy.
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TriksR4Rabits

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Re: Emulation on the GPD
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2017, 10:04:45 pm »
I'm really in love with the Beloko ports as well, which you can use to play DOOM, Quake, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, etc. They are paid and available from the Android app store, and are not on Google Play. FYI there are free ports for some of these games as well, though the Beloko apps have nice control mapping options.

Completely agree with what others have said. Aside from Beloko (if you're into that), pay for ePSXe for and Drastic. Retroarch can fill in all the other gaps.

Retroarch is definitely a pain to set up but works great after the initial learning curve. I am also a big fan of the ReArmed core in Retroarch for PS1 games.

PS: Street Fighter 3rd Strike is glorious using FBA Core in Retroarch ;-)

Doopysdad

Re: Emulation on the GPD
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