Friday, October 10, 2014

How to Turn Your Smart Phone into a Retro Video Game Console

Video Game Console
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Emulators and ROMs for Your Android Device, IPhone Users Can Play, Too

Retro gaming is popular with the nostalgic set and those looking for a simpler and more pure video gaming experience than offered by today's highly complex home gaming consoles. Many major retailers now offer plug-and-playboxes that include classic games built into boxes resembling the original console they played on and many adventurous retro gaming junkies have taken to the emulator scene on their PCs.
What if I told you that the best classic video gaming console that you could own is already in your pocket and that you can start playing all of your classics anywhere and likely for free? You can put all of your old cartridges in storage and free up some much needed space in your entertainment center if you know how to properly take advantage of the power of your smart phone and/or tablet. 

Turning the Phone Into An Emulator Machine
The first thing you need to do in order to play your favorite retro video games on your smartphone/tablet is to download the emulators, or programs that function as virtual versions of video game systems.
For Android users, this is as simple as making a trip to the Google Play Store and downloading the emulator apps. Apple exerts tight control over its App Store and ecosystem as a whole and does not allow you to download video game emulators…unless you jailbreak your iPhone or iPad and then you are free to proceed.

The Best Emulators for Android Devices
There are emulators for nearly every major retro video game system ever made, and many newer video game consoles, as well. Nintendo lovers looking for great, free emulators should download the Nostalgia.NES app for Nintendo emulation and the Snes9x EX+ emulator for Super Nintendo emulation. The GENPlusDroid app lets Android users emulate Sega Genesis, Sega Master System, and Sega Game Gear games. TurboGrafx-16 fan boys can even get their fix with the free PCE.emu emulator, while the free NEO.emu emulation app offers strong Neo Geo emulation for your Android smart phones and tablets.
Download Retro Video Game ROMs
You must remember that it can be illegal just to go willy-nilly downloading ROMs for every game available if you do not own the original cartridge version of the game. To protect yourself, make sure that you only download ROMs of the games that you actually own. With that said, there are countless websites offering retro video game ROMs. The Game Universe Pro app also gives you one-stop shopping for all of your classic ROM downloading needs.

Controllers for Android Gaming
Now that you have your Android device running emulators and ROMs, you will probably find yourself wanting better control than what is offered by your smart phone's touchscreen. PS3 controllers with Bluetooth capability work but aren't the most handy for on-the-go gamers seeking portability; the same applies for the dedicated Playpad Pro controller. Ipega offers an attachable controller but some users find the add-on too small, while some enjoy the compact profile of the controller. The PowerA MOGA controller is widely considered the most well-designed controller dedicated to Android gaming. The Power A Moga controller even comes with a bracket so you can secure your phone, turning it into a true portable gaming device, one perfect for all of your retro video gaming experiences.

Hooking It Up To Your TV
Let's say you want to use your smart phone to play these retro gaming ROMs games on your TV. All you need to do is enable Bluetooth on your phone and connect it to your controller, ideally the Power A MOGA. An MHL adapter, HDMI cable, and your micro USB cord will connect your smart phone or tablet to your TV so you can sit on your couch and enjoy the best rest video games of all-time just like you did when you were a kid. S.W. Hampson. 

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