August 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm #855
I’m a big fan of retro games, and was a shameless Amiga fanboy back in the early ’90s so I’m always looking at ways of wallowing in nostalgia.
Got emulation installed on my PCs, Nintendo DS, PSP and softmodded Wii, running emulators for systems such as the Amiga, Megadrive/Genesis, Master System, NES, SNES, Gameboy, GBC, GBA, PC Engine/TurboGrafx, C64 and Spectrum. I also have an upgraded Amiga
Tried emulation on my Android phone, but it was far too fiddly so I didn’t bother keeping that.
Anyway, to get to the point, based on this information you’ve probably guessed what sort of software I installed on my N7 the first day I got it :)
I’ll be having a more thorough dig through the software in the next few weeks, but first impressions on using MD Emu are that it runs nice and fast, the gamepad buttons aren’t too bad, but obviously the touchscreen isn’t as good as a real button.
Also tried UAE4Droid (Amiga emulator) and that seems to be a bit more fiddly, although Amiga emulation is never particularly easy.
Has anyone else tried any emulation on their N7?August 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm #879
I have not given it a go, but interested in seeing what can be done. I think the one I’d most like to try is the Amiga emulator as that’s prob what I used to play on the most all those years ago… Lemmings, Speedball II, North and South, etc.
But I’ve also found it’s pretty tricky to get going when I’ve tried on my PC.
PS. For others reading this and not familiar with the emulator scene, old games and ROMS are often (but not always) still subject to Copyright. For obvious reasons please don’t link to dodgy sources.August 3, 2012 at 1:45 pm #881
I’ve preordered my Nexus & am hoping to be able to pick it up from Tescos this weekend.
Pretty excited by it all.
Although I’ve not got it in my hands as yet also being a huge retro gamning fan I’ll be keen to try out all the emulators.
Although the on screen pseudo buttons can be a pain, it is possible on some emulators that I’ve used on my phone to connect to a Wiimote (or I’d imagine a ps3 or Xbox controller) via bluetooth, thus adding a whole new dimention to retro gaming on an Android.August 5, 2012 at 8:10 am #902
I’ve seen someone using a PS3 controller via usb, would be good to get a controller going via bluetooth though.August 6, 2012 at 10:24 pm #923
Ok, been having a bit of a fiddle with emulation now. Nothing in great detail, but I’m particularly impressed with Robert broglia’s MD.EMU and PCE.EMU software for megadrive and pc engine. Runs very smoothly and whilst no touchscreen display can ever match physical buttons, the ability to easily connection to a wii controller to it means you can sort of have your retro gaming “to go”.
Amiga emulation using uae4droid is quite clunky, although I’ve never come across Amiga emulation on any platform which is flexible enough to handle a variety of games without having to do some farting around. In this case, the touchscreen mouse control isn’t calibrated very well and sound and graphics on a lot of games is a bit messed up.
Not managed to get anything out of the Frodo c64 or Marvin spectrum emulators yet.