What are the best SNES emulators?

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    #1RetroArch

    RetroArch

    RetroArch is a free emulator that makes use of a powerful development interface called Libretro to make it compatible with PlayStation, Game Boy, SNES, and Nintendo DS. It requires users to download some programs called 'cores' from within the app.  

    Apps

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS

    Free

    Muhammad Chavan
    Written on October 29, 2017
    "I was looking for an emulator that would allow me to play games from the PlayStation on my Android. This app seems to have some bugs when used on smartphone, but when it works it's great -- and I love that there are no ads!"
  2. 14

    #2SNES9X

    SNES9X
    Snes9x is a portable, freeware Super Nintendo Entertainment System emulator. It lets you play most games designed for the SNES and Super Famicom Nintendo game systems on your PC or Workstation.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Gerald Gonzalez
    Written on June 13, 2018
    "Playing SNES was my childhood so I'll give the SNES games you need to play with SNES9X: Final Fantasy VI, Super Mario RPG, Megman X, Super Mario World, Contra 3, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Chrono Trigger and Super Metroid. My SNES may no longer existing today but emulators will save the day."
  3. 11

    #3ZSNES

    ZSNES
    ZSNES is a free Super Nintendo emulator. It is written mostly in x86 assembly with official ports for Linux, DOS, OS X, Windows and an unofficial port for Xbox.
    Software

    Windows

    Free

    Carmen Mercado
    Written on October 8, 2017
    "ZSNES is a great SNES emulator. Whenever I'm feeling reminiscent of games from back in the day I uses ZNES and have a good time. The games are similar and pretty well developed. ZSNES helps me satisfy my craving."
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    #4higan

    higan

    higan is a multi-system emulator that supports the following systems: Nintendo Famicom, Nintendo Super Famicom, Nintendo Game Boy and more. It is originally called as bsnes.

    Software

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Randy Webb
    Written on June 13, 2018
    "Try Higan only if your PC is powerful. Otherwise, stick to the good ol' SNES9x. I've used Higan and I'm already used to the process of setting it up. It could be intimidating to emulator newbies though."
  2. 8

    #5Snes9x EX+

    Snes9x EX+

    Snes9x EX+ is an advanced open-source accurate SNES emulator for mobile device with a high compatibility rate. You can transfer games anywhere to your internal storage/SD card and browse to them from within the app (default SD card directory on most devices is /mnt/sdcard). ROMs may be in .smc and .sfc formats, optionally in ZIP, RAR, or 7Z files.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Pranav Yadav
    Written on June 9, 2018
    "I love to play the old school games for the consoles I grew up with. I also don't have the physical consoles so I rely on computers. Snes9x EX+ is the best Super Nintendo Emulator around. This really got off the ground with an easy way to conduct itself. The controls are great and the file extensions it accepts make sense."
  3. 6

    #6Mednafen

    Mednafen

    Mednafen is a game emulator for Windows and Linux. It utilizes platforms such as OpenGL and SDL. It can emulate games from Nintendo, Sega PC Engine, and other handheld games. Users can remap keys, set save states and record clips.

    Software

    Windows, Linux

    Free

    Ricardo Venegas
    Written on June 13, 2018
    "Finally, a game emulator that I can use on Linux. Other than the accessibility, the emulation for the graphics is nice."
  4. 3

    #7John SNES Lite

    John SNES Lite

    John SNES Lite is a SNES emulator for Android 4.0+with an original SNES engine, high compatibility, smooth sound, high-quality rendering and a lot of cheats. You can search game files in a SDCard & internal Storage. Contains a Virtual On-Screen keypad but also Bluetooth/MOGA controller support with many more features.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Patrick Simpson
    Written on October 30, 2017
    "This is one of the better SNES emulators out there, and it's a testament how hard it must be to make a great one because this one still has a few compatibility issues now and then. That said, it has fewer than the competition. It updates somewhat frequently, so I'm guessing bugs are continually being worked out. "
  5. 1

    #8Super Retro 16 Lite

    Super Retro 16 Lite

    Super Retro 16 Lite is a great SNES emulator: developed from the ground up to deliver the fastest possible gaming experience. Easily locate and play your favorite titles by scanning your phone to view your list of installed ROMs.

    Apps

    Android

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Melissa Larson
    Written on October 18, 2017
    "I've been looking for a great streamlined emulator for a long time and was so happy to of found this! I finally go back play my FF games via my phone or tablet. Hooray!"

Summary

Best What are the best SNES emulators
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1RetroArchApps 18 Free
2SNES9XSoftware 14 Free
3ZSNESSoftware 11 Free
4higan Software 9 Free
5Snes9x EX+Apps 8 Free
6MednafenSoftware 6 Free
7John SNES LiteApps 3 Free
8Super Retro 16 LiteApps 1 Free
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