Thursday 18 November 2010

But can your phone do this?

Now to be completely honest, emulators have been around a LONG time, even on mobile phones (I used to play Sega Megadrive/Genesis games on my Sony Ericsson P900 way back in 2003 using PicoDrive!), but I've never had a phone emulate some popular consoles as well as my lovely new HTC Desire Z does!

I've installed emulators for Super Nintendo, Sega Megadrive (Genesis), Gameboy, Gameboy Advance and... Sony PlayStation! Summing up the rest of this entry in one sentence... My phone can play Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario and Final Fantasy VII! :) Here's some funky pictures doing just that!

Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega Megadrive)

Super Mario World (Super Nintendo)

Super Mario Kart

Nifty eh?! It took a little while to get the button configuration to something that "work" (and need to change slightly for some games), but it works just fine! Infact this entry wouldn't really be complete without a video so here's a quick video of me playing various games on it! (Okay it's 5 minutes long so it's not exactly quick, but meh...)

The games in order are Sonic 2 (Mega Drive), Super Mario World (SNES), Super Mario Kart (SNES), Bubsy (SNES), Streets of Rage 2 (Mega Drive), Ecco the Dolphin (Megadrive) and Final Fantasy VII (PS1).

Even with the framerate of the video lowered to the 15fps and the quality lowered for a smaller filesize you can see they all run really well, even Final Fantasy VII although I admit it does suffer a bit of slowdown in places, but it's more than playable :) The hardest part was actually locating my original CDs, but once I'd found them it was just a case of copying them to the memory card of the phone! :)

I've got loads more games on there, but you get the idea... It rocks and I'll never be bored ever again! :)


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