NDS Emulator DraStic
Since Drastic is for the playing of DS games, this review is categorized under “game reviews” instead of software reviews. As most of my loyal readers will recall, I was a grad school student almost a decade ago. As a matter of fact, that is quite a common knowledge. What I think I failed to mention before was that the emulator developer was my friend, research lab co-worker and project partner back in the day.
So why am I writing about emulators now? The reason is not because his PSP GBA emulator was not excellent. I clearly remember playing it using my PSP before it was launched in 2005 and I was blown away by Exophase’s accomplishment! The recompiler, which I thought was dynamic, was a lot of work. Seriously, you should witness how fast Exo can type. I was proud of myself for being able to type 120 wpm so I was surprised when Exo managed to type 150 wpm on his first attempt. He really exceeds people’s expectations especially in terms of what can be done.
At that time I never felt the desire to write something about all of these so why am I doing it now? The answer is quite simple: His Drastic emulator for Android is just awesome and is an ultimate masterpiece. I can honestly say that I am proud of Exo yet I feel jealous because his software is just really amazing that I find it absurd how damn good it is. So if Exo does not hit sales in millions by the end of this year, I will be very surprised, if not shocked.
The software works perfectly. It has a built-in FPS meter showing a consistent hundred percent speed on all the games that I love. One of its best features is that it enables you to arrange the DS screens in various arrangements. This is to make the original games actually better than they were first released. Games using both screens work flawlessly in side-by-side landscape mode or in traditional portrait mode. You can also choose to show one screen each entirely or have a screen fill up the device (which is advisable for New Super Mario Bros. and in some cases for Pokemon Emulator games). What I love is the pic by pic mode, where a ¼ sized screen is displayed on the far right of the other screen (just like on modern TVs). Think about the various DS games that made use of the 2nd screen as a status indicator. This actually keeps the game creators’ original intent while enhancing the gameplay by blowing up the main game screen’s size.
To sum it all up, if you are interested in using DS emulator on your Android, then this is the best option and the best money you could spend.
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AseDS Free NDS Emulator for Android
AseDS is a new NDS emulators released just recently. It has many advanced features, such as support for cheat codes, option to create custom button layouts, rearranging screen display options, and frame skipping plus some more tweaks to help smooth game performance and play. During our testing, it seemed to play most of the ROMs we threw at it without too much trouble, although some games stuttered a bit and user reviews have complained about the game’s issue with a few Pokemon games as well. Taking into consideration that the emulator is free, it’s definitely worth a shot.
NDS Boy Free DS Emulator for Android
NDS Boy is another pretty decent newer Nintendo DS emulators on the market. It has a good game ROM compatibility and a few other features, including customizable controls and the basic stuff like save and load states. It’s also compatible with NDS game files including zip, 7z, rar, and nds files. It’s free to download and use with no in-app purchases with the only caveat being that it recommends that you have a high end device for it to work correctly.
nds4droid Free DS Emulator for Android
nds4droid is another free Nintendo DS emulator and this one has been around for a long time. Thankfully, the developer has been actively supporting it and it has been getting progressively better although it still has some issues here and there. It has the basic features like save and load states along with performance tweaks like frame skip to help games play at a more logical speed. It’s entirely open source and you can find the source code online for free if you want to help the project improve.
RetroArch Nintendo DS Emulator for Android
RetroArch is an open source emulator that actually has a number of systems available, including SNES, PlayStation, GameBoy, and Nintendo DS. It’s a bit more complex than most, with each emulator coming in the form of “cores” that you must download and add to the app for it to play those particular games. During our testing, it seemed to work rather well, although it did have a few of the same issues as other emulators. It’s free to download and use and is also open source so there’s no harm in giving it a shot if the others don’t play the games you want.
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