We return to the store for another week with our section “The emulators of consoles in Android” where we have already reached the fourth generation in console history, popularly known as the 16-bit era. This phase was one of the most “revolutionary” and meant advances in many areas, as we shall see below.
Logically, technology has not stopped evolving at any level, which would have a direct impact on video consoles, for example with the introduction of CD as a medium for storing games that would replace cartridges. Combining this much greater capacity support with the current advancements in computing and the performance of new machines would be a time of authentic technical gems when they would appear the first titles in 3 dimensions.
Despite the fact that third generation consoles were still hugely popular, and we could even tell that they were in their prime, there was no time to waste the “Next Generation “ it started in 1987In Japan, of course, hand in hand with NEC and its PC engine – Turbografx international – although it wouldn’t be far from being the protagonist of the generation.
NEC Turbografx (PC engine) (1987)
As we said earlier, PC-Engine had the privilege of being responsible for releasing the fourth generation of consoles. It appeared in Japan in 1987 to do the same two years later in North America under the name TurboGrafx-16, and 1990 in Europe as Turbografx. The console not only makes the generation leap in terms of performance, including a chip 16-bit graphics – although the CPU was still 8-bit – would also be the first that a game adapter would enjoy on CD media.
However, it would never cover too much market, at least outside of its home country, which makes sense if you can find it In the middle of the two giants of the moment, Sega Mega Drive and Super Nintendo, with which he would try to reinvent himself again and again with numerous variants, without success.
Five of his best games:
Turbografx on Android
As usual, emulating Turbografx on Android is very easy. For this I recommend two options, a paid one and a free one. However, both will and will work perfectly for us PC Engine CD games are also supported, for which we need the system BIOS. Valid for Android versions 2.3 Gingerbread and higher.
Google play | PCE.emu (EUR 3.49)
Google play | PCE.emu Free (Free)
Sega Mega Drive (Sega Genesis) (1988)
When Turbografx tried to occupy the ground and reduce Nintendo’s power with the NES, it seemed One of the consoles that would mark an era and one that many will remember with great nostalgia. We are talking about Sega Mega Drivewas born in Japan in 1988, to be transferred to Europe under the same name and to America as Sega Genesis over the next two years.
Mega Drive, like Turbografx, received a large number of variants and complementary peripherals, which were highlighted Sega mega CD, as the name suggests, would be used to read the games on compact disc, or Mega-32Xwhich increased the machine’s ability to do that Fifth generation 32 bits that were beginning to see. However, neither of the two concepts would quite fit, and less so with the Sega Saturn in the oven, and the strong competition is also preparing their weapons. By the way, there would also be a Sega Mega Drive II after the machine underwent a slimming treatment.
Mega Drive’s greatest success was Harvested in Europe, taking advantage of the flat field left by its predecessor Master System, very popular in the old continent, at the height of the NES. Thus sales in this market would be comparable to and even higher than that of Super Nintendo, and in Brazil it would be dominated by a landslide. The rest of the planet was from SNES.
Five of his best games:
Mega Drive on Android
There are various alternatives available to play Mega Drive on our Android. However, I recommend using the following two options which also serve to emulate the Sega Master system as we saw in the previous issue. Mega CD specific games are also supported, for which we need the BIOS, although some titles may have errors:
Google play | MD.emu (3.99 euros)
Google play | MD.emu Free (Free)
Super Nintendo (1990)
With the final arrival of Super Nintendo in Japan in 1990 and in the rest of the world between 1991 and 1992, it arrived too one of the wildest wars remembered, if not most, in console history. The NES began ceding territory in favor of the new generation, with Mega Drive at the helm, so it had no choice but to respond with a successor and whichever way it would.
Nintendo would then gain a foothold again SNES and would eventually outperform the Sega console in sales. This would be aided by a greater performance than its competitors that enabled effects in unprecedented video games, as well as an innovative six-button controller that was optimal for the many arcade fighting games available at the time.
Five of his best games:
SNES on Android
We have some interesting options on Google Play for Do you remember the old successes of SNES on Android?, but my choices include two of them, free and paid:
Google play | Snes9x EX + (free)
Google play | SuperGNES (SNES emulator) (2.49 euros)
SNK Neo Geo (1990)
Another of the consoles that had its place, although tiny compared to the two large ones Neo Geo AES. We could have left this console for our next edition, which will talk about arcade games, and this system had the inimitable quality of being the home version of just that, a recreational version, the Neo Geo MVS.
Therefore, Neo Geo AES was a game console that was technically far superior to its competitorsand thus being able to get perfect title conversions of his sister’s titles in the salons. In addition, SNK also wanted a share of CD-ROMs for which it would release the Neo Geo CD variant.
Five of his best games:
Neo-Geo on Android
There are several ways in Google Play to emulate the hundreds of Neo Geo AES titles that were of course also included in Neo Geo MVS, although the latter would get some exclusive titles. We will need that Files neogeo.zip and pgm.zip. for correct operation:
Google play | NEO.emu (2.91 euros)
Google play | NEO.emu Free (Free)
Fourth generation laptops
We cannot end this fourth generation review without talking about that portable consolesand it was a key time in its history.
Game Boy (1989)
In 1989 the Game Boy was born, also from Nintendo, which dealt another big blow to the industry after the successful Game & Watch. Game Boy was a real revolution at the time and would enjoy one Popularity for many even over table top machines of the Japanese company, a fact that would show in the millionaire sales of both this and the later Game Boy Color in its fifth generation.
Games like Tetris, one of the main reasons for its success, the huge saga Pokémonor your own versions of Super Mario or Zeldawere just some of his treasures. You can play them with the following emulator and it works for Game Boy Color games too:
Google play | John GBC Lite – Gameboy (GBC) (Free)
But Game Boy wasn’t the only portable and, among other things, practically at the same time the Atari Lynx and shortly after Sega Game Gearwhich was nothing more than a portable Sega Master system:
Google play | aLynx (2.30 euros)
Google play | aLynx free (free)
Google play | MasterGear – Sega Emulator (Free)
And here we end this walk through a golden age for video games. Next week before he jumps into the fifth generation We’re going to make a paragraph to talk about free timewhich enjoyed great prestige at the time and used to be more powerful than home consoles, they offered an incomparable experience with spectacular and entertaining games. Of course, in Android we have emulators that will remind us of those days, and most importantly, there will be no need to leave the huge amount of coins that many will have left in their time. Do not miss!
Console emulators on Android | First generation
Console emulators on Android | Second generation
Console emulators on Android | Third generation
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