Although 3DS emulators have been around for a while, fans have never had one that works for Android. But now gamers can take advantage of the 3DS Citra Emulator, which has been officially ported to Android devices on the Google Play Store.
There is already an unofficial Citra app for Android, but the emulator team has been working hard to meet the uninterrupted demands for an official release. It works fine as shown in the announcement video, but it’s still in beta.
The app isn’t perfect, but considering it’s programmed for so many different Android phones, it’s still impressive. It can use motion controls since most of the latest generation phones are equipped with gyroscopes.
The app requires at least Android 8 (Oreo) and 64-bit OpenGL ES 3.2 support. These are relatively high requirements, but they ensure that every device that can run Citra will have a reasonably good experience.
When it comes to hardware, the company recommends a device with a Snapdragon 835 or better. Your experience can vary greatly depending on the quality of your device’s GPU drivers.
The app does not contain any copyrighted games or system files, which means it does not infringe on Nintendo copyrights. The emulator “is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or officially connected with Nintendo”.
Emulating old video games doesn’t seem like a problem, but emulating titles that are still commercially available can be a bit ethically complicated. But emulation preserves gaming experiences and allows people to enjoy earlier games that they might not have had access to.
The 3DS was released in 2011 and has received many redesigns, such as the Nintendo 3DS XL, New 3DS, New 3DS XL, and 2DS. In 2019, Nintendo ended production of these models in Japan.