The Nintendo DS is one of the best portable consoles to emulate on Android, and with good reason. The emphasis on touchscreen controls in DS games translates well to smartphone gameplay, and the lack of buttons on Android phones can be rectified by using a Bluetooth or wired gaming controller. I was thinking about this and it got me wondering…what about the Nintendo 3DS? The 3DS is another handheld console with the same traits, and searching on GitHub, I found that there is actually a Nintendo 3DS emulator for Android smartphones. Meet the highly experimental Citra for Android port.
Unofficial Citra for Android is impressive in its own right
What makes this unofficial Citra for Android port so impressive is not that it’s a perfectly functioning emulator without any issues that nobody has discovered. In fact, far from it. It has its issues, it has its bugs, and it’s certainly not even remotely functional for more intensive titles. Having said all of that, some games absolutely work perfectly, or close to perfect, depending on your device. All of those facts contribute to how impressive this emulator is, but one fact takes the cake. Citra for Android is using Dolphin Emulator’s front-end as a GUI, but with the entire back-end of Citra ported behind it.