The developers of Citra, the famous Nintendo 3DS emulator, have deployed the official version of it on Android. From now on, it is therefore possible to comfortably play your favorite Nintendo 3DS games on your smartphone.
This is information that should delight Android players on the one hand, and those who have a soft spot for Nintendo 3DS games on the other. As we learned from our colleagues at XDA-developers.com, the official version of Citra for Android has just been released. In case you don’t know yet, this is an emulator designed for games released on the Japanese giant’s portable console.
Before this official release, the tool had been ported several times to Google’s mobile platform without the developers being able to offer all the necessary features. Now it's done.
Citra now allows us to enjoy Nintendo 3DS titles on Android closer to the original experience.
A final version after several attempts
The microphone, the Amiibo platform and the camera are now supported. You can also use a joystick just as it is possible to activate the movement controls. In order to better understand how Citra works, the team behind the project has published the entire emulator development process on their website. She explains in particular how the two previous unofficial versions contributed to the birth of this official version.
During the first attempt, the developers had faced quite a few bugs. To this was added a problem of slowness. The second one has significantly improved performance, but compared to the final version which has just been put online, it is even less practical.
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A free emulator
This official version of Citra is available for free on the PlayStore. However, to unlock the premium features, the player will have to shell out $ 4.99.
As for the technical requirements, the developers recommend using a smartphone powered by a Snapdragon 835 or later. The terminal will also have to be powered by Android 8.0 or a more recent version of the OS.
Finally, be aware that Citra is supposed to work better on a phone with a Snapdragon processor than on a device with an Exynos or Kirin chip.
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