Citra is the first emulator that was developed as part of the 3DS series. The incredible tool was first launched back in 2015 and can run the majority of homebrew and numerous other games.
After years and years of waiting, the tool is finally available for Android devices, enabling users to play 3DS games on their Android-powered handsets.
Citra for Android Devices
Citra is a Nintendo 3DS (N3DS) emulator for Android-powered devices, able to run most of the Nintendo 3DS games at an impressive speed and resolution. Moreover, it packs a number of graphical enhancements that increase the native resolution most Nintendo games come with.
Able to display both screens simultaneously and also assign a button to switch between the screens, Citra is a dream come true for most Nintendo users. When it comes to controls, users can customize the touch buttons to their liking, as the screen is full of virtual controls.
Citra for Android allows a large collection of Nintendo 3DS games, many of them packing slightly better graphics than the regular platform offers. Some of these games include Pokemon Sun and Moon, or The Legend of Zelda.
This particular tool is by far the most advanced Nintendo 3DS emulator one can currently find for Android devices. As an open-source project, Citra was designed in an altruistic manner, being free to download and use.
How to Download and Install Citra
To download and run Citra on your mobile device, you need to meet a few requirements, such as owning a device running Android 5.0 and later. Here are the bunch of requirements: Android 5.0, OpenGL ES 3.2, Quad-Core A53, ARMv8 or x86-64 (64-bit OS), SnapDragon.
Also, before proceeding with the downloading process, make sure you have enabled the Unknown Sources option from your device’s settings. To do so, head over to ‘Settings,’ then select ‘Security,’ navigate to ‘Allow/Enable Unknown Sources,’ and turn on the option.
- Download Citra from here
- After the downloading process completed, install the APK file on your device
To start playing games on the emulator, load the list of games you want to play. Here is how to load the list of titles.
- Firstly, have them decrypted and on your SD card or device’s storage
- As soon as you got them, tap on the ‘+’ button
- Browse your SD card/storage folders and find the 3DS game ROM file to emulate in Android and tap on ‘OK’
- This will load into the games list of the tool, making it possible for you to start playing
You can now run Citra and play all the 3DS Nintendo games you wish. What is your experience with Citra? Feel free to share it on the comments section below.