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Citra Emulator

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The best Nintendo 3DS emulator for Android

Latest version


May 17th, 2021

Older versions
Citra is a Nintendo 3DS emulator for Android that's capable of running tons of games from this console's catalog at full speed. This is the developer's first official public version after several forks or versions modified by third parties have popped up. It compiles some of the features implemented by the other versions and unifies them in a common project that, after several years of upgrades, has finally reached its prime.

The emulator can show both screens of the console in real time, or you can choose to see only one in full screen and assign a button to alternate between both. As for the controls, you can customize the touch buttons as you please, although your screen will most likely be filled with virtual controls. That said, Citra's official version supports external physical controllers.

Citra supports a large number of games from the Nintendo 3DS catalog, many of which have significantly better graphics than what you'd find on the original platform. Games like Pokémon Sun and Moon and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds look incredible. You can even add graphic modifications to add higher resolution textures.

Citra is quite possibly the best and most advanced Nintendo 3DS emulator available for Android. We're talking about an open-source project created altruistically that lets you enjoy your laptop games from the comfort of your Android smartphone.
Reviewed by Andrés López Translated by Sarah Odebralski

Frequent questions

What are the requirements for Citra Emulator on Android?

The requirements for using Citra Emulator on Android are pretty basic. Almost any mid-range device with Android 7.0 or higher, plus a Snapdragon 750 processor or better, can play games without any trouble.

Does Citra Emulator cost money?

No, Citra Emulator is totally free. Even though it's free, you can also pay for a premium version, which shows the developers your support and lets you make changes to the interface's aesthetic.

Can I use a gamepad on Citra Emulator?

Yes, you can use any Bluetooth gamepad to play Citra Emulator. There's no compatibility list, but any controller you can connect to your Android device will work on Citra Emulator.

How much space does Citra Emulator take up on Android?

The Citra Emulator APK takes up about 30 MB, which is a little less than the Windows and Mac versions. Despite this difference in size, all versions have exactly the same features.

How often is Citra Emulator updated on Android?

The Windows, Mac, and Linux versions of Citra Emulator are updated at least once a week, but the Android version is usually updated once or twice a year.

More information

Package Name org.citra.citra_emu
License Free
Op. System Android
Category Emulators
Language English
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Author Citra Emulator
Downloads 3,537,603
Date May 17th, 2021
Content Rating All ages
Why is this app published on Uptodown? (More information)

Older versions

57aad68af Feb 12th, 2021
89204de7b Sep 15th, 2020
3608cb90b Jun 24th, 2020
7966294b6 Aug 26th, 2020
7966294b6 Jun 7th, 2020
23-05-2020 May 23th, 2020
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78 reviews


armando96 icon
armando96 in 2021

The best 3ds emulator I've ever tried

gleyalb icon
gleyalb in 2021

Mine is a xiaomi mi 9 lite and it still gets really stuck, so I think it's more affordable to wait for updates because very few people must be playing well

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flm2010 in 2021

It won't let me download, try with all versions and my Android is 8.5.0

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alexisnake in 2021

It works very well for me but I have a problem, how do I configure controls?

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hotgreypineapple68462 in 2021

I can't download

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