One of the most popular franchises to emulate on Android is Pokémon. From Game Boy to 3DS emulation, the series is followed with fervour. However, emulation fiends are currently unable to play Switch games like Pokémon Sword and Shield on mobile.
However, it looks like the newer Pokémon titles may become fully playable in the near future. With impressive updates to the best Android Nintendo Switch emulator Skyline, games like Sword and Shield may soon be phone-compatible.
Can you play Pokémon Sword and Shield on Android?
In a post on the EmulationonAndroid Reddit page, Pokémon Sword and Shield are how playable on Android. While not perfect — there are still issues — this is one of the most exciting development updates yet.
Currently, the Skyline emulator is in a bit of a tough spot. While it can boot smaller games, like Sonic Mania, it’s had trouble with AAA titles. For example, Super Mario Odyssey runs at 60fps, but it has massive graphical glitches.
In the small gameplay video, Pokémon Sword and Shield appears to run near full speed without graphical issues. However, the gameplay video only shows the inside of a Pokémon Center, the least intensive area of the game.
These Pokémon games are not known for their solid performance either. While Pokémon Centers run well, huge expenses such as the Wild Area do not. Perhaps, when Switch emulation evolves substantially, simulated overclocks could make performance bette on phones than on Switch.
Scarlet and Violet
With emulation of Nintendo Switch games now capable of playing previous Pokémon games, can it run upcoming ones? Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet won’t release until later this year, but will they run on Skyline?
At the time of writing, probably not. Not only is Pokémon Sword and Shield in an early state, but Pokémon Legends: Arceus (last year’s game) is still not playable. Furthermore, as Scarlet and Violet are much more advanced titles, it may take a long time for them to work.
There’s also some ethical dilemmas concerning whether just-released games should be playable on emulators. So, keep in mind: do not play Nintendo Switch games on Skyline if you aren’t using a legal backup.