MAME

MAME (an acronym of Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) is a free and open source emulator designed to recreate the hardware of arcade game systems in software on modern personal computers and other platforms. The intention is to preserve gaming history by preventing vintage games from being lost or forgotten. The aim of MAME is to be a reference to the inner workings of the emulated arcade machines; the ability to actually play the games is considered "a nice side effect". Joystiq has listed MAME as an application that every gamer should have.

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The following Smartphones meet the system requirements set by MAME's developers. There are no performance standards defining how well a recommended system should perform (some developpers overestimate them, others can be a bit optimistic), but unless you want framerates above 30fps or run the game above HD resolution, this should do nicely.

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Wonder why you get better systems than requested?

That's because TekAdvisor limits results based on a maximum price rather than a maximum performance. For instance: If 3-stars or even 5-stars systems are available in the same price range as 1-star options, I'm pretty sure you should consider the better-performing options as well.

The results above are the 9 systems offering the best bang-for-the-buck among the cheapest catalogued systems capable of running MAME at the specified level of performance or better.