The 10 Best Amazon Fire TV Games

Fire TV is more than just a smart TV–it's also a capable game console

Gaming on Fire TV
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The Amazon Fire TV is filled with apps, videos, and even games. That’s right–even a Fire Stick with its limited 6GB storage can function as a video game console.

Most Android games available on Amazon can be played on Fire TV. You can even sideload emulators for classic video game consoles up through the 16-bit era (SNES and Sega Genesis).

To find games, either select Apps > Games from the main menu, or press the mic button on your Fire TV remote and say, “Search for game apps.”

Before we get into the best games, here’s a quick tutorial on how to connect a game controller, which is necessary to play many of the best Fire TV games.

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How to Connect Your Game Controller

Bluetooth Game Controller Fire TV

While you can play some games using the Fire TV controller, it supports PlayStation and Xbox game controllers. It also supports many third-party console and PC gaming controllers (Nvidia Shield controllers currently do not work, however). Even Wii controllers can be used on Fire TV with a USB dongle.

To connect a wired controller, simply plug the controller into the USB port on the back of your Fire TV box.

To connect a Bluetooth controller (only option available for Fire Stick games):

  1. Go to Settings > Controllers and Bluetooth Devices > Game Controllers.
  2. Put your controller in pairing mode, and your Fire TV will find it. Pairing mode will vary based on model of controller so check the manual.

Now it’s time to check out the best Amazon Fire games to play.

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SNES9x on Fire TV

You can play SNES games on your Fire TV. In fact, it’s the best gaming emulator available. Note that it’s only legal to play ROMs in which you legally own the physical copy of the game. Here’s how to do it.

Sideload SNES emulator to Fire TV

  1. Install SNES9x on your Android phone or tablet.
  2. Install AGK Fire on your Android phone or tablet.
  3. Open AGK Fire, enter your Firestick’s IP address (from Settings > Device > About > Network).
  4. Tap SNES9x from app list.
  5. On Fire TV, go to Settings > Applications > Manage Downloaded Applications > SNES9x > Open.

Load ROMs

  1. Connect FireTV to your PC through ADB.
  2. Create a folder on your desktop named SNES-ROMS and place any ROMs you want to play in it.
  3. Type adb shell “mkdir /sdcard/ROMS-SNES” to create the ROM folder on Fire TV.
  4. Type adb push SNES-ROMS /sdcard/ROMS-SNES/ to copy ROMs from PC to Fire TV.
  5. Open SNES9x from your Apps list on Fire TV and select ROMs to play.
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Sonic CD Fire TV

Originally released for Sega CD, Sonic CD on Fire TV is a true port in 16:9 widescreen with both the US and Japanese soundtracks. Team up with Tails and race through Never Like (and time itself) to collect rings and harness the power of Little Planet to collect Time Stones and stop Dr. Eggman. More »

Final Fantasy VI Fire TV

Originally released on SNES, Final Fantasy VI on Fire TV ports the original Square RPG game in all its glory. There are 14 playable characters, including Terra, Locke, Celes, and Edgar. Level up your party to recruit Espers and rebel against the Empire using a mix of magic and technology to save the World of Balance. More »

Stunt Extreme Fire TV

Stunt Extreme is an original mobile game developed by Rendered Ideas for iOS and Android in 2015. Race your BMX bike against AI opponents while performing zany stunts to boost points. Both Career and Survival mode are available, and you can connect to Facebook to compete against your friends’ scores. More »

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Crazy Taxi Fire TV

Crazy Taxi was originally an Arcade game published by Sega, although this version is ported from the Dreamcast version. Barrel through city traffic and drive like a maniac to collect fares and earn points in 3-, 5-, or 10-minute matches. This is a great game to live out your craziest Uber/Lyft dreams while rocking out to music from The Offspring and Bad Religion. More »

PBA Bowling Fire TV

Concrete Software teamed with the PBA to recreate 21 of the league’s best bowlers, hundreds of balls (each with unique stats), real tournaments, and more. Compete against bowling legends like Walter Ray Williams, Jr. and Mike Fagan using unique power ups like Bomb Balls and Split Balls for an entertaining sports game experience on Fire TV. More »

Castle of Illusion Mickey Mouse Fire TV

When the evil witch Mizrabel kidnaps Minnie, Mickey Mouse journeys into the Castle of Illusion to rescue her. Disney’s classic Sega Genesis game plays great on Fire TV, complete with all five magical worlds, customizable costumes, and hidden challenges to keep you playing for hours. More »

Tetris Fire TV

Tetris is an addictive puzzle game first released in 1984. It has since appeared on nearly every gaming platform since, including Fire TV. This version includes three game modes (Marathon, Spring, and Ultra), a global leaderboard, Amazon GameCircle achievements, and your choice of music and themes (including the Gameboy skin, a personal favorite). It’s simple enough to play with the Amazon Fire TV Remote (although it supports controllers too), yet fun enough to play for days on end. More »

Knights of the Old Republic

KOTOR is easily the most expansive game available for Fire TV. It’s an exact replica of BioWare’s Xbox version and will take up 2.1GB of space. Those willing to weather the massive download will be treated to an epic Star Wars adventure, spanning eight iconic planets like Tatooine and Kashyyyk. Build your party and customize your lightsaber and Force powers to choose between the light and dark side four thousand years before the Galactic Empire takes over. More »

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Badland Fire TV

Nintendo is notoriously slow to release its amazing archive of games on Android platforms. Thankfully, indie developer Frogmind Games created Bandland, which easily rivals the best of Mario. It’s an atmospheric side-scrolling adventure game with single player, versus, and coop modes. It even has a level editor so you can create your own levels to share with the community. Best of all–it’s free. Badland is easily the best Amazon Fire TV game on the market. More »