Ever since the iPhone was officially launched and everyone discovered the amazing capabilities of the system, there has been some eager anticipation for when those wonderful third parties would start coming up with ways to play games on the iPhone. Well, today your prayers have been answered, although I must admit that it’s not perfect yet by any means.
A third-party programmer has come up with an emulator for your iPhone that allows you to play a variety of games from the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). That’s right, the system that brought you the glorious start of the Super Mario Bros.
The list of games available on this “pocket NES” is so far fairly sturdy, offering such classic titles as Super Mario Bros., the Legend of Zelda, Metroid, and Mega Man 2…and that’s just the start.
Now, bear in mind that the process for getting this all set up isn’t exactly easy, and even if you do manage to get it set up right, there are still some bugs. This is a brand new emulator for a brand new “console,” so it’s bound to be imperfect at this early stage. However, updates are happening regularly, and I’ve heard that the Legend of Zelda ROM is almost to the level of the original cult classic.
Also, to do all this you’ll have to crack your iPhone with a program such as Jailbreak…which isn’t something Apple condones or supports, and it could very well void your warranty with them. As of yet I don’t think it’s illegal, but it’s definitely not encouraged by the company. Do it at your own risk.
But, if you’re willing to take the risk, you could have Mario bouncing around those tunnels right on your iPhone. The interface is a little sluggish right now, but it’s a beauty of a representation of the original. The touch screen system of the iPhone allows for a fully-functional and accurate version of the original NES controller. Once the kinks and bugs get all worked out, this could become pretty popular.