Video game emulators

First, these emulators are for jailbroken iPhones only! I don't ever see these being released officially on the App Store, even by their original manufacturers. There are many emulators out there, and as far as I know, all but one (NES by NerveGas), were created by ZodTTD.

You can read about NES here.

You can read about all the other emulators: gameboy4iphone (GameBoy), genesis4iphone (Sega Genesis), gpSphone (GameBoy Advance), mame4iphone (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator), psx4iphone (Sony PlayStation 1), snes4iphone (Super Nintendo Entertainment System), temper4iphone (NEC Turbo Graphix 16) at ZodTTD's site here.

From left to right, the Sega Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System, and the GameBoy Advance emulators running on an iPhone.

iPhone       iPhone       iPhone

At this point all emulators are for sale only. They used to be free. Because of this, I am only going to write a tutorial for the Nintendo Entertainment System. I just don't feel like spending the money on all of the emulators out there. If you are interested in ZodTTD's emulators, his site features a forums section to help you.

Here is my tutorial for NES.

I do not link to any ROM (game) files. I will not supply these files, so don't ask. Use the power of Google. You should already own the games you intend to use on these emulators, but I digress.

You should also know that there is a homebrew ROM scene. This is where programmers have created their own games and have made them available for free.

PDRoms prides itself on offering freeware, public domain, or ROMs that have otherwise been legalized for free and unrestricted use by their authors. Check this site out here.


There was a class taught at Carnegie Mellon University by Professor Bob Rost in 2004, that was about creating games for the 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System. Many games are available from that class. Go to Mr. Rost's site here.


To make it easier to play these games, an invention called iControlPad was dreamed up. It allows the iPhone to sit in a craddle that has dedicated controller buttons on it. This is a mock up image of what it will look like. It is not know when, if ever, this device will be for sale. It's been in development for a long time...


There is a video of it in action. The actual unit will be black, not white as demonstrated. Visit the iControlPad web site here.

There is another product called the GameBone Pro. It is from a company called 22moo which has several video games in the App Store currently. Whether or not this controller will work with jailbroken games is unknown. You can read more about this at the developer's site.


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