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Old Jan 9, 2007, 03:03 PM   #1
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Nintendo DS emulator on iPhone

How long before it happens?

Current smartphones can't even handle GameBoy Advance, so this thing will need some pretty good internals.

Also, it would be nice to see an ecosystem of game developers for the iPhone emerge: innovative apps taking advantage of the iPhone's interface, possibly even free.

I can see adventure games and sims like Viva Pinata doing very well on the iPhone. No doubt ScummVM will be iPhone compatible within 24 hours of it's release - which is, unfortunately, not for a horrendously long time.
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Old Jan 9, 2007, 03:06 PM   #2
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Even with the multi-touch screen I can't imagine this ever working. It would be next to impossible to use.

Are there even any NDS emulators for OS X? Are there even any good NDS emulators?
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Old Jan 9, 2007, 03:20 PM   #3
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Hang on, you realise that the DS input is touch screen right?

And the iPhone is touch screen.

See the connection there?
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yeah they are both touch screen but it would make both DS screens draw on the screen pretty small...not to mention the emulator would have to have an interface built on the screen since since the iPhone only has 1 button.
so you have 2 screens plus a dpad and buttons drawn on the screen. i just dont think it would be that playable. powerwise...it MIGHT be strong enough.
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Old Jan 9, 2007, 03:42 PM   #5
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See the connection there?
Duh. But the DS also has a d-pad plus A, B, X, Y, L, R, Select, Start buttons that are required for playing most games.
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Old Jan 9, 2007, 03:44 PM   #6
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Bah. All I need is an NES emulator on my phone. I have one on my Nokia and play a game of RBI Baseball every day.
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Old Jan 9, 2007, 04:11 PM   #7
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Old Jan 9, 2007, 04:17 PM   #8
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Never.

There isn't even a good DS emulator for the Mac/PC.
Lack of buttons.
Lack of screen space.

Just because it has a touchscreen doesn't make it possible to emulate a DS. Maybe the next iPhone? Who knows.
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Old Dec 28, 2007, 08:49 AM   #9
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I've seen PSX being emulated on a touch,
do you think a Nintendo 64 would work?
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Old Dec 29, 2007, 10:55 AM   #10
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I've seen PSX being emulated on a touch,
do you think a Nintendo 64 would work?
Probably not. Too many buttons, plus the joystick.

Wow, that N64 controller was a sad sad device.
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Old Dec 30, 2007, 01:55 PM   #11
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Your probably right,
I really wish there were support for a bluetooth gamepad for the iPhone.
Too bad iPod Touch doesn't have bluetooth.
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Old Dec 30, 2007, 02:36 PM   #12
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I would love to see a DS emulator, even though it would only play Touchscreen only games like WarioWare or Elite Beat Agents. Anything else would be impossible.
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Old Jan 2, 2008, 08:31 PM   #13
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gotta love emulators on an iphone... i'd take a DS on mine.. some sweet games to play while roaming and in airports. beats carrying a DS around..
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Old Jan 2, 2008, 08:49 PM   #14
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Probably not. Too many buttons, plus the joystick.

Wow, that N64 controller was a sad sad device.
oh no way i loved that controller. so much better than the dual stick playstation ones by far!
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Old Jan 2, 2008, 09:31 PM   #15
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There are 3 emulators for the iPhone that I'm aware so far:
-NES (very good)
-GameBoy Advance (not so good)
-PSX one (I haven't try it yet)

Check here for installation instructions:
www.hackthatphone.com
www.zodtt.com

You are right the experience using the touch screen controller isn't enjoyable to play arcade games, some people managed to use a template over the screen to improve the feeling of the buttons, but it's unpractical.

After Apple releases the SDK, I would love to see a gamepad controller that you can connect to the dock connector, so you can use it to play with the emulators + native iPhone games, and why not, that also has enough memory to store all your games.
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Old Jan 2, 2008, 09:33 PM   #16
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Old Jan 3, 2008, 05:12 PM   #17
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There are 3 emulators for the iPhone that I'm aware so far:
-NES (very good)
-GameBoy Advance (not so good)
-PSX one (I haven't try it yet)

Check here for installation instructions:
www.hackthatphone.com
www.zodtt.com

You are right the experience using the touch screen controller isn't enjoyable to play arcade games, some people managed to use a template over the screen to improve the feeling of the buttons, but it's unpractical.

After Apple releases the SDK, I would love to see a gamepad controller that you can connect to the dock connector, so you can use it to play with the emulators + native iPhone games, and why not, that also has enough memory to store all your games.
I never thought of a gamepad that could connect through the dock, its a nice idea! I can't wait to get a my Touch.
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Old Jan 10, 2008, 09:54 PM   #18
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I really want to play New Super Mario Bros. for Nintendo DS. Problem is, I'm on a mac and I can't find any DS emulators for OSX.

I'm on an iBook G4 so running games through Virtual PC is a bit of a stretch but if it's my only option I might have to give it a try.
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Old Jan 10, 2008, 10:30 PM   #19
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Probably not. Too many buttons, plus the joystick.

Wow, that N64 controller was a sad sad device.

PS2/3 controllers have d-pad, four thumb buttons, two analog sticks, L1/L2 and R1/R2.

You do the math.
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Old May 14, 2008, 04:02 PM   #20
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yeah they are both touch screen but it would make both DS screens draw on the screen pretty small...not to mention the emulator would have to have an interface built on the screen since since the iPhone only has 1 button.
so you have 2 screens plus a dpad and buttons drawn on the screen. i just dont think it would be that playable. powerwise...it MIGHT be strong enough.
Everyone thinks the button pads would be impossible? thats insane, to prove what im saying i made a quick thing:
i know there isnt any good DS emu for os x, i understand that but the buttons can work, it would be great if someone did make a DS emu for iphone :P
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Old Nov 2, 2008, 08:47 AM   #21
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it would not be impossible, but you are right it would be hard, one way to aliviate room issues is:
  • translucent buttons
  • tilt controls for 'L" and "R' buttons
  • start and select buttons up at the top (because they aren't used too often
  • all emulator buttons at the top
all im saying is it is possible
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Old Jan 28, 2009, 01:12 AM   #22
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there are already extra hardware attachments developed that resemble the gameboy advanced console. they fit right on to the iphone and provide d-pad A B buttons etc... just a note. im not sure if they're for sale or for what games they would be compatible with. i think i saw demos of moto racer etc.
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Are there even any NDS emulators for OS X? Are there even any good NDS emulators?
Lookup "DeSmuME". Games like SM64DS and NSMB work almost perfectly.
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Old Feb 6, 2009, 08:53 AM   #24
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it wont happen for a long time if ever

yes the buttons/screen setup will work the only problem is the iphone cant run ds games. there is a rumor that the updated iphone will have quad processors in it witch will help but even tho i still dought it. and you need to also remember there's 1.no ds emu for mac os yet and 2 the ds emus for windows dont even work that grate so think of how crappy the iphone would run it
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Old Feb 7, 2009, 11:25 PM   #25
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Emulated screen buttons on the iphone are terrible. I would just wait for the iControlpad to get finished.
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