NDS4iOS Nintendo DS Emulator Now Available to Download

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    NDS4iOS, a Nintendo DS emulator that runs on both non-jailbroken and jailbroken iOS devices, is now available to install through an over-the air download, reports TouchArcade.

    Similar to the first version of the popular GBA4iOS Game Boy emulator, NDS4iOS requires a device's date to be set back to a prior date, specifically February 8, 2014. The emulator allows users to play Nintendo DS ROMs directly on their iPads and iPhones, and is compatible with iOS devices running iOS 5.1.1 and above. NDS4iOS also includes features such as Dropbox integration and iOS 7 controller support, as well as a settings menu that contains options for control pad style and position.

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    Although several emulators such as the iMAME arcade emulator have snuck into the App Store via shell apps in the past, they are usually pulled by Apple within hours or days after being released. However, NDS4iOS is able to overcome Apple’s restrictions as it bypasses the App Store entirely. Instead, the emulator can be installed directly on an iOS device by visiting its official website and tapping a download link.

    The initial release of NDS4iOS follows a major update to GBA4iOS in February, which added controller skins for Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color games as well as iOS 7 controller support, Dropbox integration, and a in-app web browser that can be used to download games from any ROM website. The emulator also temporarily allowed non-jailbroken users to install GBA4iOS without a date change via an Apple Enterprise certificate, however that was revoked soon afterwards.

    NDS4iOS is available to install now through the emulator’s official website.

    Article Link: NDS4iOS Nintendo DS Emulator Now Available to Download
     
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    is it illegal to download the roms?
     
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    i'll wait until someone disassembles this to figure out if it's safe.
     
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    Setting the date back is not required on jailbroken iDevices.
     
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    This concept still confuses me. Could this be used maliciously against iPhones?
     
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    I don't get it - how can this "app" be downloaded outside of the App Store on iOS? Is it an exploit of some sort?
     
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    Why does it require the user to set the date back in order to run properly? How stupid!
     
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    only to install it. u can change it back after
     
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    NDS4iOS Nintendo DS Emulator Now Available to Download




    It uses a certificate that Apple have invalidated, you set the date to prior to the invalidation. It's basically how businesses that make their own apps for internal use distributes their own apps. Someone will probably come along and explain it better.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/App_Store_(iOS)#Enterprise_App_Stores
     
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    Thanks. This is beyond awesome.

    A monkey could install it.
     
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    It's not worth it using that workaround method.
     
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    Individual Apple developers can provide a limited number of over the air app downloads for testing, and enterprise devs can provide unlimited installs.

    Presumably, Apple have revoked these developer's accounts and this is why the app relies on the date being rolled back to circumvent the date specific certification.
     
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    You can change the time back after installing. Still not worth it?
     
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    Have a wild guess.
     
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    Nintendo are missing a trick here with being stubborn and not being open to change. They could release their own official emu, give a game away with it and then offer an entire back catalog via in app purchase for like £1 and make a ton for games they have gathering dust! Even if it's only NES/SNES/GB/GBA games! Even some original DS games too.
     
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    Works great but the touch screen is hard to use. Now I want to buy a controller.

    Any recommendations for a cheap bluetooth controller?
     
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    Depends... If the ROMs are commercial property (Nintendo games for example), then no.

    But you can create and download home-brew ROMs all you want. For example, you can create "your own" DS games with DS Game Maker.
     
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    Only thing that bothers me about this is that, if you do a restore, you lose all your progress from games!

    I had the Game Boy emulator, did a restore completely forgetting about it, and then I found out I lost my progress in a few games...

    Maybe there's a way to save this progress even when doing restores/updates? Does anyone know?
     
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    Nintendo could also release their own controller attachment. They claim that console games are only for consoles, yet look at LEGO Star Wars! It's available for iOS.
     
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    This app has a dropbox save and sync option.
     
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    GBA4iPhone has an option to sync saves to Dropbox automatically. This one probably does too. I'd enable it.
     
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    No thanks lol.
     

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    Not working for me. Keep getting error message unable to install app at this time. iOS 7.1 ipad 3
     
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    Nope. Apparently its completely legit and was designed by Apple for companies to be able distribute their own apps internally without having to post them to the app store
     
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    Good choice, looks like you really saved yourself there.

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