Nintendo DS emulator on iPhone

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Machead III, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Machead III

    Nov 4, 2002
    UK, France
    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.
  2. macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    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?
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Machead III

    Nov 4, 2002
    UK, France
    Hang on, you realise that the DS input is touch screen right?

    And the iPhone is touch screen.

    See the connection there?
  4. macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2002
    On the Moon
    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. MIGHT be strong enough.
  5. macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    :p 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.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2004
    The Wood of Spots, NJ
    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. :)
  7. macrumors 68000


    Jul 6, 2004
    In a cup of orange juice.
    -apfhex. :D
    Was thinking the same thing.

    Are you using vNes?

  8. macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Darkplace Hospital

    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.
  9. macrumors member


    Dec 28, 2007
    I've seen PSX being emulated on a touch,
    do you think a Nintendo 64 would work?
  10. macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    Probably not. Too many buttons, plus the joystick.

    Wow, that N64 controller was a sad sad device.
  11. macrumors member


    Dec 28, 2007
    Your probably right,
    I really wish there were support for a bluetooth gamepad for the iPhone.
    Too bad iPod Touch doesn't have bluetooth.
  12. macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    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.
  13. macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2006
    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..
  14. macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    oh no way i loved that controller. so much better than the dual stick playstation ones by far!
  15. McGiord, Jan 2, 2008
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011

    macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    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:

    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.
    Lexus Cup
  16. macrumors 68020

    Eric Lewis

    Feb 4, 2007
    CANADA? eh?
  17. macrumors member


    Dec 28, 2007
    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.
  18. macrumors newbie

    Jan 9, 2008
    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.
  19. macrumors 68000


    Oct 20, 2007

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

    You do the math.
  20. macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2008
    Everyone thinks the button pads would be impossible? thats insane, to prove what im saying i made a quick thing:[​IMG]
    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
  21. macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2008
    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
  22. macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2008
    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.
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 25, 2006
    Port Pirie, South Australia
    Lookup "DeSmuME". Games like SM64DS and NSMB work almost perfectly.
  24. macrumors newbie


    Aug 18, 2008
    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 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:apple::apple::apple:
  25. macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    Emulated screen buttons on the iphone are terrible. I would just wait for the iControlpad to get finished.

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