Installing Nintendo games on your iPhone made easy with hands-on tutorial


One of the iPhone hacks that has generated a lot of interest has been the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) emulator for the iPhone. iPhone hacking genius, NerveGas had earlier this week released the release candidate 1 (RC1) of the NES emulator. However, one of the issues with the iPhone hack was that there was no step by step instructions available.

The good folks at Gizmodo have just published a detailed hands-on tutorial on how-to install Nintendo games on your iPhone.

Apple disappointed by not preloading iPhone with games, but no one seems to be complaining as the iPhone hacking and iPhone development community have been working hard to release not only webapp based iPhone games but also unauthorized native iPhone games.

The most exciting iPhone hack in this domain so far has been the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) emulator basically bringing Nintendo games such as Mario Bros, Zelda to your iPhone which is probably the reasons why it has generated so much interest among iPhone users.

Here is some information for those of you who had missed out on previous articles on NES emulator for the iPhone, is a Nintendo emulator for Apple’s iPhone which is a modified version of the popular InfoNES emulation core to mimic the 6502 processor in a Nintendo Entertainment System, allowing you to play games designed for the NES console. (You can also read related articles: iPhone Hacking community brings NES emulator to the iPhone & Release Candidate 1 of Nintendo emulator for the iPhone released)

The how-to from Gizmodo not only gives a step by step instructions on how to install Nintendo games on your iPhone but it also shows you how to address lack of tactile feedback; one of the biggest problems with iPhone’s multi-touch UI when playing games.

You first need to get on to your iPhone. Below are the links that should help you get it installed:
Installing iPhone hacks made easy with hands-on tutorial – Windows Edition
Installing iPhone hacks made easy with hands-on tutorial – MAC OS X Edition

Once you have the Installer application on your iPhone, you can install NES emulator using instructions available in "Install applications" section in the above links. However thats not it, as there is still more work to be done, follow this link for instructions from Gizmodo on how to install the NES games as well as how to get tactile feedback on your iPhone.

Watch the video below of another hacking genius Natetrue playing Kirby’s Adventure for NES on the iPhone with his tactile feedback hack applied.

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  • Jared

    Actually Mark at has had a tutorial up for a little while.

  • Alyssa

    Followed these directions and it appeared to install (got the NES icon), but running it just gives me a blank screen. I can change the "Preferences" and that's it. :\

  • Hey Alyssa,

    Did you also install the NES games?

    Based on your comments it seems like you have only installed the NES emulator but not the games which is another step.

    There is a link above to Gizmodo which has the instructions to install the games.

    iPhone Hacks

  • anon

    I have the same problem as Alyssa, I have two games in my directory but the only thing I can do is view preferences

  • You might find the comments from Natetrue & JesusDiaz mentioned below useful which were posted on Gizmodo's original post on the tutorial:

    BY NATETRUE AT 08/23/07 03:33 PM

    Hey, just wanted to give you the heads-up – in iBrickr 0.7 (just released) you can install ROMs directly from the Applications view, no messing about with creating folders (that's all done behind the scenes, automatically).

    Also you can install NESapp directly from iBrickr's application list if you don't want to bother with Installer (though it is a cool app).

    BY JESUSDIAZ AT 08/24/07 02:38 AM

    If your ROMs are not showing:

    1. Check the name path. Correct capitalization is necessary. Otherwise it won't work.

    2. Check out your files are the correct ones. They should be filename.nes. Unlike MAME, it's not the ZIP you have to transfer.

    3. If all that's correct, one time my NES got stuck and didn't show up new games. I restarted the iPhone, went to NES and it was all there.

  • Alyssa

    ahh… ROMs. yeah, that WOULD make sense. thanks guys. lovin' my tetris 🙂

  • jay

    hi I got the games to play but when I click save game it won't save, it doesn't show on saved games

  • stephan

    I already have my phone jailbroken, but don't have installer on it. If I put installer on it, will i lose all the apps and get rid of cydia?

  • poep

    let's play som tetris motherfocker