You Can Now Play Nintendo DS Games On iOS Without Jailbreaking.

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It seems that Nintendo has no plans to bring its extensive back catalog of games to the App Store, but fans looking to play Nintendo DS titles on their iOS devices can now pick up a new, jailbreak-free emulator.

Called NDS4iOS, the emulator picks up where Game Boy Advance emulator GBA4iOS left off. Like that emulator, NDS4iOS users must tweak their “Date & Time” settings before installing the software — changing their iOS device’s date to February 8, 2014 after initiating the download process. Users are free to change the date and time back after the installation has been completed.

Full instructions are available at the link below. While the developers of NDS4iOS acknowledge that it is still a work in progress, feedback on individual games has so far been pretty good.

It may not quite be the equivalent of official Nintendo ports, but it’s the best most people will manage for now.

Until it gets taken down, of course.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Play Gameboy Classics In Your iPhone Browser With This New Emulator.

It seems like emulator news is the flavor of the week, between webNESGBA4iOS, and now Ben Midi’s Gameboy. Like webNES, it runs entirely inside of mobile Safari, so unlikeGBA4iOS you don’t have to install anything weird, roll your date back, or anything else. It works quite well, particularly in landscape mode:

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Here’s the current list of playable games as of this writing.:

  • Mario Land
  • Tetris
  • Dr. Mario
  • Bomberman
  • Kirby’s Dream Land
  • Kirby XXL
  • Space Invaders
  • Motocross Maniacs
  • Bomb Jack
  • Boxxle 2
  • Castelian
  • Centipede
  • Stopwatch

Since this web emulator seems to be actively hosting and providing access to these different real Nintendo games, it seems like it’s prime material for a cease and desist from Nintendo. Regardless, it’s a pretty neat thing to fiddle with while it stays up, so if you’re looking for a blast from the past mash this link and go nuts.

Still Miss Your Old Macintosh? Run Mac OS 7 In Your Web Browser.

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Apple may have just released OS X Mavericks and made it available to all for free, but it comes with a major flaw that you may not have noticed: it doesn’t run MacPaint… or MacDraw. But don’t worry — thanks to James Friend, you can run Mac OS 7 (System 7) — complete with MacPaint and MacDraw — right in your web browser.

Friend has taken a Macintosh emulator and tweaked it so that it runs in a web browser, and you’ll be surprised how much you can do with it. Not only can you play around on the desktop and reminisce about how good life was back in the 90s, but you can also run a bunch of apps, including HyperCard Player, TeachText, MacDraw, and MacPaint.

It’s a little slow — you’ll have to give it some time to load — but it’s a lot of fun. It’s also a great chance to experience what Mac OS was like many moons ago, before we had color displays and pretty graphics.

To check it out, just visit http://jamesfriend.com.au/pce-js/ in your web browser. Friend also has an emulator running Windows 3.0 if you’re into that kind of thing, plus an even better Macintosh emulator with loads of other apps and games.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Behold The World’s Smallest Working Macintosh!

Mini Mac and Steve Jobs DollA Steve Jobs doll towers over this 1/3 scale mini Macintosh. (All photos: John Leake)

It stands shorter than a Steve Jobs doll. It can be held in the palm of your hand. It runs System 6, and elicits squeals of delight from vintage Mac fans.

It is the Smallest Mac in the World.

Hot on the heels of the news of the world’s oldest working Macintosh comes a breakthrough of much more modest proportions. John Leake, co-host of the RetroMacCast, has created what may be the world’s smallest working Macintosh using a Raspberry Pi computer, PVC, some off-the shelf parts and a Mac emulator running under Linux. He calls it “Mini Mac.”

Why? As Leake writes on his blog, “this is one those ‘because I can’ projects with no practical use – my favorite kind!”

Honey, I Shrunk The Computer

 After Dark running in Mini vMac. Hold on, the fish are spawning…

The Mini Mac is done to 1/3 scale. Leake made the case using sheets of PVC plastic (white 3M Sintra) which yields easily to an X-Acto knife. He then used files and sandpaper to shape the bezels, with extra care taken around the curves near the screen. The sides, bottom and front were glued together to make one piece and the top and back a second piece.

During the podcast discussing Mini Mac, Leake notes that the assembly took about twelve hours total. If he decides to make more of these super-cute miniscule Macs, he may employ a 3D printer rather than manually crafting elements.

Profile View of Mini MacMini Macintosh next to the full-size model.

The monitor is a 3.5-inch composite LCD panel, held in place with two brackets and a few Velcro tabs. The Raspberry Pi (aka ”the motherboard”) sits on the left next to a four-port powered USB hub. Two USB ports are facing out and two facing in.

Mini Mac InsideThe cramped innards contain a Raspberry Pi (left), a few USB hubs and power supplies.

One of the inside ports holds a Wi-Fi dongle, the other a Bluetooth dongle. On top is a two-port USB charger that powers the Raspberry Pi and the monitor. To make everything fit, Leake had to make a few modifications.

“On the Pi, I had to cut the SD card down almost flush with the edge of the Raspberry Pi board. I also had to cut away quite a bit of the USB cable on the top to get it to bend below the top of my case. The last thing I had to do was to solder wires directly to the Pi board to bypass the power connector.”

MiniMac-backcaseThe rear case sports two USB ports, an HDMI port, and an ethernet jack.

This may be the only Compact Macintosh in the world with an HDMI output port!

Custom creations are nothing new to this Mac über-fan. Back in 2010 he converted a Mac Plus into the infamous Banana Junior from the comic strip Bloom County. (Is there a side business brewing here?)

On the software side, the Raspberry Pi is running Rasbian, a modified version on Debian Linux. On top of this is the Mini vMac emulator running System Software 6.0.8. Leake was worried the tiny screen would be completely unreadable, but things turned out OK.

“It’s not as bad as I thought,” he says, “especially since to get Mini vMac to run at full screen I had to adjust the boot config file to get it to output at 512×384, which is then being shoved onto a screen with a resolution of 320×200.”

Another video gives more details of the design and shows the Mini Mac in action (there’s no sound, apparently the audio output of Mini vMac on the Raspberry Pi is a bit glitchy):

More info is available in the latest RetroMacCast, which is rapidly approaching its 300th episode! Nice work, John.

When can we order one?

Mini Mac and John

Leake with his newly birthed creation.

Source: Cult of Mac.

PSP on iOS emulator now plays at 60fps.

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Remember the PSP emulator that was talked about a few days ago? Well for you gamers that decided against using it because of the low frame rate, then have no fear, it now can play games at 60fps. That’s right, 60 frames per second, the usual speed at which games are played. One of the issues seemed to be the lack of JIT compiling, which has apparently been figured out. With the update, it is looking like a very promising piece of software. I’m sure all the gamers are excited for when this will be coming out. You can stay up to date on the website here: PPSSPP.

Grab It While You Can: MAME Arcade Emulator Returns To The App Store In Disguise.

The iCade was made for this.

The iCade was made for this.

Back in 2011, an app called iMAME surfaced in the App Store that allowed you to run thousands of classic arcade titles by sideloading the games onto an iOS device. Apple has never really allowed emulators in the App Store, and iMAME was swiftly pulled.

Now another app has crept into the App Store that allows you to emulate old games. It likely won’t be in the App Store long, so get it while you can!

The app in question is a free game called Gridlee that was released in the App Store yesterday. On the surface, it allows you to play the unreleased Gridlee 80s arcade game, but if you dig down deep, you’ll find a hidden feature: the ability to emulate all kinds of classics using the MAME4iOS platform.

Some TouchArcade forum members looked through the iOS app’s directory and discovered a ROM folder. And sure enough, you’re able to sideload old ROMs and play other games within the Gridlee app. The MAME platform the app is using is actually more advanced than what was in iMAME. There’s iCade integration to let you play the games with physical arcade controls on your iOS device.

We went a little nuts and installed dozens of games, including Aliens, Contra, Donkey Kong Jr., Galaga, PAC Man Jr., Phoenix, Pitfall II, and a whole lot more. To install your own, you’ll need to hook your iOS device into your Mac, open up iExplorer, navigate to the Gridlee app’s ROM folder, and drag the individual games in. A good collection of MAME ROMs to try out is available here. Not every game is guaranteed to work.

Make sure to download the Gridlee app before it’s gone if you want to play around with the hidden emulator. Apple is sure to catch on to this one soon.

Source: Cult of Mac.