Nintendo Shuts Down Popular ‘GBA4iOS’ Game Boy Emulator for iOS

You might have predicted this was coming, but popular jailbreak-free iOS Game Boy emulator GB4iOS has been taken offline after Nintendo served a DMCA take down notice to its creator, high school student Riley Testut (via TorrentFreak):

“We represent Nintendo of America Inc. (“Nintendo”) in copyright matters. Certain material posted on the web site located at infringes copyrights owned by Nintendo. GitHub, Inc. is identified as the internet service provider for this web site and IP Address This notice is provided pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 USC § 512,”

GBA4iOS was released back in February and the emulator allowed users to play Game Boy games without a jailbreak, in an easy to use interface that did not require Apple’s App Store but rather clicking on download links to install games.

Testut says existing GBA4iOS will continue to work on your device but new downloads won’t anymore:

Nintendo’s most recent fiscal quarter revealed it had an operating loss of roughly $450 million US, thanks in large part to dismal Wii U sales which only sold 2.72 million units.

I get why Nintendo wants to keep making its hardware to sell their own software, but clearly that model isn’t working for them anymore. They should really jump into the App Store or allow their classic games to be played on any modern smartphone. Many people would gladly pay for that experience.

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  • I have this on my iPhone and works great. Nintendo needs to figure out what their future holds ASAP. Will they end up becoming another Sega?

  • matthewcouto

    Why don’t they release a “console” app in the App Store and let people buy old NES, SNES, N64 and GameBoy games fort $1 or $2 a piece? I don’t understand Nintendo sometimes.

  • Chrome262

    Yeah they are on the way out if this keeps up. I have a wiiU for my wife, she bought it because of future mario games and Zelda, and even for new Sonic, People have a loyalty to the games.

  • ChrisShield5

    I agree. I think that’s a good idea. I really don’t think they should release new IP on mobile devices other than 3DS, but old stuff would make a killing without canabalizing sales. I could see them making at least 20M, which isn’t much for big N, but still something.

  • einsteinbqat

    How do you backup the app on disk? Have it on my iPhone, but it’s obviously not in iTunes. So how can a keep a copy?

  • Don’t see them pricing games that low. Might be like Square Enix Final Fantasy games that are over $10 on iOS.