Installing the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) emulator

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Emulators for almost every old hunk of junk computer (I personally programmed with BASIC on an Atari 400) or video game console have been around for ages. The Nintendo Entertainment System is no exception. There is a project called which is being developed by "NerveGas", "NightWatch", "bwhiteman", "dshadow", "wheat", and others. This emulator is based on the InfoNES core.

This is essentially how you would install any emulator on the Installer. The only difference is you need to make a ROM folder for each emulator. For example, the Game Boy emulator needs a folder called GBA, and the Sega Genesis needs a folder called GENESIS.


I will be using Fugu to upload the files in this tutorial. These instructions can be applied to any files you want to add to your iPhone, provided you already have SSH installed. If you have not installed BSD Subsystem, OpenSSH, or BossPrefs (via the Installer) or used Fugu before, then you must read this tutorial first.

Step 1.

Launch Installer. Scroll down to the games section and you will see NES. Install it.

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When it has finished installing it will send you back to the slide to unlock screen. Once you are back at your springboard you will see the new icon.


Step 2.

Now that we have the emulator installed we just need to install some games or (ROMs). Launch Fugu. Navigate to /var/modile/Media/   Click the "New Folder" button, then name it ROMs, and make sure it is being created "Remotely", then click "Create".


Double click the ROMs folder, and click the "New Folder" button again. Name this folder "NES", and make sure it is being created "Remotely", then click "Create".


Step 3.

Now you need to get your original Nintendo games and move them to the iPhone. Please do not e-mail me asking me how to do this, or where to find games, I will not reply. I do not condone the illegal piracy of copyrighted Nintendo games, and I provide no support in obtaining or using pirated images.


If they don't have these permissions, then right click each file, one at a time, select "Get Info".


Change your permissions to match these, and click "Apply".


Step 4.

Press the NES icon on the springboard and you will be taken to your list of installed ROMs. There is also a Preferences button with a lot of settings you can make. Press a game title to play it.


The first video game I ever played was in 1978 and it was Space Invaders. I remember noticing that the game maker (Bally) had to use colored strips of plastic to color the aliens since it was a black and white monitor in the game console. Ah, the good old days. I sunk a lot of quarters into this one...


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