Apparently unbeknown to Apple, the App Store has been home to a NES and Super Nintendo emulator since early last month.
But its actually not surprising that this particular emulator has managed to slip through the cracks and escaped the notice of Apple, which has been known to keep emulators out of the App Store. Thats because the emulator in question comes in the guise of a file management app called Floppy Cloud.
According to its App Store description, Floppy Cloud is a Dropbox or FTP server client that allows users to view and download files. But as discovered by Touch Arcade:
It’s masquerading as a file management app, which technically lets you manage your files, but if you let it “manage” a .nes NES ROM or a .smc Super Nintendo ROM in a very special way: It’ll load right up inside of the appropriate emulator. Both iCade and MFi controllers are supported too, making this a particularly sweet find for someone who owns any kind of controller accessory.
So, if youd like to gain access to an easy and jailbreak-free way to play NES and Super Nintendo games on your iOS devices especially during the holidays, get Floppy Cloud while you can.
Floppy Cloud is just the latest in a series of hidden-emulator apps that have entered the App Store over the years, including Nescaline, iMAME, MyStache, and Gridlee.
Those apps, of course, were eventually pulled by Apple from the App Store a fate thats likely to befall Floppy Cloud as well.
In May, the popular jailbreak-free iOS Game Boy Advance (GBA) emulator GBA4iOS was shut down by none other than Nintendo on the basis of a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice. But it soon came back online after its developer cleverly exploited a loophole in Nintendos takedown notice.