Apple Embraces Retro Gaming: Delta Emulator Lands on App Store

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Key Takeaways

  • Apple eases App Store rules, letting Delta emulator for Nintendo games launch on iOS.
  • Delta features customizable skins, touch controls, and external controller support.
  • The app's quick popularity reflects strong demand for legal retro gaming on iPhones.

Apple’s recent decision to relax its rules on gaming emulators in the App Store has led to a significant development for gaming enthusiasts.

Delta, a well-known emulator previously available on Android and sideloaded iPhones, has now debuted directly on the App Store, marking a milestone for emulation on iOS devices.

This move opens up a new realm of possibilities for iPhone users, allowing them to transform their devices into versatile gaming platforms capable of running a wide range of Nintendo console and handheld games.

Delta is compatible with Game Boy, Color, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Nintendo 64, and Nintendo DS ROMS.

One of the emulator’s notable features is its user-friendly interface, coupled with customizable skins that mimic the appearance of the original consoles. Delta also supports touch controls and utilizes the iPhone’s gyroscope for enhanced gameplay experiences.

Additionally, users can easily import ROM files into the app via the iPhone’s Files app, making the setup process straightforward. Furthermore, Delta supports AirPlay and Bluetooth controllers, providing users with flexibility in how they choose to play their favorite games.

Its rapid rise in popularity underscores the demand for such applications among iPhone users, particularly those seeking legal avenues to enjoy retro gaming experiences without resorting to jailbreaking or unreliable browser-based options.

Apple’s decision to permit emulator apps on the App Store reflects a shift in its policies, driven partly by pressure from European legislators advocating for greater openness in app distribution and usage.

Despite these developments and receiving an information request from Techopedia, Nintendo has refrained from commenting on the issue.

As users enjoy playing classic Nintendo titles on their iPhones, the horizon for emulation on iOS devices remains uncertain. Just days ago, Apple made headlines by removing another Nintendo emulator app from the App Store. This action came to light after it was revealed that the app was built upon another emulator’s code.

During this incident, reports hinted at Apple’s nuanced stance on emulators, prioritizing support for ‘retro’ consoles. However, the exact parameters of this definition remained elusive.

Delta’s recent introduction of Nintendo DS support adds an intriguing dimension to this debate. Notably, with its later models discontinued only in 2013, the Nintendo DS falls within a range of hardware that is approximately a decade old.

For those interested in downloading Delta, direct access to the app can be found on the App Store. At the time of writing, Delta ranks #1 in Entertainment on the App Store.