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Snag the iPhone Game Boy Emulator Now – Up for Grabs in the App Store with the New Rules!

Jamie Roberts By Jamie Roberts May15,2024 #apple

A week after Apple updated its App Review Guidelines to permit retro game console emulators, a Game Boy emulator for the iPhone called iGBA has appeared in the App Store worldwide. The emulator is already one of the top free apps on the App Store charts.

It was not entirely clear if Apple would allow emulators to work with any games, but iGBA is able to load any Game Boy ROMs that users download from the web and open via the Files app on the iPhone. Accordingly, it seems like there are no game restrictions for emulators, unless Apple mistakenly approved iGBA on the App Store.
iGBA works with Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games. It is important to note that it can be illegal to possess certain ROMs from game developers, but homebrew Game Boy games are typically in the clear.
iGBA appears to be a copy of Riley Testut’s open-source GBA4iOS emulator, but with ads that can track users. GBA4iOS is the predecessor to Testut’s current Nintendo game emulator Delta, which can be installed on the iPhone outside of the App Store, and will soon be available through his alternative app marketplace AltStore on iPhones in the EU. It is not clear if Testut plans to make Delta available in the App Store following the rule change.
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2 thoughts on “Snag the iPhone Game Boy Emulator Now – Up for Grabs in the App Store with the New Rules!”
  1. It’s great to see Apple finally allowing emulators in the App Store. iGBA makes it easy to play classic Game Boy games on my iPhone! I hope Apple continues to embrace retro gaming with future updates.

  2. Personally, I believe allowing emulators like iGBA in the App Store is a game-changer! It opens up a whole new world of nostalgia and fun for iPhone users. The ability to load any Game Boy ROMs enhances the gaming experience, and I’m excited to see how this evolves. Kudos to Apple for embracing retro gaming!

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