Most of us with jailbroken iPhones are already familiar with the PlayStation, Game Boy, Nes and Super Nes emulators, those hacks that bring our favorite old games to the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Because bigger is better, now comes SNES (HD), a Super Nintendo emulator for iPad and controlled with an iPhone. Don’t need to read this previous sentence again because I’m going to repeat it for you: SNES (HD) is a Super Nintendo emulator for iPad that allows you to play any Super Nes game and control them with your iPhone.


SNES (HD) is an iPad port of the popular Super Nintendo emulator Snes9x. It is based on ZodTTD’s iPhone port snes4iphone but it has been rewritten for the  iPad.

How to install the SNES (HD) Super Nes emulator on your iPad

Step 1: Your iPad and iPhone must be jailbroken. If it’s not, jailbreak them. At the time this article is written, Spirit is the best way to jailbreak your iPad and iPhone.

Step 2: In Cydia, add the following source to your iPad and iPhone: SNES (HD) should be released in the ModMyI repo soon but for the moment, you will need to add this source manually.

Step 3: Once the source has been added, install SNES (HD) on your iPad and ControlPad on your iPhone.

Step 4: Now you need to add Super Nintendo ROMs to your iPad in /var/mobile/Media/ROMs/SNES. The best way to add ROMs is by using WinSCP for Windows or CyberDuck for Mac. If you don’t have any Super Nintendo ROMs in there, you obviously won’t be able to do anything. For legal reasons I cannot tell you where to find ROMs but a quick Google search with right keywords should get you what you’re looking for.

Step 5: Make sure bluetooth is enabled on both your iPhone and iPad. Launch SNES (HD) on your iPad and ControlPad on your iPhone.

Step 6: Your iPad and iPhone will start looking for each other. After about a minute, “Tap to Connect” will pop up on your iPhone. Tap on the entry for your iPad, and in a second the iPad will display an “Accept/Deny” screen.  Hit “accept” and you’ll be connected.

Step 7: Select a ROM from the list of ROMs available (it depends on how many you added) and enjoy your Super Nes emulator for iPad.


100% credit for this goes to the developer of SNES (HD) and his blog Where the woozle wasn’t. I simply made the instructions clearer and easier.

This Super Nintendo emulator for iPad is free but the developer accepts donations. If you’re going to use SNES (HD) that’d be nice if you could send him a few bucks by visiting his site and hitting the “donate” button.

If you’re still on the fence about installing SNES (HD) on your iPad, watch this video.

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  • thefallen

    Damn… I want an iPad now LOL!

  • Colten

    I didn’t even know you could do this on the iPhone to begin with! Does this allow u to play like super Mario bros and all them cool old games.

  • Bmo

    Anyone having issues downloading ROMs from

  • Simon

    What are the settings for ROM file transfer using cyberduck?

  • Bmo

    I was trying to download roms in app

  • Neglefarot

    Tested, very good, whit wiimote or sixaxis support this would be fucking awesome!

  • NonoKurd

    If iPad becomes a real portable gaming machine, I may eventually buy one…

  • Mike

    Nice work working cool on my iPad playing my childhood games thanks 🙂 can u guys make a ds model? That would be cool 😀

  • due

    doesnt work with iphone 2G … 🙁

  • Wow…I won’t even need my PSP anymore if I get an iPad.

  • Rishi

    hi due,

    i have an iPhone 2G and it works seamlessly on Wifi, and surprisingly doesnt work on bluetooth. Do try for yourself too.

  • NerdyPanda

    Hey how do you add the games to your ipad…? Do you do it on your ipad or what. Sorry im a beginner >_<

  • Manuel

    Hey guys, this is awesome! I have a question, does anybody know if exist an emulator for mac? and control it with your iphone? any kind, snes, nes, n64, playstation, xbox or whatever, this would be great. Thanks. I’ll keep reading this post for further info. Thanks again.

    • Duder

      Manuel, there are emulators for Mac…just google for it. I have one and bought a Logitech dual shock USB controller and play my old favorites with it. Love NHL ’94! Piece of cake.

  • I have to admit, I am slightly tempted now to get an Ipad just so that I can have all my favorite NES games again. I took my beat-up NES to college with me an ruined the controllers. I would love to be able to play Donkey Kong Country again while relaxing in my walk in bathtubs. Doesn’t that sound like a nice evening?

  • AT

    What isn’t explained and although I’m no genius I’m no neophyte and you have to use your PC to get the ROMS and then transfer them to ipad using SSH. I don’t think that was mentioned