Nintendo hasn’t released games for its NES or Game Boy systems in more than 20 years, but that doesn’t mean people have forgotten about them. Emulators for old Nintendo games exist on nearly every platform imaginable — even iOS.

Until now, however, your iOS device had to be jailbroken to play these older games. That, or you had to snatch up one of the handful of emulator apps that popped in the App Store before Apple pulled them. But we’ve found another way…

A reader recently pointed us in the direction of an HTML 5 website that features more than 100 playable old school Nintendo games. There’s no need to download anything, they just play in your iPhone’s browser (iPad not so much).

Now, I use the term “play” very loosely here. After thumb-smashing my way through three Super Mario levels this morning, I’m not sure I want to play anymore. It’s slow. In fact, slow is an understatement. It’s molasses-y.

That being said, other games felt a lot smoother. Tetris, for example, was almost tolerable. So I’m assuming that you’re mileage will vary depending on your device, connection speed (obviously) and what game you’re playing.

But how long this will be around is anyone’s guess. Even though these games can’t be downloaded, I’m pretty sure this is still breaking at least a couple dozen copyright laws. Of course, Nintendo could always do the right thing and just license its popular games for mobile use and become gazillionaires.

But we’re not holding our breath.

If you want to check out the games for yourself, you can find them in your iPhone’s web browser. Maybe this has been around forever and we just never knew about it. But still, very cool nonetheless.

Thanks @ModhaYash

  • jose castro

    im sure apple will be closing it off eventually like usual

    • why would apple close the website?, the ones that should be pissed are folks from nintendo

    • Darek Slaby

      It’s a website not an app. Apple can’t do anything to this…

      • Tom

        Apple can’t as it’s not their intellectual property. Nintendo on the other hand…

  • Loopthree

    Awesome idea, dreadful execution.
    Thanks for the heads up, but I think I’ll give this one a miss.

  • ghulamsameer

    It may not play well on iOS, but it’s great on a computer. And, you can save your game 🙂

  • Legend of Zelda series is EPIC

    • Impeach Obama

      i hate the overly used word epic (sorry just my feeling), but i completely agree. i have my computer hooked up to my 42 inch tv and i use an emulator for the computer to play these old games. i bought a two usb nes controllers and it’s better than having the console since you can save and change games so quickly without having to blow in them and clean the gold prongs with rubbing alcohol 😀

      super mario brothers, mike tyson’s punchout, zelda…etc awesome

  • My iDream: Nintendo releases their games on the App Store 🙂
    I so want the new super Mario game on the 3ds to be available for the iPhone 😀
    It’s not just me, right?

    • *___*

    • ReanimationXP

      Nintendo will wise up someday.. though I wish there were some sort of physical controller accessory that was case-compatible and didn’t suck.

      • Shadowlink

        Wise up??? Dont even get me started on why nintendo should NEVER release anything on any mobile phone, they are both entirely different worlds and just leave it at that.

    • Shadowlink

      Not gonna happen just do youself a favor and just get a 3ds you wont regret it if you like nintendo 🙂

  • i recently had a emulator that was based on HTML5 too and was a lot faster but i forgot the name of the website :/

  • macboy74

    Wow you’re right it sucks. Ill stick to the roms on my nexus 7.

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  • Brandon

    If you like platformers, you should definitely check out Incredible Jack 🙂