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If you’re an avid retro gamer like myself, you probably snagged the $1.99 preview build of n64iOS on Cydia, hoping to enjoy classic titles. Unfortunately, in it’s current state, the N64 emulator for iOS is more of a tech demo than a working emulator. Although games run at near-playable speeds on hardware as old as the iPhone 4, the many graphical glitches combined with the jumbled control scheme make most games unplayable.

Shortly after the emulator was last updated in May, ZodTTD posted on Twitter that there would be an update which would revamp the entire UI, including the ROM manager and the wonky controls. Since then, there has been no new release of n64iOS. That may be changing soon: According to a recent conversation with Will Strafach, ZodTTD is once again working on n64iOS.

In addition to the general overhaul, ZodTTD previously mentioned working with Drunknbass to include a user interface specifically optimized for the iPad:

As an interesting aside, according to ZodTTD, the N64 emulator wouldn’t be able to work on a non-jailbroken device, even if Apple freely allowed emulators in the App Store. This means we won’t see n64ios sneak its way into the App Store, as we’ve recently seen with MAME4iOS Reloaded through Gridlee.

If you bought n64ios, what are your thoughts on the emulator’s lengthy development cycle? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

  • Chuck Norris

    YAYYYYYYY! *roundhouses android users*

  • DJ

    Its about time. The iOS development for emulators is shameful

  • AWonton

    I was extremely disappointed in Zodttd (Thought still follow him on twitter) after his poor support of psx4iPhone and n64iOS. Here’s hoping he comes through though, would gladly give the man more money if he keeps to this, he writes good software just not so good on the follow through.

  • If it will really be THAT nice, I don’t care about development time, I can wait for good things! 😉

  • i am happy with the SNES9X on ipad with WII mote..

  • deded

    zodttd eres un puuto

  • It takes to long I mean why not get a team and finish it before you release to the public

  • Also in just wondering if you could make a dolphin emu (GameCube) or not just wondering

  • Mario

    9 months ago and no update

  • Mario

    when it comes out??!?!?!

  • curtneedsaride

    all i wanna do is play Perfect Dark on my iphone… praying for an update!

  • Glasgow_Warrior

    The emulators on IOS are really bad. Besides GBA4IOS V.2.0, there are not too many good emulators and all these emulators are ram hungry in the processor. Why can’t the emulators be optimized better to actually run the emulator? Because I’m sure iPod 5 is strong enough to run it.

    Look at minecraft for example. It was optimized to run more on the processor than the GPU which allowed my friend to play it on his computer without lag. All it needs to be is optimized and better made, even DS games could probably run on iPod 5 with a good emulator