Zelda (screenshot 001)

From time to time, various console emulators make their way into the App Store. Disguised as innocent looking apps, these submissions employ various tricks to escape the attention of Apple’s App Store review team. If you’re a fan of Nintendo’s old-school SNES console and such classics as Zelda, you can now download a SNES emulator from the App Store.

The program pretends to be a basic file manager that can connect to both Dropbox and FTP accounts. As it turns out, it can also open *.smc Super Nintendo ROM files and play them. Jump past the fold for the full reveal…

Nicole Graham’s Remote File Manager for the iPhone and iPad has a dirty little secret: upon authorizing your Dropbox account, the supposed file manager application lets you run Nintendo ROM files.

Remote File Manager for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)Remote File Manager for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

You need to drop them first in your Dropbox (you can sign up for a free Dropbox account if you don’t already have one). From there, simply tap a ROM to play it.

It seems to be a pretty good emulator, too. According to TouchArcade, its forum members are reporting great success with what the emulator can run.

It’s also nice that it has full iCade support.


Of course, this runs counter to Apple’s rules so we’re expecting the $0.99 download to be pulled anytime soon.

Grab Remote File Manager from the App Store right now before it’s too late.

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  • omrishtam


  • ap3604

    “It’s also nice that it has full iCade support.”

    Full iCade support? When I try it on mine the buttons are off, which one are you using?

  • Stefano ‘Graziani’ Polo

    the emulator is pretty sweet. Playing Super Punch Out right now!

  • Sam Khan

    Best way to make money for these developers.

  • Rowan09

    Got it

    • Chad Hoard

      What is the app called??

      • Brúnó Nagy

        Remote File Manager. The link to it is at the bottom of the article..

      • Joseph Thebigragu Plaza

        There’s a link at the bottom of the article.

  • Chad Hoard

    What is the app called?? I can’t seem to find it!!

    • iThinkergoiMac

      Remote File Manager. The link to it is at the bottom of the article…

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  • Luke Jennings

    emu4ios. Look it up.

  • Fat Boy Alive


  • Facebook User

    If you had cydia you can get a better one for free. Also the one in cydia is also free in the google play store.

    • Stefano ‘Graziani’ Polo

      i think everyone on here knows that however when the majority of us upgrades to iOS7 and loses our jailbreaks, it’s good to know that we have an emulator in our back pocket.

      • Facebook User

        That’s why if you know jailbreak you won’t update to ios 7 until there’s a jailbreak.

      • Stefano ‘Graziani’ Polo

        Everyone, including myself, says they’re going to do that but it’s always tough to hold out especially when it takes longer and longer for them to develop a new jailbreak. The last one took 6 months. No way I’m holding out on iOS 7 that long so i can keep my jailbreak. I can easily hold out on not having jb rather than not having the newest iOS

      • Facebook User

        I’m pretty sure this next jailbreak will be release alot sooner.

  • Franklin

    Where can I get the emulators?

  • Joseph Thebigragu Plaza

    Now all I need is a gb/gbc emulator that saves.

    • In the cydia world, GBC.emu does a great job, and it saves.

      • Joseph Thebigragu Plaza

        I know about Cydia; it’s kind of useless to me being on ios 7 and all…

  • Another tip:
    1. Pay for it or some chinese guys will do so. (hint)
    2. Get all SMC files you want to play.
    3. Run FTP Server on your PC.
    4. Make sure your iDevice and your PC are on the same network.
    5. Include your SMC Files Folder in the FTP Server
    6. Connect to your PC via FTP using your IP Address and type credentials if you set any.
    7. Enjoy your games on this app.

  • Yasser Kaskas

    The only inconvenience is that is has to load the game from Dropbox every time so it takes a while to load and it uses wifi or data every time

    • A kinda more proper solution is right above your comment 😀

  • ShawnTXDFW

    Is there a way you can use a Wii controller thru Bluetooth and play the games that way?

    • Facebook User

      Yes search snes9x ex+ in cydia or in goggle play store. You can use will remote or wii classic remote. And if you have the hdmi converter you can play on screen tv.

      • ShawnTXDFW

        Yeah I already knew about that one. I was talking about specifically thru this app. I’m not jailbroken so I can’t get Cydia. ;(

      • Facebook User

        Have you been on cydia before?

      • ShawnTXDFW

        Nope. Seen it, know a little bit about it. I looked at settings under this particular ‘hidden emulator’ I guess, and there is no bluetooth option. So I don’t know if I can just buy a remote and put it bluetooth mode so the phone can see it, and just take a chance that the phone and app might recognize it?

      • Facebook User

        I wouldn’t take the chance. I know in cydia there’s a tweak for the Bluetooth. You going to love cydia the next time jailbreak is released. You can add a page I started up for those with little knowledge about jailbreak. Search jail-break nation , in Facebook

      • ShawnTXDFW

        Ok. Well thanks for all the help anyway. I’m looking forward to the next jailbreak.

  • djnemesis23

    can it be any emulator file ??? or can somebody hit me up with a link to zelda for snes thanks

    • bohlsey

      There are a lot of emulator games on this website including Zelda.
      http:// coolrom. com /roms /snes/

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  • Liam Mulcahy

    There are ways to get Snes emulator without a jailbreak, I’m not amazed by this

  • Eldaria

    This kind of proves how easy it should be to bypass Apples approval. If you can hide an entire emulator code, should it not be possible to hide other types of code?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      In practice theoretically yes. In fact there’s been proof of concept before showing that this sort of thing could work and the AppStore has been known to have malware in the past. Malware doesn’t bother me much though since the registration fee puts people off and I’m not sure what but I’m pretty sure Apple performs some sort of verification to make sure you’re a real person when signing up to be a developer. A long answers, short if anyone makes any malware for iOS chances are they’ll get caught out…

  • John Hawkins

    I tried the link and it says its not available in the U.S.??