A few days ago, Jeff posted about an awesome new website called webNES that allows iPhone and iPad users to play Nintendo games directly from Mobile Safari. But while the web-based emulator does not require jailbreaking your iOS device, that benefit is largely overshadowed by the sluggish performance of most games. Fortunately, in less than two days, gamers will have another great no-jailbreak alternative in GBA4iOS 2.0. Take a look… 

GBA4iOS 2.0 is a complete makeover of what was one of the most popular Gameboy Advance emulators for iOS 6 last year, and the new version looks impressive. In addition to a redesigned user interface, GBA4iOS 2.0 packs a new built-in web browser for downloading games directly within the emulator. If you have a Dropbox account, you can store game saves and load ROMs using the cloud storage service.


Another key benefit is backwards compatibility with Gameboy Pocket and Gameboy Color games, allowing you to play classic titles like Pokémon Blue or The Legend of Zelda in the same emulator. It’s mind blowing that many games like those were released nearly 20 years ago. It’s time to put down Flappy Bird and get nostalgic for a moment.


One advantage of playing games that are a few decades old is the ability to cheat. GBA4iOS 2.0 has full support for cheats, including five different cheat code formats and automatic handling of per-game Master Codes. Cheating usually carries negative connotations, but we’ll cut you some slack if you want to experience games from the mid-1990s on a whole new level.


With thousands of games available for GBA4iOS 2.0, it is only fitting that the upcoming version of the emulator will offer support for unlimited third-party controller skins. If you want to set a Mario or Luigi skin while playing Super Mario Bros, or a Pikachu one during a Pokébattle, all the liberty to you. A number of third-party controller skins are available for free from GBA4iOSkins to download.


GBA4iOS 2.0 is set for release on February 19th on its official website, where a countdown is currently setup. The emulator does not require jailbreaking your device, and a Cydia release is not currently planned. A huge shoutout goes to iOS developer Riley Testut and his partner Alyssa Surowiec for their work on this emulator.

Gameboy Advance enthusiasts should also look into gpSPhone and GBA.emu.

Which classic Nintendo games do you play with iOS emulators?

  • Jonathan

    no jailbreak? Impressive 😀

    • iPhone Gruru

      While impressive, I don’t like changing my internal time. This will replace my gba.emu though. I would pay money for this through cydia.

      • Marcus

        Agreed. I’d pay $3 for this in Cydia.

      • I have edited the post. Apparently this won’t be a requirement for GBA4iOS 2.0 like the original version. Still no jailbreak required though I am hearing.

      • Gavin

        it will be a completely new distribution method so it wont require you to change your devices date

  • Linton Findlay

    will it have ps3 controller support?

    • iPhone Gruru

      It will work with mfi controllers, so if you have controllers4all…. Yes

      • Tom

        That was my 1st question too. The fact that it does is awesome! This is going to be great!

  • Scott

    Does the emulator support 3rd party MFi controllers? This would be amazing if so.

    • Vivek Raja

      It does

  • Drilon

    Sorry this is out of the subject:
    Does anyone know the name of this ecg logo for zeppelin?

    • Ninja Banana


      • Drilon

        Well because I like it, I’d love to have it..

      • Fadzly

        wierd looking ECG

      • Ninja Banana

        Ok 🙂 I would like to see that to.

    • Tobias9413

      Link to original reddit post. I have it and it’s pretty cool.
      Remove the ( ) before the com

      • Drilon

        Thank you for the effort but those look different from this one 🙁

      • Tobias9413

        I see. I thought you were looking for the Arctic Monkeys one. Sorry.

  • Ruben Juarez

    I was one of the Beta Testers on this project, and I got to say it is phenomenal.
    I have it on my iPhone 5 and it runs smoothly, plus the support for Warioware Twisted is something you just have to try!

  • Cool

    Great post!

  • Marcus

    I saw this all over Reddit yesterday and was waiting for iDB to post something about it. I had no idea that a jailbreak was not required for this… I assumed it was just a package on Cydia.

  • Christopher Ablaza

    This may be a stupid question but I’m a little confused – The website says its an app – but theres no jailbreak required – can someone explain this to me? Is it another in browser option or will it be released through the app store?

    • Jonathon Eng

      It’s not a stupid question, there’s a method he plans to use to distribute it as an actual full app through the safari app. He hasn’t stated what it is yet but I imagine it would be similar to how the original app was released before Apple blocked him.

      • Kamal Ahmad

        Safari can install apps like on GBA4ios 1.0, and they arent HTML.

      • Jonathon Eng

        Yes I’m aware of that, however, the problem is that apps like GBA4iOS 1.6 and other apps installed through the Safari app is that it requires the user to install a certificate/profile which then allows you to install said app. If I recall correctly, the profile is the main reason why Riley plans to use a different method since the current one has problems, one of which is adjusting the internal clock. I may need to brush up on this again since this is stuff he talked about ~6 months ago

  • __HENRY__

    why don´t you make a video about retroarch its better and free and has multiple emulators

  • Riley Testut

    Hi, GBA4iOS developer Riley Testut here! Thanks very much for the shoutout, but it should be known my graphic designer Paul Thorsen did a tremendous amount of work on this app too. Without him, this never would have been possible!

  • Freak Cleverman

    Been following this project for about 2 months now. Even got my own counter up and counting down to the very second. This is gonna be HUGE

    • Jonathan

      What’s the app called? Looks nice. 😀

    • Greg

      what app did you use for the counter?

      • Freak Cleverman

        It’s countdown by sevenlogics

  • Hotrod

    Hopefully the NES emulator will be soon!

  • Jack

    haha Apple iphonr fools. Here I am on my android device playing NDS games on my Drastic emulator since forever! LOL!

    • XboxOne

      So you came into an iOS news website to bash?

      • Tom

        Exactly. What a total chode!

  • Eni

    does it work with playstation controlers?

    • Alexander Novarro


  • Michael

    Riley i have watched it from the beginning from gba4ios 1.0 to more emulators to 2.0, this looks like a new revolution to ios, jailbreaking and emulators. You deserve a lot of thanks because of the time spent. I’d like to see more of your work done and i would like to get involved in these emulators. Please contact me

  • Fadzly

    will it works for airplay?? i would love to play it on a big screen and my iphone become the controller

  • Naiki

    Ehh… yess 🙂

  • QuarterSwede

    Seems to be slammed. Can’t download it, cant connect to Amazon S3.