This short video uploaded to youtube shows off the ability to run an emulator on the iPad to play SNES games, while using the Wii Remote to control the character. The game being played is Super Mario World on snes4iphone [$5.99 from Cydia].

The jailbreak for the iPad has not even been out a week yet, and you can clearly see the great possibilities that can come out of this device. As the jailbreak community continues to release new iPad specific applications, that Apple does not allow in their own AppStore, expect to see some really creative ideas unfold.

If your not too sure what jailbreaking your iDevice means, Gizmodo has posted a great overview on what jailbreaking is, how easy it is, and some other common FAQ's regarding jailbreaking. But as always, like the Gizmodo article clearly points out:

And remember, be careful! Jailbreaking is unsupported and something that's very new to the iPad. If in doubt about a particular Cydia app, err on the side of caution. You're better safe than sorry, really.

  • ImNoSuperMan

    Damn. Now I want an iPad even more :/

    Emulators on iPhone is a neat cool thing to do, but its not really fun considering those games were made for a bigger screen and meant to be played with with real buttons. But playing Super Mario World on the iPad with wiimote sounds like an awesome idea. Definitely gonna try it once I (somehow) get my hands on an iPad :)

  • ImNoSuperMan

    Damn. Now I want an iPad even more :/

    Emulators on iPhone is a neat cool thing to do, but its not really fun considering those games were made for a bigger screen and meant to be played with with real buttons. But playing Super Mario World on the iPad with wiimote sounds like an awesome idea. Definitely gonna try it once I (somehow) get my hands on an iPad :)

  • Captain Pugwash

    Great!

    The iPhone / iPad can always use more avenues for piracy.

  • Captain Pugwash

    Great!

    The iPhone / iPad can always use more avenues for piracy.

  • Nic Taylor

    D'oh, if only I had my Wiimote. Seems like a cool idea, though; would be cool if they had a controller app for iPhone, though.

  • Nic Taylor

    D'oh, if only I had my Wiimote. Seems like a cool idea, though; would be cool if they had a controller app for iPhone, though.

  • Eli Hodapp

    Here's the million dollar question- With this emulator can you plug the Wii classic controller or whatever the regular SNES looking controller is in to the bottom ofo the Wiimote, pair it with the emulator, and use the actual SNES controller accessory to play these games?

    Because that would be pretty hot.

    • AIM-R8

      Same question, but with Wii Fight Stick

      • http://appVersity.com Glenn

        Neither will work.. I tested it.. Only Wiimote works currently can be added though if the developer wants to..

  • Eli Hodapp

    Here's the million dollar question- With this emulator can you plug the Wii classic controller or whatever the regular SNES looking controller is in to the bottom ofo the Wiimote, pair it with the emulator, and use the actual SNES controller accessory to play these games?

    Because that would be pretty hot.

    • AIM-R8

      Same question, but with Wii Fight Stick

      • http://appVersity.com Glenn

        Neither will work.. I tested it.. Only Wiimote works currently can be added though if the developer wants to..

  • TKO

    And that last sentence is why I won't jailbreak. There are time I would love the freedom of a jailbroken device, but the device becomes more crash-prone and viruses/malware suddenly become a problem again. (It's absolute bliss to not have to worry about malware.)

    • Chris

      The warning is referring to using apps on the iPad that were not designed for it. Some of the jailbroken apps don't play nice quite yet with the iPad and need updates. As long as your root password is changed and/or SSH is disabled, you're good to go.

    • Sticktron

      Jailbreaking does NOT make your device crash more.
      You are just gaining admin access, if you will.

  • TKO

    And that last sentence is why I won't jailbreak. There are time I would love the freedom of a jailbroken device, but the device becomes more crash-prone and viruses/malware suddenly become a problem again. (It's absolute bliss to not have to worry about malware.)

    • Chris

      The warning is referring to using apps on the iPad that were not designed for it. Some of the jailbroken apps don't play nice quite yet with the iPad and need updates. As long as your root password is changed and/or SSH is disabled, you're good to go.

    • Sticktron

      Jailbreaking does NOT make your device crash more.
      You are just gaining admin access, if you will.

  • john doe

    i guess it's just a video

  • john doe

    i guess it's just a video

  • andy

    @TKO

    Its just standard boilerplate, as long as you change your root password and don't have too much running you'll have no problems...

    I only have SBSettings and FirewallIP running all the time but speed, battery life and ability to run app store games is entirely unaffected...

    • TKO

      Ah, but it is more problematic because memory it tighter. And it's always *always* going to be a potential problem because the device will run unsigned code. (Take the recent Rick-Roll virus that was affecting jailbroken phones ..in that particular case the software got on via unchanged root passwords. But if someone discovers another vector to get it to run on your device, your device will still run it because it's set to run unsigned code.)

  • andy

    @TKO

    Its just standard boilerplate, as long as you change your root password and don't have too much running you'll have no problems...

    I only have SBSettings and FirewallIP running all the time but speed, battery life and ability to run app store games is entirely unaffected...

    • TKO

      Ah, but it is more problematic because memory it tighter. And it's always *always* going to be a potential problem because the device will run unsigned code. (Take the recent Rick-Roll virus that was affecting jailbroken phones ..in that particular case the software got on via unchanged root passwords. But if someone discovers another vector to get it to run on your device, your device will still run it because it's set to run unsigned code.)

  • Cory

    How does it connect to the wiimote? Through wifi? I'm tempted to jailbreak for this, never have really wanted to before.

    • Jeff Carter

      Through Bluetooth

      • dbizzle

        yeah really, WiiMotes are BLUETOOTH. No other connection is possible... durr.

  • Cory

    How does it connect to the wiimote? Through wifi? I'm tempted to jailbreak for this, never have really wanted to before.

    • Jeff Carter

      Through Bluetooth

      • dbizzle

        yeah really, WiiMotes are BLUETOOTH. No other connection is possible... durr.

  • Michael

    Sigh... Now I'm REALLY tempted to jailbreak, even though I've been vigilant about it before...

    I don't follow jailbreaking, but if connecting to the wiimote via bluetooth works with iPad, doesn't it with iPhone/iPod Touch too? I can imagine the possibilities...

  • Michael

    Sigh... Now I'm REALLY tempted to jailbreak, even though I've been vigilant about it before...

    I don't follow jailbreaking, but if connecting to the wiimote via bluetooth works with iPad, doesn't it with iPhone/iPod Touch too? I can imagine the possibilities...

  • Brandon

    Yes you can use your wiimote on the iPhone/Touch too.
    I jailbreak but only for these reasons...
    SBSEttings (allows me to flick wifi/bluetooth on and off (very handy))
    Lockdown (allows me to lock specific apps)
    Categories (iphone 4.0 folders)
    Multitasking (use pro switcher)
    Change my background
    Use a bluetooth gps with a gps app.

    I have excellent battery life and my device doesn't crash.

    Oh yeah... regarding the ipad emulators... that's just plain awesome! And I see no reason why you couldn't use a classic controller with the wiimote. (ZodTTD just has to implement it.

  • Brandon

    Yes you can use your wiimote on the iPhone/Touch too.
    I jailbreak but only for these reasons...
    SBSEttings (allows me to flick wifi/bluetooth on and off (very handy))
    Lockdown (allows me to lock specific apps)
    Categories (iphone 4.0 folders)
    Multitasking (use pro switcher)
    Change my background
    Use a bluetooth gps with a gps app.

    I have excellent battery life and my device doesn't crash.

    Oh yeah... regarding the ipad emulators... that's just plain awesome! And I see no reason why you couldn't use a classic controller with the wiimote. (ZodTTD just has to implement it.

  • Christoffer

    that's really awesome.. make me want the ipad even more.

  • http://as Christoffer

    that's really awesome.. make me want the ipad even more.

  • Deewin

    The Wiimote works surprsingly well for many Snes games since many games only use the B and A buttons with the X and Y emulating the same functions. I don't know if I would want to run this on my iPad though since I'll be using it at home and the PC has emulators that run the games perfectly with my 360 Pad. I've never really bought anything yet through Cydia either and I would hate to have to pay 5.99 for the app again if I restored my iPhone.

  • Deewin

    The Wiimote works surprsingly well for many Snes games since many games only use the B and A buttons with the X and Y emulating the same functions. I don't know if I would want to run this on my iPad though since I'll be using it at home and the PC has emulators that run the games perfectly with my 360 Pad. I've never really bought anything yet through Cydia either and I would hate to have to pay 5.99 for the app again if I restored my iPhone.

  • poopman47

    Is this the same developer that makes psx4iphone?

    Any word on an update to that to make it iPad functional?

  • poopman47

    Is this the same developer that makes psx4iphone?

    Any word on an update to that to make it iPad functional?

  • alexsmokin72

    WTF IS THE POINT OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS, all you're doing is playing a wii game on a 600 dollar small screen tv, just buy an xbox for 200 and a tv for 400 and you'll have a much, much better experience (i don't even love the xbox its just if you're going to destroy the touchscreen by playing with a wii mote then you might as well buy a wii or xbox) does anyone else see how ridiculous this is no matter how much better and more innovative these games could get

    • Brian

      Ok, I'll remember that when I want to through my TV and Xbox in a backpack, and set it up while on the bus or on a flight. You seem to have trouble understanding what mobile devices are for.

      And its not dedicated, you are getting more functionality than buying a TV + Xbox. How would the touch screen be "destroyed"?

  • alexsmokin72

    WTF IS THE POINT OF SOMETHING LIKE THIS, all you're doing is playing a wii game on a 600 dollar small screen tv, just buy an xbox for 200 and a tv for 400 and you'll have a much, much better experience (i don't even love the xbox its just if you're going to destroy the touchscreen by playing with a wii mote then you might as well buy a wii or xbox) does anyone else see how ridiculous this is no matter how much better and more innovative these games could get

    • Brian

      Ok, I'll remember that when I want to through my TV and Xbox in a backpack, and set it up while on the bus or on a flight. You seem to have trouble understanding what mobile devices are for.

      And its not dedicated, you are getting more functionality than buying a TV + Xbox. How would the touch screen be "destroyed"?

  • Greg

    Can you play without a Wiimote?

    • Jeff Carter

      Yes, there are on-screen controls as well.

  • Greg

    Can you play without a Wiimote?

    • Jeff Carter

      Yes, there are on-screen controls as well.

  • Erik

    Even better, snes2iphone with Wiimote is portable awesomeness. I hope Mame will be ported with bluetoot support as well!

    • spiffyone

      Carrying an iPad AND a Wiimote around ain't exactly "portable".

      I need not mention how little things like "yay, I get to play them on a screen larger than iPhone/touch and not obscure it with onscreen controls" could also be used for...y'know what...never mind. Let Apple ignore the better money play that is the living room television as they've been doing all this time.

    • Justin

      I would buy an iPad this very second if that ever becomes the case. :)

    • SiDCrAzY

      lol @ portable.

      A hacked PSP,or a Gp2x Wiz would better serve your "portable" emulation needs.

  • Erik

    Even better, snes2iphone with Wiimote is portable awesomeness. I hope Mame will be ported with bluetoot support as well!

    • spiffyone

      Carrying an iPad AND a Wiimote around ain't exactly "portable".

      I need not mention how little things like "yay, I get to play them on a screen larger than iPhone/touch and not obscure it with onscreen controls" could also be used for...y'know what...never mind. Let Apple ignore the better money play that is the living room television as they've been doing all this time.

    • Justin

      I would buy an iPad this very second if that ever becomes the case. :)

    • SiDCrAzY

      lol @ portable.

      A hacked PSP,or a Gp2x Wiz would better serve your "portable" emulation needs.

  • Ed

    Wow. Me want.

  • Ed

    Wow. Me want.

  • http://www.callboxlive.com Stan Winstone

    Wait Cydia sells apps now and one's in massive violation of copyrights from little companies like Nintendo? Better hurry, they will soon be sued out of existence..

    • Las

      Emulators are legal (and legal to sell.)

      It's illegal to sell the games, and Cydia doesn't. The roms are BYO.

      • Corey

        Emulators are legal (and legal to sell.) YES
        It's illegal to download ROM or any game or material that is not owned by you/ copyrighted

      • psyc

        The BIOS of emulators are not legal to distribute. That's BYO too.

  • http://www.callboxlive.com Stan Winstone

    Wait Cydia sells apps now and one's in massive violation of copyrights from little companies like Nintendo? Better hurry, they will soon be sued out of existence..

    • Las

      Emulators are legal (and legal to sell.)

      It's illegal to sell the games, and Cydia doesn't. The roms are BYO.

      • Corey

        Emulators are legal (and legal to sell.) YES
        It's illegal to download ROM or any game or material that is not owned by you/ copyrighted

      • psyc

        The BIOS of emulators are not legal to distribute. That's BYO too.

  • http://appVersity.com Glenn

    For the record I'm following this closely but here is another video showing it a bit better.

    http://techblips.dailyradar.com/video/apple-ipad-running-snes-snes4iphone/

  • http://appVersity.com Glenn

    For the record I'm following this closely but here is another video showing it a bit better.

    http://techblips.dailyradar.com/video/apple-ipad-running-snes-snes4iphone/

  • http://appVersity.com Glenn

    OK Guys I have installed the newest version 7.0 on the iPad and im pretty damn impressed. There are a few things which I need to figure out and or might be bugs, but I will report what I found working.

    #1. Wii mote support is fantastic - Sadly the classic controller does not work

    #2. I originally bought this through Cydia (V6.3x) but when it installed it installed ROCK (Cydia alternative) In Rock it saw an upgrade (7.0) I upgraded and it was not storing any of my saves. I eventually deleted it and reinstalled from ROCK and it seems to work better.

    #3. Some settings like Transparency are not working currently dunno why

    I tried Tecmo Bowl, Chrono Cross, Super Mario World, and Donkey Kong Country and all worked and played fantastic.

    Overall a really good emulator (about 100% speed on grpahics and about 98% on audio)

    5.99 worth every penny!

    Jailbroke iPad using Spirit installed Cydia and installed ROCK from cydia

    I emailed the developer asking about making the menus disappear during landscape mode as its very distracting seeing the buttons merge through the full screen gameplay.

    • psyc

      Chrono Cross is PSX. Nice try.

      • http://appVersity.com Glenn

        You are right I meant to say Chrono Trigger..

        Anyway Im not lying It works..

      • SiDCrAzY

        He probably meant Chrono Trigger.

  • http://appVersity.com Glenn

    OK Guys I have installed the newest version 7.0 on the iPad and im pretty damn impressed. There are a few things which I need to figure out and or might be bugs, but I will report what I found working.

    #1. Wii mote support is fantastic - Sadly the classic controller does not work

    #2. I originally bought this through Cydia (V6.3x) but when it installed it installed ROCK (Cydia alternative) In Rock it saw an upgrade (7.0) I upgraded and it was not storing any of my saves. I eventually deleted it and reinstalled from ROCK and it seems to work better.

    #3. Some settings like Transparency are not working currently dunno why

    I tried Tecmo Bowl, Chrono Cross, Super Mario World, and Donkey Kong Country and all worked and played fantastic.

    Overall a really good emulator (about 100% speed on grpahics and about 98% on audio)

    5.99 worth every penny!

    Jailbroke iPad using Spirit installed Cydia and installed ROCK from cydia

    I emailed the developer asking about making the menus disappear during landscape mode as its very distracting seeing the buttons merge through the full screen gameplay.

    • psyc

      Chrono Cross is PSX. Nice try.

      • http://appVersity.com Glenn

        You are right I meant to say Chrono Trigger..

        Anyway Im not lying It works..

      • SiDCrAzY

        He probably meant Chrono Trigger.

  • Septimus

    Looks great. Jailbroke (?) my 3GS yesterday as I was sick of having to quit spotify to read an email or text. ProSwitcher is fantastic and my phone responds as well as it ever has.

  • Septimus

    Looks great. Jailbroke (?) my 3GS yesterday as I was sick of having to quit spotify to read an email or text. ProSwitcher is fantastic and my phone responds as well as it ever has.

  • http://www.GourmetZocker.at GourmetZocker

    I knew there was a reason to keep some wiimotes after selling the Wii....

  • http://www.GourmetZocker.at GourmetZocker

    I knew there was a reason to keep some wiimotes after selling the Wii....

  • http://twitter.com/BulkSlash BulkSlash

    The PS3 joypad is also Bluetooth, I wonder if it's possible to pair that as it has a better button layout for SNES games.

    I jailbroke my old 1G iPod Touch to try out jailbreaking and I wasn't very impressed to be honest. All the emulators I tried would crash or fail to load.

    It's entirely probable I did something wrong, but out of the box it didn't really seem worth the hassle to try jailbreaking my iPhone. Maybe when the next iPhone comes out I'll risk jailbreaking the old one... :)

  • http://twitter.com/BulkSlash BulkSlash

    The PS3 joypad is also Bluetooth, I wonder if it's possible to pair that as it has a better button layout for SNES games.

    I jailbroke my old 1G iPod Touch to try out jailbreaking and I wasn't very impressed to be honest. All the emulators I tried would crash or fail to load.

    It's entirely probable I did something wrong, but out of the box it didn't really seem worth the hassle to try jailbreaking my iPhone. Maybe when the next iPhone comes out I'll risk jailbreaking the old one... :)

  • AIM-R8

    Hopefully someone in Apple sees the potential in this, and releases an official solution. This is what Super Street Fighter 4 and Marvel Vs Capcom 3 on the iPad needs lol.

  • AIM-R8

    Hopefully someone in Apple sees the potential in this, and releases an official solution. This is what Super Street Fighter 4 and Marvel Vs Capcom 3 on the iPad needs lol.

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    That makes a iPad tempting though I want a better controller. Not only that am I the only one that was thinking "AGH this person sucks at playing Mario" while watching the video?

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    That makes a iPad tempting though I want a better controller. Not only that am I the only one that was thinking "AGH this person sucks at playing Mario" while watching the video?

  • brand0n

    i remember seeing an app featured by apple, Joypad, that would serve nicely for emulation on the iPad and not having to use a Wiimote. Basically it's a classic game controller for your iPod/iPhone that you use to control emulators on your Mac.
    the only problem is that it doesn't support bluetooth, if only it did, it would be a perfect match...unless you like the feel and response of physical buttons, in which case it would be useless :)

  • brand0n

    i remember seeing an app featured by apple, Joypad, that would serve nicely for emulation on the iPad and not having to use a Wiimote. Basically it's a classic game controller for your iPod/iPhone that you use to control emulators on your Mac.
    the only problem is that it doesn't support bluetooth, if only it did, it would be a perfect match...unless you like the feel and response of physical buttons, in which case it would be useless :)

  • JCat

    Pretty amazing on iPad - forgot Mario - I'm playing an old favorite "Space Megaforce" which is still IMO one of the best SHUMPS (talk about power-ups).

    Now, if only the programmer can implement an option to disable the on-screen virtual control pad when using the wiimote and eventually support the classic controller.

  • JCat

    Pretty amazing on iPad - forgot Mario - I'm playing an old favorite "Space Megaforce" which is still IMO one of the best SHUMPS (talk about power-ups).

    Now, if only the programmer can implement an option to disable the on-screen virtual control pad when using the wiimote and eventually support the classic controller.

  • BobHuey

    Dont hate on the girl. You people try using the Wii remote to play Super Nintendo games. I just got this set up and it's harder then it looks! She should have practiced before filming this. BTW DEFINITELY worth it the purchase and jail break.

  • BobHuey

    Dont hate on the girl. You people try using the Wii remote to play Super Nintendo games. I just got this set up and it's harder then it looks! She should have practiced before filming this. BTW DEFINITELY worth it the purchase and jail break.

  • sdfsadf

    Hm, i don't think it's Bluetoth(connection beetween wiimote and ipad) it's infrarot.

    If you're playing Wii, you can just put away the motion-control bar and set up some candles. Works fine

    • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

      The positioning of the Wii Mote in a 3D Space is done through Infrared and some fancy trigonometric functions. =D But as for data transfer that is done through Bluetooth. Obviously due to bandwidth issues with using infrared.

  • sdfsadf

    Hm, i don't think it's Bluetoth(connection beetween wiimote and ipad) it's infrarot.

    If you're playing Wii, you can just put away the motion-control bar and set up some candles. Works fine

    • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

      The positioning of the Wii Mote in a 3D Space is done through Infrared and some fancy trigonometric functions. =D But as for data transfer that is done through Bluetooth. Obviously due to bandwidth issues with using infrared.

  • Joshua

    I installed SNES on my ipad and turned on wiimote support but it does not ask me to or let me pair my wiimote. I bought it through cydia and it is version 7.0. Can someone help me.

  • Joshua

    I installed SNES on my ipad and turned on wiimote support but it does not ask me to or let me pair my wiimote. I bought it through cydia and it is version 7.0. Can someone help me.

  • Droidoes

    Android market has emulators you can purchase for around 4 dollars that allow you to install custom snes, sega, gameboy and many other roms via the Android devices browser for free. All without having to root. And they play very quickly. I play Mario on the Droids device keyboard in 720p resolution...

    • JCat

      Yes, but we're talking iPad as in real estate. Perfect for emulation. Sure the Android market has emus, which is great, but is there an android-based pad device yet? That's when I'd be interested. In the meantime, I hope more quality emus become available on the iPad - universal or exclusive.. not 2X.

  • Droidoes

    Android market has emulators you can purchase for around 4 dollars that allow you to install custom snes, sega, gameboy and many other roms via the Android devices browser for free. All without having to root. And they play very quickly. I play Mario on the Droids device keyboard in 720p resolution...

    • JCat

      Yes, but we're talking iPad as in real estate. Perfect for emulation. Sure the Android market has emus, which is great, but is there an android-based pad device yet? That's when I'd be interested. In the meantime, I hope more quality emus become available on the iPad - universal or exclusive.. not 2X.

  • Andreez44

    I love this! But I want to export the video to my big screen when I get home (like the old days) I bought the video export extension for my ipad and the cords and everything works perfect EXCEPT when I run the emulator and rooms! The video shakes like crazy! Anyone know why or how I can fix this? Or am I the first one crazy enough to try it?

  • mark

    will the snes game work on the ipad-icade cabinet,cause if it dont why do u have thoes 6 buttons for on the front with the joystick does it play street fighter with the i cade,certain people dont no the concept on the mini arcade system, they dont no about old skool anyway.have they been in arcade before,it like playing the real arcade with the original joystick not the remote joystick that only program to work with what ever game that work ,it not same as playing the real arcade game with the right control of an arcade game.why play a driving game or a game that dont have the right joystick like u play in the arcade game.

  • Adam Daieh

    I was able to do this after I jailbreak my phone to the latest is with the help of WWW.JAILBREAKHOME.COM