It seems like emulator news is the flavor of the week, between webNES, GBA4iOS, and now Ben Midi's Gameboy. Like webNES, it runs entirely inside of mobile Safari, so unlike GBA4iOS you don't have to install anything weird, roll your date back, or anything else. It works quite well, particularly in landscape mode:


Here's the current list of playable games as of this writing.:

  • Mario Land
  • Tetris
  • Dr. Mario
  • Bomberman
  • Kirby's Dream Land
  • Kirby XXL
  • Space Invaders
  • Motocross Maniacs
  • Bomb Jack
  • Boxxle 2
  • Castelian
  • Centipede
  • Stopwatch

Since this web emulator seems to be actively hosting and providing access to these different real Nintendo games, it seems like it's prime material for a cease and desist from Nintendo. Regardless, it's a pretty neat thing to fiddle with while it stays up, so if you're looking for a blast from the past mash this link and go nuts.

  • Kane

    Great stuff! Gotta try this now..

    EDIT: I get no sound, anyone else having the same issue? The actual emu + ROMs work great..

    • jvm156

      doubt u ever would from a browser

      • Chq

        Mario in slow-motion without sound.. just playing flappy again.. bye.

      • Wasabininja

        Did you click the link in the TA app? That caused me to have slowdown. Instead I opened up Safari and loaded up the page. It ran fine, just without sound.

      • Wizard of Odyssey

        Seems fine and full speed on my 5S. Sound is missing, but it's all tinkle-piano stuff on the original GameBoy anyway. The selection of games provided is excellent. Nintendo is gonna send a hammer-throwing turtle after this guy.

      • Adams Immersive

        No sound here either. But there's hope: it's no picnic trying to make audio reliable cross-platform with HTML5, but some frameworks and some games do it. I've built a browser game (on contract, not yet released) that has audio on iOS, Android, Windows and Mac, using an HTML 5 game engine.

      • stormchild

        Plenty of browser-based games have sound. There's no reason why it can't be done.

      • thiagovscoelho

        But do they have sound on iOS

  • Mist17

    Works fine here as well, no sound though

  • Matt F

    Haha I want to play Flappy Bird on my Gameboy emulator!!!

  • Isaacquartz

    Controller support?

  • Billy Ocean

    Moon pie... What a time to be alive.

    • blakespot


    • nini

      Liked for Jasper reference.

      • Billy Ocean

        Callin Jasper by his first name: that's a paddlin.

  • vai_levar_no_cu

    Ahhh, the joys of virtual controls.

  • jar0d

    Looks interesting but I'm a bit concerned about any copyright violations. The site is hosting the ROMs. I guess it's a question of time when this site shuts down. Isn't it.

    • Chq

      It is.

  • SensibleGamer

    The new update to gba4ios has added GameBoy and GameBoy Colour support, just a heads up.

  • Pete Martell

    This whole emulation is a waste of time and stupid.

    Just another "see what I can do" but don't...

    Buy an old game boy instead.

    • Gregz0r

      It's pointless in a browser, sure, but ask anyone who grabbed the 'iMame' and 'Gridlee'(updated iMame) arcade emus when they were on the App Store, if those are a waste of time.

      • Galenmereth

        Yes they are? Subpar at best.

      • roguewaver

        As an owner of an iCade, I can tell you that iMame is nowhere near 'subpar.' It is absolutely incredible. I have a full on mini mame cabinet. Touch controls don't work as well for certain games, but if you have the hardware the issue is moot.

      • Themostunclean

        All emulators on touch screen devices hold, at best, a brief "look at old games playing on my phone" entertainment factor. I've tried all of the recent ones and touch screen controls for button-based games completely ruin playing any of them seriously. Maybe the controller supported ones are better but at the price ios controllers cost now, it would be cheaper just to get an old gameboy off eBay.

      • Gregz0r

        Got no love for browser-based emulators, but I generally think a person's view on emulators such as iMame, RetroArch, Gridlee etc, largely depends on how much actual personal value they place in nostalgia. For example, I never had a SNES back in the day, so a SNES emu holds no real value for me.
        Buying a real Gameboy or(insert console of choice here), means you have buy the actual games too, eliminating the convenience of having hundreds of games on your phone.
        Having touchscreen controls, is a worthy trade-off, for a great emulator, like the ones mentioned above, imo.
        But, each to their own. 🙂

      • Pete Martell

        Which is piracy then.

        Again, there are ways to play old games legally and honestly they are all better than this.

      • Cheeseball

        Please, inform us how you can play these old games legally on our portable devices (iOS or Android) without having to purchase another device.

      • Pete Martell

        Still piracy and unless they port them then the answer is no. I do find it funny that you make it sound as though it is your "right" to have old game boy games on your phone and unless provided it is right to pirate.

        There are games on 3ds and psvita now that I can't buy on my iPhone, obviously that means I should be able to pirate them now /s

        I wanna watch a movie that is not on netflix, obviously I have a right to download the torrent now.

        I could go on but I hope you got the point.

      • Cheeseball

        I get the point. It's illegal. We've all known that ever since they placed license agreements in the instruction manuals that come with the
        datasettes and game cartridges.

        Unless the original game developers and/or their publishers start cracking down on violators, people could care less about the legality of emulation.

      • Pete Martell

        They do crack down on it all the time, you are not even talking sense now.

        It is illegal, wrong and not even a good experience. You obviously don't care one bit and that is your choice, I however find it to be mind-boggling, really.

      • Cheeseball

        You're right. I don't really care.

        I don't see people getting sued left and right because they own illegal copies of ripped ROMs. I do see some public websites getting C&Ds or being taken down, but that's just the company's own right of defending against copyright infringement.

      • Gregz0r

        Of course it's illegal, but unless you can honestly say, that you've never, ever, ever listened to an illegal mp3, watched a torrented movie, or watched porn from a 'tube' site (lol), you can step down from that high-horse.

      • Themostunclean

        The problem is that nostalgia tends to wear off quickly. I want an to play old games all the way through and enjoy it, not briefly relive the good old days. But like you said, to each their own. I'm sure many people like to just have that couple minutes of blissful memories before the touchscreen makes them realize it's not at all the same experience.

    • Eli Hodapp

      Aren't you the guy who thinks iOS controllers shouldn't exist? Is there a reason why you don't like anything?

      • Pete Martell

        Eli, why do you like everything?? What is wrong with you???

        Seriously, if you actually read that thread then you would know better, but you know... "The internet"

        But please, play emulated ports of old games in a web browser with no sound, sure beats thousands of great games made or ported for iOS /s

  • stormchild

    Fun for about two seconds, until you remember why touch screen controls don't work for games designed for physical controls.

  • thestapler

    fingers crossed for SNES and Genesis emulators for iOS.

  • thiagovscoelho

    Works on iPad but the buttons are small

  • leehomf

    Controls are not responding very well though