You Can Now Play Game Boy Advance On Your iPhone Without Jailbreaking

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We might be no closer to getting classic Nintendo games on iOS, but independent developer Riley Testut yesterday released the long-awaited 2.0 update to his slick Game Boy emulator, GBA4iOS.

Supporting Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, and original Game Boy games, GBA4iOS is the most straightforward and best-looking way to bring nostalgic Nintendo action to iOS 7 — and you don’t even need to jailbreak your iOS device to use it.

All that is required is to open up Testut’s dedicated GBA4iOS website — which greets users with the Apple-esque message, “Game Boy Advance, meet iOS. Again.” From there, simply tap “download” and you’ll be tracking wild Pokemon, or leaping on mushrooms with Mario, in no time.

The GBA4iOS 2.0 also updates its appearance to match current iOS 7 design schemes, adds dedicated portrait and landscape modes for both Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color titles, and includes an autosaving function, downloadable controller skins, and easy-to-access ROM downloading and saving.

Of course, a question that can be asked about this is how Apple is likely to respond to all of this. When we first reported about the impending launch of GBA4iOS two days ago, we wondered how long it would be before Apple took action — just as they did with the original GBA4iOS.

As predicted, Apple made their stance very clear very quickly. By Wednesday afternoon Apple revoked the enterprise certificate being used by GBA4iOS. However, developer Riley Testut claims he was prepared for this, and was quick to tweet a workaround:

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