Nintendo won’t bring its popular game franchises to iOS, and Apple won’t allow emulators in the App Store. In order to play titles like Super Mario and Zelda on your iPhone, then, you have to look at unofficial alternatives. GBA4iOS was one of the most popular — but after its creators received a DMCA notice from Nintendo this week, it is no more.
GBA4iOS was one of the best Game Boy Advance emulators for iOS — for lots of reasons. Not only did it put Pokémon and thousands of other titles on your iPhone and your iPad, but it was well designed, well built, and easy to obtain. In fact, it was one of the only emulators that could be installed without jailbreaking.
You could say it was only a matter of time before Nintendo stepped in and put an end to it, but that doesn’t make its disappearance any less of a disappointment. The Japanese gaming giant issued Riley Testut, the emulator’s creator, with a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notice this week forcing him to take it down.
— Riley Testut (@rileytestut) May 13, 2014
Fortunately for those who have already downloaded and installed GBA4iOS on an iOS device, it will continue to work. But new downloads have been “temporarily suspended,” Testut said on Twitter. If you lose your install because you have to restore, then, you won’t be getting it back anytime soon.
Testut hasn’t said GBA4iOS won’t come back, though. His announcement seems to suggest there may be other ways to make it available again — but for now, we’ll have to wait and see what happens. The only way to obtain a Game Boy Advance emulator in the meantime is via a jailbreak.