Microsoft Surface Pro with surprise SNES features

Microsoft Surface Pro with surprise SNES features
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By Posted 7 Oct 2013, 06:35

As many tech fans await the arrival of the highly anticipated Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablet as it goes on sale later this month, we are reaching out to current Surface and Surface Pro users. You may not be aware, but your tablet also has some surprise functionality via the form of an emulator app.

You may all be thinking, here we go again with the risky business of emulators but this story is a little different. A certain Microsoft Surface overview video on YouTube has attracted the attention of many, due to the fact that it highlights the possibility of playing classic SNES games via a Super Nintendo emulator app.

While Nintendo may not be too keen for users to explore this side of the device, it appeared for one moment that Microsoft was actually a lot more lenient. It has been revealed recently that this video that we have included above, was actually referenced on the official Surface Twitter account – specifically touting the emulator capabilities of the Surface.

A Microsoft rep retweeted the video in question, along with a caption that read something along the lines of “Make the most of #Surface.” Unsurprisingly, that Tweet has since been deleted, but the video still stands and you can check out the emulator capabilities of the Surface at the 7:22 mark.

Super Mario Kart.. the good old days.

Super Mario Kart.. the good old days.

Did you know that the Surface had this functionality? Regardless of the grey area surrounding emulation, you have to say that the ability to hook up an Xbox 360 controller and also connect the Surface to the TV via HDMI to become a makeshift SNES is very cool.

Good luck trying to get your hands on the emulator app though, as we have a feeling it may be disappearing off the store very soon. Let us know your thoughts on this surprise feature of the Surface. Was it a bit naughty of Microsoft to essentially advocate Nintendo emulation on the Surface?

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  • Arash Jafari

    Yes, anyone who is a Nintendo fan and has searched for “Nintendo” in the Store is aware of this functionality. It’s nothing new, you can even run SNES emulator on Windows Phone but the full versions cost a little bit.

  • Howard Abraham

    While you can also do all this stuff on the Surface Pro, he is demonstrating the Surface RT.

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