If you are an old school gamer and grew up on the likes of Pokemon Red and Blue on GameBoy, you may want to know that a breakthrough appears to have been made on iOS. A Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance emulator called GBA4iOS 2.0 has been released recently and it could be the GBA app that most of you have been waiting a long time to see.
A GBA for iOS app has been in hot demand for years and this specific project with GBA4iOS 2.0 is apparently two years in the making.
It looks like this wait has been worth it though as we’re already hearing feedback on how it is the best GBA emulator for iPhone and iPad, and it’s all thanks to developer Riley Testut. As as you can imagine, there are some concerns about the legality of the app and we can confirm that it isn’t available on the App Store at the moment.
It is instead available via the official website and most importantly for users – GBA4iOS 2.0 does not require a jailbreak to use. The app has been redesigned for those on iOS 7, although there has been an issue with the app, with Apple revoking the app’s license.
You can see evidence of this in a Tweet from the developer below, which confirms that all users will need to set their iOS device clock to February 18, 2014 in order to still use the app normally.
Faster than I expected, Apple revoked the enterprise certificate. Luckily, setting date back to February 18, 2014 allows installation again
— Riley Testut (@rileytestut) February 19, 2014
At the moment, that appears to be the only major roadblock as of yet, with many fans having already installed the app and are happily enjoying it on iPad as we speak.
Another screenshot below confirms that the likes of Pokemon Emerald is just one of the supported games that can be played, but obviously you will need to own a personal copy of the game yourself in order to download ROMs online.
Have you installed GBA4iOS 2.0 on your iPad yet? If so, let us know how you are finding the app so far and if you have run into any problems. We wouldn’t be surprised if we see Nintendo make some movement on this.