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Nintendo may still insist on keeping its head out of the mobile market, but that isn't stopping a few enterprising developers from filling the gap. This time, it's the guys behind GBA4iOS, who made a name for themselves in 2012 with an app that let you play Game Boy Advance games via an emulator. It's back again, and this time Apple's apparently allowing it (for now).
With today's launch of GBA4iOS 2.0, you can play not only Game Boy Advance games on your iPhone and iPad, but also games for the Game Boy Color and original Game Boy. The one downside? It only works with devices running iOS 7.
Not only is it designed to fit iOS 7's look, but it's also geared toward convenience. When you wanted to download a game in the past (with jailbroken devices), you'd have to look for ROMs beyond the app. The new version, however, contains a ROM browser inside the app itself. Other conveniences include code support for sources like Game Genie and Action Replay, as well as support for Made for iOS gamepads.
How's GBA4iOS able to do this without getting booted like the previous emulation apps--most of which try to hide their true intentions? It's simple, really. GBA4iOS doesn't actually come from the Apple Store. Instead, it's installed through the iOS device via the website itself through the Safari browser. Just click on the link from your iPhone or iPad and download.
Will Apple shut down this loophole? It's hard to say, considering that they recently opened it again, thus allowing GBA4iOS 2.0 to exist. Better act now if you want it.
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