GBA4iOS developer Riley Testut has begun teasing the launch of an upcoming new Nintendo emulator. Delta, which will be available in beta form in December, will apparently emulate the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Advance, and Game Boy Color – That is if the hazy system images in the teaser graphic mean anything.
Testut tweeted the teaser and a link to the Delta webpage yesterday.
Goodbye GBA4iOS. Hello, Delta. https://t.co/If4W92MMmf
— Riles ?♂️ (@rileytestut) November 21, 2016
Users were able to get GBA4iOS onto their iOS device without jailbreaking it by setting the iPhone’s date back to 2012, but even a 2.0 update to the software made it easier to install the emulator and removed that requirement. A built-in web browser allowed users to install and play original Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, and Game Boy Color ROMs right on their iPhone or iPad. Although the platform has yet to be confirmed, Testut’s mention of GBA4iOS alongside the Delta teaser suggests that the new emulator will be for iOS devices.
The Delta website doesn’t offer any information on the new emulator. However, Testut did respond to a few inquiries on Twitter, such as a possibility it might land on Apple TV. Testut replied that tvOS support was something he wants, but “there are some technical issues right now standing in the way.”
Apple has always taken a strict view on allowing emulators in the App Store, especially apps that appear to allow the downloading and use of unlicensed ROMs. A takedown request from Nintendo, via a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) filing put an end to Testut’s Nintendo emulator, GBA4iOS, in 2014.