The List: NES Games Actually Playable on iPhone

x999x

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Hi, I'd like to start a list of NES games considered playable on the iPhone. Because everyone's idea of "Playable" is relative, I suggest this list be rated on a system of 3 levels of playability.

I ask that you post the games you feel are playable, along with your rating based on the key below. I'll add them to this top post to keep the list growing and in one spot for newcomers who would like to see what they're in for if they decide to take the modding plunge.

The Playability Key

1: This game requires little or no compromise to play, and can be enjoyed by anyone not familiar with the control interface.

2: This game requires a learning curve to play and is playable with practice.

3: This game requires a learning curve and/or has limitations that may affect certain aspects of the gameplay.

The List of NES Games Playable on the iPhone

Arkanoid
: 2
The lower the frameskip, the easier this is to play. When you get the laser upgrade, hold the fire button first, then move left and right. You'll be able to move freely while shooting (the fire button should stick and autofire). Release the fire button first when you don't need to shoot anymore.

Balloon Fight: 3
Balloon Trip mode is fully playable and totally fun. You install this game for Balloon Trip mode, TRUST ME! :)

Bard's Tale: 1

Baseball: 1

Dig Dug: 2

Donkey Kong 3: 2

Donkey Kong Classics: 2

Dr.Mario: 2

Famicom Wars: 1

Galaga: 3
There's 3 ways to play this game: 1) Stop and shoot. 2) Move and keep tapping shoot (to Zero out last key held) and 3) Hold Fire button and move left or right freely. Method 3 is very nice and works, but Galaga is about accuracy so if you're a purist (like me) it's a hard lump to swallow. Best method is 1 when you're solo, and 3 when you have dual ships.

Galaxian: 2
For best results, only shoot when standing still.

Golf: 1

Golgo 13: 1

Metal Gear: 2

Micro Machines: 2
Hold Gas button, THEN tap Left or Right to steer. You will drive in circles if you do not hold the Gas button First. This game is one of the best for the iPhone next to RC ProAm in terms of playability.

Mike Tyson's Punchout: 3

Monopoly: 1

Ms.Pac-Man: 2

Pac-Man: 2

Pac-Mania: 1

Pinball: 1

Popeye: 1

RC Pro-Am: 2
Hold Gas then Tap Left/Right to Steer. Works perfect. To Fire, release gas and Dpad.

RC Pro-Am 2: 2
See Above. This game plays great.

Tennis: 3
Very fun once you get the hang of it. Play it like Pong and swing early.

Tetris: 3
This game gets hard when it speeds up and I would not suggest using the down arrow to drop pieces faster.

Tetris 2: 3
Same as above

Three Stooges: 2
Some stages can be a bit difficult, but the game was never really that intuitive, and is overall playable.

Wheel of Fortune: 1

Zelda, The Legend of: 3
I'm mixed on this one. You can play this game, provided you play a little differently, like stopping to attack. Some people may consider this a 2.

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End of List

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Gaming Tips

There are some interesting nuances I've noticed with the control scheme, I'll do my best to shed light on what I've found.

Hold Button then Move: This method is perfect for driving games and shooting games. What you do is hold your action button first, say for the Gas pedal. Once you're moving you can slide your finger left or right, or tap the dpad. Your action button will keep firing or whatever it's supposed to do for the game you're playing, for as long as you hold that button down.

Tap Lightly: For games like Pac-Man, you need to press specific directions at a moments notice. Unfortunately, without tactile feedback it's very common to get diagonals instead of a true up or down. To help increase your accuracy, press as lightly as possible so that you have a smaller contact patch with the screen. With practice, your muscle memory will kick in and you'll be clearing Pac-Man mazes with ease.

It's Stuck Going Left!: Your control isn't zeroed out. Chances are you hit a diagonal while you were sliding your finger to another dpad position. Since you zeroed out the diagonal when you released it, your next button will get stuck. To "Un-Stick" it you have two quick options: 1) slide your finger the correct direction you want to go in a "smearing" motion to Zero out any left over hot-spots and 2) Tap the A or B button once or twice. I'll use both of these methods when playing Pac-Man sometimes.

Mash the Dpad: This technique is the brute force approach. You basically blanket all of the hotspots for any given direction and don't let your thumb up. When you need to change position, just slide your finger over to the next area. This works well for some games like Pac-Man, or anything else that doesn't need you to release the controller.

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Hope this list helps some of you add more games to your collection, and if you feel differently about how I have rated a game, let me know and I'll change it so we're better informed.

Thanks!
 

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Found a cool trick for Pac-Man, if you hold the A or B button down first, you can move a lot more easily than without holding a button. I rarely, if ever, get "stuck" in one direction using this method.
 
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i have used iPhoneinstaller to update the nes and i see the sound option on the top but it still does work... does sound work for anyone without have to use command prompt?
 

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i have used iPhoneinstaller to update the nes and i see the sound option on the top but it still does work... does sound work for anyone without have to use command prompt?
KNOWN ISSUES

SOUND
In order to have sound, you must disable mediaserverd, which is the iPhone's
sound mixer process, which is locked onto the audio device. A couple of
easy aliases can be added to your .profile to disable or re-enable
mediaserverd if you are using MobileShell:

alias nosound="launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/coreaudiod.plist"
alias sound="launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/coreaudiod.plist"

While you have mediaserverd disabled ('nosound'), no other system sounds
will play, so be sure to re-enable it ('sound') when you're finished playing.
 

Hondamaker

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What don't you try googling "nes roms" and check out the first site that pops up ;) Of course I must add, make sure that you own any games that you download :p
Can these ROMs be installed using iBrickr? I tried installing one after I installed the NES emu, and it won't show up on my phone.
edit: Nevermind, figured it out.
 
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all of the roms ive downloaded work... i figured out how to make them work but it gets annoying after a while.. if you come across a blank rom that wont play just press the home key and go back to the emulator.. than it should load up. it might take several tries to get to the actual game play but once in it works fine..
 
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Can these ROMs be installed using iBrickr? I tried installing one after I installed the NES emu, and it won't show up on my phone.
edit: Nevermind, figured it out.
use fugu... i found it very convinient when it comes to uploading anything to the iPhone.. also give apptapp a try it uploades straight to your iPhone and has the nes emulator in it that you can download right off of your iPhone... i findd this program to be great. constantly updating software that you can download right off your iPhone instead of your comp and haing to upload to iPhone..
 

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use fugu... i found it very convinient when it comes to uploading anything to the iPhone.. also give apptapp a try it uploades straight to your iPhone and has the nes emulator in it that you can download right off of your iPhone... i findd this program to be great. constantly updating software that you can download right off your iPhone instead of your comp and haing to upload to iPhone..
Most people refer to that as Installer (as does the About screen in Installer).

Or are you referring to something else?


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MIke