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DS Emulator For iPhone Hits The App Store

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Curious.

They say imitation is the best form of flattery, but somehow Nintendo probably won't see it that way.

App developer ZM2 Dev is behind the DoubleSys, an iPhone and iPod Touch app that emulates a Nintendo DS. Not in the sense of emulating games, but the handheld itself. You can rotate the system in a 3D space, open and close the device, change its color, and it's even got a few built-in games to play. Even the logo is the same, making you wonder how this ever got into the iTunes store to begin with.

According to the app's description:

Popular the world over, the hit game console is now available for the iPhone and iPod Touch!

Oh jeez. That isn't even trying to cover your tracks. The developer promises updates adding more games, colors and a microphone function, but smart money is on none of that ever happening.

Apple had previously rejected a Commodore 64 emulator on the grounds of the app having to load and execute external code (roms, essentially). The DoubleSys doesn't do this, but come on, Apple.

Check out the video below to see unadulterated plagiarism in action. It's $4.99 and if you want to get it, well, you'd best act quick before Nintendo finds out.

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[via gizmodo.com]

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User Comments (45)

wanderlustwarrior

#1

wanderlustwarrior said:

Ironically, certain flashcarts for the first, second and third generations of DS have built in MP3 players (DSi on its own only plays AAC). Their GUI of choice? The Ipod.

y2josh

#2

y2josh said:

How odd. I don't see this staying up in the app store very long, for some reason.

CorbsAdmin

#3

Corbs said:

Talk about a waste of money and effort. If you can't even play DS games with it, what's the point?

Schembeck

#4

Schembeck said:

Is this for Real?!
I mean, aside the fact you can't play DS games, how can Apple do something so pointless? My common sense is tingling...

SmaMan

#6

SmaMan said:

So Apple rejects Google Voice and accepts THIS?!!

I guess they figure if they rejected it, a version that can load roms will just end up on Cydia. (the jailbroken app store) But yeah, I give this app 5 days.

Andy10003

#7

Andy10003 said:

lol the only reason people are gonna buy this is cause their gonna think it can play all gams a ds can play

KDR_11k

#9

KDR_11k said:

If you can't even play DS games with it, what's the point?

Getting money from suckers who think it does?

Objection

#11

Objection said:

I have an itouch and will be passing on this, though the game shown (Pixel Mania) looks pretty fun and I hope it survives in some form.

WaLzgiStaff

#12

WaLzgi said:

Somehow I don't think Nintendo is going to take this too kindly. Like jpfan1989 said, there's probably gonna be a lawsuit.

Chunky_Droid

#15

Chunky_Droid said:

Honestly, the Apple App Store is has THE worst handlers in the world, GabeGreens is dead on, it's like they want to get sued. Just look at the Duck Hunt app they had originally.

Starwolf_UK

#16

Starwolf_UK said:

DS Emulator For iPhone Hits The App Store
I made the same mistake at first. Then I watched the video and noticed it said Simulator. A lsight difference.

Basically, this will be taken down but ZM2 Dev has got their 5 minutes of fame and they'll put the games their DS simulates up on the app store. With about 5 million competing programs all being sold for $2 or less you need something ot make you stand out.

Ryuuga

#18

Ryuuga said:

Yeah it's more like a DS simulator, but I'm pretty sure it's gonna sell like water, people will be fooled and go crazy like "OMG I can play NDS on iPhone!!!".
But that Pixel Mania game looks cool, huh? It's so simple and looks so fun to play, it could be a DSi or WiiWare game.

the_shpydar

#22

the_shpydar said:

... counting down the seconds until this is pulled from the App Store ...

This one shouldn't even require a lawsuit, just a letter/call from Ninty's legal dept to the effect of "Umm, guys ... seriously?"

AVahne

#24

AVahne said:

I don't smell a lawsuit, I can see it coming a mile away. and its leading an army

LEGEND_MARIOID

#29

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

That's wierd. Well, its actually quite blantantly stupid and pointless. You won't be playing ds games on it anyway. Hello?!

MetalMario

#36

MetalMario said:

Yep, The vid is down. Copyright claim by Nintendo of America.

Did Apple WANT to get sued?

Mabbit

#38

Mabbit said:

blow five dollars to open, close, and rotate something virtually
wheeeeeeee

mjc0961

#39

mjc0961 said:

Epic win: The video has been pulled due to NoA's copyright claim. Hopefully that stupid app won't be far behind. And I hope Apple gets the pants sued off of them, I'd love to see them and their trendy hunk of scrap metal taken down a few pegs.

"Ironically, certain flashcarts for the first, second and third generations of DS have built in MP3 players (DSi on its own only plays AAC). Their GUI of choice? The Ipod."
Where's the irony? Flash carts are not sponsored or endorsed by Nintendo like the app store is by Apple. There's no irony there at all: Not Nintendo's fault that third party companies sell that product. But it is Apple's fault that they put this on the app store. Not the same thing, meaning there is no irony.

LEGEND_MARIOID

#40

LEGEND_MARIOID said:

To be fair its an ok device. Its just that I don't like Apple the company as much as I don't like Sony.

This incident has shown us how arrogant and idiotic they are.

Spaced_Out

#41

Spaced_Out said:

Nice! They got the video, too!
This will be over quick.

I mean, look how fast they got the Kama pulled and then fixed. I mean, this looks like 2-4 seconds to pull it.

Rerun

#45

Rerun said:

Someone over at Apple is either high or not doing his job for letting this happen. Kudos to Pikamander2 for reporting this.

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