Game emulator Delta arrives on App Store after controversies

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Following controversy over the weekend, the Delta game emulator has been made available in the App Store, for potential users outside of the European Union.

Delta, a game emulator for iPhone
Delta, a game emulator for iPhone



Delta from Testut Tech is billed as an all-in-one emulator for iOS. A follow-up to GBA4iOS, it is aimed at users who want to play ROMs of Nintendo games on their iPhone, especially those of portable Nintendo consoles.

The list of supported game systems include the GameBoy Color, GameBoy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 64, Super NES, and the Nintendo Entertainment System. More consoles will apparently be supported in the future.

As you would expect from an emulator, it has extensive game controller support, including Nintendo Switch Pro controllers, Nintendo Switch Online controllers, Sony and Microsoft console controllers supported by iOS, MFi controller support, and other Bluetooth and wired keyboards.

The app also provides features like support for various cheat code systems, save states, inter-device synchronization, and local multiplayer support for four players.

The app is free to download and use, requiring an iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 14.0 or later, an Apple Silicon Mac running macOS 11.0 or later, or an Apple Vision Pro. However, like other emulators, users are tasked with sourcing the games they wish to play, and to ensure they do so in a legal way.

Arrival post controversy



Delta's arrival takes place after a number of recent developments in App Store policy, as well as changes in law and a bit of controversy.

On Sunday, the first round of emulators started to surface in the App Store. This followed after Apple changed its App Store Review Guidelines to alter a rule, one which effectively banned the submission of console and classic game emulators.

Less than a day later, the emulator iGBA was pulled from the App Store due to complaints from Delta developer Riley Testut that it was a knock-off of a previously-released emulator, GBA4iOS.

Delta -- the app that started it all -- is available NOW in the App Store!

Yes, you read that right: our long-rejected game emulator has been approved by Apple themselves

If you live outside the EU, download now from the App Store -- no DMA required https://t.co/jytQgVJFp9 pic.twitter.com/jIN7Ru2alN

-- AltStore.io (@altstoreio)



Testut's AltStore account on X confirmed the App Store listing for the emulator as genuine, and is a way for non-EU users to download the emulator.

It also occurs during the launch of AltStore PAL, an Apple-approved third-party App Store that is launching exclusively in the EU.

AltStore PAL takes advantage of the European Digital Markets Act, legislation that effectively forced Apple into allowing third-party app storefronts to exist.



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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 7
    The “local support for 4 players” is what I am most interested in, would that mean you can play mario kart ds together like the good ol days?
    lolliver
  • Reply 2 of 7
    You totally forgot to mention with AltStore you also get an app that runs in the background and monitors your clipboard, every time you copy something to paste it will give you new functionality… with all that data it got hold of. I’m sure they won’t do anything bad with all that data they are constantly looking at, after all, who ever copies important data like addresses, bank details, passwords, phone numbers etc..? We just copy and paste gibberish for fun right!?
    lolliverwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 7
    AUsername said:
    You totally forgot to mention with AltStore you also get an app that runs in the background and monitors your clipboard, every time you copy something to paste it will give you new functionality… with all that data it got hold of. I’m sure they won’t do anything bad with all that data they are constantly looking at, after all, who ever copies important data like addresses, bank details, passwords, phone numbers etc..? We just copy and paste gibberish for fun right!?

    No, you don’t GET that with AltStore.   Stop it. 
    williamlondonmainyehc
  • Reply 4 of 7
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 2,470member
    I wish it worked on Apple TV, that’s where I’d expect someone to use a controller 
    lolliverAlex1Npulseimageswatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 7
    sbdudesbdude Posts: 272member
    Downloading all of these before they get pulled . . .
    williamlondongrandact73watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 7
    jimh2jimh2 Posts: 635member
    sbdude said:
    Downloading all of these before they get pulled . . .
    Made sure I got it as well. The Delta app is outstanding. I am looking forward to more emulators being added. One can only hope that someone is working on a MAME emulator. 
    williamlondongrandact73lolliverAlex1Nwatto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 7
    An emulator of older iOS would be nice so I can run an older game that is no longer supported on latest iOS. 
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