The world of GBA emulators is one that stretches all the way back to the very beginning of the iPhone, when jailbreaking was the only way to get apps onto Apple’s smartphone.

Nowadays the App Store is full of plenty of AAA games that we all love to play, but there is still a special place in our hearts for anything relating to Nintendo’s early handheld console.

Delta is a GBA emulator that was the successor to GBA4iOS, and following a beta that has been running for a good while now there is an update on when version 1.0 will arrive. Not yet, unfortunately.

The developer behind Delta, Riley Testut, has taken to his blog to share what lies in store for Delta in “version 1.0 and beyond.” As Testut points out, his current level of commitments in the real world are taking up a lot of time right now, rightly so in our opinion, but once that is complete he will be able to focus on Delta and importantly, getting version 1.0 out of the door.

I’m just going to be honest. I have exactly 1 month and 3 days until I graduate, and unfortunately it will be filled with school assignments, final exam preparations, and misc. other things requiring my time, so it’s going to be very hectic for me. For that reason, I’m not anticipating making much progress on Delta (which I promise really bums me out too, because usually working on Delta is my reward for finishing my school assignments).

But with all bad news comes some good, and we can apparently expect Delta to arrive this summer – once all of the developer’s schooling is complete.

In terms of remaining features, Delta really is almost finished. When I’m only able to work on it for a few hours every week or so, these features take a while to complete, but when I’m able to work on them for several hours every day, I can knock them out very quickly! For this reason, I am very confident that Delta will be released this summer. Trust me, I’m ready to get Delta out there and begin working on my next projects, so I’m going to do everything in my power to meet that release timeframe.

While this is obviously good news for all who enjoy their GBA emulators, what is perhaps even more interesting is what the developer has in store moving forward, beyond that version 1.0 for which we continue to wait. Of particular note is native Apple TV support and Nintendo DS support as well, two things that will make a lot of people very pleased indeed.

While this list is absolutely not definitive, here are some of the plans I have for Delta beyond 1.0 (in no particular order):

  • Nintendo DS support
  • Multiplayer support for SNES and N64 games
  • Native Apple TV support
  • 3D Touch support in controller skins (so you can rest your fingers on the screen but buttons won’t activate unless you press harder)
  • Event Distributions (just like GBA4iOS)
  • Ability to search for popular cheat codes (rather than always having to find them online and type them in yourself)
  • Variable Fast Forward speeds
  • Custom filters to alter appearance of games

We don’t know about you, but we can’t wait!

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