Emulators offer a great way for gaming fans to enjoy older titles on newer, unsupported platforms, and thanks to the jailbreak community, this practice is fairly commonplace on iOS. Taking things a step further, though, one developer has created a Web app that allows NES fans to enjoy those old classics right from the comfort of their device’s mobile browser, which includes, Android and iPhone, and – get this – no jailbreak is required for those on iOS! We’re pretty sure that’s piqued your interest, and below, we’ll show you just how easily you too could be playing the likes of Super Mario Bros. thanks to the nifty little creation known as webNES.
A lot of apps are simply Web versions packaged in accordance with different app store guidelines, so to witness a powerful Web app is not anything new. With that said, getting a live version of NES game emulation up and running through the native mobile browser is certainly something to behold, and all you have to do to get started is hook up your Dropbox account to the webNES site.
Naturally, the Dropbox account will be the source of your favorite ROMs, and once webNES is linked up, you’ll be able to relive some truly iconic titles.
Since this is a rather new phenomenon, things don’t run particularly smoothly, and if you’re on iOS, and are jailbroken, then you’re probably still better off going for one of the many emulation tweaks out there. Still, even the Cydia-based emulators have come a long way during the past couple of years, so with more work and optimization, there’s no reason why webNES won’t run just as smoothly in the future.
Games played via webNES can be enjoyed in either landscape or portrait mode, and you do get touch-based controllers which, although rather fiddly at times, do work.
To get started, you’ll need to point your mobile device’s Web browser to the webn.es url. Once the site has loaded, hit the plus sign, hook up your Dropbox account, and be sure to fill it up with some reliably-sourced NES ROMs.
Like any nostalgia-induced gaming, playing your old favorites through a browser-based emulator will probably feel a far cry from how you remembered things. Nonetheless, this is impressive work, and hopefully, we’ll see more emulators like this cropping up in the future.