Nintendo does strike twice! Second DMCA takes down GBA4iOS 2.0 and nds4ios again.

Poor Riley, he can’t seem to catch a breather. Once again while vacationing (Hawaii this time), he got notified of a second DMCA notice from Nintendo that forced him to take down his hosting website (which was part of Karen’s angelxwind.net and has also been taken down). 

Just like the last notice, Nintendo was extremely vague on what exactly needs to change, although certainly don’t doubt they would love to have the whole app itself taken down. Having been featured in a myriad of popular news site (recently The Verge), it’s no wonder GBA4iOS’ popularity keeps soaring and being caught in Nintendo’s radar. Lots of exposure is a great thing, but it can also take the form of a bad thing for emulators that still reside in the “gray area.” 

With the last DMCA notice, Riley figured the direct download button linking to a certain ROM site was at fault. He quickly changed it into a search button linking to Google and whatever you do with that was on you, the user, entirely. For Nintendo, this must have not been enough and whatever reason they have now, they aren’t being very clear about it.

Riley is already working on the latest massive update for GBA4iOS, version 2.1 which is said to bring multiplayer support. He could include whatever changes he needs in this upcoming version and hope that a third DMCA notice doesn’t come in. 

Unlike last time, Riley will not be making the contents of the notice available for public reading as he was not the only one affected by this (and probably wasn’t directed specifically at him), but the whole InfiniDev team which consequently also means nds4ios is down as well along with many repos hosted by Karen (@angelxwind).

Here’s some tweets from Michael Zhang and Brian Tung, developers of nds4ios regarding this issue: 

Update 1: 

Riley has found a temporary host for his website which gets bombarded with innumerable daily visits, so let’s hope it proves strong enough until he finds a more permanent host. He said we should expect the site and the download link at the end of the day.

Update 2: 

It appears gba4iosapp.com and the download link for GBA4iOS 2.0 are back, just as Riley promised it would. Happy downloading!

Whatever issues are happening behind the scenes, I’m sure we will know more as time goes on. Keep in touch with all the main Twitter accounts covering this:

Riley Testut (@RileyTestut)
Michael Zhang (@Malvix_)
Brian Tung (@iPlop) 

Dario (@Mithical)
Jon (@OPERATIONiDROID)
Tyler (@the120thwhisper)

A Riley Testut Summer

I recommend you read Riley’s summer plans blog here.

It appears Riley’s summer vacation isn’t just about relaxing and preparing for the oncoming first year of college, he has much to do on his hands to truly waste it away like most us have done or are doing right now. 

In his latest blog update (link above), Riley lays down his plans for the summer, detailing us what he’s working on and what we can expect from things like GBA4iOS and his new upcoming app Hoot

Read More

GBA4iOS Shirts: You Know You Want One
It’s easy to forget while you play Pokémon or Super Mario that all of that - the simple act of playing those games on an iPhone - was made possible by one person who spent most of his senior year (of High School) coding, non-stop and from the ground up, one of the best emulators around.
Riley Testut to this day continues to provide support via Software Updates, bringing you things like bug fixes, improvements and Event Distributions - all of this and more at no cost at all to you. As much as we love getting free stuff, we must stop for a moment, express our gratitude and appreciate the effort of those people who made it all possible - and for Riley, that’s by supporting his shirts campaign!
The official GBA4iOS shirts campaign hosted by Riley and Paul (Graphic Designer) requires 200 reservations (kind of like pre-orders) before they can start selling. $18 might seem like a lot, but you aren’t just buying the garment, you are legitimately supporting an independent developer that has opened a nostalgic world right on your phone for free.
If you really think about it, $18 isn’t that much at all. I would have gladly paid $20 bucks for the app itself easily. I mean, you get:
full iPad support
apart from GBA, GBC support
Dropbox sync
cheat codes
sustain button
save and load states
iOS 7 controller support with mapping in-app
URL Scheme support
Custom skins (http://gba4ioskins.com)
Oh, and so much more. Multiplayer support is even coming in version 2.1!
But the thing is, you aren’t paying for any of these features (and never will), what $18 get you (aside from supporting your developer) is an official shirt that you can own, wear and flaunt to your friends. Those $18 are an investment for something you will actually use, and best of all, it helps the developer continue his work. 
Click Here To Reserve A Shirt
The campaign ends in 24 hours. If you don’t have the money now, talk it over with your parents or your spouse/partner (it can’t hurt). The very fact that you try will mean something, I assure you. And even if we can’t make it to 200 tomorrow, show your support on Twitter so that the developer won’t be discouraged from trying this again in the future. It’s all up to you!
Other Updates
Enough about the shirts business (although, please do show support), let’s talk about the updates that are coming soon to GBA4iOS 2.0!
GBA4iOS 2.1, which will bring the highly anticipated Multiplayer and Trading support, isn’t ready just yet. Riley mentioned on Twitter that there’s still a few issues with the linking that he must iron down before he can release it. 

Of course, 2.1 is still being worked on. Linking tends to be unstable once in a while, so that’s what we’re trying to fix right now
— Riley Testut (@rileytestut)
June 15, 2014


The upcoming update for GBA4iOS will be 2.0.5, which will bring many bug fixes for those of you that have installed iOS 8. There’s some known issues (different, depending on users) that will hopefully be resolved the minute you update, along with some hidden features that the developer can’t talk about just yet. Sounds exciting!

As for future updates, expect a 2.0.5 release next with fixes for both iOS 7 and iOS 8, and possibly some hidden iOS 8 features (shh!)
— Riley Testut (@rileytestut)
June 15, 2014


2.0.5 will also bring a new feature to the app: Push Notifications, which will notify you the minute there are some new event distributions or updates. This new feature will probably be tested on that day as we welcome a brand new distribution event - more info to come!

Thank you all again for reading and keeping up with the blog!Expect more updates from @mithical this summer as we await Multiplayer support and more!

GBA4iOS Shirts: You Know You Want One

It’s easy to forget while you play Pokémon or Super Mario that all of that - the simple act of playing those games on an iPhone - was made possible by one person who spent most of his senior year (of High School) coding, non-stop and from the ground up, one of the best emulators around.

Riley Testut to this day continues to provide support via Software Updates, bringing you things like bug fixes, improvements and Event Distributions - all of this and more at no cost at all to you. As much as we love getting free stuff, we must stop for a moment, express our gratitude and appreciate the effort of those people who made it all possible - and for Riley, that’s by supporting his shirts campaign!

The official GBA4iOS shirts campaign hosted by Riley and Paul (Graphic Designer) requires 200 reservations (kind of like pre-orders) before they can start selling. $18 might seem like a lot, but you aren’t just buying the garment, you are legitimately supporting an independent developer that has opened a nostalgic world right on your phone for free.

If you really think about it, $18 isn’t that much at all. I would have gladly paid $20 bucks for the app itself easily. I mean, you get:

  • full iPad support
  • apart from GBA, GBC support
  • Dropbox sync
  • cheat codes
  • sustain button
  • save and load states
  • iOS 7 controller support with mapping in-app
  • URL Scheme support
  • Custom skins (http://gba4ioskins.com)

Oh, and so much more. Multiplayer support is even coming in version 2.1!

But the thing is, you aren’t paying for any of these features (and never will), what $18 get you (aside from supporting your developer) is an official shirt that you can own, wear and flaunt to your friends. Those $18 are an investment for something you will actually use, and best of all, it helps the developer continue his work. 

Click Here To Reserve A Shirt

The campaign ends in 24 hours. If you don’t have the money now, talk it over with your parents or your spouse/partner (it can’t hurt). The very fact that you try will mean something, I assure you. And even if we can’t make it to 200 tomorrow, show your support on Twitter so that the developer won’t be discouraged from trying this again in the future. It’s all up to you!

Other Updates

Enough about the shirts business (although, please do show support), let’s talk about the updates that are coming soon to GBA4iOS 2.0!

GBA4iOS 2.1, which will bring the highly anticipated Multiplayer and Trading support, isn’t ready just yet. Riley mentioned on Twitter that there’s still a few issues with the linking that he must iron down before he can release it. 

The upcoming update for GBA4iOS will be 2.0.5, which will bring many bug fixes for those of you that have installed iOS 8. There’s some known issues (different, depending on users) that will hopefully be resolved the minute you update, along with some hidden features that the developer can’t talk about just yet. Sounds exciting!

2.0.5 will also bring a new feature to the app: Push Notifications, which will notify you the minute there are some new event distributions or updates. This new feature will probably be tested on that day as we welcome a brand new distribution event - more info to come!

Thank you all again for reading and keeping up with the blog!
Expect more updates from @mithical this summer as we await Multiplayer support and more!

GBA4iOS Got Away Safely. Now Available Again!
GBA4iOS 2.0, the popular emulator app by Riley Testut, got safely away from Nintendo’s hammering DMCA takedown notice by changing some of the ways it works. The app made a return today and is finally available over at http://gba4iosapp.com once more.
The site will immediately redirect you to a subdomain on angelxwind.net where the site is now being hosted. There you will be welcomed with a familiar sight that will link you to a newly updated GBA4iOS 2.0.
The updated version (2.0.4) doesn’t come with a major software overhaul (or any sign of multiplayer just yet), just don’t expect to be linked directly to a ROM-downloading site via the in-app browser anymore - anything you do with that browser will be entirely on you as it now points to Google.com. This is because it is believed that pointing directly to a ROM-downloading site was the main reason for receiving the DMCA takedown.
Through this particular loophole, it is assumed that Nintendo’s DMCA notice is now null for the time being, although don’t believe for a second that they are done fighting against the popular emulator, which remains legal in the United States. Whenever they decide to strike next, Riley Testut will be more than ready as it is slowly disassociating itself from anything Nintendo-related (including changing the delta logo as seen above).
For the time being, though, enjoy the new update, celebrate its return and await future updates as they become available, including new events and multiplayer!
Keep updated with all things GBA4iOS 2.0:
@mithical
@rileytestut 
@pau1thor

Image Source:New GBA4iOS logo used with permission from Paul Thorsen

GBA4iOS Got Away Safely. Now Available Again!

GBA4iOS 2.0, the popular emulator app by Riley Testut, got safely away from Nintendo’s hammering DMCA takedown notice by changing some of the ways it works. The app made a return today and is finally available over at http://gba4iosapp.com once more.

The site will immediately redirect you to a subdomain on angelxwind.net where the site is now being hosted. There you will be welcomed with a familiar sight that will link you to a newly updated GBA4iOS 2.0.

The updated version (2.0.4) doesn’t come with a major software overhaul (or any sign of multiplayer just yet), just don’t expect to be linked directly to a ROM-downloading site via the in-app browser anymore - anything you do with that browser will be entirely on you as it now points to Google.com. This is because it is believed that pointing directly to a ROM-downloading site was the main reason for receiving the DMCA takedown.

Through this particular loophole, it is assumed that Nintendo’s DMCA notice is now null for the time being, although don’t believe for a second that they are done fighting against the popular emulator, which remains legal in the United States. Whenever they decide to strike next, Riley Testut will be more than ready as it is slowly disassociating itself from anything Nintendo-related (including changing the delta logo as seen above).

For the time being, though, enjoy the new update, celebrate its return and await future updates as they become available, including new events and multiplayer!

Keep updated with all things GBA4iOS 2.0:

Image Source:
New GBA4iOS logo used with permission from Paul Thorsen

Nintendo used DMCA notice, it’s super effective!

Days before the popular GBA4iOS 2.0 emulator turned 3 months old (and reached a tremendous milestone of 10 million downloads since its February release), Nintendo issued a DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) takedown notice through GitHub to have Riley Testut's app download site taken down.

The DMCA notice, which is essentially a cease and desist letter detailing how Nintendo’s copyrights have been infringed on numerous games, demands further action from Riley’s part to take down the hosting site, not technically the app itself. Minutes after Riley’s tweet informing us of the case, the site went dark. 

Good News For Current App Holders

People who downloaded the app previously get to keep it as is in working condition, however any new downloads will be impossible until the site is back up again. If you have retained a copy of GBA4iOS 2.0, make sure you don’t delete it (or even attempt that new update that came in the night before the takedown notice came in), or you might be GBA4iOS-less for a while.

I’ve texted with Riley about what the future of the app may be and I’m here to open a window into what you should expect as well. Understand that this is a sticky situations and some things could change.

Nintendo Is Power

Remember that this isn’t your run of the mill takedown order from just anyone, this is Nintendo we are talking about - a powerful entity that has every right to feel infringed since they still retain all of their copyrights, even from the very, very old games. Although technicalities side with Riley since he does not provide any ROMs (which most of are illegal), he does make it easy for them to be downloaded which might be in fact what has been hurting him.

The app itself, the emulator side, isn’t illegal and it is in fact protected under some laws; it is the games that for the most part cause the most issues - luckily that’s on the users and not directly Riley’s fault which might just save him until he can find a way to fix this.

Riley tells me that he might have to rid of one of the most convinient features of GBA4iOS 2.0, the in-app downloads which allow you to download the ROMs directly using the app’s own browser. It’s always been possible to use Safari and “Open In” to download games just like you do with skins from GBA4iOSkins, but the convinence in-app far surpassed the necessity of it. 

This shouldn’t take too long to rectify and update, but what does seem like a challenge, according to Riley, will be finding a place to host the download site which will be needed to obtain the new update. A myriad of free solutions are available but Riley claims he wants to find a permanent solution as jumping from site to site will be a hassle and it is costly - the traffic he incurs is tremendously big and not any site is willing to deal with that, or even risk a DMCA notice going through them to get to Riley again. If you have any good host suggestions, let Riley know!

The app download host itself is set on CoolROM’s servers and I’m assuming it will remain there, so it’s just a matter of finding a host for http://gba4iosapp.com which shall remain temporarily disabled until then with no way of downloading any new copies of GBA4iOS 2.0.

There Is Hope

As I’ve mentioned before, the emulator itself is covered under some legal protection so there is a chance that it will definitely come back once all the other issues of finding a host and ridding of anything that may be infringing on Nintendo are gone.

Luckily for Riley, he’s been trying to disassociate himself as much as he can from Nintendo for some time now. I’ve been texting with him and Paul, GBA4iOS’ graphic designer, about some of the new changes they are working on so that they can start monetizing by opening up a shop (which I’ve blogged about that here). I can’t talk about said changes just yet but they were definitely already headed there before the DMCA notice even came, so it’s a battle half-fought. 

Whatever the real outcome will be after all of this, do continue to show your support and love for the app. Although the stubborness of Nintendo is renowned as much as Apple’s keen eye for design, that is something we can always do, support something we believe in.

Riley isn’t giving up without a fight and you shouldn’t either.

Further Updates

I want to continue updating this story as much as I can with any new information, so keep tuned by following me on Twitter @mithical.

Update 1: Karen Tsai, developer extraordinaire and member of InfiniDev, has issued a petition to refrain from making your own redestributions of GBA4iOS 2.0 as she is working right alongside RIley Testut to fix this situation.

Update 2: nds4ios (PSA to all news websites: capitalization is not needed) has not been affected by the DMCA notice, however no one can be 100% sure that they aren’t being targeted by Nintendo next.

Update 3: Paul Thorsen, official Graphic Designer of GBA4iOS, claims that they have found a solution to the issue with Nintendo’s DMCA notice, and it will not require the removal of in-app downloads at all! By going back to a once-used method back in the beta, Riley will have evaded another strike to have his beloved app shut down. Simply by changing the home page (or landing page) used in the in-app browser to something like Google.com, the issue could be fixed. Or at least they hope that will be it, and so do we. Expect a re-release date later.

GBA4iOS: What’s Happened And What’s Coming

GBA4iOS 2.0 was released more than two months ago (three on May 19) and although news have slowed considerably since the end of the beta, plenty of things are still happening around the popular GBA and GBC emulator by Riley Testut.

Let’s begin with one of the biggest and most anticipated features since Cheats, Multiplayer and Trading Support. I wrote about it last month, showcasing a series of images tweeted by Riley about a Pokémon trade in progress.

We know that it is being worked on, that tests have been successful and that it is being released once it is finished and properly tested (there is no timeframe or ETA at the moment). But just how is this upcoming feature doing? 

On April 25, Riley tweeted us just how far he’s gone with it. 

Riley asserts he has reached the wireless speed limit on the hardware (presumably on the iPhone 5s) that will make Multiplayer and Trading efficiently fast. With this, we can only assume that trades will be lightning quick and battling will be lag-less, smooth experience, although we cannot guarantee anything until we get our hands on it.

We still don’t know just how far Multiplayer and Trading Support will reach in regards to the games and whether some will be left out, but for now its future looks bright and filled with possibilities. 

GB Filters

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Although probably not that name, a new feature is said to be coming in one of the future software updates: the ability to change the color of original Game Boy games - something that has been requested in the past. 

This upcoming feature was teased by Riley in his last blog post, GBA4iOS Hidden Features. There’s little to no info on this, so for now we must wait patiently for the next update or tweet from Riley detailing how exactly it will work and what our options will be in regards to the colors.

The Date Trick

No, not some trick to get you a hot date. I’m talking about the handy little loophole that allows the very distribution and download of GBA4iOS 2.0 even though Apple quickly hammered and shut it down mere hours after it was released.

We have all grown used to relying on the date trick since it was discovered that setting the date back to before the app was released could allow you to download GBA4iOS 1.6 even though it had been shut down. It worked on a myriad of other apps and has since been one of the most exploited loopholes used to get emulators on non-jailbroken devices.

Well, there’s some good news! Apparently it has been confirmed recently that you did not, in fact, required to set your date back to February 18, 2014 like Riley has specified in the app and on the site since the shut down. All you have to do is set your date back 1 day. Try it out the next time you need to re-download GBA4iOS 2.0 or had to restart your devices and is promoting you to set your date back again. 

Skins by Paul Thorsen

GBA4iOS’ own graphic designer has been working on some new skins for the past month. He has teased multiple images on a set of colorful GBC and GBA skins (a la Color Series) with a beautiful set of buttons and overall design.

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I have gotten the opportunity to personally map and test an early version of the skins and I can guarantee, without a doubt, that you are going to love them when they arrive.

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There is still no release date set in stone for these new skins, but, most likely, they will be available in-app in an upcoming software update.

GBA4iOS Shop

GBA4iOS does not make any money at all. The app itself does not ruin your experience by providing ads like some other emulators, and even its hosting site - the best place to make some money from - is missing on the chance to make some revenue. That’s because Riley’s philosophy is for everyone to enjoy the app free of charge - something very admirable for a soon-to-be college student. Although he will never make money off the app itself, he could begin making some money by providing other goods.

It’s been teased more than once that Riley might be start selling official GBA4iOS t-shirts, which you can see both Riley and Paul happily sporting here.image

Whether it will be an actual shop or just some small site with a few shirt designs, that’s up to Riley and his team; they could easily monetize on many type of things such as coffee mugs, cases, decals, stickers and other endless possibilities. You should tweet him about it, who knows, it might just make a difference.

For now, though, be assured that GBA4iOS shirts are definitely one of those things that are coming in the near future.

 SNES4iOS Could Make a Comeback!

In case you weren’t aware, the developer of GBA4iOS is also the same creator of SNES4iOS, and it might just make a comeback. Although it’s not official just yet, recent tweets by Riley reveal that he has some kind of plans to resume work on popular Super Nintendo one day.

He goes on to tease that if Multiplayer Support wasn’t such a big request from people, he would be working on it. 

There is definitely some hope for those SNES fans who wish to relieve their childhood on the iPhone like GBA4iOS 2.0 has done with an array of iOS 7 features and designs, but don’t expect Riley to work on it anytime soon. Multiplayer Support is his priority right now and I doubt many people would want him to divert his attention from that - still, it’s good to know there might be a future one day where we will be able to play a game from any of our childhood game consoles on our favorite devices, the iPhone and iPad.

New things are unraveling every day! Make sure you follow these people to know all about the latest news in relation to GBA4iOS and other projects. Thanks for reading!

Post by: Dario Sepulveda (@mithical)
GBA4iOS was developed by: Riley Testut (@rileytestut)
GBA4iOS graphic design by: Paul Thorsen (@pau1thor)

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