In this topic, I’m going to spend time on MeSNEmu, a simple emulator created by Lucas Mendes Menge that offers Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) to iPhone and iPad users. According to the author, this package also includes the Super Famicom (based on SNES9X) as well.
One of my favorite topic to talk about on here is emulators for iOS, specifically the gaming emulators that brings the good ol’ retro games like Pokemon and Mario Kart back and now users can enjoy them right on their iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
I love Nintendo games so much that I created a long list of Nintendo DS emulators for iOS that you might have seen and a bunch of others including Game Boy Advance as well as PlayStation Portable. Now, using the term Nintendo can be a bit too general since there are many editions out there.
Before we jump right into the installation process, I want to take a minute and talk about how MeSNEmu comes to fruition. Lucas developed this project as a hobby so that he can have a “stable and modern SNES emulator for iOS”. He also mentioned that developers with legitimate certificates can quick compiled the source code of this emulator straight from Xcode for their own goods.
That brought us to one of the installing points where I have to break it to you. To install the latest version of MeSNEmu, you’re required to have a Mac computer, Xcode, and a developer account. This used to be a jailbreak tweak, which means if a user has a jailbroken device, they can install it right away from Cydia.
However, back in the days, it couldn’t run that smoothly due to “outdated SNES9X codebase” and so the developer rewrote the whole project.
How to Build MeSNEmu using Xcode
Step 1: Download the source code from Github
Step 2: Launch Xcode on your Mac OS X and open MeSNEmu.xcodeproj
Step 3: Under Build Settings, look for Code Signing Identity and change it to your own
Step 4: Select your iPhone or iPad in the Scheme selector
Step 5: Choose Product > Profile > Deploy
When done, open the emulator, and you should see nothing except for a header and the Settings button on the top right-hand corner. Before you do anything, look for ROMs online and use iTunes to install it.
The Easier Method
Okay, so the above instructions are not for everyone. If you are unable to follow the guide above due to whatever reason it might be, here is an easier way to download MeSNEmu on iOS.
- On your iPhone, open up the Safari browser
- Go to this website: http://www.iosem.us/app/install/mesnemu.html
- Tap on the Install button and confirm again
This method is for people with no knowledge with Xcode or doesn’t have a Mac at all. Keep in mind that the version might no be up to date since it’s not being maintained by the actual developer.
Update #1: I found a new fork of MeSNEmu and this one seems to support iOS 9.3 as well as force touch shortcuts to launch your roms right from the home screen.