Cue the Super Mario Bros. “Lose a life” music.
Emulators are rather easy to come by on PC these days, but just a few days ago, an app allowing gamers to play NES and other retro games through an app on their Xbox Ones had been approved by Microsoft. This was a bit unprecedented for Microsoft to allow emulators of competing publishers’ games on their consoles. Granted, these gamers are very old, but it was still unprecedented.
The app, made by Nesbox, allowed for games on NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Game Boy, and other systems. They were obviously of a wide variety, allowing owners of the app some diversity.
Unfortunately, however, this app had to be unpublished by Nesbox. According to Nesbox’s Twitter page:
Microsoft says: "Your product was unpublished globally or from specific markets". They want me to remove xbox platform support and republish
— nesbox.com (@nesboxcom) September 10, 2016
This is sad news for gamers looking forward to the app. Where Nesbox will “republish” the app is unknown at the moment, but the idea of a retro game emulator on consoles still exists. However, apps such as this one being considered legitimate in the future is unknown.
Right now, we don’t have any information as to why it was pulled. Perhaps, Microsoft soon realized that Nintendo may have something to say about the app, or perhaps Nintendo already had spoken to them about the app and asked them to unpublished it. Although the app will, at the moment, no longer exist on Xbox One, if you want the retro console experience on console, the Wii U’s Virtual Console has plenty of retro games for sale, as well as the Virtual Console on 3DS and the original Wii. The games are relatively low-priced, and there is a high quantity of them, so for anyone looking to play a variety of 8-bit or 16-bit games will surely find something to play on any Virtual Console.
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