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In the official windows phone store on your phone or via the weblink above there are lots of GBA games.

including:

Super Mario advance 1-4
GTA
Zelda Minish Cap
Zelda II (NES)
Mario Kart Super Circuit
Pokemon Firered; pokemon ruby etc.
Street Fighter Alpha 3

and lots more, too many to type!
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#1
Found these the other day.

Roms aren't exactly legal, Surprised these where let on the Store.
#2
Such awesome games! But, is this legal? I'm assuming Nintendo isn't the one putting them up there. :S
#3
oopa beat to it by the commenter above :)
#4
yeah me too, not sure how long they will stay...
3 Likes #5
These apps are not made or distributed by Nintendo, they're illegal roms running in an emulator. Also, the apps require access to the following:-

App requires:
phone identity
owner identity
music library
media playback
data services
Proximity
SD card
movement and directional sensor
web browser component

Wouldn't be surprised if these were loaded with malware.
#6
Windows has Pokemon? That's so unfair haha. Have some heat.
#7
Nathe
These apps are not made or distributed by Nintendo, they're illegal roms running in an emulator. Also, the apps require access to the following:-

App requires:
phone identity
owner identity
music library
media playback
data services
Proximity
SD card
movement and directional sensor
web browser component

Wouldn't be surprised if these were loaded with malware.

is it safe to run these ?

had one go on Mario Kart + Super Street Fighter ... old skool
#8
Definitely illegal but some of those games are hard to resist.
Permissions seem okay, nothing the average android user wouldn't be okay accepting.
1 Like #9
I'd be a little suspicious of these considering the app permissions. I don't condone emulation but if you absolutely must, find a GBA emulator. I'm sure there are tons around.
#10
Any good games console emulator doesn't need any permissions to run.
#11
Downloaded one to try it, works fine but a couple adverts when you first open them (to be expected I guess) nothing legit here though. Guess they will be removed pretty quick.
#12
Any sort of ROM is only illegal if you do not own the game in a physical copy in this case.
#13
i thought the patents were 20 years for games? remember reading something about it recently.....actually i think it's more for the emulator software (e.g. retroN5 (if it wasn't for the fact that they nicked it off someone else!)
i own all the games anyway, they just got a bit damp in the loft and now look like JVC VHS cassettes
#14
windows store doesn't seem to be well moderated, on the windows 8 one there are loads of video apps serving up pirated episodes for shows that come up when you look at the most popular apps.
#15
ItzFridayyy
Any sort of ROM is only illegal if you do not own the game in a physical copy in this case.
Not actually true I'm afraid (though I wish it was otherwise). The only ROMs that are legal are those that you dumped yourself from your cartridge.

Edit: I actually love that emulators allowed me to have gaming experiences I might not otherwise have had but I'm in no way under the illusion that what I'm doing is right.

Edited By: jsty3105 on Dec 30, 2014 22:21: edit
#16
ive checked the site, nothing on the windows apps & games about mario, i would avoid anything like this, could have been a fake site to get you to log in,
#17
TheMev
Downloaded one to try it, works fine but a couple adverts when you first open them (to be expected I guess) nothing legit here though. Guess they will be removed pretty quick.

Don't know about that, I've had the mega man games for at least 6 months.
#19
Most apps seem to require all unrelated permissions on windows sadly so it's hard to tell if anything is trying to be dodgy
#20
sam5959
Such awesome games! But, is this legal? I'm assuming Nintendo isn't the one putting them up there. :S
Obviously it's legal.

Do you think a multi billion dollar company like Microsoft would want to torrent roms and give them out for free to windows users?

Also explains why they only have about 20 games because these are the ones Nintendo probably agreed to give out to MS.

EDIT: Done a bit of research and it seems you are right.

These are not the official games by Nintendo. Someone is being quite dody.

phone identity
owner identity
music library
media playback
data services
Proximity
SD card
movement and directional sensor
web browser component
HD720P (720x1280)
WVGA (480x800)
WXGA (768x1280)

Why would it need owner identity?
Or all those other permissions?
Or web browsing?

I would stay away from it.


Edited By: vegalz0r on Dec 31, 2014 11:08
#21
And this is probably my biggest gripe with Windows Phone. The app store is full of crapware and potentially dangerous applications, often copies of popular applications not found officially in the Windows store (DropBox etc). To find a gem you often have to wade through a river of s*** to get there.
#22
m.ad
And this is probably my biggest gripe with Windows Phone. The app store is full of crapware and potentially dangerous applications, often copies of popular applications not found officially in the Windows store (DropBox etc). To find a gem you often have to wade through a river of s*** to get there.

The Google Play store is the worst.
Thousands of apps and most of them are malware invested rubbish.
WP is actually much safer than Android in that respect.

Edited By: B1zarr0Prim3 on Dec 31, 2014 17:45: more
#23
If anyone is interested in emulating GBA games on WP7/8.1 you'd be better suited downloading the VBA8 app and then D/L the ROMs from CoolRoms. Bigger range of games, consistent quality, securer and a consistent set of features.
1 Like #24
m.ad
And this is probably my biggest gripe with Windows Phone. The app store is full of crapware and potentially dangerous applications, often copies of popular applications not found officially in the Windows store (DropBox etc). To find a gem you often have to wade through a river of s*** to get there.

If you can't find an official app just look for the name Rudy Huyn. That's a guaranteed stamp for quality.
1 Like #25
Mattevansc3
m.ad
And this is probably my biggest gripe with Windows Phone. The app store is full of crapware and potentially dangerous applications, often copies of popular applications not found officially in the Windows store (DropBox etc). To find a gem you often have to wade through a river of s*** to get there.


If you can't find an official app just look for the name Rudy Huyn. That's a guaranteed stamp for quality.


And then hope the official app does not get jealous of his coding, presentation skills.
#26
B1zarr0Prim3
Definitely illegal but some of those games are hard to resist.
Permissions seem okay, nothing the average android user wouldn't be okay accepting.

Thats a really poor way of judging safety
#27
BlackTiger
B1zarr0Prim3
Definitely illegal but some of those games are hard to resist.
Permissions seem okay, nothing the average android user wouldn't be okay accepting.

Thats a really poor way of judging safety

I know that, but most Android users just accept them anyway without a second thought.

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