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gpSPhone 1.5.0 Released

Posted by Eric March on February 4, 2008

It’s-a New!ZodTTD is trickling out the updates to his coterie of software. First out of the gate is gpSPhone, the seminal (well, only) Game Boy Advance emulator for the iPod Touch and iPhone.

gpSPhone, the Gameboy Advance emulator, has been updated to v1.5.0. New changes in this release includes:

– Added support for both scaled/unscaled landscape and portrait view settings.
– Added support for firmware 1.1.3’s “mobile” user. gpSPhone should run well on 1.1.3 now.
– Added hardware accelerated scaling for better performance and look.

This release should be very stable and slightly faster. You now have the option between portrait and landscape mode. Hardware scaling gives a smoothed over looking picture, which some may prefer, with the advantage of performance.

A big thanks to Exophase, the author of gpSP, for his continued work on emulation. Without him, gpSPhone couldn’t exist.

For public domain ROMs (legal homebrew games) , head to Kojote’s great site:

Downloads for gpSPhone v1.5.0 can be found by visiting the Download section. It is available at the public repo.

All you folks who earned your manhood (or womanhood) in the trial-by-fire that is the 1.1.3 jailbreak can now play rousing tournaments of Mario Kart with ease, and the scaling and use of OpenGL should make it a lot prettier.

In case you hadn’t noticed, Zod also has a cool new look for his blog that’s worth checking out.

(Source: ZodTTD)


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Can’t Touch This (Your Handheld is Not a Desktop)

Posted by Eric March on February 3, 2008

I told you, homeboy.Look. The iPod Touch and iPhone are awesome machines. For what they are and what they do, they are powerful, versatile, and chock full of style points in the usual Apple tradition. What we have seen so far on these devices has been nothing short of impressive; many of the games are tons of fun and impressive both visually and technically, to say nothing of some of the cool apps. I have no doubt that many of the apps in the jailbreak scene have sold no small number of Touches and iPhones on their own strengths. However, there is a great deal of misconception about what these little devices are capable of; they ooze so much awesome that it’s hard for some people to believe that they couldn’t play Crysis at full detail while balancing the national budget, accounting for 75% of resolved proteins for Folding @ Home, and picking out Barack Obama’s next suit.

As much as I hate to be the pin to your balloon of pride, I’m afraid I have some bad news: It can’t. Sure, these devices really are little computers, and they really are running OS X, albeit a slimmed down, very limited version of it, but they do not have the same capabilities as that big box next to your desk. It would be far more accurate to think of them as PDAs or SmartPhones, because that’s really the class they are in. (Never mind what Steve said.)

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ZodTTD Preps 1.1.3 Updates, Taunts Us With snes4iphone

Posted by Eric March on February 1, 2008

It’s-a soon!For those of you who have been wondering why there have been no releases forthcoming from yon Zod way, this would seem to be the answer: He has been busy adding compatibility for firmware 1.1.3 to all of his apps.

Very soon applications such as snes4iphone, gpSPhone,, and psx4iphone will be receiving updates to fully support firmware 1.1.3 change to using the ‘mobile’ user instead of ‘root’. There is however a quick fix for those who want these and other applications to work with 1.1.3. You must chmod (set permissions) to 777 to the /var/root/Library/Preferences/ directory and also chmod 777 the directories used for external files such as ROMs, usually somewhere within /var/root/Media/.

More news to come shortly. Thanks for the continued support everyone!

“Very soon” is now the current estimate. Be patient — this ain’t Duke Nukem Forever, and he didn’t say When It’s Done™ so we’re safe.


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Zod Strikes Back

Posted by Eric March on January 29, 2008

It’s-a me!ZodTTD doesn’t sleep. Ever. I know this because no human being could possibly do as much as he does in the span of time he does it and still manage to saw a few logs. You already know his work so far: gpSPhone, psx4iphone and OpenTTD are his current projects. You may also be aware that he presently has a Super Nintendo emulator, snes4iPhone, that is currently touring the beta circuit. Well, you’d better get your fill of ROMs and get ready for a barrage, because Zod has some big plans, and he intends to hatch them within the next few days. In his own words:

snes4iphone is being worked on more as we speak. Performance will increase, the tricky part will be to maintain or improve compatibility. In v0.4.1 the addition of landscape mode is included and the GUI has been replaced with a more familiar look.

The ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival) for the public version of snes4iphone is about a week or less.

Though remember there will be constant beta tests to be had for registered forum members who donate. Especially with some great software lined up. Beta Testers Club members get to see releases before being made public. So there’s always lots to enjoy.

Other Project Status:

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[GAMING] SNES4iPhone Emulator Still Only Available To Beta Testers (Who Pay), But SNES Roms Repo Is Up!

Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 22, 2008

snescontrollercopyrf5.pngSo, the SNES4iPhone Emulator by zodttd is still not available through a repo without having to pay, unfortunately.

But for those of you who are lucky enough to be testing out the beta version of SNES4iPhone, here is a repo link to a bunch of roms.

SNES Roms Repository Link:
Installer > Sources > Edit > Add

Here is a video of the SNES4iPhone in action:

Source: an ipodtouchfans thread

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[GAMING] SNES creator allowing donators to beta test upcoming emulator app

Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 15, 2008

SNES EmulatorWould you like to be one of the first to try out the new SNES emulator made especially for the iPod Touch/iPhone?..

As seen here, zodttd is allowing those who donate to beta test it. This may all be happening as soon as tonight! (Not guaranteed)

Keep an eye out for these two threads (the thread, the thread), as I’m sure zodttd will be sticking his head in one, if not both, of threads later tonight with an update.

– Jody Mitoma

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[GAMING] SNES Emulator in the works!

Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 14, 2008

snescontrollercopyrf5.pngIt is official. There is an SNES emulator in the works for the iPod Touch/iPhone from the same creator of PSX4iPhone and GpSPhone! (zodttd)

It looks like the name for this emulator will be “SNES4iPhone”.

For an early conversation with the creator of this upcoming emulator, feel free to visit one of the following threads: a thread, and an thread.

It looks like this emulator is ready for distribution any day now. Keep on the look out! I will keep you posted.

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[GAMING] Emulators (GBA, NES & PSX) available for use on iPod Touch/iPhone

Posted by Jody Mitoma on January 14, 2008

iPod Touch NES EmulatorI know this may be old news to some of you, and I am sorry to have to do this, however, this is actually a pretty big deal, and well, being a new blog and all, I haven’t yet had the chance to talk about it myself.

If you know everything you need to know about the emulators and roms available on the iPod Touch/iPhone, please, do feel free to skip this post completely, as you will most likely learn nothing new.


Emulators have been available for the iPod Touch/iPhone for a few months now, with the most recent being the release of the psx4iphone(PS1) emulator. Don’t let the name fool you – this emulator works on the iPod Touch as well, as do all the emulators listed below.

Lets begin with the NES emulator (a.k.a. iPhone NES):

Now lets move on to the GBA emulator (a.k.a. GpSPhone):

Last but not least, the PS1 emulator (a.k.a. PSX4iPhone):

Note: Most roms for the psx4iphone emulator run at half speed, if not, slower. Personally, I find this emulator quite useless for iPod Touch/iPhone users. If you want to play PS1 emulators, buy yourself a Sony PSP! Reasons for this are because the PSP actually has an embeded graphics processor, whereas the iPod Touch/iPhones do not.

– Jody Mitoma

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