Nesbox is an app that lets players emulate games from older consoles, and make some of their own. Roms of games are questionably legal, and many times they will be taken down from sites where they are put up. Amidst this questionable application, a big name company decided to give them a chance on their platform. That’s right, the Nesbox has just been confirmed for Xbox One.
The Nesbox won’t be able to emulate every single game out there. However it will be able to play NES, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, and Gameboy Color/Advanced titles. The system will be available on the Xbox One through the windows store. It will be ready to play ROMs via the usb drive, but it is planned to have support for games on OneDrive.
The Nesbox console sits in a very grey area. After all it doesn’t actually give out ROMs or give a way for people to obtain them. They have to find them on their own. Another big thing that may end up keeping them from trouble, especially with how trigger-happy Nintendo’s lawyers can be, is that you can make retro style games on the system. Instead of playing illegal versions of old games, you can play games that you and your friends have made.
According to the Nesbox website, “Nesbox is a virtual console where you can make and play retro games. There are built-in tools for development: code, sprites, maps, sound editors and the command line, which is enough to create a mini retro game. At the exit you will get a cartridge file, which can be stored and played on the website. Also, the game can be packed into a player that works on all popular platforms and distribute as you wish.”
However grey the area is that the Nesbox finds itself in, it also finds itself approved for the Xbox One market. A lot of people really enjoy how emulators keep older games alive and easily accessible. Now with the possibility of one being on a console, they’re even more accessible than before. What do you think? Should Microsoft have turned this project down? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
There is an issue, and the emulator has been taken down from the Xbox Store. The developer is looking for a way to get through the issue here.
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Written by Spencer Havens