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Joypad Turns Your iPhone into an NES Controller

iOS: Joypad, a free application for iPhones, turns your phone into a simple NES game controller–additional premium skins replicate other classic controllers.

Joypad turns the touch screen of your iPhone into a game controller. Included in the basic free app is a simple NES style directional pad and A/B button system. You can, for $0.99, get additional skins and layouts for SNES, N64, and other controllers. Joypad is supported by both Macs and PCs via both Wi-Fi and ad-hoc connections.

Check out the video above to see someone playing Super Mario Bros. in emulation using JoyPad to control the action.

Joypad [via The Unofficial Apple Weblog]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/6/11

Comments (5)

  1. superfahd

    for android users I’d recommend droidpad ( as the closest equivalent that also uses your accelerometer as a joystick. great of car sim games

  2. SmashD

    Touchscreen controls are not haptic therefor fully improper for using them as a gamepad. Point.

  3. Bobro

    SmashD <<< Agreed! the only games that work on touch screen are point and click type games…

  4. The Beard

    Must have iOS 4.0 :( my lowely 1G iTouch wont run it. Stupid Apple. Let me run 4.0 on my 1G!

  5. wil

    it works on ipad with certain games too.

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