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  • MAME Arcade Emulator Released iPhone/iPod Touch


    mame4iphone, the latest great emulator port by Zodttd is now available via Cydia. MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator and was created with the intent on preserving classic arcade games by recreating these hardware games with software. What does this mean to you? You can play all those classic games from the past (as far back as 1970s) on your iPhone or iPod Touch!

    Some notes:
    • Based on MAME v0.37 Beta 5
    • Supports thousands of MAME ROMs
    • Sounds is supported but off by default. Go to "Now Playing" and slide the sound slider to turn sound on
    • To press OK. Use RIGHT then LEFT then RIGHT then LEFT to press OK.
    • Save states not supported
    • Upon installing a folder /var/mobile/Media/ROMs/MAME/ is already made for you. Place your MAME-titled zipped ROMs in the /var/mobile/Media/ROMs/MAME/roms/ folder

    Thanks Zodttd for another great emulator port. He's pretty much the master of porting so if you love his work head over and give him some love.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: MAME Arcade Emulator Released iPhone/iPod Touch started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 84 Comments
    1. boombasticaudio's Avatar
      boombasticaudio -
      Simpsons works!
      Aero fighters works!
      Batman works!!
      Blacktiger works!!
      Sunset Riders works but slugish
      TMNT2 Works alot of frame skips!
    1. hondakorn's Avatar
      hondakorn -
      Quote Originally Posted by evolutionarymc View Post
      This is great! I'm in my mid twenties and spent hella time in the arcades as a youth. I found Bad Dudes and put it on my iPhone. The frame rate for the game actually woks great. Street Fighter II Champion Edition did not work as well....too bad.
      bad dudes is sooooo aweso,e! i love the train stage. this is sooo awesome....i hope killer instinct works
    1. HitNWakes's Avatar
      HitNWakes -
      I've been using mame for years. If you want to figure out what games work with port .37 check out mamedev dot org...

      Glad to see its finally here!!!
    1. 100chris's Avatar
      100chris -
      ok this is garbage, i've got ONE game to work in the past 30 min (bad dudes) and its running terrible fps. any suggestions?
    1. makesmoves's Avatar
      makesmoves -
      any chance of gettin some 1.xx support? yea some people are still here....
    1. TheOnlyest's Avatar
      TheOnlyest -
      I cant get any games to work either... I even dropped outrun.zip in the roms folder (per the screenshots) and it wont run either. All I get is several files extracting, then...
      ''ERROR: required files are missing. the game cannot be run''
    1. KelvinalF's Avatar
      KelvinalF -
      Full list of the 2000+ supported games are listed here! -ZodTTD
    1. mreyn3693's Avatar
      mreyn3693 -
      hey guys

      Ok, I tried to get this running this morning on my 2.02 2G iphone. I installed MAME from cydia and then found some roms online. I ssh'd to my phone and browsed to the directory: var/mobile/media/MAMA/ROMs and then made a new folder (roms) inside the ROMs folder. I put about 5 or 6 .zip roms in that folder. I wasn't sure about the whole different bios' for different systems, but I grabbed a couple of bios files and put them in the roms folder as well. I rebooted and ran MAME from my springboard. it opens and I see the directory at the top of the page and the loopt ad and then blank white lines under that. nothing listed at all.
      I then tried some different things via ssh. I put the bios files into the main MAME folder instead of the roms folder I made. I tried making new folders for the .zip games in the roms folder.. etc..

      Anyway, nothing changes when I open the mame program. any help?

      thanks in advance
    1. georgc's Avatar
      georgc -
      Sweet ill wait for Street fighter 3 support

      You all should donate to zodttd.
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      I just tried Commando and I have a black screeen that says:

      "Usage of emulators in conjuction with ROMs bla bla bla bla, other wise type OK to continue"

      How do I type OK to continue? The only button that responds on the screen is Menu. Now what?

      EDIT:
      I missed that part of the acticle

      >>>>>>> To press OK. Use RIGHT then LEFT then RIGHT then LEFT to press OK. <<<<<<<<<<

      I agree, most people will be asking the same question, you might as well just create an OK button or at least put the instructions in the MAME app somewhere.
    1. TheOnlyest's Avatar
      TheOnlyest -
      ZodTTD, maybe you should just add an OK button for all the bucket-heads in here that CAN'T READ!!!

      BTW, I cant get any games to run, I have DL'd ROM's from about 7 different sources. All filenames are correct, all are in your list... none will run except for 1 Jap version of Galaga, that looks NOTHING like the Galaga arcade game... and its so laggy that its not even playable.

      I would love to use this AND would happily donate... but I give up, uninstalled.
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Quote Originally Posted by moharan View Post
      how you instal this game on ur iphone?
      jailbroken
      run cydia
      touch Mange button on the bottom
      touch Sources
      scroll to the bottom and Click ZodTTD
      see mame4iphone
    1. Khraudo's Avatar
      Khraudo -
      Street Fighter II CE and Strider 1 work!
    1. aglitch's Avatar
      aglitch -
      all i need is Sunset Riders and Metal Slug!!!!!!!!
    1. screamforme02's Avatar
      screamforme02 -
      ZODttd is the freaking man these ports are the main reason the iphone is so freaking cool
    1. KKjustFlossin's Avatar
      KKjustFlossin -
      Quote Originally Posted by mreyn3693 View Post
      hey guys

      Ok, I tried to get this running this morning on my 2.02 2G iphone. I installed MAME from cydia and then found some roms online. I ssh'd to my phone and browsed to the directory: var/mobile/media/MAMA/ROMs and then made a new folder (roms) inside the ROMs folder. I put about 5 or 6 .zip roms in that folder. I wasn't sure about the whole different bios' for different systems, but I grabbed a couple of bios files and put them in the roms folder as well. I rebooted and ran MAME from my springboard. it opens and I see the directory at the top of the page and the loopt ad and then blank white lines under that. nothing listed at all.
      I then tried some different things via ssh. I put the bios files into the main MAME folder instead of the roms folder I made. I tried making new folders for the .zip games in the roms folder.. etc..

      Anyway, nothing changes when I open the mame program. any help?

      thanks in advance
      Don't create your own folders, they were created for you when you installed MAME. The actual path will be var/mobile/media/ROMS/MAME/ROMs

      There's 2 ROMs folders...if you check, you'll see they're already there and you can delete the folders you created.
    1. mreyn3693's Avatar
      mreyn3693 -
      hmmm. I ssh'd back into the phone and still only have var/mobile/media/ROMs/MAME

      there isn't another roms folder other thenthe one listed. so do I just put the .zip files into the MAME folder?

      thanks

      oops.. I do see the folders now. I swear they weren' t there before...

      thanks
    1. bensen's Avatar
      bensen -
      typically zodttd emulator. everytime he needs donations he releases a half working emulator and did not post any instructions or guides about "how to get it work".

      so people cant differ between ******* emulator bugs or selfmade errors. most of the time its an emulator bug.
    1. Colorado Steve's Avatar
      Colorado Steve -
      I was able to download 4 roms to try. I couldnt get alterbeast to work at all. What did work was 1943 and Air Wolf. I downloaded Aero Fighters, but the frame rate was slow.

      I didnt have to create any folders, as they were where there already. Just put the zip file in "roms" and hope they worked. Some did, some didnt.
    1. Razorinthe60s's Avatar
      Razorinthe60s -
      need help. This is what i get
      40j_g03.bin not found
      07e_g10.bin not found
      07n_909.bin not found
      5n.bin not found
      2n.bin not found
      1c.bin not found
      5c.bin not found
      id.bin not found
      ERROR: required files are missing, the game cannot be run

      Please help new to mame and confused on where to get Bios if that is what is missing.
      Thanks for help