Nintendo 3DS emulator for iOS is now viable on iPhone/iPad
This is an unofficial build. We are not testing for raw performance at the moment as it wouldn’t be fair to any of the developers involved in the project, as it may give off a false assumption that 3DS games are unplayable on current-gen iOS smartphones. It’s may be possible to emulate Nintendo 3DS games flawlessly in the future with more optimization (see also Android version).
They makes this unofficial Citra 3DS emulator for iOS (and for Android OS devices) port so impressive is not that it’s a perfectly functioning emulator without any issues that nobody has discovered. In fact, far from it. It has its issues, it has its bugs, and it’s certainly not even remotely functional for more intensive titles. Having said all of that, some games absolutely work perfectly, or close to perfect, depending on your device. All of those facts contribute to how impressive this emulator is, but one fact takes the cake. Citra for iOS is using Dolphin Emulator’s front-end as a GUI, but with the entire back-end of Citra ported behind it.
You can download Citra for iOS from Github, but keep in mind it’s certainly not in its best state yet. It has a number of issues and the performance is poor in most games, though it might be worth checking out anyway! You can download it below. Note that Citra can only play decrypted files with the “.cci” file extension, which you can get by decrypting the games using your hacked Nintendo 3DS. If you decrypt your games to a .3ds file format, you can just rename it to .cci.
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