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Someone made classic Pokemon Yellow run on the Apple Watch

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Someone made classic Pokemon Yellow run on the Apple Watch

Ah, the wonders of emulation – allowing us to play beloved old games on our flashy new PCs, latpops, TVs, set-top boxes, tablets, smartphones and... smart watches?

Yes, that's right, a crafty developer has made a GameBoy Color emulator run on the Apple Watch. On the tiny, 2.5-inch display of the Apple Watch. And theydid a surprisingly good job, at that!

Of course, the emulator has been build specifically for the task at hand, which is running Pokemon, and as such offers a unique interface for controlling the game, that won't work for any other title. Not that fast-paced Mario platforming would suit the Apple Watch anyway.

Is it practical? Not really. Would you spend 20+ hours playing Pokemon on your Apple Watch? Probably not. But it's still a pretty cool proof-of-concept!

Is it practical? Not really. Would you spend 20+ hours playing Pokemon on your Apple Watch? Probably not. But it's still a pretty cool proof-of-concept!



The bulk of the display to the right is reserved for an invisible, virtual D-Pad, while the right portion is occupied by an also invisible A button. The bottom part of the UI is taken up by a bar, containing a button for selecting indicators, Start andSelect buttons, as well as a larger B button.

The emulator is called “Giovanni” and is an open-source project that developer O’Flaherty-Chan is working on with the help of other programmers.

To get a better idea of how the whole thing works, check out this GIF provided by the developer:

Someone made classic Pokemon Yellow run on the Apple Watch


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posted on 20 Mar 2017, 06:22

1. megathaszrul89 (Posts: 153; Member since: 08 Jan 2015)


Insert Ryan Reynold's "but why?" Meme :D

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 06:37 1

3. L0n3n1nja (Posts: 383; Member since: 12 Jul 2016)


For the same pointless fun as getting Windows 95 to run on one.

posted on 21 Mar 2017, 05:13

9. mr.reckless562 (Posts: 162; Member since: 22 Dec 2016)


because pikachu was awesome lols

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 06:37 1

2. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


This is a very versatile watch.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 08:04 1

5. Finalflash (Posts: 3457; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


So versatile that it has finally kind of caught up to 2014.

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/gizmodo.com/smartwatches-fulfill-their-true-destiny-with-a-game-boy-1646062616/amp

I mean it doesn't exactly run much else but at least they're trying.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 08:11 1

6. ibend (limited) (Posts: 6577; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


in 2014...
someone boot winXP on Samsung Galaxy Gear...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMedi-qR_Qc

and last year, someone run Counter Strike 1.6 (PC game) in LG G watch
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t8fM9U5BS0

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 17:09

8. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)


You guys are pathetic. Get over it. The watch is versatile, but I suppose you're just looking for something to justify Android Wear just because it's not as good a platform as the Apple Watch.

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 06:44 1

4. Settings (Posts: 2297; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)


2nd pic inspired the Alolan Raichu.
*flies away*

posted on 20 Mar 2017, 08:56 2

7. gotoAndDie (Posts: 50; Member since: 13 Jun 2015)


My own LG G Watch runs MyBoy! (Game Boy Advance emulator), Minecraft PE, MD.Emu (Megadrive emulator), and more. Any Android Wear watch can run many Android apps designed for the phone or tablet, though the UI would obviously be a little messed-up.

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