Microsoft Wants You To Know That Its Surface Tablet Can Play SNES Games

Emulation is a grey area at the best of times, but one thing that is a massive no-no is rival companies using the emulated titles of others to promote their own products. We've already seen the team behind the OUYA console attempt to use SNES emulators to sell their micro-console, and now Microsoft is getting in on the act.

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PSNintyGamer3936d ago

Wow,I would never thought Microsoft would sink this low

malokevi3936d ago

Really? I love it, the emulator is awesome. I play Super Mario World occasionally when I'm bored and on long drives. It even supports the Xbox controller.

Jeez, I thought this would be a good thing. Can't understand how people spin it negatively.

iamnsuperman3936d ago (Edited 3936d ago )

I think the point he is making is advertising said feature which is low for a company of this stature as they wouldn't like their games being emulated on other devices illegally (this is the big thing here. The illegal part). But like I said below I think this is an honest mistake as they clearly didn't watch the video properly

CYCLEGAMER3936d ago (Edited 3936d ago )

Come on man, you know this is N4G or (H4M - hate 4 microsoft). Any positive news about anything Microsoft will be spun into a negative.

That is a posibilty but we all know what psninty's motives is. I mean look at his or her screen name...lol.

malokevi3936d ago (Edited 3936d ago )


I guess. But it seems, as usual, people are making a mountain of a molehill. It's one video, on the Surface twitter account, where they momentarily mention that there's an SNES emulator. It's not like MS is buying up billboard space to advertise to the world that the Surface can play NES games.

Who cares? The Surface has an SNES emulator. I can't think of any reason why I should be pissed off about that. If it was illegal, and Nintendo actually cared, I'm sure they would be all over it. It's not like its a new feature.

Life is a funny little thing, aint it?

Blackdeath_6633936d ago

its no secret that the surface tablets have been an epic fail and that microsoft have a bunch made that are struggling to sell. to be so desperate and market your tablet as a glorified emulator is indeed low.

mcstorm3936d ago

@Blackdeath_663 I love it when people say the surface has been a fail. Its far from a fail. The surface Pro is the best selling tablet of its class and will start to grow now the surface 2 is coming later on this month.

As for the surface rt it sold over 1 million in its 1st 3 months on the market and it was only in 1 or 2 shops in each country. Now look back to the 1st android tablet the xoom it was out in every shop possible and only managed to sell 250thousand in its 1st 12 months on the market.

Yes the surface rt has not sold as many as the iPad but nothing has. That said windows 8 as a os is growing quite fast and Microsoft are now going at the market at a different angle with the surface 2 and rt 2.

Just because something dose not sell as well as the market leader at the start dose not mean something is a flop. Look back to when windows phone come onto the market everyone said it was doa but now it is selling well and has hit past the 12% mark in Europe. Or look at Android when it 1st came out people said it would never out sell the iPhone.

Microsoft are in a far better shape than people put on this site and the fact that they are the only owns showing growth in the stock market shows what Microsoft are doing in the real world.

As for playing Nintendo games on the surface I have to say its been the best tablet to do it on as I had issue on my android tablet and being able to use the 360 controller and hdmi out is great.

nukeitall3936d ago


I'm going to get SNES app for my Surface Pro!

I don't see an advertisement here endorsed by MS, but rather a person genuinely excited about the Surface.

I know that is hard to swallow for you, that somebody actually enjoys a MS product.

iamnsuperman3936d ago (Edited 3936d ago )


"I'm going to get SNES app for my Surface Pro!

I don't see an advertisement here endorsed by MS, but rather a person genuinely excited about the Surface.

I know that is hard to swallow for you, that somebody actually enjoys a MS product."

Huh? Did you read my comment. I am confused how you got to that conclusion from what I just said (or even what I say below). It is like you want to start a brand fight. I don't

user55757083936d ago

snes emulators have been around for 13+ years and have been free as well. you can use it on any PC or even a modded psp so i really don't see the thrill here except for those in this forum who have clearly been living under a rock

UltimateMaster3935d ago

I've been playing SNES emulator on XP PC.
How is this news?

JeffGUNZ3935d ago

@ Blackdeath_663

Really? My entire office just got the surface for work and it's great. This tablet actually DOES stuff different from a phone. I love android and ipad tablets, but they are really just bigger phones so to speak. The surface/windows OS integration is great. I remote into my work desktop in seconds and since it's a window based OS tablet, every program ones smoothly and great. The surface is more for the work inclined then the hipster audience the ipad attacks.

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Mike134nl3936d ago (Edited 3936d ago )

Short story Microsoft tweets a video of a surface fan who made a video of features that he liked and are not advertised by Microsoft. One of those features include a downloadable app of a snes emulator.

(edit)Other points mentioned in video include:
-lack of apps which was offset by the browser which supports divx etc. giving acces to full features of facebook and spotify sites last of which can be run in the background. This is a feature because similar
devices/tablets of other brands cannot do that.
-surface capabilities with second screen, second key-bord and controller.
-office support

3-4-53935d ago

So they are bragging about allowing you to play illegal copies of their competitor's games ?

jonli13935d ago

explain to all of us y is that low is just a tablet

ALLWRONG3935d ago

"Wow,I would never thought Microsoft would sink this low"

Translation: this news is too good.

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iamnsuperman3936d ago (Edited 3936d ago )

Hang on a minute. Lets be far. The twitter account clearly didn't watch the entire video and saw a video saying "Why I love my Microsoft Surface RT" and went with it (they really should watch what the advertise).

"Make the most of #Surface RT, @sean_ong shows capabilities you may not be aware of: http://t.co/UuoOBRUH2a Part 2: http://t.co/7ql3rpxMTJ"...

They are indirectly advertising this but they are not actually advertising this feature. I see it more of a twitter account mess up (I can't currently see the actual tweet so either it was made up or more likely deleted as they realised their mistake)

MightyNoX3936d ago

The irony, coming from the self-appointed Champion of DRM.

LoveOfTheGame3936d ago

You don't know much about Emulators/Roms do you?

ziggurcat3936d ago

neither do you, apparently.

ALLWRONG3935d ago

Emulators aren't illegal, what people use them for is.

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LoveOfTheGame3936d ago (Edited 3936d ago )

One simple Google search will tell you emulators are almost entirely legal, while ROMs are legal if you own the actual copy.

I could walk right up to Nintendo show them my PC with Snes emulator, Super Mario All-stars ROM, and the actual game. And, guess what? No legal ramifications.

Edit: Just as some more info, the more you dig into software copyright infringement the more it becomes extremely unclear. The Supreme Court has tried several times to come up with a definite line of right and wrong but clearly have no real insight of software itself.

My software programming ethics teacher said it best "It's really not illegal until the Supreme Court stops you from doing it." Meaning in a lot of areas, that are even considered illegal right now, in software copyright infringement can easily be changed.