Last week we learned of an emulator that was trying to get approval to be published on Xbox One, and a few days later we learned that that approval had indeed been granted. The “Nesbox” allows users to emulate games from the NES, SNES, SEGA Genesis, and more old systems on current gen hardware, but many expected Nintendo would step in and try to get it shut down. Perhaps they have, or perhaps Microsoft expected the same, because the company behind the console has now apparently changed their stance on the Nesbox.

In a new tweet from the emulator’s creator, he states that Microsoft has “unpublished” it until he is able to “remove xbox [sic] platform support and republish.” Basically it sounds like Microsoft has decided they don’t want the emulator on their consoles, but they’re fine with it still being available on other Windows 10 devices. There’s no telling if Nintendo may still take action against an officially sanctioned Nesbox on PC, as there are already plenty of other emulators out in the wild for gamers to download and use, so we’ll have to see what the future holds in that arena. Either way, it looks like Xbox One will have to do without it.

What do you think of this change in stance, and do you think Nintendo played any part in it? Or is Microsoft acting preemptively? And is removing it from Xbox One enough, or should they be denying the program completely, regardless of platform? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.

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