Universal Emulator, a free app used to emulate Nintendo and SEGA games on Microsoft products, failed to make it to the Xbox One console.
Xbox One owners won’t be downloading developer Nesbox’s emulation app. Using Universal Emulator would allow players to load and play ROMs for Nintendo’s NES, SNES, Game Boy Advance, and Game Boy Color games, as well as those for SEGA Genesis games.
According to the developer, Universal Emulator passed the Windows Store certification process on Friday and was soon to become available on Windows 10, Mobile, HoloLens, and Xbox One. Ultimately, the Xbox One logo never appeared as one of the supported platforms.
“I have a bad feeling,” read a Tweet posted on Nesbox’s Twitter account. “I see the app in the store, but don’t see the Xbox icon and can’t install it even on PC.”
Earlier today, Microsoft sent the developer a message stating that Universal Emulator “was unpublished globally or from specific markets.” Attempting to access the app’s web page on the Microsoft Store, which was once public, now says “The product you’re looking for isn’t here anymore.”
Nesbox now says that they will attempt to republish the highly demanded emulator app, but it won’t be available on Xbox One. Nintendo News attempted to contact the developer for further details earlier today, but at this point, there’s not much else to report on.
Something worth noting from the Windows Store Policies documentation is the following Xbox One guideline:
“Apps that are targeted to Xbox One and are primarily gaming experiences must be approved through the ID@Xbox Program. For apps to be published to Xbox, they must not include the sale of Xbox games, Xbox consoles or Xbox console accessories outside the Store.”
If Nintendo News learns of any additional details, we will be sure to let you know. Until then, the possibility of Universal Emulator arriving on Xbox One is nothing more than a pipe dream.