Homebrew Enthusiasts Emulate Macintosh Plus on Nintendo 3DS

While the Macintosh Plus was discontinued over 25 years ago, two developers have brought the old school machine back to life in the form of a Nintendo 2DS and 3DS.

The first developer, who uses the pseudonym TarableCode, managed to port the Mini vMac emulator to Nintendo 2DS and has since shared pictures and technical details of her homebrew accomplishment on video game community GBAtemp. The code for Mini vMac for Nintendo 2DS/3DS is available on GitHub.

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The photo shows the Nintendo 2DS is running Macintosh System 7.5.3, retroactively called Mac OS 7, released in 1996. The 2DS's directional pad functions as arrow keys, while the L and R shoulder buttons are the mouse buttons, the Y button toggles the on-screen keyboard, and both the circle pad and touchscreen move the mouse.

A fellow homebrew enthusiast who uses the pseudonym LarBob Doomer has since uploaded a YouTube video that shows the emulated Macintosh Plus experience in action on Nintendo 3DS. In the video, he scrolls through a functional version of System 6, and opens apps, inputs text from the keyboard, and eventually powers off the device.


The practical applications of 20-year-old Mac software running on Nintendo 3DS are obviously limited, but the homebrew emulator is a unique proof of concept. In the past, developer Nick Lee similarly managed to get both Macintosh System 7.5.5 and Windows 95 to run on an Apple Watch.

(Thanks, Mitch!)

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8 months ago
I got a Mac 512Ke and a 3DS to share files, but I never got an article on Macrumors.

Go figure.

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8 months ago
Always cool to see people tinkering with older stuff like this and making it work on hardware that it was never designed to work on.
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8 months ago
I SO CANT WAIT for the NES mini to come this NOV!!!!!!!!!!!!
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8 months ago
This can be quite useful since Macintosh is a species in danger of extinction if we don't stop Tim.
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8 months ago
Love this stuff. Great to see old 7.5.3 running again and on a 3DS no less! I may just unpack my IIsi and turn that sucker on. Those old systems ran great had very quick boot times and programs loaded on them very quickly. I still have MS Word 4.0 and no spinning beachball there.
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8 months ago

Why?!

Why are you asking yourself this? Isn't it obvious?

Also, yeah, this is pretty amazing. Love this kind of stuff.
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8 months ago

What is the point

Because then you can say you did it :-). For someone who was a kid hacker that left his mark in places to show that I could do something (but never did) I very much understand this. It has less to do with the result and more to do with the journey and passion to get there.
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8 months ago

Why?! But good on them. This kind of thing makes me laugh with appreciation.

Better that than hunting pokemons!
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8 months ago
I certainly am in no position to judge somebody for doing something hilariously unnecessary just for the lulz, so I'll just say kudos. Despite my obsession with the obsolete, I am in no way this dedicated to old software.
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8 months ago

With 16gb base storage and 100$ for every next capacity option?
Or with iris pro gpu?

Your comment got me wondering, so I did a little research. I couldn't find actual benchmarks of the Wii U GPU, so I had to go with a desktop equivalent. So this information obviously isn't perfect, but it paints an interesting picture. The GPU in the Wii U is based on the Radeon R700 architecture, which powered the HD 4000 series of desktop GPUs. I'm sure it's been optimized for Nintendo's console, but if you go look up some benchmarks for the performance of a mid-to-upper level HD 4000 series GPU (say the HD 4870) versus some of the more recent iterations of Intel's Iris Pro graphics, you might be surprised how similarly they perform.
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