Regardless of how much many of us like the idea of playing the good old NES games on an Android phone, we shouldn’t take risks lightly. The legendary NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) console has represented the start of the gaming journey for many of us, but we can now experience a glimpse of it by using an emulator.
But like many other apps, NES emulators do not always have the purpose of providing only good things to the user. The security firm White Ops reports that over 240 apps for Android devices were involved in deceptive behaviors through out of context (OOC) ads.
Millions of collective downloads
Many of those pesky apps were NES emulators for Android, which means that it’s a good idea to avoid them. The researchers from White Ops had been naming their campaign as RAINBOWMIX. One of the official statements says:
The code responsible for the out of context ads is located in packages that belong to legitimate SDKs, such as Unity and Android. All of the apps discovered seem to possess fairly low detection ratings across antivirus engines, largely because of the packer.
The NES console was based on only 8 bits, and any game for it occupied a maximum of half of a megabyte. Even so, the console was insanely popular in the ’80s and ’90s. As of September 2020, the NES console (aka Famicom) had sold 61.91 million units throughout the world, with 33 million units only in North America. Super Mario was one of the most iconic titles for NES, and we can also mention Tetris, Duck Hunt, Tank 1990, ExciteBike, The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong, Ice Climber, Mega Man 2, Double Dragon, and many more. Several clones were also made, and one of them is the Terminator console that was highly popular in Eastern Europe.
With or without NES emulators, games for the legendary 8-bit console will remain alive forever in the hearts of many of us.