'Pokemon Yellow' hits Apple Watch via Game Boy emulator

Pokemon fans can now play Pokemon Yellow on their Apple smartwatch, using Game Boy port.

Pokemon Yellow on Apple Watch

Avid Pokemon fans are in for a special treat as it has become a favourite pastime for developers to port popular mobile games such as 'Pokemon Yellow' to wearable devices like the Apple Watch series 2 via a Game Boy emulator. An iOS developer named Gabriel O'Flaherty-Chan has released a new emulator called 'Giovanni' which allows gamers to play Pokemon Yellow on their smartwatches.

Pokemon Yellow now available on Apple Watch

A full write-up of the latest port from Nintendo platform to Apple Watch via Game Boy emulator, besides a complete summary of the game itself, is now available on the developer's official site. The developer has admittedly worked on resolving various limitations with the in-game controls for the Apple Watch.

Here are the excerpts from the official gameplay description for Pokemon Yellow:

By allowing the user to pan on screen for directions, rotate the Digital Crown for up and down, and tap the screen for A, I was able to eliminate buttons until I was left with Select, Start, and B.


Touching the screen for movement isn't a great interaction, but being able to use the Crown worked out a lot better than originally anticipated. Scrolling through a list of options is basically what the Crown was made for, and if the framerate was even slightly higher, the interaction could almost be better than a hardware D-pad.