Best Xoom Apps: Nesoid – Nintendo on Xoom or Android with Wii Remote

Wii Controller NES 8 Bit on Xoom Bald Bull Booya Gadget

Drive your Xoom, play nintendo with a Wiimote

I love my Xoom, but being able to play Nintendo 8 bit classics propelled my passion to a whole new level! Besides the popular games like Angry Birds, or Words with friends, I am now able to rock my all time favorite games NES 8 bit system like: Mike Tyson’s Punch Out, RBI Baseball, Super Tecmo Bowl, Super Contra, Mario brothers and a lot more. You don’t need to have a Xoom, the Nesoid app by Yongzh functions on many other Android devices as well. ** ALERT: Update June 2011: Nesoid got Yanked from Android Market, I haven’t found a good replacement yet, but you can google: NESOID APK and do a manual install **

The absolute icing on the cake was being able to play with a Wii remote controller. I stopped by my local Fry’s and picked up the Wii MotionPlus. At this point, I am calling this, “the perfect app”. It is not required that you play with the Wiimote, but it will give you the maximum user experience. It is not difficult to set this up, and the NES “rom files” are so tiny you can easily fit over 100 games on your device. Never again, will you have to blow in the NES box, shake or clean game contact points. Your childhood is now forever preserved in digital format and you can tell your kinder: “You don’t know anything about REAL games, these are the ones that I grew up with”!  Download the Wiimote Control app here.  *Caution these apps do not work on every device.

20 pics on Flickr connecting my Wii remote to Xoom for Nintendo Play.

How To Connect your Wii Controller Step by Step and the Gotchas!

SNESOID is the Super Nintendo version, and also on our best apps list, read about it (HERE)

View more pics of this project at Booya Facebook.

Xoom NES Wii Code to Mike Tyson Punchout Booya Gadget

Want a piece of Tyson? Here you go. You're Welcome! Booya

I struggled a bit using only the touch-screen controls on my Xoom and myTouch 3g slide, so after researching I tested the Wiimote Controller application available at the Android Market. This app worked excellent on my Xoom, but did NOT work on my 3G Slide. Nesoid seemed to be more compatible with a wider range of Droid devices so you will want to research *your model* of droid by scanning through the comments in the Android Market or the developers website. NES emulators have been around for a long time, so this is not groundbreaking, but CNet ain’t gonna show you how to make your Xoom dance like Booya Gadget can. Don’t you agree ?

Have we sold you on the Xoom Yet? Here are some purchase options for you.
Wii Remote Plus – on Amazon
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NES SuperTecmo Bowl HDMI out on Xoom Booya Gadget

NES SuperTecmo Bowl HDMI out on Xoom

File size of NES Roms is amazingly small, 100k’ish on average.  I have 50+ games and it takes up about 10 megs in size that is extremely small.  That means you can have a huge library of your favorite nostalgia games on any device that is able to run the Nesoid App. It works great, and another handy feature of Nesoid is the ability to save your games. Not just “the beginning of a level”, you can save your game easily right in the middle of the action. It is a great user experience, and I throw a virtual high five and BOOYA to the developers of Nesoid and the WiiMote Controller. The magic of using the Wii Motion Plus controller is held in it’s bluetooth connection.

None of this techonlogy ( emulators ) or apps are new, it has been around for years. My own NES Rom files dated 2003 in fact. So there is a lot of information out there already. Connecting my Wiimote to my Xoom took a little while for me to get working optimally so I had to reference a video myself by “sleeplessNinja” on youtube.

This is one of the best applications I have come across so far.  If you’re in your Mid 20’s to 40’s, then you’re probably clicking some links right now and setting it all up!  A must have..

** UPDATE** To get help, discuss the most badass of all Nintendo games join the new Booya Sponsored Nesoid Fan Page at Facebook!

Awesome video demonstration of me playing my favorite Old-School NES games with a Wii Remote on my Xoom

Watch this Nesoid Nintendo on the Android-Xoom in our Video Podcast

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About the Author: I'm am a multi-platform tech enthusiast with Droid, Windows, and Mac / iOS, and some Linux and Raspberry Pi etc.. Published a few windows phone apps, and android apps. I love tech and gadgets. Professionally I typically work in I.T. as a SQL developer.

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  1. BooyaCuz says:

    looks like the application got yanked from android market, I just don’t get why nintendo doesn’t offer the product themselves… it’s awesome, the people want it, why don’t they make it formal then ? pisses me off.

  2. BooyaCuz says:

    video podcast link added… booya!

  3. stogrady says:

    Is it possible to connect a standard Wiimote controller for use with this app, or do you need the Motionplus for some reason? I only ask because a used Wiimote is abotu $10 whereas the Motion Plus is upwards of $40.

    • BooyaCuz says:

      Hey StoGrady,

      I don’t have that version of the controller for a definitive test, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. I sniffed around and didn’t find much on the topic, outside of comparisons between the remotes.
      There isn’t much difference between the old vs motion plus controller. If think android device compatibility is a bigger impact.
      I actually wanted the game pro classic controller but noone even sells it in stores anymore ( for snesoid )
      They both have bluetooth which is the real key. Apparently the main difference is weight caused at lest partially by a bigger gyroscope in the motion plus.
      But we don’t care about gyroscopes for nesoid.
      If it were me, I’d try it out and save $10 In a worst-case scenario just swap it out.. I believe it will work fine. If you were my neighbor I’d test for you.
      Any other readers give the older wii mote a drive and can confirm for stogrady ? ~Cuz

  4. BooyaTRJ says:

    Just tested this on the LG Ally running Froyo 2.2 and it was a smashing success. I took the easy way out and fought Glass Joe, but I was very pleased.

    I also was surprised at the on screen controls they worked better than I thought they would. Big thumbs up..great find BooyaCuz

    • BooyaCuz says:

      Great to know for the LG Ally folks out there ! on screen gamepad works great for NES, quite useable because of the simplicity of the controls, but for SNES it’s not as feasible since they integrate the shoulder buttons. Stay tuned for the SNES classic game controller pro which I use.

  5. BooyaTRJ says:

    Getting a KO of Iron Mike is why we play video games. When you do it, make sure the camera is running.

    • BooyaCuz says:

      20 years later, tyson is still kicking my ass. And I was totally rattled about dropping that potion in the wrong place on Mario. let me tell you, Super Mario World on SNES is one of my all time favorites, and I am rocking it daily now on Xoom.

      • BooyaTRJ says:

        I feel your pain. Maybe your approach is all wrong. The last time I beat Tyson I was 12, it was 3:00am and I had the perfect buzz of Mountain Dew and Funyans.

  6. BooyaCuz says:

    I was rattled that I forgot where to drop that potion in Super Mario Brothers 2. I thought I was so cool, and would impress viewers. SM2 potion fail I guess :)

    • BooyaTRJ says:

      The games look really good. Too bad you couldn’t make it through the first 90 seconds of Tyson’s one punch knock-downs in the first round….I would have watched the entire fight between BooyaCuz and Iron Mike.

      Very cool app and great another great demo from BooyaCuz.

      • BooyaCuz says:

        never have beat that jerk. Did you see how quickly I reached up to pause that game. Was tired of getting KTFO. Don’t worry, beating tyson is on the bucket list.