Your Classic Games on iOS are Endangered

Apple will soon release iOS 11 for their iPhone and iPad devices, and with it comes a heavy toll. With the release of iOS 11, Apple intends to stop supporting 32-bit applications, so if an app has not been updated for 64-bit support, they will no longer function.

How many apps are affected? Right now the number stands at about 187,000 apps, which is about 8% of the total applications on the App Store. Unfortunately, many of classic gaming titles are among them.

To see if an application is affected, simply boot it up and see if it loads a message stating:

“This app will not work with future versions of iOS. The developer of this app needs to update it to improve its compatibility.”

While there is not currently a full list of affected titles, I ran through all of my classic games and applications on my own device to see if they contained the warning. These classic games which carry this warning include:*

Chu Chu Rocket
Crazy Taxi XXX
Golden Axe III
Space Harrier II
Street Fighter IV
Streets of Rage 2
Streets of Rage 3
Super Monkey Ball 2 Special Edition
Wolfenstein 3D

(Note: Not a fully inclusive list)

If you feel like you still want to experience any of these games on your iOS device, you’d best hold off on downloading iOS 11 when it releases later this year. Otherwise, your iOS device will be littered with digital bricks. So is the risk of an all-digital future, it seems.

We can hope for a last-minute miracle that the publishers may choose to update some of these games for 64-bit support, but don’t count on it. Let us know if there are other apps on your device carrying the above warning and we’ll update the list, accordingly. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got precious little time left to touch Streets of Rage 2‘s Blaze Fielding without looking like a weirdo by the random passerby.

Source: Pretty Good Gaming

*A slightly different version of this news story was posted on

No! Not Streets of Rage 2!! Not my tactile Blaze Fielding!

Streets of Rage 3, too? SEGA, must you take away all of my options for a touch-controlled Blaze Fielding?

To be honest, playing Space Harrier II on iOS doesn’t work too badly.

Okay, SEGA, you can take Golden Axe III.


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The Requiem is an old-school gamer and a new-school potty mouth. While he may fancy himself some kind of an electric ninja-superhero... thing, he's really just a normal dude with a weird sense of humor and a hard-on for anything SEGA, Metroid or Mortal Kombat. You can follow The Requiem on Twitter @UnboundRequiem, where he regularly posts about all kinds of gaming nonsense, including retro games, his SEGA Nerds contributions, and other stuff.

One Comment

  1. It’s a real shame.
    The Llamasoft games from legendary developer Jeff Minter will also disappear.

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