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VisualBoyAdvance is a GameBoy and GameBoy Advance emulator and is compliant with almoast every commercial Game Boy game

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VisualBoyAdvance provides you with a very popular Nintendo Game Boy and Game Boy Advance emulator. The fact that Nintendo sold over two hundred million units of both the aforementioned game consoles.

Since its launch back in 1989, the Game Boy has made its mark in the history of game consoles and still sits at the top of the best-selling video game consoles of all-time, after all these years. Started as an 8-bit handheld device, the Game Boy was the first platform to host the Tetris game for the first time and record sale records of over thirty million copies.

It nearly took Nintendo ten years until they released the Game Boy Color in November 1998 with the all-new color display. Game Boy Advance stepped it up a notch by adopting a new approach on the form of the handheld video game console, a standard that set the trend which has influenced all the other popular handheld game devices since then.

VisualBoyAdvance (also known as VBA) also supports the Super Game Boy and Super Game Boy 2 consoles and it is based on DirectX for the Windows platform. VisualBoyAdvance sports features such as compatibility with all the Nintendo Game Boy ROMs, import as well as export of native saved games from and to other emulators, full save state and joystick support.

Furthermore, VisualBoyAdvance comes packing Super Game Boy and Super Game Boy 2 border and color palette support, Game Boy Printer emulation and real-time IPS patching (used mostly to play fan translations). Hacking and debugging tools, including loggers, viewers and editor are also present alongside the SDL version also includes a Game Boy Advance debugger.

Auto-fire support, speed-up key, full screen mode as well as screen capture support are included. Beside all of these, VisualBoyAdvance packs audio (WAV) and video (AVI) recording, while also allowing you to record in a proprietary video format only supported by VisualBoyAdvance and its forked versions.

Moreover, VisualBoyAdvance offers various graphic filters to enhance display such as AdvanceMAME, Super Eagle, 2xSaI, Super 2xSaI, Motion blur and Pixelate. GUI skinning support is also available. Full support for GameShark for Game Boy Advance and Code Breaker Advance cheat codes can be found in the product.

The bottom line is that VisualBoyAdvance is one of the last, working emulators for the Game Boy handheld video game consoles, no matter their actual version. It does a great job altogether and can surely match the expectations of avid gamers as well as nostalgic users that have a unforgettable recollection or two related to one of these awesome devices.

VisualBoyAdvance was reviewed by Alexandru Pintilie
Last updated on September 19th, 2013

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