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VisualBoyAdvance-M is an emulator software for PC for the classic Nintendo portable video game consoles Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance


Game Boy emulator for PC

January 13, 2021
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Nintendo's Game Boy video console series has been one of the most successful portable gaming machines ever sold, way ahead of Sony's PSP or SEGA's Game Gear. Both the original console and its subsequent versions such as Color and Advance were all sales hits for the Japanese company that expects to renew such a success with its recently launched Nintendo Switch, a crossover between a portable and a desktop console.

Play Game Boy video games on your PC

And since many of us played its games, nobody should be surprised that nowadays we can still enjoy all its titles even if we don't have a physical console. We can do so thanks to emulators of the likes of VisualBoyAdvance-M that allows us to run any of these games provided we have the corresponding ROM (which you'll be able to download from loads of different webs).

Bring back Mario Bros, Zelda or Tetris to the classic monochromatic video console.

This M version, often shortened as VBA-M, is a variation of VisualBoyAdvance that comes along with new features combining the functions of the first edition with those of VBALink to be able to emulate the Cable Link connection between two Game Boy devices.

Main features

This emulator comes along with the following features:

  • Compatible with Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance ROMs.
  • Export and import games to and from other emulators.
  • Save the game at any point.
  • Compatible with joysticks and turbo buttons.
  • Support for screenshots.
  • Record audio and video in WAV and AVI formats.
  • Emulate the Cable Link connection by means of a local area network (LAN) or the Internet.
  • HQ3x/4x pixel filters.

The main difference found by the user regarding VisualBoy will be the chance to play online multiplayer games. And that makes a real difference.

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