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Visual Boy Advance

Original author(s) Julian Henry Hitchcock
Developer(s) VBA Team
Stable release 1.7.2 (Windows)
1.7.1 (Linux, BeOs)
1.7.4 (Mac) / May 25, 2004; 10 years ago (2004-05-25)
Preview release 1.8.0 beta 3 / October 1, 2005; 8 years ago (2005-10-01)
Development status Discontinued, Forked
Written in C, C++
Operating system Cross-platform
Size 1.4 MB - 1.92 MB
Available in English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Chinese, Spanish, Turkish (v.1.7 and above, for Windows only)
Type Console emulator
License GNU General Public License
Original author(s) Julian Henry Hitchcock
Developer(s) VBA-M Development Team
Stable release 1.8.0 (SVN 1149) / 10 December 2012; 19 months ago (2012-12-10)
Operating system Cross-platform
Type Console emulator
License GNU General Public License
Website Project home page

VisualBoyAdvance (commonly abbreviated as VBA) is a free emulator of the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance handheld game consoles[1] as well as of Super Game Boy and Super Game Boy 2.

Besides the DirectX version for the Windows platform, there is also one that is based on the free platform independent graphics library SDL. This is available for a variety of operating systems including Linux,[2] BSD, Mac OS X,[3] and BeOS. VisualBoyAdvance has also been ported to AmigaOS 4, GameCube, Wii, webOS, and Zune HD.[4]

VisualBoyAdvance-M, or simply VBA-M is an improved fork from the inactive VisualBoyAdvance project. The M in VisualBoyAdvance-M stands for Merge, due to its implementation of features from other forked versions of VisualBoyAdvance. Another independent version is called VBA-ReRecording, which is the preferred emulator for tool-assisted playthroughs.


The VisualBoyAdvance project was started by Forgotten.[5] When this person left the development of the emulator, the project was handed over to a team named VBA Team, led by Forgotten's brother. Development on the original VisualBoyAdvance stopped in 2004 with version 1.8.0 beta 3, and a number of forked versions were made by various developers in the years since then, such as VisualBoyAdvance-M.


VisualBoyAdvance sports the following features:


VisualBoyAdvance was the most popular Game Boy emulator for Unix platforms.[6]

VisualBoyAdvance is available on Windows based machines.

See also

Free software portal
Video games portal
  • List of video game console emulators


External links

  • Project home page
  • SourceForge project page
  • VBA-M project website, with forum
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