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Visual Boy Advance GX

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Visual Boy Advance GX

https://github.com/dborth/vbagx (Under GPL License)

Visual Boy Advance GX is a modified port of VBA-M. With it you can play GBA/Game Boy Color/Game Boy games on your Wii/GameCube.

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FEATURES

  • Wiimote, Nunchuk, Classic, Wii U Pro, and Gamecube controller support
  • Wii U GamePad support (requires homebrew injection into Wii U VC title)
  • Rotation sensors, Solar sensors, and Rumble support
  • Optional special Wii controls built-in for some games
  • SRAM and State saving
  • IPS/UPS patch support
  • Custom controller configurations
  • SD, USB, DVD, SMB, Zip, and 7z support
  • Compatibility based on VBA-M r1231
  • MEM2 ROM Storage for fast access
  • Auto frame skip (optional) for those core heavy games
  • Turbo speed, video zooming, widescreen, and unfiltered video options
  • Native loading/saving of ROMS and SRAM from Goomba (a GB emulator for GBA)
  • Improved video rendering from RetroArch
  • Screenshots can be displayed on the main menu
  • Fixed pixel ratio mode (1x, 2x, and 3x)
  • Borders (from Super Game Boy games or custom from .png)
  • 240p support

UPDATE HISTORY

[2.4.1 - June 29, 2020]

  • Compiled with latest devkitPPC/libogc
  • Fixed some 3rd party controllers with invalid calibration data
  • Translation updates
  • Added Wii U vWii Channel, widescreen patch, and now reports console/CPU speed
  • Added support for serial port 2 (SP2 / SD2SP2) on Gamecube
  • Fixed Wii U Pro controller button mapping not being used in one case
  • Fixed ZL button mapping for Wii U GamePad
  • Other minor fixes

[2.4.0 - April 13, 2019]

  • Fixed crash when used as wiiflow plugin
  • Fixed crash on launch when using network shares
  • Fixed issues with on-screen keyboard
  • Updated Korean translation

[2.3.9 - January 25, 2019]

  • Added ability to load external fonts and activated Japanese/Korean translations. Simply put the ko.ttf or jp.ttf in the app directory
  • Added ability to customize background music. Simply put a bg_music.ogg in the app directory
  • Added ability to change preview image source with + button (thanks Zalo!)
  • Fixed issue with resetting motion controls
  • Fixed issue with Mode 0 graphics transparency

[2.3.8 - January 4, 2019]

  • Restored changes lost from 2.3.0 core upgrade (GameCube virtual memory, optimizations from dancinninjac, GB color palettes, rotation/tilt for WarioWare Twisted, in-game rumble)
  • Improved WiiFlow integration
  • Fixed controllers with no analog sticks
  • Added Wii U GamePad support (thanks Fix94!)

[2.3.7 - August 28, 2018]

  • Allow loader to pass two arguments instead of three (libertyernie)
  • don't reset settings when going back to an older version
  • Fix a few potential crashes caused by the GUI
  • Other minor fixes/improvements
  • Compiled with latest libOGC/devkitPPC

[2.3.6 - December 11, 2016]

  • Restored Wiiflow mode plugin by fix94
  • Restored fix filebrowser window overlapping
  • Change all files End Of Line to windows mode
  • Remove update check for updates

[2.3.5 - December 10, 2016]

  • Hide saving dialog that pops up briefly when returning from a game

[2.3.4 - September 15, 2016]

  • Added the delete save file (SRAM / Snapshot) option
  • Changed the box colors for the SRAM and Snapshots files to match the color scheme of the emu GUI
  • Change the "Power off Wii" exit option to completely turn off the wii, ignoring the WC24 settings
  • Updated settings file name in order to have it's own settings file name
  • Added an option to switch between screenshots, covers, or artwork images, with their respective named folders at the device's root. You can set which one to show, by going to Settings > Menu > Preview Image. The .PNG image file needs to have the same name as the ROM (e.g.: Mother 3.png)
  • Removed sound from GUI (thanks to Askot)
  • Added option to switch between the Green or Monochrome GB color screen. You can set which one to show by going to Settings > Emulation > GB Screen Palette

[2.3.3 - June 25, 2016]

  • Fixed the GC pad Down input on the File browser window
  • Added Koston's green gb color screen
  • Added the Screenshot Button
  • Increased and Centered the Screenshot image and reduce game list width
  • Added a background for the preview image
  • Added the WiiuPro Controller icon on the controller settings
  • Fix DSI error / Bug from Emulator Main Menu

[2.3.2 - March 4, 2015] - libertyernie

  • Wii U: if widescreen is enabled in the Wii U setting, VBA GX will use a 16:9 aspect ratio, except while playing a game with fixed pixel mode turned on
  • There are now three options for border in the emulation settings menu (see "Super Game Boy borders" section for details)
    • PNG borders now supported for GBA games
  • Video mode "PAL (50Hz)" renamed to "PAL (576i)"
  • Video mode "PAL (60Hz)" renamed to "European RGB (480i)"
  • 240p support added (NTSC and European RGB modes)
  • All video modes now use a width of 704 for the best pixel aspect ratio

[2.3.1b - November 8, 2014] - Glitch

  • Added FIX94's libwupc for WiiU Pro Controllers
  • Added tueidj's vWii Widescreen Fix

[2.3.1 - October 14, 2014] - libertyernie

  • Super Game Boy border support
    • Borders can be loaded from (and are automatically saved to) PNG files
    • Any border loaded from the game itself will override the custom PNG border
  • Custom palette support from 2.2.8 restored
  • Option added to select Game Boy hardware (GB/SGB/GBC/auto)
  • Fixed pixel ratio mode added
    • Overrides zoom and aspect ratio settings
    • To squish the picture so it appears correctly on a 16:9 TV, you can open the settings.xml file and add 10 to the gbFixed/gbaFixed value. However, setting your TV to 4:3 mode will yield a better picture.
  • Real-time clock fixes for GB/GBC games, including Pokémon G/S/C
    • RTC data in save file stored as little-endian
    • Option added for UTC offset in the main menu (only required if you use the same SRAM on other, time-zone-aware platforms)
  • New option for selecting "sharp" or "soft" filtering settings
    • "Sharp" was the default for 480p, "soft" was the default for 480i

[2.3.0 - September 10, 2014] - libertyernie

  • VBA-M core updated to r1231
  • Tiled rendering used for GBA games (new VBA-M feature, originally from RetroArch) - provides a major speed boost!
  • Changes from cebolleto's version
    • Screenshots can be displayed for each game on the menu
    • Nicer 7-Zip support
    • When you leave a folder, the folder you just left will be selected
  • New options available:
    • Disable the " Auto" string being appended to save files
    • Disable frameskip entirely on GBA
  • Keyboard fixed (from libwiigui r56)
  • GUI prompt is now purple instead of green (button colors more intuitive)
  • Goomba and Goomba Color ROM support:
    • Any Game Boy ROM stored within a Goomba ROM can be loaded "natively" in the Game Boy (Color) emulator (or the Goomba ROM can be loaded as GBA)
    • Game Boy SRAM stored within Goomba SRAM is loaded and saved correctly

[2.2.8 - July 29, 2012]

  • Fixed lag with GameCube controllers

[2.2.7 - July 7, 2012]

  • Fixed PAL support

[2.2.6 - July 6, 2012]

  • Support for newer Wiimotes
  • Fixed missing audio channel bug (eg: in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga)
  • Improved controller behavior - allow two directions to be pressed simultaneously
  • Compiled with devkitPPC r26 and libogc 1.8.11

[2.2.5 - May 15, 2011]

  • Added Turkish translation

[2.2.4 - March 23, 2011]

  • Fixed browser regressions with stability and speed

[2.2.3 - March 19, 2011]

  • Improved USB and controller compatibility (recompiled with latest libogc)
  • Enabled SMB on GameCube (thanks Extrems!)
  • Added Catalan translation
  • Translation updates

[2.2.2 - October 7, 2010]

  • Fixed "blank listing" issue for SMB
  • Improved USB compatibility and speed
  • Added Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese translations
  • Channel updated (improved USB compatibility)
  • Other minor changes

[2.2.1 - August 14, 2010]

  • IOS 202 support removed
  • USB 2.0 support via IOS 58 added - requires that IOS58 be pre-installed
  • DVD support via AHBPROT - requires latest HBC

[2.2.0 - July 22, 2010]

  • Fixed broken auto-update

[2.1.9 - July 20, 2010]

  • Reverted USB2 changes

[2.1.8 - July 14, 2010]

  • Ability to use both USB ports (requires updated IOS 202 - WARNING: older versions of IOS 202 are NO LONGER supported)
  • Hide non-ROM files
  • Other minor improvements

[2.1.7 - June 20, 2010]

  • USB improvements
  • GameCube improvements - audio, SD Gecko, show thumbnails for saves
  • Other minor changes

[2.1.6 - May 19, 2010]

  • DVD support fixed
  • Fixed some potential hangs when returning to menu
  • Video/audio code changes
  • Fixed scrolling text bug
  • Other minor changes

[2.1.5 - April 9, 2010]

  • Fix auto-save bug

[2.1.4 - April 9, 2010]

  • Fixed issue with saves (GBA) and snapshots (GB)
  • Most 3rd party controllers should work now (you're welcome!)
  • Translation updates (German and Dutch)
  • Other minor changes

[2.1.3 - March 30, 2010]

  • Fixed ROM allocation. Should solve some unexplained crashes
  • Numerous performance optimizations (thanks dancinninja!)
  • DVD / USB 2.0 support via IOS 202. DVDx support has been dropped. It is highly recommended to install IOS 202 via the included installer
  • Multi-language support (only French translation is fully complete)
  • Thank you to everyone who submitted translations
  • SMB improvements/bug fixes
  • Minor video & input performance optimizations
  • Disabling rumble now also disables in-game rumbling
  • Fixed saving of GB screen position adjustment

[2.1.2 - December 23, 2009]

  • Numerous core optimizations (thanks dancinninjac!)
  • File browser now scrolls down to the last game when returning to browser
  • Auto update for those using USB now works
  • Fixed scrollbar up/down buttons
  • Minor optimizations

[2.1.1 - December 7, 2009]

  • Save state corruption issues fixed

[2.1.0 - December 2, 2009]

  • Fixed SMB (for real this time!)

[2.0.9 - November 30, 2009]

  • Fixed SMB
  • Added separate horizontal/vertical zoom options, and separate GB/GBA ones
  • Improved scrolling timing - the more you scroll, the fast it goes
  • Fixed reset button on Wii console - now you can reset multiple times
  • APU optimization (dancinninjac)
  • Minor code optimizations
  • Reduce memory fragmentation - fixes out of memory crashes

[2.0.8 - October 7, 2009]

  • Revamped filebrowser and file I/O
  • Fixed MBC2 saving/loading
  • Fixed some GB-Z80 instructions
  • DVD loading in GameCube should work now (untested and unsupported)
  • Many, many other bug fixes

[2.0.7 - September 16, 2009]

  • Text rendering corrections
  • SMB improvements
  • Built with latest libraries
  • Video mode switching now works properly
  • Other minor bugfixes and cleanup

[2.0.6 - July 22, 2009]

  • Fixed "No game saves found." message when there are actually saves.
  • Fixed shift key on keyboard
  • Text scrolling works again
  • Change default prompt window selection to "Cancel" button

[2.0.5 - July 9, 2009]

  • Faster SMB/USB browsing
  • Last browsed folder is now remembered
  • Fixed controller mapping reset button
  • Fixed no sound on GameCube version
  • Directory names are no longer altered
  • Preferences now only saved on exit
  • Fixed on-screen keyboard glitches
  • SRAM auto-saved on power-off from within a game
  • Prevent 7z lockups, better 7z error messages

[2.0.4 - June 30, 2009]

  • Fixed auto-update
  • Increased file browser listing to 10 entries, decreased font size
  • Added text scrolling on file browser
  • Added reset button for controller mappings
  • Settings are now loaded from USB when loading the app from USB on HBC
  • Fixed menu crashes caused by ogg player bugs
  • Fixed memory card saving verification bug
  • Fixed game savebrowser bugs
  • Miscellaneous code cleanup/corrections

[2.0.3 - May 30, 2009]

  • Fixed SD/USB corruption bug
  • SMB works again
  • GUI bugs fixed, GUI behavioral improvements
  • GB Palette editing
  • More built-in palettes
  • Palettes now fade to white correctly instead of getting brighter
  • Can now turn off palette colorizing
  • Workaround for palette issue on Mega Man I GB - palette disabled
  • Star Wars, TMNT, Lord Of The Rings, Castlevania Wii Controls
  • Fix for WarioWare startup - Nunchuk C button or Wii Remote B button will now make calibration easy by locking the gyroscope.
  • Fixed issues with constant rumbling

[2.0.2 - May 26, 2009]

  • Improved stability
  • Fixed broken SDHC from HBC 1.0.2 update
  • Fixed issues with returning to menu from in-game
  • Add option to disable rumble
  • Auto-determines if HBC is present - returns to Wii menu otherwise
  • Unfiltered mode fixed
  • Miscellaneous bugfixes

[2.0.1 - April 30, 2009]

  • Multiple state saves now working
  • Built with more stable libogc/libfat
  • Fixed settings saving glitches
  • Fixed Mortal Kombat GameCube controller bug
  • Fixed Zelda DX palette bug
  • Fixed Harry Potter 1-3 keyboard bug

[2.0.0 - April 27, 2009]

  • New GX-based menu, with a completely redesigned layout. Has Wiimote IR support, sounds, graphics, animation effects, and more
  • Thanks to the3seashells for designing some top-notch artwork, to Peter de Man for composing the music, and a special thanks to shagkur for fixing libogc bugs that would have otherwise prevented the release
  • Onscreen keyboard for changing save/load folders and network settings
  • Menu configuration options (configurable exit button, wiimote orientation, volumes)
  • New save manager, allowing multiple saves and save browsing. Shows screenshots for Snapshot saves, and save dates/times
  • Added video shifting option
  • Added video mode selection (recommended to leave on Automatic)
  • USB Mouse support (buttons only)
  • Keyboard shift key bug fixed
  • Built-in 14 colour palettes for some monochrome gameboy games (Magnetic Soccer, Malibu Beach Volleyball, Marble Madness, Metroid 2, Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat 3, Mr. Do!)
  • Rumble works in GBC games designed for rumble cartridges but shipped without rumble cartridges, such as Disney's Tarzan for GBC
  • Improved Mortal Kombat Wii Controls
  • Mortal Kombat games now have many extra characters to choose
  • Wii Controls for more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games
  • Improved Lego Star Wars controls
  • Boktai menu now tells you when there can't be sun because it is night
  • Minor bug fixes

[1.0.9 - April 7, 2009]

  • Gamecube controller should no longer rumble constantly

[1.0.8 - April 4, 2009]

  • "Match Wii Game" controls option! Games that have a Wii equivalent can be played using the controls for that Wii game. For example all Zelda games can be played with Twilight Princess controls. See the Instructions section below for important details.
  • Rotation/Tilt sensor games all work
  • Solar sensors (Boktai 1/2/3)
  • Rumble (except for games that rely on Gameboy Player)
  • Keyboard
  • PAL support, finally!
  • New scaling options, choose how much stretching you want
  • Colourised games now partially work but still have distortion
  • "Corvette" no longer has a screwed up palette (but still crashes)
  • Triggers net reconnection on SMB failure
  • Source code refactored, and project file added
  • Instructions section added to this readme file

[1.0.7 - January 27, 2009]

  • Updated to VBA-M r847
  • Corrected sound interpolation
  • Faster SD/USB - new read-ahead cache
  • Removed trigger of back to menu for Classic Controller right joystick
  • Fixed a bug with reading files < 2048 bytes
  • Fixed GBA games on GameCube
  • Fixed homebrew GBA games on GameCube
  • Fixed some memory leaks, buffer overflows, etc
  • Code cleanup, other general bugfixes

[1.0.6 - December 24, 2008]

  • Fixed save state saving bug
  • Fixed unstable SD card access
  • Proper SD/USB hotswap (Wii only)
  • Auto-update feature (Wii only)
  • Rewritten SMB access - speed boost, NTLM now supported (Wii only)
  • Improved file access code
  • Resetting preferences now resets controls
  • Minor bug fixes

[1.0.5 - November 19, 2008]

  • SDHC works now
  • Frameskipping tweaks
  • Fixed snapshot loading issue
  • Full widescreen support
  • Changed scaling
  • Zooming fixed (thanks eke-eke!)
  • PAL timing changes - EURGB60 mode forced
  • Wii - Added console/remote power button support
  • Wii - Added reset button support (resets game)
  • Wii - Settings file is now named settings.xml and is stored in the same folder as the DOL (eg: apps/vbagx/settings.xml)
  • GameCube - Added DVD motor off option
  • GameCube - Fixed GBA loading issue

[1.0.4 - October 28, 2008]

  • Complete port of VBA-M - now uses blaarg's new audio core, latest GB core
  • Frameskipping improvements
  • Sound processing improved - L-R channel reversal corrected, skipping fixed
  • Saving problems fixed, game compatibility improved
  • IPS/UPS/PPF patch support
  • SD/USB hot-swapping!
  • SDHC support
  • Zoom setting saved
  • Widescreen correction option
  • GameCube support is back, including Qoob support!

[1.0.3 - October 15, 2008]

  • New timing / frameskip algorithm - should (hopefully) work 100% better!
  • Performance improvements - video threading, PPC core partly activated
  • Video zooming option
  • Unfiltered video option
  • 7z support
  • Loading progress bars added

[1.0.2 - October 6, 2008]

  • New core! The core is now a custom combination of VBA-M and VBA 1.72
  • Added DVD, SMB, ZIP, GameCube MC support
  • Faster USB/SD speeds
  • Screen alignment and flickering problems fixed
  • 128K save support added
  • Better emulation speeds. Should now be nearly full speed all the time for most games.
  • Turbo speed feature. Mapped to right C-stick (classic controller & Gamecube controller), and A+B for wiimote
  • Controller mapping preferences bug fixed. Your preferences will reset automatically to correct any problems in your preferences file
  • Many other tweaks behind the scenes

[1.0.1 - September 18, 2008]

  • GBA games now run at full speed
  • Menu improvements, with spiffy new background
  • Fixed L/R buttons - they work now

[1.0.0 - September 16, 2008]

  • Now compiles with devkitpro r15
  • One makefile to make all versions
  • Complete rewrite based on code from SNES9x GX
  • Now has a menu! ROM selector, preferences, controller mapping, etc
  • Wiimote, Nunchuk, and Classic controller support
  • Button mapping for all controller types
  • Full support for SD and USB
  • Load/save preference selector. ROMs, saves, and preferences are saved/loaded according to these
  • 'Auto' settings for save/load - attempts to automatically determine your load/save device(s) - SD, USB
  • Preferences are loaded and saved in XML format. You can open VBAGX.xml edit all settings, including some not available within the program

SETUP & INSTALLATION

Unzip the archive. You will find the following folders inside:

apps Contains Homebrew Channel ready files (see Homebrew Channel instructions below)

vbagx Contains the directory structure required for storing roms and saves. By default, roms are loaded from "vbagx/roms/" and saves / preferences are stored in "vbagx/saves/".

Loading / Running the Emulator:

Wii - Via Homebrew Channel:

The most popular method of running homebrew on the Wii is through the Homebrew Channel. If you already have the channel installed, just copy over the apps folder included in the archive into the root of your SD card.

Remember to also create the vbagx directory structure required. See above.

If you haven't installed the Homebrew Channel yet, read about how to here: http://hbc.hackmii.com/

Gamecube:

You can load VBAGX via sdload and an SD card in slot A, or by streaming it to your Gamecube, or by booting a bootable DVD with VBAGX on it. This document doesn't cover how to do any of that.

INSTRUCTIONS

If you have upgraded from a previous version, the emulator may start with a message that your preferences have been reset. You will need to set your preferences how you want them.

Otherwise the emulator will start at the main menu, which is a list of game ROMs. There is also a settings button to choose how and where to load or save files, and to change menu settings.

Navigate the menu with the D-Pad, or the Wiimote pointer, and select options with the A button. Press the B button to swap between controlling a list box and controlling the buttons. Pressing the Home button will exit from the main menu. You can choose what exiting will do by using the settings menu.

Click on the logo to see the credits.

When choosing a file, use left and right to go up or down a page.

Once you choose a game, the game will start. But you can get back to a menu by pressing Home. This takes you to the in-game menu, where you can save, load, reset, or change settings. The settings apply to all games, not just the current one. These settings are different from the settings on the main menu. If you are playing a Boktai game with a solar sensor, there will also be a fifth button which lets you change the weather. The sunlight is based on the weather, the time of day, and the angle of your Wiimote.

Saving and loading let you choose two kinds of save files. SRAM is the normal kind of saving and loading that you have on a real gameboy. It only saves up to the last checkpoint or savepoint in the game. Or you can save a better way by using the emulator's special "Snapshot" feature which saves the state of everything, exactly where you are up to. Loading a Snapshot may erase your "SRAM (Auto)" so be careful.

From the game menu you can return to the game by pressing Home again, or by clicking on the "Close" button in the top right. Or to quit that game and choose a different game, click on the "Main Menu" button.

If you don't want to load ROMs from the SD card, you can go to the settings menu and choose where to load from. You can load from SD cards, USB memory sticks/hard drives, DVD (if you installed DVDX), gamecube memory cards, or from shared folders over the network (this is called SMB).

ROMs can be in ZIP files, but the ROM must be the first file in the ZIP. If not, you will get an error. ROMs can also be in .7z files, or ordinary rom files.

Patches can be used to colourise a monochrome gameboy game, or to translate a game into your language, or to stop the game from needing special hardware. Search the internet for patches. Many games have been translated by fans. They can be in IPS or UPS format. You don't need to patch anything yourself. Just put the IPS or UPS file in the vbagx/roms folder along with the rom itself. The patch must have the same name as the rom. Patches can not be put inside the ZIP file. If a rom is zipped, you might need to check inside the zip for the actual rom filename.

Colourised games still have some distortion in this version, but it is improved from the previous version, and better than VBA-M. Some unpatched monochrome gameboy games have built-in palettes in this emulator and will appear in colour.

You must not use patched versions of Boktai roms! (Except for the translation patch for Boktai 3, which is highly recommended). The patches are for old emulators that don't support the solar sensor. VBA GX and NO$GBA support the solar sensor natively, and the patch will stop them from working.

You must also not use patched versions of WarioWare Twisted, Kirby's Tilt n Tumble, or Yoshi's Universal Gravitation (Topsy Turvy). The original roms are fully supported, and the patch will stop them from working.

Controls

See the website at http://www.wiibrew.org/wiki/VBA for better control documentation, with illustrations and tables.

The default controls are...

  • = Gameboy Start Button
  • = Gameboy Select Button Home = Show emulator's game menu

Wii Remote by itself: Hold the Wii Remote sideways. 2 = Gameboy A Button 1 = Gameboy B Button A = Gameboy R Button B = Gameboy L Button

Wii Remote + Nunchuk: Hold the Nunchuk and ignore the Wii Remote. Z = Gameboy A Button C = Gameboy B Button

Classic Controller: B = Gameboy A Button Y = Gameboy B Button R = Gameboy R Button L = Gameboy L Button

You can configure the controls how you want from the controls menu. Different controls will be used depending on what you have plugged into the Wii Remote. Nunchuk means Nunchuk + Wii Remote. Gamecube controllers can be used at the same time as Wii Remotes and all control the same player. When configuring controls, press HOME to cancel.

But the controls you choose will be overridden for certain games if you choose "Match Wii Game" (or "Match Gamecube Game" on a Gamecube) and you have the appropriate expansion plugged in. If the game does not have special Wii controls, then the controls you chose will be used.

Gameboy and Gameboy colour games don't have L and R buttons. Those buttons only work in Gameboy Advance games.

In addition to the controls you can configure, these other controls apply:

HOME, Escape: returns you to the emulator's game menu. Then press B to go to the main menu and B again to return to the game. A+B, Spacebar, or right analog stick: fast forward Right analog stick: zoom (if enabled)

Super Game Boy borders

VBA-GX has supported Super Game Boy borders since 2.3.1. You can enable this feature in the Emulation settings on the main menu.

Borders can be loaded from two locations: * PNG files in the borders folder (by default, /vbagx/borders) * The game itself

Borders will only be loaded from the game itself when the emulator is running in Super Game Boy mode, and the border setting in Emulation settings is set to "From game (SGB only)". (You can also use the Emulation settings menu to force SGB mode even for Game Boy Color games.) If the borders folder exists, but no border for the game is present, the loaded Super Game Boy border will be written to a .png file, which can be loaded later in "From .png file" mode.

In addition, if the borders folder exists but there is no border for the game, the first border loaded from the game will be written to a PNG file so it can be loaded in the future (even in Game Boy Color mode.) This means after you run a game once in SGB mode, you can then use the same border in GBC mode.

If the border setting is set to "From .png file", borders will be loaded from the borders folder. Borders can be up to 640x480 and will work for both Game Boy (Color) and Game Boy Advance games.

For both loading and saving, the PNG filename is [TITLE].png, where [TITLE] is the ROM title defined at 0x134 (for GB games) or 0xA0 (for GBA games). For example, POKEMON_SFXAAXE.png will be loaded for Pokémon Silver. If no PNG file by that name exists, VBA-GX will try loading default.png (for GB games) or defaultgba.png (for GBA games) instead.

Since the borders are rendered along with the video output of the game, the pixels in the border will be the same size as game pixels. This means that a Game Boy game will appear in the middle 160x144 pixels of the border, and a Game Boy Advance game will appear in the middle 240x160 pixels, regardless of the resolution of the border PNG image.

Match Wii Controls

Special Wii controls exist for the following games:

These Zelda games can be played with Twilight Princess controls: The Legend Of Zelda, Zelda 2, A Link To The Past, Link's Awakening (DX), Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, Minish Cap

These Mario games can be played with Mario Galaxy controls: Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. DX, Super Mario 2, Super Mario (2) Advance, Super Mario 3, Super Mario World, Yoshi's Island, Yoshi's Universal Gravitation (Topsy Turvy)

Mario Kart can be (sort of) played with Mario Kart wii controls, but it doesn't work very well.

These Metroid games can be played with Metroid Prime 3 controls: Metroid Zero Mission, Metroid 1, Metroid 2, Metroid Fusion

These Mortal Kombat games can be played with Mortal Kombat Armageddon controls: Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat 3, Mortal Kombat 4, Mortal Kombat Advance, Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance, Mortal Kombat Tournament Edition

These Lego games can be played with Lego Star Wars the Complete Saga controls: Lego Star Wars The Video Game, Lego Star Wars The Original Trilogy

These Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games can be played with TMNT Wii controls: TMNT, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Fall of the Foot Clan, Back from the Sewers, Radical Rescue

These Harry Potter games can be played with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Wii controls: Harry Potter 1, Harry Potter 1 GBC, Harry Potter 2, Harry Potter 2 GBC, Harry Potter 3, Harry Potter 4, Harry Potter 5

These Medal Of Honour games can be played with Medal Of Honour Wii controls: Medal Of Honour Underground, Medal Of Honour Infiltrator

One Piece can be played with One Piece Unlimited Adventure controls.

Boktai 1, Boktai 2, Boktai 3, and Kirby's Tilt n Tumble, and WarioWare Twisted can be played with controls designed for them.

Zelda, Match Wii Controls

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All Zelda games use the same controls as Twilight Princess on the Wii or Gamecube. You can also connect a Classic Controller to use similar controls to the Ocarina Of Time for the Virtual Console, but with the R trigger acting as the B button and an inventory like Twilight Princess. With nothing plugged in to the Wii Remote, your configured controls are used instead.

The Wii Zelda controls are:

Swing your Wii Remote to draw or swing your sword. Press A to put your sword away again. The 2 handed sword can't be drawn this way, and must be drawn manually from the items menu, but you can swing it like normal.

Shake your Nunchuk to do a spin attack.

Use the Z Button to Z-Target and to draw and use your shield. While Z-Targetting you will sidestep in some games. If you have a Gust Jar equipped instead of a shield, it will be used for Z-Targetting.

Use the A Button to perform an action, such as rolling, talking to people, reading signs, picking things up, throwing things, shrinking or growing, pulling things, etc. It will also put away your sword or shield. In Zelda 2, it will jump.

Use the C Button to fast forward. It was originally the camera button in Twilight Princess.

Press the B Button to use the currently selected item. 3 other items will be mapped to Left, Down, and Right D-Pad buttons. Swap the currently selected item with one of those items by pressing that D-Pad button. The three slots correspond to the first 3 slots in your inventory. In Minish Cap, the D-Pad buttons use the item directly instead of swapping it with the B Button, and the B Button is the same as the down button. In Minish Cap the left item is always the Kinstones and the down and right items correspond to the B and A slots.

Up on the D-Pad talks to Midna, or to your hat. It will take you to the save screen in Link's Awakening, or to the secondary items screen in the Oracle games.

The 1 Button goes to the Map screen. The - Button goes to the Items screen. The + Button goes to the Quest Status screen

On the Items screen, choose an item and then press either the B Button or the D-Pad button to move it to that slot. The change may not be visible until you go to another screen and back. In Link's Awakening you can toggle Bomb Arrows by choosing the bombs and pressing Z. It will rumble for a short time when bomb arrows are deactivated, and for a long time when bomb arrows are activated. You still need to equip the bow to use bomb arrows. In Minish Cap you should be able to use the IR pointer function to select items.

The Gamecube controller Zelda controls are:

B is the sword button. Use it to draw or swing your sword. Hold B for a spin attack. Press A to put the sword away again. The 2 handed sword can't be drawn this way, and must be selected manually from the items screen, but can be swung with this (or any other) button.

Use the L Trigger to L-Target and to draw and use your shield. While L-Targetting you will sidestep in some games. If you have a Gust Jar equipped instead of a shield, it will be used for L-Targetting.

Use the A Button to perform an action, such as rolling, talking to people, reading signs, picking things up, throwing things, shrinking or growing, etc. It will also put away your sword or shield. In Zelda 2, it will jump.

Use the R Trigger to pull on blocks or walls, or to lift things. You must have a bracelet or gloves to lift some objects. The bracelet or gloves will be equipped automatically. This feature is unique to the Gamecube controller.

Use the right analog stick to fast forward. It was originally the camera control in Twilight Princess.

Press the X or Y buttons to use the two equipped items. These two items both share the B slot, except in Minish Cap where one is in the A slot. The item that was not used last will be in the first slot in your inventory.

Right on the D-Pad takes you to the map. Up on the D-Pad takes you to the items screen. Start takes you to the quest status screen.

The Z trigger talks to Midna, or to your hat. It will take you to the save screen in Link's Awakening, or to the secondary items screen in the Oracle games.

The Classic controller Zelda controls are:

B is the sword button. Use it to draw or swing your sword. Hold B for a spin attack. Press A to put the sword away again. The 2 handed sword can't be drawn this way, and must be selected manually from the items screen, but can be swung with this (or any other) button.

Use the L Trigger to L-Target and to draw and use your shield. While L-Targetting you will sidestep in some games. If you have a Gust Jar equipped instead of a shield, it will be used for L-Targetting.

Use the A Button to perform an action, such as rolling, talking to people, reading signs, picking things up, throwing things, shrinking or growing, pulling, etc. It will also put away your sword or shield. In Zelda 2, it will jump.

Use the ZL Button to fast forward.

Press the R Button to use the currently selected item. 3 other items will be mapped to Left, Down, and Right on the right analog stick. They are also mapped to ZR, Y, and X. Swap the currently selected item with one of those items by pressing that button or direction. The three slots correspond to the first 3 slots in your inventory. In Minish Cap, the D-Pad buttons use the item directly instead of swapping it with the B Button, and the B Button is the same as the down button. In Minish Cap the left item is always the Kinstones and the down and right items correspond to the B and A slots.

  • (Start) takes you to the subscreens.
  • (Select) takes you to the map or changes subscreens.

Up on the analog stick talks to Midna, or to your hat.

Mario, Match Wii Controls

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All Mario or Yoshi games use the same controls as Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii. You can also connect a Classic Controller to use similar controls to Super Mario World on the SNES.

The Wii Mario controls are:

Shake the Wii Remote to do a spin attack, or to shoot fireballs when you are fire Mario. In some games that have a spin attack, you will need to use the B Button instead to shoot fireballs. You can also dismount Yoshi by shaking.

Walk by moving the joystick a little, run by moving the joystick a lot.

A = jump B = shoot, run, hold on to things, yoshi's tongue, etc. Z = crouch or lay egg. Press Z while in the air to butt stomp. C = camera. Hold C to look around with the joystick. D-Pad = look around, or walk in some games + = pause 1 = throw egg if you are Yoshi

The Classic Controller Mario controls are:

Walk by moving the joystick a little, run by moving the joystick a lot.

B = jump A = spin attack X/Y = shoot, run, hold on to things, yoshi's tongue, etc. ZL or sometimes L = crouch or lay egg. Press in the air to butt stomp. + = pause L/R = look around (if the game supports it) ZR = fast forward (8-bit Game Boy only)

In Super Mario World and Super Mario Land 2, you can use the A or R buttons for a spin jump.

Yoshi's Universal Gravitation (Topsy Turvy), Match Wii Controls

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The controls are the same as all other Mario or Yoshi games, except that tilting the Wii Remote tilts the world and the screen. This affects everything in the world and also how you move.

Metroid, Match Wii Controls

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All Metroid games use the same controls as Metroid Prime 3: Corruption on the Wii. You aim up and down by pointing the Wii Remote up and down.

The Wii Metroid controls are:

Aim up and down by pointing the Wii Remote up and down.

Flick the Wii remote up while in Morph Ball to spring jump.

A = shoot B = jump Down on D-Pad = fire missile C = toggle Morph Ball - = start + = toggle super missiles 1 = map 2 = hint

TMNT, Match Wii Controls

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The TMNT games (except Battle Nexus) use the same controls as TMNT on Wii, or GameCube. With a Classic Controller they use the same controls as on the Playstation version.

The Wii TMNT controls are:

Shake the Wii Remote to attack or to throw away a weapon if in the air. Also shake to pick up a weapon.

Shake the Nunchuk to do a spin kick.

A = jump B = swap turtle, or charge attack B while pointing up = super family move C = roll Z = special move

Boktai, Match Wii Controls

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The 3 Boktai games use special controls that I created. They are not based on anything, since the real game uses a solar sensor.

The controls are the same with or without a Nunchuk.

The Wii Boktai controls are:

Point your Wii Remote at the sky to quickly charge your Gun Del Sol. Point your Wii Remote at the ground to block the sunlight and prevent it from charging or overheating. Or hold it like normal to use it like normal.

Press Home to set the real life weather in the emulator's game menu. Note that if it is night time in real life, there will not be any sun, regardless of what you set the weather to. Please set the weather honestly or it spoils the fun. Note that maximum sun is not actually the best, since it rots fruit, and overheats your gun. The weather must be set each time you play, it is not saved.

Swing your Wii Remote to swing your sword or other weapon, if you have one.

D-Pad or Nunchuk joystick walks.

Press B to fire your Gun Del Sol.

A = read signs, open chests, talk to people C or 2 = look around, or change subscreen (R) + = start - = select Z or 1 = change element, or change subscreen (L) 1 (if Nunchuk plugged in) = fast forward

WarioWare Twisted, Match Wii Controls

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WarioWare Twisted uses similar controls to the Gameboy game.

The Wii WarioWare Twisted controls are:

Rotate the Wii Remote to rotate.

Hold Z to lock the current menu item.

A = Select B = Cancel + = Start

Kirby's Tilt n Tumble, Match Wii Controls

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Kirby's Tilt n Tumble uses similar controls to the Gameboy game.

The Kirby Tilt n Tumble controls are:

Tilt the Wii Remote to tilt the world. Shake the Wii Remote to flick Kirby and the monsters up into the air.

A = shoot yourself out of holes in the ground, or jump from clouds.

Mortal Kombat, Match Wii Controls

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All Mortal Kombat games use the same controls as Mortal Kombat Armaggedon for the Wii, except that special moves gestures are not implemented yet.

The Mortal Kombat Wii controls are:

Use the Nunchuk joystick to move and jump.

D-Pad left = Low Punch D-Pad up = High Punch D-Pad down = Low Kick D-Pad right = High Kick Z = block A = throw C = change style, run, change costume or character + = pause - = change costume or character

Lego Star Wars, Match Wii Controls

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Both Lego Star Wars games use the same controls as Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga for the Wii.

The Lego Star Wars Wii controls are:

Swing the Wii Remote to swing your lightsaber. Flick the Wii Remote up to grapple.

A = Jump B = Shoot Z = Use the force, build lego C = Change characters, talk to people - = force power, special ability + = start 1/2 = fast forward

Harry Potter, Match Wii Controls

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All the Harry Potter games use the same controls as Harry Potter & The Order Of The Phoenix on the Wii. Spell gestures are not supported yet.

The Harry Potter Wii controls are:

Wave the Wii Remote to cast a spell. Nunchuk joystick walks. D-Pad changes subscreen in the map and navigates menu. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix you must use the IR Pointer to select where to cast a spell.

A = Talk, open door, push button, interract, etc. / Jinx B = Use your wand / charm / cancel Z = run (fast forward) / sneak C = show location name / flute / jump - = Maurauders map / Tasks + = pause / menu 1/2 = change spells

Medal of Honour, Match Wii Controls

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All the Medal of Honour games use the same controls as various Medal of Honour games and modes on the Wii.

The Medal of Honour Wii controls are:

In Medal of Honour Underground you turn by aiming with the Wii Remote IR pointer on the screen like any FPS game. In Medal of Honour Infiltrator, you don't.

Swing the Wiimote up to reload. Move with the Nunchuk joystick.

B = shoot - = use + = pause, objectives, menu 2 / D-Pad Up = reload D-Pad Left/Right = change weapons D-Pad Down = toggle crouch C = strafe 1 = run

One Piece, Match Wii Controls

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One Piece uses the same controls as One Piece Unlimited Adventure on the Wii or One Piece Grand Adventure (and others) on the Gamecube.

The One Piece Wii controls are:

A = attack B = jump - = change character + = pause C = dash (double click and hold) Z = grab 2 = fast forward 1 = select (maybe does nothing)

The One Piece Gamecube controls are:

A = attack X = attack up Y = jump B = grab R Trigger = change character start = pause L Trigger = dash (double click and hold) Z = grab right analog stick = fast forward 1 = select (maybe does nothing)

Kid Dracula, Match Wii Controls

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(There's no Kid Dracula game for the Wii, but this is a good opportunity to show off some fancy memory-swapping tricks. -libertyernie)

The Kid Dracula Wii controls (remote + nunchuk) are:

A = jump B = use selected weapon Z = use NOR weapon (fireball) C = use BAT weapon (turn into bat for 5 sec) + = pause - = switch item 1/2 = fast forward

The Kid Dracula Classic Controller controls are:

A/B = jump Y = use selected weapon X = use NOR weapon (fireball) R/ZR = use BAT weapon (turn into bat for 5 sec) + = pause - = switch item 1/2 = fast forward

In Kid Dracula, pressing the "fire" button will always shoot a small fireball, but holding the button for a second or so to charge up the shoot lets you use whichever item is selected.

Pressing B (nunchuk) or Y (classic) will switch back to whatever item was selected before you pressed Z/C (nunchuk) or X/R/ZR (classic), unless you have switched items since then.

CREDITS

        Coding & menu design        Tantric
        Codebase update & Goomba    libertyernie
        Menu screenshots            cebolleto
        GBA tiled rendering         bgK (for RetroArch)
        Additional coding           Carl Kenner, dancinninjac
        Menu artwork                the3seashells
        Menu sound                  Peter de Man

    VBA GameCube/Wii            SoftDev, emukidid

    Visual Boy Advance - M      VBA-M Team
    Visual Boy Advance          Forgotten
    libogc/devkitPPC            shagkur &amp; wintermute
    FreeTypeGX                  Armin Tamzarian

    And many others who have contributed over the years!

LINKS

                              VBAGX Web Site
                      https://github.com/dborth/vbagx

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