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Discussion What is the best GBA emulator?

Started by calmpalm April 22nd, 2019 10:23 AM
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Any tips?
For windows, i suggest you visual boy advance, widely used by a lot of people.
If you are android guy, MyBoy! is the best. Purchasing the paid version doesnt gives you much so free version is better. John GBA is good too, but i prefer MyBoy!

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I'd say Visual Boy Advance-M

as it's the most commonly used.

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The problem with the original VBA is that it hasn't been developed further for over a decade. That resulted into people forking the project and creating their own modifications. VBA-m being the most prominent one out there. If you go for an emulator, go for that one.

On Android I use Retroarch with a GBA core (can't say with one on the top of my head). It's a little bit tricky to set up and Android does some weird things that require certain habits, but I think it's worth the effort. I mean, it's free as well, so you can't really complain.

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I'll second mGBA or VBA-m x

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only reason to use VBA-M is because of sound engine accuracy IIRC, and I don’t know if that’s still true these days. generally speaking mGBA takes the cake for accuracy, so it’s objectively better use.
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VBA is a solid choice, but even if it is not that updated, It takes care of most of your needs.
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only reason to use VBA-M is because of sound engine accuracy IIRC, and I don’t know if that’s still true these days. generally speaking mGBA takes the cake for accuracy, so it’s objectively better use.
As someone whose hack is heavily dependent on proper audio emulation, I can say that it's still true. mGBA produces lower quality audio than actual hardware. I'd say that VBA-M's audio quality might be too good to be accurate, but it's still far superior.

Outside of that, mGBA has it beaten in spades. It's generally the best GBA emulator out there, and that's not likely to change for the foreseeable future.
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