Discussion What is the best GBA emulator? Page 2

Started by calmpalm April 22nd, 2019 10:23 AM
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Kaasbaas

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I dont.
I patch the file and put in on my Revo K1 card and Im playing it on the Revo K101+.
There is nothing like playing real time, on a small screen lightweight handheld with fysical buttons.
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itsdarsh

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Please stop recommending VBA. It has not been updated since 2004, and GBA emulation has come a long way since then. As such, it is an inaccurate emulator and games that run fine on hardware may end up glitching on it, and vice versa. Thus, you may have bugs on VBA that you would not have on any other emulator, and chances are quite a few devs will ignore your bug reports if they're aware you're playing on VBA. It also has potential security vulnerabilities, but to be fair I don't know if the average user would ever have to worry about them. You should not be developing your hacks with VBA in mind, and VBA users should strongly consider upgrading if they want to play their favorite hacks.

VBA-M is a fine successor, but outside audio performance the most accurate emulator is mGBA. Whichever emulator you like more is up to you, but if you want your game to run on real hardware and want some semblance of a debugging environment then you should be testing on mGBA as much as possible.

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Please stop recommending VBA. It has not been updated since 2004, and GBA emulation has come a long way since then. As such, it is an inaccurate emulator and games that run fine on hardware may end up glitching on it, and vice versa. Thus, you may have bugs on VBA that you would not have on any other emulator, and chances are quite a few devs will ignore your bug reports if they're aware you're playing on VBA. It also has potential security vulnerabilities, but to be fair I don't know if the average user would ever have to worry about them. You should not be developing your hacks with VBA in mind, and VBA users should strongly consider upgrading if they want to play their favorite hacks.

VBA-M is a fine successor, but outside audio performance the most accurate emulator is mGBA. Whichever emulator you like more is up to you, but if you want your game to run on real hardware and want some semblance of a debugging environment then you should be testing on mGBA as much as possible.
I've tried all of these and I do agree that, performance and graphic-wise, mGBA is the best one out of all three.

The only caveat though, and the reason why I don't use it regularly, is because I (seemingly) can't remap the speed up button. It's so much easier to press space while walking to speed up movement instead of the default assigned Tab. If it had that feature, I'd switch in a heartbeat.
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If Your on pc definitely VBA if it’s android 100% myboy that’s just my suggestions/opinion though
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I've tried all of these and I do agree that, performance and graphic-wise, mGBA is the best one out of all three.

The only caveat though, and the reason why I don't use it regularly, is because I (seemingly) can't remap the speed up button. It's so much easier to press space while walking to speed up movement instead of the default assigned Tab. If it had that feature, I'd switch in a heartbeat.
You can change the key for speed up via Tools > Settings > Shortcuts and then under Emulation change the Fast Forward key.

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shen't
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You can change the key for speed up via Tools > Settings > Shortcuts and then under Emulation change the Fast Forward key.
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mGBA, Pizza Boy GBA or RetroArch's mGBA core for mobile/elsewhere. Like seriously there is no contest. VBA and even VBA-M are based on code that is both slower and less accurate. I could probably point out the flaws of every single other mention here, but to put it short most on PC tend to use outdated emus due to being used to them. You hear more anger about this in the SNES realm because ZSNES has people that still use it, which is a worse case than VBA (outside of that one security hole).

I used to be rather angry about this and even made a post or two in tutorials about it, but I've calmed down about the situation since then. Some still use old emus due to aged devices after all.

TheUltimatePokemaster

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Visual Boy Advance is my favourite gba/gbc emulator but it's not really the best but I would consider it the best.
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VBA is horribly outdated & inaccurate and has caused crashes that don't occur whilst using emus such as mGBA.. I would recommend switching to mGBA if you're using VBA

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mgba for Windows and RetroArch mgba core for Android. VBA is fine, but it isn't a very accurate emulator since it is still not as accurate as the mentioned emulators.

(Please stop using VBA if you're creating a romhack or else you'll suffer the consequences of being only able to play your game in an old and insecure emulator)
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