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About Visual Boy Advance

This tutorial is to help you via Visual Boy Advance on Windows. It"s taken into consideration by the majority of civilization to be the #1 emulator for Game Boy Advance. It wasn"t the first Game Boy Advance emulator, yet the initially to become renowned. It comes equipped via all the usual attributes we expect emulators to have actually such as display screen filters, cheats, and display screen recording. Emulation top quality is nearly perfect. In addition to Game Boy Advance, Visual Boy Advance additionally supports emulating various other classical Game Boy units. Those systems incorporate Video Game Boy Classic, Super Video Game Boy, and also Game Boy Color.

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The original Visual Boy Advance was last updated in 2005. Luckily, others have actually picked up the torch and continued updating it under the name “VisualBoyAdvance-M” (or “Visual Boy Advance Merged”). This tutorial concentrates on VisualBoyAdvance-M. Tbelow is exceptionally bit difference between the original Visual Boy Advance and the Merged variation. Hence, this tutorial deserve to still be supplied for either version.

*If you would certainly prefer to download VisualBoyAdvance-M, I have it on my emulators web page.

Should you usage Visual Boy Advance?

With all the emulator offerings as of 2021, have to you usage Visual Boy Advance (or VisualBoyAdvance-M)? Well, it depends. mGBA is a promising emulator offering cycle-accurcy. RetroArch, a renowned multi-device emulator, is a great alternative for bundling GBA emulation through 40+ various other video game units. These emulators are still in advancement, unlike Visual Boy Advance which has been abandoned.

Visual Boy Advance still supplies practicality and also simplicity. It"s basic to use and also provides more features than mGBA. If you want a standalone emulator that "just works out of the box", Visual Boy Advance is still an excellent alternative. And make sure not to wrongly downpack the classical Visual Boy Advance from 2005 - you must be making use of VisualBoyAdvance-M.


Visual Boy Advance is a standalone program so it does not have actually an install wizard. Installation is simple: just extract Visual Boy Advance from its zip file. Not certain how to extract zip files? Here"s a video clip tutorial showing you how: exactly how to unzip files on Windows.

IMPORTANT! Visual Boy Advance need to be put in a widespread folder on your computer. I recommend Documents, Downloads, or produce a folder on your desktop. If you place Visual Boy Advance somewhere else on your major C drive, then you might be restricting it to read-only access. Doing so stays clear of Visual Boy Advance from saving anypoint.

To open Visual Boy Advance (VisualBoyAdvance-M), double-click


Setting up the key-board or gamepad

Click on Options > Input > Set > Config 1, as displayed below:
You"ll arrive at the configuration display shown listed below. The keyboard tricks in watch are the present switch configuration.
To reconfigure a button, click on the white area and push the new keyboard essential or gamepad switch you desire it set to. Repeat the procedure for all buttons you want to be adjusted. Click OK once you"re done.

Loading a game

Note that you have the right to location your games wherever you desire. Typically, human being area them in the exact same folder as Visual Boy Advance.

To load a game:


Click on File. Then click on the type of game you desire to load: Open GBA - open a Video Game Boy Advance ROM. Open GBC - open up a Game Boy Color ROM. Open GB - open up a Game Boy Classic ROM. The game will certainly start playing instantly.

Q: d3dx9_41.dll is missing?

Upon opening Visual Boy Advance, you could obtain this error:

The program can"t start bereason d3dx9_41.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to deal with this problem.

You must install the complete DirectX package. You can download it here: DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer (284 KB). This installer promises to install all the tradition records that correct worries such as this.

Display filters (pixel filters)

Display filters boost graphics to make them look better than the actual thing! You can access this function by clicking Options > Pixel Filter > Select Filter Plugin, as presented here:


You"ll arrive at the list of display filters . Select one and click OK. Open a game and also you will certainly see the display filter used.

The filters

Here are previews of some of these filters:

GBA shade correction

Before & after shade correction in Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance

As we all understand, the original Game Boy Advance lacked a backlit display. This made games difficult to check out. Game developers responded by making colors extremely bbest. While this helps through the genuine point, it have the right to be an eyesore as soon as playing games on your computer system.

Visual Boy Advance has a feature that attempts to correct these bright colors. You can permit it by going to Options > Gameboy > Gameboy Colors, as displayed here .

Save states

Save states is a function that saves the exact spot you are in any kind of game. You can use this attribute manually by going into the Documents food selection or by quick keyboard shortcuts.

Capturing a state: To capture a save state go to File > Save Game and also select any of the 10 slots. These slots are reserved to enable you to conserve as much as 9 different save says. The key-board shortcut for conserving states is Shift+F1 to conserve in Slot 1.Loading a state: To load a state you previously conserved, go to File > Load Game. Then choose the slot where your conserve stays. The key-board shortcut for loading saves is F1 to pack from Slot 1.

*All the RPG shrines in my sell finish collections of periodical game saves. With them, you deserve to proceed at any type of substantial suggest in the game. I market a Game Saves Tutorial wright here you have the right to learn even more around just how to use somebody else"s conserves. You can additionally learn around just how to carry conserves between various other emulators.

Quick forward

Rapid forward is the attribute that speeds up the game. To accessibility it, go to Options > Speed > Throttle and choose a percentage above 100%, as presented right here . If that"s as well fast, you have the right to pick Other to enter a practice percent. To lug the game earlier to normal speed, choose No throttle.


Visual Boy Advance lets you cheat making use of your favorite Gameshark or Codebreaker codes. It"s simple. To put in Gameshark codes:

First, go to Cheats > List, as displayed below:
Click OK as soon as you"re done. Click OK to leave the Cheats window. Now restart the game so the cheats have the right to take impact.

Finding cheats: is a good website. The next ideal resource is Google. The finest search keywords to use is to form the name of the game then “game genie”. For example: “super mario world game genie”.

Capturing display screen shots

Ssuggest push the F12 key and also Visual Boy Advance will certainly drop a display screen shot into the same brochure wright here your video game ROM resides. It will certainly save the screen swarm as a PNG picture.

You could additionally go to Documents > Screen Capture, yet pressing F12 is far simpler.

Capturing sound

Go to Tools > Record > Start Sound Recording. Choose a filename, then click Save for the recording to start. Expect Visual Boy Advance to lag a small little bit. But rest assured, the sound it"s recording will not sound choppy choose that. When you"re done recording, go to Tools > Record > Sheight Sound Recording.

To edit your sound file you can usage this free sound editor: Audicity. And to convert it to MP3 usage WinLAME (it"s 1.50 MB).

Capturing movies

Go to Tools > Record > Start AVI Recording. Choose a filename, then click Save for the recording to start. Expect Visual Boy Advance to lag a little bit. But rest assured, the movie it"s recording will not come out choppy like that. When you"re done recording, go to Tools > Record > Soptimal AVI Recording.

Visual Boy Advance supplies a quite obscure codec for its AVI recordings that Windows does not acknowledge on its own. So here"s what you deserve to perform about that:

If your plan is to uppack the AVI recording to YouTube, YouTube will accept it despite its obscure codec. But it"s a different story if you want to edit the recording first.

Finding ROMs

In my links web page, I have actually some great web links to sites wbelow you deserve to downfill ROMs. If you desire to try to find even more sites than what"s in my repertoire of links, just Google approximately. For example, if you want to downpack Advance Wars simply Google “downfill advance wars gba”.

Patching ROM hacks

Learn all around patching ROMs via ROM hacks in my Patching Tutorial. Note that the finest place to find ROM hacks is

Q: I gain the error “Saved data is corrupted”

Upon loading a game (particularly a Pokemon game) you can obtain this error: “Saved data is corrupted”. Here"s just how to deal with this:

Delete any SRM or SAV records associated via the game that is providing you this error. For example, if your ROM is dubbed “Pokemon Leaf Environment-friendly (U).zip” then you"ll see “Pokemon Leaf Environment-friendly (U).srm” or “Pokemon Leaf Environment-friendly (U).sav” in the exact same folder wbelow the ROM resides. Delete them.Extract “vba-over.ini” from the zip file you simply downloaded and also location it in the very same magazine that Visual Boy Advance stays.Move the ROM of the game you"re trying to play to Visual Boy Advance"s magazine.Open Visual Boy Advance (if it"s currently open, close it and re-open up it). Go to Options > Emulator > Save Type and make certain Automatic and also Flash 64k are selected; as shown right here.Load the game and you must no much longer watch that error.

Q: Cheat codes aren"t functioning in Pokemon!

People have reported having an excellent deal of trouble obtaining cheats to work-related particularly via the Pokemon games. If you review the section on utilizing cheats and you"re still unable to acquire cheats to occupational, examine out this short article at PokemonCoders: How to Fix Not Working and also Glitchy Cheats for Pokemon GBA Gamings.

Q: VBA isn"t conserving anything!

If you"re utilizing Visual Boy Advance for the initially time and you"re finding that you have all these problems:

Save claims aren"t working. You save a state, then as soon as you try to repack it nopoint happens. In an RPG once you save your game at a conserve allude and close/re-open up Visual Boy Advance, you find that the conserve is lost.

Then your trouble is that you presently have actually Visual Boy Advance in a read-just place on your computer. You should relocate Visual Boy Advance to an extra common place such as Documents, Downloads, or a folder on your desktop computer.

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