Vba Tutorial Emulator (Gameboy Advance Emulator)

About Visual Boy Advance
This tutorial is to help you with Visual Boy Advance. Visual Boy Advance is considered by most people to be the #1 emulator for Gameboy Advance. It’s emulation quality is practically perfect. It comes equipped with all the usual features we expect emulators to have.

Extracting & Placement

I suggest you make a new folder called “Gameboy Advance” within a folder called “Emulation”. You don’t have to, but it makes things a little easier for you if you’re not too computer literate. Extract all the contents of this emulator’s zip file into the Gameboy Advance folder. If you don’t know how to extract files from a zip file then read this. Put all of your Gameboy Advance ROMs into the Gameboy Advance folder too. Visual Boy Advance has zip support, so you do not have to extract ROMs from their zip files. Double-click on “VisualBoyAdvance” (the file with the purple GBA icon) to open it.

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Setting up the keyboard or gamepad

1. Go to Options > Joypad > Configure > 1…, as shown here.

2. You will arrive here. By default, automatic reconfiguration is enabled, so just press away and all your keys will be reconfigured. It starts at the top where the highlight is, at “Up”. When you’re done click Ok.

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Loading a game

Click on the File menu then Open, or press Ctrl+O. If you placed Visual Boy Advance in the same folder as your games then you will see them there. Double-click on a game to play it.

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Save states

Save states is a feature that saves the exact spot you are in a game.

• Once a game is open, go to File > Save Game > 1, as shown here. Or you can just press Shift+F1. Visual Boy Advance allows you to save up to 10 different states per game.

• When you wish to recall your saved state, go to File > Load Game > 1. Or you can just press F1.

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Screen filters (video modes)

My favorite part! Screen filters makes the graphics looke nice and smooth. To enable them:

1. Before you enable a screen render you need to enlarge the screen. Go to Options > Video > x2.

2. Then to enable a screen render, go to Options > Filter, and then choose which ever one you’d like. Look below for thumbnails of the best looking filters.

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Full screen mode

To enable full screen mode:
1. First you need to enable “Fullscreen stretch to fit” or else the game screen will not completely expand to fill the screen. To do so, choose Options > Video > Fullscreen stretch to fit.
2. Next choose Options > Video > Full screen (640×480). To exit full screen mode, choose Options > Video > 2x.

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Screen capture

Simply press F12 and Visual Boy Advance will drop a screen shot into the same directory where Visual Boy Advance resides. By default it saves the screen shot as a PNG image.

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Improving sound

Enabling the “Low pass filter” helps improve the sound quality. To enable it go to Options > Sound > Low pass filter.

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Visual Boy Advance lets you cheat using your favorite Gameshark or Codebreaker codes. It’s easy. To put in Gameshark codes:

1. First go to Cheats > Cheat list… to bring up the cheats window.

2. Next click on the Gameshark button. In the little window that pops up, fill in the “Description” and “Code” boxes.

3. Click OK when you’re done. Then click OK to exit the Cheats window. Then restart the game so the cheats can take effect.

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Finding cheats

Just go to Gameshark.com. :) If you don’t find anything worthwhile there, maybe Google can help. Search with keywords like “golden sun gameshark”.

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Sound & movie capture

Visual Boy Advance has the ability to capture sound as WAV or capture your game play as an AVI movie clip.


To record sound:

1. Go to Tools > Record > Start Sound Recording…

2. Choose a filename, then click Save for the recording to begin. Expect Visual Boy Advance to lagg a little bit. But rest assured that the sound it’s recording won’t sound nasty and skippy.

3. When you’re done recording what you wanted, go to Tools > Record > Stop Sound Recording…. To edit the sound you can use this free sound editor: Audicity. And to convert it to MP3 use WinLame.


To record a movie:

1. Go to Tools > Record > Start AVI Recording…

2. Choose a filename, then click Save for the recording to begin. Expect Visual Boy Advance to lagg a little bit. But rest assured that the movie it’s recording won’t come out nasty and choppy.

3. When you’re done recording what you wanted, go to Tools > Record > Stop AVI Recording…. To edit the movie you can use Windows Movie Maker.

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