VGBA for Android

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  1. fms

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    Hello, All!

    The new VGBAnext 1.4.6 release is up and ready for you to try:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    Whoever asked me to make VGBAnext periodically save your gameplay, your request has been granted. Use the "General | Save Emulation State" option to enable this feature. I have also fixed Aladdin games and made another small step toward making NES Classics games work.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added ability to periodically save gameplay.
    * Added "General | Save Emulation State" selector.
    * Removed "General | Save State on Exit" option.
    * Added 14bit EEPROM setting for Aladdin (all versions).
    * Disabled FlashROM for all NES Classics games.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    I have just published VGBAnext 5.2, adding several important fixes to the GameBoy Color and GameBoy Classic emulation:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    The infamous DI+HALT bug will no longer occur if the DI instruction immediately precedes HALT. This fixed several more games and let me enable DI+HALT emulation by default. You may have to reinstall the app to get the new default settings though. Also, starting with this release, the version numbering will be based on the VGBA version numbers. Yes, this means VGBA 5.2 has also been released today, free for Windows and Linux:

    http://fms.komkon.org/VGBA/ -- main website
    http://fms.komkon.org/VGBA/VGBA52-Windows-bin.zip -- free Windows binary
    http://fms.komkon.org/VGBA/VGBA52-Ubuntu-x86-bin.zip -- free Linux binary

    CHANGES IN VGBAnext:
    * Version numbering now based on VGBA releases!
    * Released free VGBA 5.2 for Windows and Linux.
    * Disabled GBZ80 DI+HALT bug when DI occurs right before HALT.
    * Enabled GBZ80 DI+HALT emulation by default (reinstall app to activate).
    * Added support for cartridge type 0x97 (Karate Joe).
    * Robocop runs with DI+HALT emulation enabled now.
    * The Smurfs runs with default settings now.
    * Thunderbirds runs with default settings now.

    CHANGES IN VGBA:
    * Added 14bit EEPROM setting for Aladdin (all versions).
    * Disabled FlashROM for all NES Classics games.
    * Fixed FlashROM/EEPROM size selection menu in VGBA-Windows.
    * Added "Play Sound When Inactive" option to VGBA-Windows.
    * Added "Clear File Associations" option to VGBA-Windows.
    * Made color raster effects stronger.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    The new VGBAnext 5.2.1 is out on the Google Play tonight:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    This update fixes the Freeze/Restore dialog crashes, reported by some IUNI phone users, and adds 10 new games to the Cheatopedia, including Silent Scope, Spy Hunter, and Simpsons.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed Freeze/Restore dialog crashes (reported on IUNI devices).
    * Added 10 more games to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added cheats for Sigma Star Saga and Snood.
    * Added cheats for Silent Scope and Soccer Kid.
    * Added cheats for Simpsons Road Rage and Spy Hunter.
    * Added cheats for Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace.
    * Added cheats for Spirit Stallion Of The Cimarron.
    * Added cheats for Spy Kids Challenger.
    * Added cheats for Smuggler's Run.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    I have just published VGBAnext 5.2.2, my universal GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    I have fixed the missing FAB button and added an option to hide the on-screen FFWD button (as requested by several people). Also added cheats for 21 new GBC/GB games, including Jungle Book, Inspector Gadget, Hunt For The Red October, Judge Dredd, Home Alone, and Jurassic Park.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added option to hide FFWD button ("General | Show FFWD Button").
    * Fixed disappearing FAB button.
    * Now disabling FAB button by default on AndroidTV devices.
    * Added 21 new GBC/GB entries to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added cheats for Head On and Heavyweight Championship Boxing.
    * Added cheats for Hoyle Casino and Hello Kitty Cube Frenzy.
    * Added cheats for HexCite and Hot Wheels Stunt Track Driver.
    * Added cheats for Horrible Demon 2 and Itchy And Scratchy.
    * Added cheats for Inspector Gadget and Hunt For Red October.
    * Added cheats for James Bond 007 and Judge Dredd.
    * Added cheats for Jim Henson's Muppets and Joe And Mac.
    * Added cheats for two Home Alone games.
    * Added cheats for two Jungle Book games.
    * Added cheats for two Jurassic Park games.
    * Added cheats for Jeff Gordon's Racing.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    The VGBAnext 5.2.3 release is now available on Google Play:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    Starting with this release, you can place shortcuts to your favorite GBA games to the Android home screen. Simply hold your finger on a game entry in the File Selector and choose "Add to Home Screen" option from the popup menu. Similarly, in the State Selector, you can hold each individual saved state entry to delete it. I have also fixed a bunch of things under the hood. See below for the complete list.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Add home screen shortcuts via File Selector context menu.
    * Long press to delete state in the State Selector.
    * State Selector now starts with autosaved slot selected.
    * Fixed error messages when screenshots not found in State Selector.
    * Fixed individual slot heights in State Selector.
    * Fixed State Selector crashes (reported on IUNI devices).
    * Refactored and simplified all EMULib activities.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    Tonight's VGBAnext 5.2.4 adds a way to assign special functions (menu, fast-forwarding, save, restore, rewind, etc.) to the hardware buttons found on your Android device:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    Special function assignments are done via the "Input | Assign Special Keys" screen. This new screen supersedes the media key toggles in the "General" section. The high-frequency noise effects should now become quieter, since most of their output falls outside the audible range. I have also majorly refactored both Java and native sides of the code and added a FAB button to the Settings that lets you rate VGBAnext. Don't despair if you consider it rubbish: the button disappears forever once you press it at least once :)

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added "Input | Assign Special Keys" setting.
    * Use new setting to assign functions (menu, ffwd, etc) to hardware keys.
    * Removed "General | Use PLAY/RECORD Media Keys" option.
    * Removed "General | Use FFWD/REWIND Media Keys" option.
    * Fixed volume for high-frequency white noise.
    * Added a "Rate Me" FAB button to the Settings (disappears when pressed).
    * Cleaned up the Java side, removing deprecated code.
    * Merged pre-Gingerbread and post-Gingerbread native code.
    * Removed some debug messages from the native side.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    I have just published VGBAnext 5.2.5, a new version of my universal GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Color, and GameBoy Classic emulator:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    Starting with this release, you can have separate virtual joystick layouts in portrait and landscape modes. Simply go to the "Settings | Input | Editor Joystick Layout" and set your buttons separately, for portrait and landscape: the Layout Editor will now always rotate as you change the device orientation.

    I have also added a new icon that only shows GBA, so that the main app function is more clear to the potential user. Of course, VGBAnext also emulates GBC and GB, so this is just an icon change. Finally, I have added cheats for 11 more GameBoy Classic games, including Killer Instinct, King Of Fighters '95, and Kid Icarus. See below for all the changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added a new, more clear icon.
    * Layout Editor got separate layouts for landscape and portrait modes.
    * Fixed Layout Editor to always save changes before emulation resumes.
    * Made Layout Editor always rotate when device rotated.
    * Added cheats for 11 GameBoy Classic games.
    * Added Karate Joe, Kingdom Crusade and Karateka to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Kattobi Road, KOF'95 and Kid Dracula to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Kid Icarus, Killer Instinct and Killer Tomatoes to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Ken Griffey's MLB and King Of The Ring to Cheatopedia.
    * Fixed missing game IDs in the Cheatopedia.
    * Removed garbage from the Cheatopedia.
    * Removed outdated org.apache.http.* API from the State Exchange.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    I've just published VGBAnext 5.2.6, the new version of my universal GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Color, and GameBoy Classic emulator for Android:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    This release improves the Joystick Layout Editor, bringing back the decorative backgrounds. It also adds cheats for 8 new GBA games and 13 new GBC/GB games, including two Street Fighter games, four Konami Collection packages, and many others. Finally, I removed the unused ChartBoost library from the package, since it took space and could trigger Google's automated ad checks.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Enabled backdrops in the Layout Editor.
    * Added "SCREEN" label to the Layout Editor.
    * Removed dormant ChartBoost SDK library.
    * Added cheats for 8 more GBA games.
    * Added two GBA SSX games to Cheatopedia.
    * Added two GBA Street Fighter games to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Super Duper Sumos and Monkey Ball to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Street Jam Basketball to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Super Dodgeball to Cheatopedia.
    * Added cheats for 13 more GBC/GB games.
    * Added Klax and Klustar to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Knight Quest and Land Before Time to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Knockout Kings and Lazlo's Leap to Cheatopedia.
    * Added four Konami Collection Games to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Konami NFL Football to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Las Vegas Cool Hand to Cheatopedia.
    * Added Last Action Hero to Cheatopedia.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    I have published VGBAnext 5.2.7 this morning:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    This release adds the ability to disable overscan margins on AndroidTV devices (if you have a system-wide overscan setting). I also fixed the file search and fast-scroll indexing in the File Selector, and made VGBAnext better integrate with third-party file managers, like ES File Explorer or Astro. See below for all the changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added "General | Add Overscan Margins" option for AndroidTV.
    * Fixed File Search feature on newer Androids.
    * Fixed fast-scroll index in the File Selector.
    * Fixed missed item clicks in the File Selector.
    * Fixed dashed lines display in the Layout Editor.
    * Declared emulation activities enabled for external use.
    * Adjusted portrait background image in the Layout Editor.
    * Optimized default preferences update on startup.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    The new VGBAnext 5.2.8 adds cheats for 18 more games and fixes the menus on AndroidTV devices:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    Don't forget that in order to open the menu on AndroidTV, you need to press both thumbsticks down, while inside the emulator. Please, tell me know if this feature works for you or not.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Menu should now work on AndroidTV.
    * Added a menu workaround for Google's political idiocy.
    * Added cheats for 18 more GBC/GB games.
    * Added cheats for four Looney Tunes games.
    * Added cheats for two River King games.
    * Added cheats for two Little Mermaid games.
    * Added cheats for two Lion King games.
    * Added cheats for LEGO Alpha Team and Lock'n'Chase.
    * Added cheats for Lemmings and Little Monster.
    * Added cheats for Lethal Weapon and Lunar Lander.
    * Added cheats for Little Nicky, Lucky Luke, and Loopz.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    Here is another quick release of VGBAnext 5.2.9, my universal GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Color, and GameBoy Classic emulator:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    In this release, I have finally managed to make the menus work on AndroidTV, by replacing the regular options menu with the context menu. This fix has been tested on my other emulator, fMSX, and found working. To open a menu inside the emulator, press two thumbsticks at the same time. Starting with this release, you can also assign the cheats toggle function to a hardware key of your choice, via the "Input | Assign Special Keys" option.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Once again fixed the menu on AndroidTV, hopefully for good.
    * Replaced options menu with context menu for AndroidTV.
    * Added "Toggle cheats" special key function.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    I have pushed the next VGBAnext release to the Google Play:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    VGBAnext 5.2.10 fixes several issues in the Joystick Layout Editor reported by multiple users. Starting with this release, the gamepad buttons and the screen rectangle will no longer shift, they should stay exactly where you placed them.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed Joystick Layout Editor!
    * No more unexpected button placement.
    * Custom screen rectangle goes where it should go now.
    * Button labels will not distort when custom screen selected.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    VGBAnext 5.3 is now in the Google Play and ready for you to try:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    This update switches accelerated video rendering from GLES1 to GLES2, improving performance and opening a way for special effect shaders in the future. To enable accelerated video, check the "Video | Accelerated Video" option. I am also continuing to make VGBAnext more usable for the AndroidTV owners and other people without touchscreens. Starting with this version, most features (starting with Cheatopedia) will use the X button to apply changes, Y button to discard them. Finally, I have added cheats for 10 more GBA games, including VirtuaTennis, Urban Yeti, and Wrestlemania. See below for the complete list of changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Switched to OpenGLES2 rendering for accelerated video.
    * OpenGLES2 is faster and allows for future special effects.
    * Press X to apply cheats, Y to discard them in Cheatopedia.
    * Press X to apply changes, Y to reset them in Cheat Editor.
    * Press X to apply changes, Y to reset them in Palette Editor.
    * Now disabling Joystick Layout Editor on devices with no touchscreen.
    * Added cheats for 10 more games to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added cheats for Crazy Castle 5, Tweety, Ultimate Muscle.
    * Added cheats for VirtuaTennis, Urban Yeti, Wild Thornberrys.
    * Added cheats for Virtual Kasparov, Wakeboarding, Wrestlemania.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    VGBAnext 5.3.2, released today, fixes GLES2 rendering bug on devices with older Mali GPUs and adds Cheatopedia cheats for nine more GBA games:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added cheats for 9 more GBA games.
    * Added cheats for Counter Punch.
    * Added cheats for Yggdra Union: We Never Fight Alone.
    * Added cheats for Ace Combat and American Idol.
    * Added cheats for Batman Begins and Boxing Fever.
    * Added cheats for Buffy: Wrath Of The Darkhul King.
    * Added cheats for Land Before Time (European).
    * Added cheats for Alien Hominid (European).

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    Today's VGBAnext 5.3.3 release adds high-quality GLES2-accelerated scanline effects:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    In order to see the new effects, make sure you enable "Video | Hardware Acceleration" and select wanted effect via "Video | Scanline Effect". To join the current Pokemon Go frenzy, I have also added new cheats for the original Pokemon Red, Blue, Gold, and Silver GameBoy games and fixed some errors in the existing cheat codes for these games. Please note that for a lot of these cheats, you have to disable the cheat after activating it once. The changes to your game stats will stay.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added high-quality scanline shader effects.
    * Enable "Video | Hardware Acceleration" to see new effects.
    * Select effect via "Video | Scanline Effect".
    * Added many new cheats for original Pokemon games.
    * Fixed errors and corruption in existing cheat lists.
    * Added new cheats for Pokemon Red, Blue, Gold, and Silver.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    The new VGBAnext 5.3.4 adds accelerated EPX and EAGLE scaling with GLES2 shaders, as well as GLES2-accelerated color raster effects:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    To see the new scalers, make sure you have "Video | Hardware Acceleration" enabled, then select a scaling algorithm via "Video | Scale Video". Color raster effects can be selected via "Video | Color Mask" and combined with scalers and scanline effects. See below for all the changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added EPX and EAGLE scaling algorithms using GLES2 shaders.
    * Enable "Video | Hardware Acceleration" to see new algorithms.
    * Select scaling algorithm via "Video | Scale Video".
    * Added color raster effects using GLES2 shaders.
    * Select color raster effect via "Video | Color Mask".

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    Today's VGBAnext 5.3.5 release adds GLES2 shaders for 2xSAI and Scale2x scaling algorithms:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    You can select these scalers via "Video | Scale Video" setting. Both scalers are also available in CPU-only flavor, if you disable GLES2 acceleration.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added 2xSAI and Scale2X scaling algorithms using GLES2 shaders.
    * Enable "Video | Hardware Acceleration" to see new algorithms.
    * Select 2xSAI algorithm via "Video | Scale Video".
    * Added CPU-only Scale2X algorithm implementation.
    * Optimized EPX and EAGLE scaling shaders.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    This week's VGBAnext 5.3.6 release adds a collection of old-school CRT color filters and an option to stop Android Gallery from indexing folders with your game screenshots:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    Many users complained that GameBoy game screenshots, saved by VGBAnext, will show up in the Android Gallery app, since the system treats them as normal photos. To stop Android from finding your screenshots, uncheck the "In Android Gallery" option in the File Selector menu. Do this for every folder where your games are.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added "In Android Gallery" option to File Selector menu.
    * Uncheck it to stop Android Gallery from indexing the current folder.
    * Added Monochrome, Green, Amber, and Sepia color filters.
    * Select your color filter via "Video | Color Filter".
    * Renamed "Color Mask" option to "Color Filter".
    * Fixed TV scanlines and raster settings.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    The newest VGBA 5.3 is now available free for Windows and Linux:

    http://fms.komkon.org/VGBA/

    This release adds Scale2x scaling algorithm and color filters for simulating monochrome, sepia, green, and amber CRT screens. I have already introduced these features in VGBAnext for Android and am now rolling them out for the free Windows and Linux versions.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added Scale2X scaling algorithm.
    * Added Monochrome, Green, Amber, and Sepia CRT emulation.
    * Added -scale2x and -raster command line options.
    * Added -mono, -sepia, -green, and -amber command line options.
    * EMULib-specific command line options now processed inside EMULib.
    * Added "Scale2x Algorithm" and "LCD Raster" options on Windows.
    * Renamed "Color Raster" menu to "Color Filter" on Windows.
    * Deprecated -notv and -nolcd command line options.

    Enjoy!
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    Hello, All!

    Made a quick release of VGBAnext 5.3.7 today:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

    This release adds a bunch of new Pokemon Fire Red cheats and excludes VGBAnext's default folder from Android media indexing. The emulator uses its default folder (/sdcard/VGBAnext) when it cannot save game states and screenshots to the same folder where games are. These screenshots should no longer show up in Android Gallery, unless you manually enable media indexing by checking the "In Android Gallery" option.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Released free VGBA 5.3 and VGB 5.0 for Windows and Linux.
    * Added new cheats for Pokemon Fire Red.
    * Automatically excluding /sdcard/VGBAnext from media indexing.

    Have fun!

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