VGBA for Android

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  1. fms

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    It might have been a tiny fix I had to roll out: in this case, it would not show up in the detailed log.
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    Oh ok man gl with this project
  3. fms

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    Hello, All!

    After getting an AndroidTV device (ADT-1), I have been improving VGBAnext for AndroidTV and other gamepad-only Android devices. The newest VGBAnext 1.3.1 adds many optimizations that will make your big-screen gameplay enjoyable:

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

    First of all, I have added the overscan padding, required to make application fit your TV screen. I have also changed the application banner so that it looks sharper and more similar to built-in app banners.

    On the gamepad front, you should now be able to exit emulation with the BACK key and open the menu with the MODE key. If your gamepad has no MODE or MENU keys, just press A+BACK for the menu. Furthermore, if your gamepad has no SELECT or START keys, X and Y will do their job now.

    The key mapping dialog ("Settings | Input | Assign Keys") has also been changed. Pressing the same key twice unmaps it, pressing it three times confirms the dialog. You can still cancel the dialog with the BACK key at any time.

    As this release contains some major UI changes, I would especially like to know of any problems you are having with it. Please, either email me or post to the EMUL8 discussion forum:

    https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/emul8

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Optimized app for AndroidTV, tested on the ADT-1 box.
    * Added overscan border on AndroidTV devices.
    * Added hints to the emulator and key mapping dialog.
    * Fixed crashes on devices with no web browser (e.g. ADT-1).
    * Replaced AndroidTV banner image.
    * Enabled gamepad-only emulation interface.
    * Press BACK on gamepad to exit emulation.
    * Press MODE or BUTTON_A+BACK to open menu.
    * Press BUTTON_X if you have no SELECT button.
    * Press BUTTON_Y if you have no START button.
    * Xperia CIRCLE button now acts as BUTTON_B.
    * Redesigned key mapping dialog.
    * Press same key twice to remove it from assignments.
    * Press same key three times to confirm key mappings.
    * DPAD_CENTER key no longer confirms key mappings.

    Enjoy :)
  4. fms

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    Hello, All!

    The new VGBAnext 1.3.2 is now available from Google Play:

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

    This release adds "Reset All Settings" option that lets you return to default settings without having to reinstall the app. For people with gamepads, R1 shoulder button now invokes the context menu in the File Selector. Finally, I have added six more games to the Cheatopedia.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added "General | Reset All Settings" option.
    * Pressing BUTTON_R1 now invokes File Selector context menu.
    * Added Super Robot Taisen J cheats to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Namco Museum cheats to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added NASCAR Heat 2002 cheats to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added NBA Jam 2002 cheats to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Spirits And Spells cheats to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added Tarzan: Return To The Jungle cheats to the Cheatopedia.

    Have fun!
  5. fms

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    In the new VGBAnext 1.3.3 release, I cleaned up several virtual gamepad skins and switched to Material Design action bar icons throughout the app:

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

    If you still see a non-material piece of the UI anywhere, please, let me know. I have also added cheat codes for 7 more GameBoy Advance games and 12 more GameBoy Classic games. See below for the complete list.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added Material Design icons everywhere.
    * Retouched virtual gamepad images.
    * Added cheats for Aero The Acrobat.
    * Added cheats for Alienators: Evolution Continues.
    * Added cheats for Angelic Layer (Japanese).
    * Added cheats for Around The World In 80 Days.
    * Added cheats for ATV Quad Power Racing.
    * Added cheats for two Battlebots games.
    * Added cheats for Elmo in Grouchland and Emperor's New Groove.
    * Added cheats for Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back and Fish Dude.
    * Added cheats for Faceball 2000 and Fist Of The North Star.
    * Added cheats for F-1 Race and F-18 Thunder Strike.
    * Added cheats for Famista and Famista 2.
    * Added cheats for Frogger and Frogger 2.

    Have fun!
  6. fms

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    Hello, All!

    VGBAnext 1.3.4, the new release of the universal GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Color, and GameBoy Classic emulator, is now ready:

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

    The Joystick Layout Editor is once again fully operational. I have fixed several issues, including gravity lines not moving and the size/skin/opacity changes not showing up. I have also added support for the second Super GameBoy player, as long as you have a second gamepad connected. This should work for all Super GameBoy games supporting more than one player. Make sure both gamepads are connected before you start VGBAnext though. Finally, there are cheats for 8 more GameBoy Advance games, including Pitfall, Pirates Of The Caribbean, and Oddworld.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Super GameBoy games can now be played with two gamepads.
    * To play together, connect both gamepads before starting VGBAnext.
    * Fixed Joystick Layout Editor to properly show labels and gravity.
    * Added cheats for two Pirates Of The Caribbean games.
    * Added cheats for two Pitfall games.
    * Added cheats for Oddworld: Munch's Oddyssee.
    * Added cheats for Operation Armored Liberty.
    * Added cheats for Planet Monsters.
    * Added cheats for Planet Of The Apes.

    Enjoy!
  7. fms

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    Hello, All!

    VGBAnext 1.3.5, a new version of my universal GameBoy emulator, has been released:

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

    This release has been specifically tested and optimized for Nvidia Shield Player and other AndroidTV devices. Pressing both thumbsticks down should open the menu when running a game, something that was a problem with AndroidTV before. I have also released free VGBA 4.9 for Windows and Linux:

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

    The new Windows release switches to the texture-based Direct3D display rendering and adds an option to stretch GBA display to the full screen. See below for all the changes.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * VGBAnext tested and optimized for Nvidia Shield AndroidTV device.
    * On AndroidTV, press both thumbsticks down to invoke the menu.
    * Made "Emulation" tab show "no settings outside emulation" hint.
    * Added cheats for Razor Freestyle Scooter to VGBAnext Cheatopedia.
    * Added cheats for Reign of Fire to VGBAnext Cheatopedia.
    * Added cheats for Revenge of Shinobi to VGBAnext Cheatopedia.
    * Removed waveform interpolation for more realistic sound.
    * Switched VGBA-Windows to Direct3D textures-based rendering.
    * Added "Video | Stretch Full Screen" option to VGBA-Windows.
    * Added "Hardware | Debugger" option to VGBA-Windows.
    * Added -lcd and -nolcd command line options.

    Enjoy!
  8. fms

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    Hello, All!

    I have just updated VGBAnext to version 1.3.6:

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

    This version fixes a crash in the State Exchange feature (that lets people trade gameplay states) and reenables the action bar on devices with physical MENU buttons. Some Cyanogen users complained that their devices misreport MENU button as "present", effectively disabling all menus. This issue should be gone in this new VGBAnext version. I have also added cheats for 11 more games, including SD Gundam, [i[Samurai Jack[/i], Sea Trader, and Sheep.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Reenabled action bar on devices with physical MENU key.
    * Fixed a crash in the State Exchange browser.
    * Added cheats for Samurai Jack: The Amulet of Time.
    * Added cheats for Sea Trader: The Rise of Taipan.
    * Added cheats for Sabrina: The Teenage Witch.
    * Added cheats for Shifting Gears: Road Trip.
    * Added cheats for SD Gundam Force.
    * Added cheats for Salt Lake 2002.
    * Added cheats for four Shrek games.
    * Added cheats for Sheep.

    Enjoy!
  9. fms

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    Hello, All!

    I have released VGBAnext 1.3.7, a new version of my universal GameBoy emulator for Android:

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

    Starting with this version, you can supply your own virtual joystick skin in /sdcard/VGBAnext/Controls.png. For a sample skin image that you can modify, look here:

    http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/#Skin

    Many people, whose Android devices have MENU buttons, have complained that the Cheats and Freeze/Restore menus are "gone" in the previous VGBAnext release. These menus were not gone, but moved to the action bar icons. By public request, I moved them back to the menu. If you do not see the menu, or would like to see the action bar, use the new "General | Enable Action Bar" option in the Settings. Finally, I have added cheats for 27 more GameBoy Color and GameBoy Classic games.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added joystick skins, place your own skin into /sdcard/VGBAnext/Controls.png.
    * Sample joystick skin image available at http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/#Skin.
    * Made action bar optional on devices with MENU button (off by default).
    * Added "General | Enable Action Bar" option for devices with MENU button.
    * Added exception for LG Optimus Zone 2 (does not show submenus).
    * Added cheats for 27 GameBoy Color and GameBoy Classic games.
    * Added cheats for Addams Family, A Boy And His Blob, Aerostar.
    * Added cheats for Adventure Island, Bonk's Adventure, Dracula.
    * Added cheats for Avenging Spirit, Blaster Master, Burai Fighter.
    * Added cheats for Burger Time Deluxe, Battle City, Choplifter.

    Enjoy!
  10. fms

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    Hello, All!

    I've released VGBAnext 1.3.8 tonight, the new version of my universal GameBoy emulator:

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

    This release fixes sound in International Karate and other games that only use "legacy" melodic sound. I have also improved VGBAnext behavior on devices that do not allow writing to external SD card. From now on, if you run games from external storage where state cannot be saved, VGBAnext will automatically create /sdcard/VGBAnext folder in the internal storage and save game states there. Finally, I added cheats for 9 more GameBoy Classic games, including Daikatana and Cutthroat Island.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed melodic sound when wave sound disabled (International Karate).
    * Removed "DirectSound Off" option from the Advanced Settings menu.
    * Now automatically creating /sdcard/VGBAnext if missing.
    * When VGBAnext cannot write SD card, it will save to /sdcard/VGBAnext.
    * Added cheats for Cyber Tiger and Cyraid.
    * Added cheats for Daikatana and Darkman.
    * Added cheats for two Daffy Duck games.
    * Added cheats for Cool Spot Adventure.
    * Added cheats for Crazy Castle.
    * Added cheats for Cutthroat Island.

    Enjoy!
  11. fms

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    Hello, All!

    I have released VGBAnext 1.3.9 tonight, with updated backdrop images and cheats for eight more GBA games:

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

    Also, starting with this release you can have individual backdrops for each game. For example, if you have a file named Game.gba, place Game.gba.back.png file with the backdrop in the same folder. The preferred size is 640x800, but you can have any size you want. The backdrop will always be cut off at the bottom, as needed.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Updated backdrop images in portrait mode, with no gaps.
    * Changed backdrop rendering algorithm to the top alignment.
    * You can have custom backdrop for Game.gba in Game.gba.back.png.
    * Typical backdrop size is 640x800, bottom part may go off-screen.
    * Added cheats for Nicktoons Racing and Ninja Five-O.
    * Added cheats for No Rules: Get Phat and Paperboy+Rampage.
    * Added cheats for Peter Pan: The Movie and Piglet's Big Game.
    * Added cheats for Pinball Tycoon and Pinobee: Wings Of Adventure.

    Enjoy!
  12. fms

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    Hello, All!

    I have just released VGBA 5.0, a new version of my GameBoy Advance emulator, for Windows and Linux:

    http://fms.komkon.org/VGBA -- homepage
    http://fms.komkon.org/VGBA/VGBA50-Windows-bin.zip -- Windows binary
    http://fms.komkon.org/VGBA/VGBA50-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- Ubuntu Linux binary

    The new release changes sound rendering algorithms, fixing the sound in Super Puzzle Fighter 2, International Karate, and other games. Sound rendering is also faster now.

    The Windows version adds options for selecting 64kB/128kB FlashROM type and makes sure that the automatic type selection overrides, but does not change user settings. If you would like to use your own settings, uncheck the "Guess Hardware" option.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Now rendering remaining samples when direct sound channel disabled.
    * Now playing all rendered samples at the end of a video frame.
    * Fixed direct sound with rates close to 22kHz (Super Puzzle Fighter 2).
    * Fixed melodic sound when wave sound is off (International Karate).
    * Removed "Direct Sound Off" option from built-in menu and VGBA-Windows.
    * Added "64kB FlashROM"/"128kB FlashROM" options to VGBA-Windows.
    * Made sure "Guess Hardware" does not mess user-selected storage options.
    * When guessing hardware, default to 6bit EEPROM, 64kB FlashROM.

    Enjoy!
  13. fms

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    Hello, All!

    The new VGBAnext 1.4, based on the recently released VGBA 5.0, is now available online:

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

    This version once again changes sound rendering algorithms, making sound rendering faster and fixing sound in Super Puzzle Fighter 2 in the process. You can also get free versions of VGBA 5.0 for Windows and Linux from the homepage:

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

    ALL CHANGES:
    * This version is based on the just released VGBA 5.0 GBA emulator.
    * Fixed direct sound with rates close to 22kHz (Super Puzzle Fighter 2).
    * Now rendering remaining samples when sound DMA gets disabled.
    * Now playing all rendered samples at the end of a video frame.
    * Improved overall emulation performance.
    * Made GBA backdrop image shorter.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    Since many people requested more special video effects for VGBAnext, I have started adding more effects with VGBAnext 1.4.1, released today:

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

    This release adds two color effects, corresponding to CMY and RGB pixel masks, which you can apply together with the image softening and the scanlines. Since I am going to add more scaling options later on, the current "scale" and "stretch" options have been merged into a single selector. I have also made several important fixes to the Instant Replay function and added cheats for 17 more GameBoy Classic games.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added "Video | Color Mask Effect" selector.
    * Added "CMY pixels" and "RGB pixels" special effects.
    * Merged "Scale Video" and "Stretch Video" into one selector.
    * Fixed memory corruption bug in the instant replay recorder.
    * Fixed instant replay not recording the initial state.
    * Fixed instant replay not restoring successive states.
    * Added 17 new GameBoy games to the Cheatopedia.
    * Added cheats for three Game & Watch Gallery games.
    * Added cheats for three Godzilla games.
    * Added cheats for two Grand Theft Auto games.
    * Added cheats for two Galaga and two Gex games.
    * Added cheats for Gargoyle's Quest and Ghosts & Goblins.
    * Added cheats for Gremlins 2 and The Grinch.
    * Added cheats for Go! Go! Tank and Golf.
    * Added cheats for Ghostbusters 2.

    Enjoy!
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    does VGBAnext 1.4.1 work on windows 10 and/or Linux???
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    VGBAnext is an Android app. But you can get Windows and Linux applications based on the same source code here:

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

    States and in-game save files are the same on Windows, Linux, and Android.
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    Hello, All!

    The new VGBAnext 1.4.2 release adds EPX and EAGLE scaling algorithms, in addition to already present 2xSal scaler:

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

    Since VGBAnext now comes with three different scaling algorithms, I have merged them all under the "Settings | Video | Interpolation Effect" selector. l have also added cheats for GBC Harry Potter games, as requested.

    Finally, there is a new free VGBA 5.1 for Windows and Linux today:

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

    ANDROID CHANGES:
    * Added "Video | Interpolation Effect" selector.
    * Added "EPX interpolation" and "EAGLE interpolation" effects.
    * Renamed "Soften Video" to "2xSal interpolation".
    * Added cheats for Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (GBC).
    * Added cheats for Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (GBC).

    WINDOWS AND LINUX CHANGES:
    * Added EPX and EAGLE scaling algorithms.
    * Added special effects simulating individual pixel components.
    * Fixed memory corruption bug in the instant replay recorder.
    * Fixed instant replay not restoring successive states.
    * Fixed instant replay not recording the first state.
    * Merged scanline options into "Simulate Scanlines" in VGB-Windows.
    * Merged scaling options into "Interpolate Video" in VGB-Windows.
    * Added "Apply Color Raster" submenu to VGB-Windows.
    * Added "RGB Raster" and "CMY Raster" options to VGB-Windows.
    * Added -rgb and -cmy command line options.
    * Added -epx and -eagle command line options.

    Have fun!
  18. fms

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    Hello, All!

    VGBAnext emulates GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy on all your Android devices. Here is the new VGBAnext 1.4.3 release:

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

    This release switches to Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop) APIs and adds cheats for 10 more GameBoy Advance games.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added 10 new GBA games to the Cheatopedia.
    * Fixed recognition of two GBC Harry Potter games.
    * Switched to android-22 platform and tools (Android Lollipop 5.1.1).
    * Added cheats for four Power Rangers games.
    * Added cheats for Pocky And Rocky With Becky.
    * Added cheats for Punch King Arcade Boxing.
    * Added cheats for Rave Master: Special Attack Force.
    * Added cheats for Ready 2 Rumble Boxing: Round 2.
    * Added cheats for Rampage Puzzle Attack.
    * Added cheats for Puyo Pop.

    Have fun!
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    Hello, All!

    I have just published VGBAnext 1.4.4, emulating GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Color, and GameBoy Classic handhelds:

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

    This release fixes several bugs reported by the users, improves raster special effects, and switches to a newer DropBox authentication mechanism.

    I would also like to ask you for help. If you use VGBAnext and like it, please, tell your friends about VGBAnext: this is the only way to spread the word about it, since Google Play makes it virtually invisible among other apps. Remember that I can only keep developing VGBAnext if people are buying it: the more people use it, the more effort I can put into development.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Fixed BACK key on devices where it did not exit emulation.
    * Fixed the first/second gamepad detection.
    * Fixed a crash in the File Selector when showing grid.
    * Amplified pixel color raster effects.
    * Switched to v2 authentication in DropBox.
    * Upgraded to DropBox SDK 1.6.3.
    * Improved the What's New dialog.
    * Improved the backdrop image.

    Enjoy!
  20. fms

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    Hello, All!

    Since the New Year's Eve is coming, I have just released VGBAnext 1.4.5 for the occasion:

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

    It returns gradient to the title bar (no more ugly flat stuff) and adds cheats for nine more GBA titles, including three Rocket Power games and four Scooby Doo games.

    ALL CHANGES:
    * Added 9 new GBA games to the Cheatopedia.
    * Returned gradient to the action bar (flat is ugly).
    * Added cheats for three Rocket Power games.
    * Added cheats for four Scooby Doo games.
    * Added cheats for Rescue Heroes: Billy Blazes.
    * Added cheats for Rocky.

    Happy New Year!

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