VisualBoyAdvance
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VisualBoyAdvance is a GBA emulator written for OS X. Higher compatibility than Boycott Advance.
What's New
Version 1.7.4:
  • Fixed a crashing bug with fullscreen mode.
  • New preferences layout.
  • In sync with the PC version.
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 or later






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Ihavequestions commented on 30 Jan 2010
It works, but every time I open it, it's pink and is not showing the full image. It's not showing half the game. Is there a way to fix this? I've tried to re-size it, but even at fullscreen it only shows the little square in the middle and the pink/half size problem is still a factor. Anyone else having this problem?
[Version 1.7.4]

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marty10f replied on 22 Apr 2012
YES! I am too, tried to figure out the prob but I failed. ): So for now I just deleted it and I'm trying to find a new GameBoy emulator.
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eduard commented on 03 Mar 2009
this emulator is very bugged for mac when you use a poke ball in pokemon sapphir or ruby or emerald it crashes but i think in boycott emulator it doesnt crash when you use pokeball but boycott have got onather problem when i start pokemon emerald he say the internal battery has run dry it can be played how to fix this on boycott?
[Version 1.7.4]

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lilfellanemo commented on 13 Sep 2009
where can I find pokemon games for this emulator?
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Fluffypub commented on 13 Dec 2008
A couple of years ago, after I first got my mac, I downloaded VisualBoyAdvance, and it worked perfectly. Annoyingly enough, ever since I updated my mac to leopard, even version 1.7.4 crashes whenever I open a ROM file and a message saying that it quit unexpectedly. This is extremely annoying. Does anyone have any idea what could be the source of this problem?
[Version 1.7.4]


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lainsnavi tipped on 18 Oct 2008
First beta of the universal binary for those who really need it (Great for Mother 3):
http://vba-m.ngemu.com/vbam/vbaotherbuilds/VBA-M-MacOS-X-0.1.dmg

I'd recommend trying Boycott Advance first before using this. It's very glitchy seeing as how it's a beta. It's the only thing that'll run Mother 3 for me, though.
[Version 1.7.4]


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mswfujowdffyc tipped on 27 May 2008
It's not necessary but can be helpful:

http://filesocket.com/download/bd4gbasys.bin
[Version 1.7.4]


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Mr. Macintosh23 reviewed on 30 Mar 2008
VISUALBOY ADVANCE IS AWESOME!!! All the other reviews I posted that said VBA was crappy, those are FAKE! I finally realized it that using both Visualboy Advance and Boycott Advance, you can emulate all GBA games. Also, one other user convinced me that VBA 1.7.3 is the best version to have on Mac OS X because all of the ROM crashing problems have all been wiped out. Thank you to whoever posted that review about VBA 1.7.3. My default GBA emulator will always be VBA, but I will always use Boycott Advance whenever necessary.
[Version 1.7.4]


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Mr. Macintosh23 commented on 05 Mar 2008
I just found out why Boycott Advance wasn't working for me. There was a major bug problem in The Shell. The bug problem was... with Emulator Enhancer installed, the battery RAM and the freeze states wouldn't work properly, thus you couldn't properly save AT ALL! in KiGB or Boycott Advance, that's why I turned to Visualboy Advance because there are NO! saving problems at all. Now that I figured it out, the next review I post is going to be a review about Boycott Advance & Visualboy Advance, the differences between the two, and why Boycott Advance is SO much better than Visualboy Advance
[Version 1.7.4]


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Mr. Macintosh23 commented on 04 Mar 2008
I love Visualboy Advance. At first, I thought Boycott Advance was better, but then I realized that VBA is much, much better. On my old G3 iMac (I now have a G4 eMac), one day, my pokemon silver battery file vanished. That was when I thought VBA was crappy. I then realized that VBA is much better, because if you open and close a game a lot, the battery file will vansih, thus that's how I came across Boycott Advance & KiGB.

Anyway, VBA rocks. I'll give it 5 stars any day.
[Version 1.7.4]


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VGZ commented on 04 Nov 2007
Any chance on getting a universal binary version? VBA runs on my MBP, but it gets kinda choppy at times.
[Version 1.7.4]

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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 04 Nov 2007
Seems development has stopped, project appears abandoned. Last update was 3.5 years ago, homesite for this app is currently non-existent.
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Mr. Macintosh23 replied on 17 Mar 2008
I think VBA will be updated, it's just that Adam Green currently doesn't have enough developers to continue updating VBA. When that happens, VBA will be updated to Universal Binary. Why are you using VBA on your MBP? Use Boycott Advance. It's Universal Binary, but there's a Battery RAM problem, thus use the Freeze/Defrost function until the Gameboy Advance is no longer on commercial sale, which probably won't be for a VERY! LONG! time.
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VGZ replied on 17 Mar 2008
Boycott won't run, at all. It's pops into the dock then dies. So, VBA is the only real choice.
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Mr. Macintosh23 replied on 17 Mar 2008
On my G4 eMac, Boycott Advance pops into the dock, and runs like a charm, regardless of whatever version it is. I am running Mac OS X v10.4.11. When I was running Mac OS X v10.3.9 on my old G3 iMac, this same thing happened, but it only did it to the Tiger releases. I know you're running either Mac OS X Tiger or Leopard, because the word "Intel" didn't even exist with Mac OS X Panther. Before, Boycott Advance was only PPC-based, but then Richard Bannister updated it to Universal Binary, thus I think your problem is, you're probably running a "PPC only" version of Boycott Advance. Try downloading Boycott Advance v0.3.9 and see if that works. If not, then I'd advised you to stay away from GBA emulation FOR GOOD!
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identityno commented on 06 Jun 2007
Why? Why is it that, on even a rudimentary, slow, old PC running the worst OS ever (any version of Windows), Visual Boy works fine, everything is great, and you can play the games you want? But, under OS X-- which is superior in every way-- using a dual G4 machine which should be ample to emulate the GBA, everything works like bloody stool, you can't save your game, there aren't many options for customizing the performance, and there are repeated glitches, crashes, etc, and clearly no multiprocessor support? It makes me very angry. No updates for years, what's up with this? I thought OS X was a great development platform? And the only other GBA emulator that I've found is, at least, just as bad, but with different problems (and that guy expects you to cough up $30 if you want to use a gamepad and have dodgy fullscreen support, even though his app barely struggles to kind of work, and he is very defensive, telling you that if there are problems, he doesn't care. It is enough to make you want to freak out. It is verging on a form of abuse, in my mind. I'd gladly pay to have GBA games running on my computer in a form that is useable. I want them on a large screen, and not on a little one. What is the problem? Why doesn't anyone care? How come, though I must use OS X because I can't possibly stand Windows even for a second, OS X gamers are treated like a used bit of toilet tissue?
[Version 1.7.4]


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think2live had trouble on 03 Mar 2012
I'm not extremely knowledgable when it comes to my computer sometimes. I've been playing Pokemon Sapphire on this and when I save it saves it as a .sav. The problem with that is that it needs to be a .GBA. Does anyone know how to fix this and if you do please explain as you would to someone who has never touched a computer. I've gone to a lot of sites and read over what they said and was lost after the first few sentences.
[Version 1.7.4]


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Mr Sattern Jr had trouble on 16 Jan 2009
when I save with Mother 3 using freeze game I have it in the "save states" file and it STILL says "Error creating file Save States/2377 - Mother 31.sgm"
[Version 1.7.4]


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poitrasx had trouble on 30 Sep 2007
i downloaded it and stuff but everytime i click it, it says i have to choose an application which one do i choose?
[Version 1.7.4]


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Jimmy123 had trouble on 23 May 2006
Hey, VBA is great, but I cant save my games. I've tried freezing game state but that doesnt work either. Does anyone have any idea how to fix this problem?
[Version 1.7.4]

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suoh commented on 09 Jun 2006
I had the same problem with not being able to save. The solution was to use a save state _other_ than the first (F1). So far F2-F4 have worked fine for me. My system is an iMac G4 running 10.3.9.
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RedSky had trouble on 13 Jan 2006
I have a problem... The problem is when I go to start Final Fantasy IV or FF I & II, the game does not play when I press return or enter at the "new game" screen. It works before that screen but not sure why it doesn't work at that screen. Is there something I need to do or do I need to add something or configure something? They aren't the only games where I've had that same similar problem either. Please help me get this working. (BTW, i have the same problem with Boycott so it can't be the emulator itself nor the rom) Weird...

I use both a Power Mac G4 running at 533mhz and an iMac G3 that's much slower if that helps any.
[Version 1.7.4]


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pokemonb had trouble on 01 Dec 2005
I'm am having real trouble with my vba every time i ry to save it says error creating file battery saves/pokemon fire red. Not that its just fire red but all the games i play end up saying the same thing. I also tried freezing the game state but then it ends up saying Error creating file Save States/1635 - Pokemon Fire Red (U)(Squirrels)1.sgm i checked the folders called save states and there is nothing i also checked the folder called battery saves and there is also nothing. the folders say that i cannot modify them. someone said i should go to preferences and make a new save file in battery saves folder but there is no option in my prefs called that. the only things in there are- use Bios file skip bios intro use real time clock and flash size i'm in a realllllllll jam here can somone help. is it the version of my comp i have a G4 mac os 10.4.2
[Version 1.7.4]

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Luke9389 replied on 18 Aug 2010
I currently have the same problem.
If you end up finding out whats wrong please let me know.

Thanks
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Capn Hack had trouble on 14 Dec 2003
works great, apart from one thing. when pressing escape to switch to fullscreen, it switches, then switches back, then crashes unexpectedly. im on a gigahert tibook, 512mb ram, and on 10.2.6.
[Version 1.7.1]



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AlexHughy rated on 26 Jul 2013

[Version 1.7.4]


Downloads:428,570
Version Downloads:381,826
Type:Games : Simulation
License:Free
Date:13 Feb 2004
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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