mGBA 0.4.0 released, officially supports Wii, 3DS, and PS Vita

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32 Responses

  1. Rolenzo

    am i missing something here? How can it run on the wiiu???

  2. Nick

    Wii supported, Not wii u

  3. OTFree

    Great article, but you might want to fix the title…it’s not officially supported on the Wii U, but rather, the Wii. I know you can run it through vWii, but the point is that some people might be misled with that moniker.

  4. Zeke

    I don’t mean to dump on his efforts here because Vita home-brew devs are in short supply, and I don’t know if it’s because I’m only getting 333mhz clock speed from Rejuvenate under Unity 1.05, but there are still serious problems with this :-

    * All the games have choppy graphics and sound to the point where it’s distracting.
    * If I use a proper GBA BIOS most of them won’t even load.
    * The option to use no background or stretched graphics in the config menu do nothing.
    * The four or five titles I’ve tried are basically unplayable.
    * On occasion it still crashes Unity outright, on others it hangs it so you have to quit and relaunch Rejuvenate entirely.

    All these issues are present whether running through VitaShell or mGBA direct. It’s really a shame that with the full power of the Vita hardware (well, most of it in my case) it still can’t rival gPSP, which although graphically looks worse due to scaling the GBA screen to fit the PSP resolution, which is then scaled again to bring ePSP up to Vita resolution all the games play near-perfectly all the time.

    • vait

      It’s worth keeping in mind that this is because MGBA’s striving to be more accurate than GPSP. They’ve actually made some great strides in a short period of time – really excited to see where it goes from here.

      • Zeke

        Agreed, it has improved. I’ve been regularly testing the nightlies and comparing against the old build from July/August last year. I’m getting my Vita on new firmware configured at the weekend so I can test in 444mhz mode with Unity, see if that makes a difference with that and RetroArch emulators like CATSFC/Genesis Plus GX.

    • Eh...

      I’ve only tried Zelda Minish Cap and everything went quite well (FPS: 57~62)

      “* If I use a proper GBA BIOS most of them won’t even load.”
      What’s a proper GBA BIOS? for me it worked fine without doing anything.

      “* The option to use no background or stretched graphics in the config menu do nothing.”
      Sometimes do, but Press Square, it works better.

      “* On occasion it still crashes Unity outright, on others it hangs it so you have to quit and relaunch Rejuvenate entirely.”
      Didn’t crash for me although I didn’t really test it much. Only crashed while trying to exit to VitaShell holding Start while in-game.

      • Zeke

        “What’s a proper GBA BIOS? for me it worked fine without doing anything.”
        – 16KB file ripped from an original GBA. Other emulators I’ve used often benefit from having it for accuracy reasons or somesuch, there’s an option to enable it by running a game, pressing Triangle, going to Configure and enabling the relevant option/choosing the source path.

        “Sometimes do, but Press Square, it works better.”
        – Ah, I might try that if I haven’t already.

        “Didn’t crash for me although I didn’t really test it much. Only crashed while trying to exit to VitaShell holding Start while in-game.”
        – The easiest way to hang it is to enable GBA BIOS and load a game. It usually takes several minutes to even show the emulator screen and FPS counter which is stuck at 0.00, then you can’t get the menus up and force quit to VitaShell usually does nothing.

  5. Chaos-t

    Changelog says Wii not Wii U 😀

  6. Redirr

    I installed 3DS version. Run 2 games. But its too slow. Cant even play it. Tried mario bross 3 advance and castlevania. The fps are bad. There something i need to do?

  7. First

    It supports Wii(and vWii), not Wii U.

  8. Fadi5555

    Is there will be a port of dolphin emu for vita?
    I’m pretty sure the vita can handle it. Vita is powerful to emulate dolphin emu as well as ps2 emu. But it needs developers to port dolphin on vita.
    This is our dream and I hope our dream will come true.

    • Eh...

      Oh yeah of course it will be ported. But first they’re porting the PS3 emu and the Xbox One emulator since those might require more work and therefore is better to start earlier.

      PS: In case you didn’t get it: no, the vita can’t emulate PS2…

  9. raghaf2007

    Can this code – ( http://moonlight-stream.com/ ) be ported to PS Vita…. I’m using it on my Android mobile and it works so good……

  10. Salar

    Thanks for supporting the vita 😀

  11. rolls eyes

    To the ppl complaining about the typo of WiiU instead of Wii, shhhhh for god sake, dont u ppl ever read the first comments?? -_-

    • Chaos-t

      On my mobile phone. I can’t read the first comments. I see there are comments, but if I click on the article they are (all) missing. Happens only here.

  12. Anon

    Wii and Wii U users should check out this excellent, faster port. Even has .zip support.

    http://www.gc-forever.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3129

  13. Anonymous

    Oh look…yet another GBA emulator we dont need…..every piece of technology today and their predecessors can run GBA games…specifically any smart phone can easily run GBA games to…

    • Anon

      Shows what you know. This is the only truly full speed GBA emulator on the Wii, probably the fastest on the 3DS and the only GBA emulator for the Vita.

      • dmaskell92

        The vita has a GBA EMU via ECFW, my PC emulates WII and GBA. I’ve never owned a 3DS, haven’t we all played enough GBA though?

        • Anon

          Evidently not, because this emulator is very popular at the monent.

          Not sure what your lack of a 3DS has to do with anything.

  14. Dmaskell92

    This Emulator will never be “very popular” (on the Vita). Where you even pulled that from is beyond me. The simple fact that Rejuvenate has a firmware requirement, and has a moderate to difficult launch process dictates that. It may be getting some attention now because it’s headlining, but that will fade. I ran Rejuvenate once, and honestly never wanted to test any new homebrew due to the pain in the *** that is Rejuvenate. Did I mention the redundancy? You need a PC or Android device to launch rejuvenate. Both devices have a better GBA Emulator, so GG. Also my “lack” of a DS is relevant, because I’ve never played nor cared about this GBA Emulator on the device. Even the Wii seems like too much of a hassle when almost any PC can emulate GBA.

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