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Hello, All!

The all new VGB 5.5 for Android, my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator, is now online:

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

This release is shares source code with VGB 5.5 for Windows and Linux, published yesterday. It adds emulation for the "GameBoy Advance Compatibility Mode", where someone plugs GameBoy Color cartridge into GBA and plays it there. Some games, such as Shantae, will sense this and enable additional features. See below for details.

ALL CHANGES:
* Released free VGB 5.5 for Windows and Linux.
* Added ability to play GBC games in GBA "backward compatibility mode".
* Use "Settings | Emulation | GameBoy Model | GameBoy Advance" option to enable.

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Hello, All!

VGB 5.5.1 for Android, a new version of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator is now ready for you to try:

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

This release fixes crashes in Layout Editor and screenshot sharing, adds compatibility with Android Pie, and enables physical buttons on Archos Gamepad. I have also added cheats for 10 more GameBoy games, including Madden NFL, Picross, Magi Nation, and Tetris Challenge. Finally, VGB is currently on sale for $1.99. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed crash in Joystick Layout Editor when buttons become too small.
* Fixed crash when trying to share a screenshot on newer Androids.
* Fixed compatibility with Android Pie.
* Enabled physical buttons on Archos Gamepad.
* Added cheats for 10 more GameBoy games.
* Added cheats for M&Ms: Minis Madness and Magi Nation.
* Added cheats for three Madden NFL games.
* Added cheats for Nigel Mansell's World Championship.
* Added cheats for Magical Drop and Mario's Picross.
* Added cheats for Tetris Challenge and Marble Madness.
* Upgraded Google Analytics library to the latest compatible version.
* Switched to Android Build Tools 28.0.1.

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Hello, All!

VGB 5.5.2 for Android, a new release of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator, is now available from Google Play:

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

This release fixes a bunch of gamepad issues, making life easier for AndroidTV users, people with multiple gamepads, and analog sticks. I have also fixed another crash and made some changes to UI skinning. Settings screens no longer have skinned backgrounds, since Android does not support them very well. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed problems with non-working input devices on AndroidTV.
* Fixed problems with non-working analog joysticks.
* Added "Settings | Input | Select Second Player" option.
* Now able to select input device for the second player.
* Fixed crash when sharing information about the app.
* Added light and dark skins to the Cheat Editor.
* No longer skinning Settings background, since Android does not support it.

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Hello, All!

This week's VGB 5.5.3 release for Android is available from Google Play:

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

This release makes special hardware keys (such as volume controls) usable as gamepad buttons, when assigned. I have also refactored the key mapping dialog, fixed a few bugs, and added support for diagonal keypad keys Android introduced since SDK v24. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Media keys can now be assigned to perform gamepad functions.
* Refactored "Settings | Input | Assign Joystick Keys" code.
* Fixed bug where button, used to close mapping dialog, was added to mappings.
* Added support for diagonal keypad buttons, present since Android-24.

Finally, ColEm Deluxe is currently on $1.99 sale at Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.colem.deluxe

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Hello, All!

VGB 5.5.5 for Android, a new version of my universal GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator, is now available from Google Play:

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

In this release, I have added an option to hide system files created when copying data from MacOS. You can also force the app to save all its files (save states, screenshots, etc) in a separate folder on the internal storage. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added "Settings | General | Hide Dot Files" option.
* Enable hiding dot-files to ignore system files created by MacOS.
* Added "Settings | General | Prefer App Folder" option.
* Enable app folder preference to save new files to the application folder.
* Fixed "Completely Delete File" menu option.

PS: If you are looking for GameBoy Advance emulation, my GBA/GBC emulator, VGBAnext, is currently on $2.99 sale:

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

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Hello, All!

I have released VGB 5.6 for Windows and Linux, a new version of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator:

http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/ -- homepage
http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB56-Windows-bin.zip -- free Windows binary
http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB56-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- free Linux binary

This release fixes real-time clock in MBC3 cartridges, such as Pokemon Silver, Pokemon Gold, and so on. The day-of-week field should now show the correct day of the week instead of rotating randomly.

Also worth noting that two of my emulator apps for Android are currently on $2.99 sale:

VGBAnext -- Universal GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, NES, Famicom emulator:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu

MasterGear -- Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, SG-1000 emulator:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg
 

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Hello, All!

The VGBAnext 6.1 release is now out:

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

VGBAnext will emulate GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, Super GameBoy, NES, and Famicom consoles on your Android device. The new release adds native support for 64bit Androids and several fixes for NES and GBC emulation. The action bar can now be invoked by moving your finger left or right along the top or bottom screen edge.

To remind everyone, I had to remove cheats from the app since Google Play started banning any apps which even mention cheats. To reenable cheats, follow directions here:

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

See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Now using latest VGB 5.6 and iNES 5.6 source code.
* NES NMI cannot be disabled or cancelled once VBlank starts (Double Dragon).
* Blanking NES sprites when the left screen edge is blanked.
* Fixed GBC real-time clock day counter (Pokemon games).
* Enabled GameBoy Color debugger (NES/GBA debuggers disabled for now).
* Now able to show action bar with horizontal flings at screen top/bottom.
* Reenabled native build for 64bit ARMv8 CPUs.
* Fixed saved state compatibility between 32bit and 64bit architectures.
* Fixed native OpenSLES sound on newer Androids.
* Fixed a possible crash in Java code.
* Fixed toolbar application links.

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Hello, All!

I have published VGBAnext 6.1.5, a new version of my universal GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, NES, and Famicom emulator:

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

VGBAnext is currently on sale for $2.99 and will stay this way for another few days. This release fixes tilt joystick operation and a hangup in the German version of Pokemon Sapphire. Also, pressing the BACK button once will now reveal the action bar.

To remind everyone, I had to remove cheats from the app since Google Play started banning any apps which even mention cheats. All you need to get cheats back though is download this file into your "Downloads" folder:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/VGBAnext-Cheats.zip

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed tilt joystick operation.
* Fixed screen rotation after disabling the tilt joystick.
* Now showing action bar when the BACK button is pressed once.
* Fixed hangup in the German version of Pokemon Sapphire.

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Hello, All!

Since Google has banned my VGB emulator from Google Play, I have made the free VGB version available here:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/VGB-Android.apk

Download it, play it on your devices, spread it wide, let the other people know they can get it here. The complete list of changes in the first free VGB release is as follows:

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed tilt joystick operation.
* Fixed screen rotation after disabling the tilt joystick.
* Now showing action bar when the BACK button is pressed once.
* Fixed State Exchange and box art downloads on newer Androids.
* In-game saves now go to /sdcard/VGB if current folder write-protected.
* MIDI recordings now go to /sdcard/VGB if current folder write-protected.
* Switched to Android Pie SDK (Android-28).
* Oldest supported OS is now Android-9 (Gingerbread).
* Added new icons, including adaptive icons.

My iNES emulator is now also available for free:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/iNES-Android.apk

To get full access to all VGB functions, latest updates, and support, please, consider downloading VGBAnext. It is available from Google Play and includes the complete VGB functionality, as well as VGBA and iNES:

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

Have fun!

PS: My fMSX Deluxe emulator is currently on $1.99 sale at Google Play:

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

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Hello, All!

The free VGB 5.6.3 introduces the new AndroidTV interface, native 64bit Intel support, and fixes gamepad button assignments. I have also fixed the sound issue in GBC Frogger:

http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB-Android-5603.apk

Please note that since Google banned VGB from the Google Play, I had to fold its functionality into VGBAnext, my universal GBA, GBC, GB, and NES emulator. I have also made a free VGB version available from my own website as an APK file. This new release comes with the updated AndroidTV interface. It supports most regular features, including box art. The few missing features are coming soon. If you see any problems with the new interface, please, email me. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
* Added completely new, modern AndroidTV interface.
* Please, email me if you encounter any issues with the new AndroidTV UI.
* Completely refactored File Selector code.
* Made box art show immediately after download.
* Now properly wiping current screenshot when box art downloaded.
* Fixed high-frequency sound limit (GBC Frogger).
* Added 5ms and 10ms tactile feedback options.
* Fixed gamepad button assignments.
* Added native 64bit Intel support.

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Hello, All!

The free VGB 5.6.4 makes virtual buttons have the same size in all screen resolutions and fixes a bunch of crashes accumulated over the last few months:

http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB-Android-5604.apk

Please note that since Google banned VGB from the Google Play, I have made a free VGB version available from my own website as an APK file. The complete VGB functionality is also available in VGBAnext, my universal GBA, GBC, and NES emulator. See below for all the changes in the new VGB release.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed virtual buttons getting too large or too small.
* VGB will not auto-start VGBAnext if both are installed.
* Improved the new AndroidTV interface.
* Fixed rare division by zero when creating icon tiles.
* Fixed missing method crash in the new AndroidTV UI.
* Fixed null pointer crash when starting new AndroidTV UI.
* Fixed null pointer crash when visiting Google Play.
* Fixed possible native crash when recording gameplay.
* Changed Apache HTTP library linkage.

PS: fMSX Deluxe, my MSX home computer emulator, is currently on $2.99 sale:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.fmsx.deluxe
 

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Hello, All!

The free VGB 5.6.5 switches to the newest AndroidX and Firebase APIs from Google and thus requires at least Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) to run:

http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB-Android-5605.apk

Please note that since Google banned VGB from the Google Play, I have made a free VGB version available from my own website as an APK file. The complete VGB functionality is also available in VGBAnext, my universal GBA, GBC, and NES emulator. See below for all the changes in the new VGB release.

ALL CHANGES:
* Virtual buttons now have same size on all devices.
* App now requires Android 4.1+ (Jelly Bean) to run.
* Switched to "androidx.leanback.*" APIs.
* Switched to Firebase for reporting.
* Switched to Gradle 5.6.

PS: AlmostTI, my TI graphing calc emulator, is currently on $2.99 sale:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.ati
 

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Hello, All!

The free VGB 5.6.6 fixes blue screen tint on Chromebooks and some other devices and prevents double clicks from starting two instances of the same game. Since Google banned VGB from Google Play, I am releasing it on my own web site as a free APK file:

http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB-Android-5606.apk

The complete VGB functionality is also available in VGBAnext, my universal GBA, GBC, and NES emulator. See below for all the changes in the new VGB release.

ALL CHANGES:
* Fixed double clicks starting two game instances on some devices.
* Fixed screen going blue on some Androids, such as Chromebooks.
* Added standard AndroidTV search functionality.
* Fixed settings not being applied after changing them in Preferences.
* Enabled navigation with DPAD_CENTER, DELETE, and ESCAPE keys.
* Now ignoring repeated keypresses.

PS: MasterGear, my Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 emulator, is currently on $2.99 sale:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg
 

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Hello, All!

VGBAnext 6.3.8, a new version of my universal GBA, GBC, and NES emulator for Android, is now available from Google Play:

VGBAnext - Universal Console Emulator - Apps on Google Play

This release fixes file system navigation problems with inaccessible folders. The app will no longer allow entering inaccessible folders and will go to the default "/sdcard/VGBAnext" folder if the current folder becomes unavailable. If you need to quickly jump to a different folder, use the "Change Folder" menu option. As you remember, I had to disable cheat features to avoid Google staff banning VGBAnext from the store. You can easily reenable cheats by downloading this file to your "Downloads" folder:

http://fms.komkon.org/EmuAndroid/VGBAnext-Cheats.zip

See below for the complete list of changes in this release.

ALL CHANGES:
  • Fixed AndroidTV file browser getting stuck on unavailable folders.
  • Fixed File Selector getting stuck on unavailable folders.
  • AndroidTV browser will point to "Folders" row after changing folder.
  • Advanced Settings now switch to app folder when current folder unavailable.
  • Advanced Settings will not allow to select unavailable folders.
  • Toolbar now tries running paid apps before defaulting to free ones.
  • Added a message dialog when directing users to Google Play.
PS: MasterGear, my Sega MasterSystem and GameGear emulator, is currently on $2.99 sale at the Google Play store:

MasterGear - MasterSystem & GameGear Emulator - Apps on Google Play
 

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Hello, All!

The free VGB 5.6.7 for Android fixes File Selector getting stuck on unreadable folders, applies similar fixes to the AndroidTV and the Advanced Settings file browsers, and makes toolbar prefer paid apps to the free ones if both alternatives are installed. Since Google banned VGB from Google Play, I am releasing it on my own web site as a free APK file:


The complete VGB functionality is also available in VGBAnext, my universal GBA, GBC, and NES emulator. See below for all the changes in the new VGB release.

ALL CHANGES:
  • Fixed File Selector getting stuck on unavailable folders.
  • Fixed AndroidTV file browser getting stuck on unavailable folders.
  • AndroidTV browser will point to "Folders" row after changing folder.
  • Advanced Settings now switch to app folder when current folder unavailable.
  • Advanced Settings will not allow to select unavailable folders.
  • Toolbar now tries running paid apps before defaulting to free ones.
  • Added a dialog when directing users to Google Play.
PS: fMSX Deluxe, the complete version of my MSX and MSX2 home computer emulator, is on $2.99 sale today and tomorrow:

 

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Hello, All!

The free VGB 5.7 for Windows and Linux, my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator, is now available for download:

Virtual GameBoy: Portable GameBoy Emulator -- homepage
http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB57-Windows-bin.zip --Windows binary
http://fms.komkon.org/VGB/VGB57-Ubuntu-x86-bin.tgz -- Linux binary

The new version fixes several bugs with moving and resizing the application window and saves the choice of physical gamepad in VGB-Windows. The sound chip time is now measured in microseconds rather than milliseconds, for better precision. Finally, VGB-Windows comes with a menu option for clearing all current settings, in case they get messed up.

ALL CHANGES:
  • Sound chip time is now measured in microseconds.
  • Fixed high-frequency sound limit (GBC Frogger).
  • Added "File | Clear Settings and Quit" option to VGB-Windows.
  • Fixed small windows behavior in VGB-Windows.
  • Fixed window position behavior in VGB-Windows.
  • Saving physical joystick/gamepad selection in VGB-Windows.
Have fun!

PS: AlmostTI, my Texas Instruments graphing calc emulator, is on $2.99 sale at Google Play this week:

AlmostTI - TI Calc Emulator - Apps on Google Play
 

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Hello, All!

I have just released VGB 5.7 for Android, a new version of my GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy emulator, as a free APK which can be downloaded from my own website:


This release shares most its sources with VGB 5.7 for Windows and Linux, published earlier this week. It improves Box Art Downloader, fixes Network Play and State Exchange features, adds the list of available storage locations for the "Change Folder" dialog and the File Selector screen. The sound chip emulation now operates with microsecond precision. See below for all the changes.

ALL CHANGES:
  • Based on the latest VGB 5.7 sources.
  • Sound emulation now runs with microsecond precision.
  • When parent folder not available, showing storage devices instead.
  • Made multiple fixes to Box Art Downloader.
  • Fixed Box Art Downloader to use alternative storage location.
  • Fixed Box Art Downloader to follow redirects.
  • Added HTTPS support to Box Art Downloader.
  • Added list of available storage devices to "Change Folder" dialog.
  • Added available storage devices to the top row in AndroidTV UI.
  • When parent folder not available, showing storage devices instead.
  • Fixed State Exchange feature.
  • Fixed Network Play feature.
Enjoy!
 
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