VisualBoyAdvance (VBA) is an emulator for Nintendo’s Game Boy, Color and Advance, handheld game consoles. VBA now has versions for Windows, Linux and Mac.
In 2004, Forgotten created the original VBA emulator. At the time, VBA was being released through vba.ngemu.com. Following the initial release, the project was handed over to the VBA team.
Development of the original VBA ceased in 2004 with the release of 1.8 beta 3. However, the project continued through various developers aiming to improve VBA but not united in their efforts to do so. These “forked” versions improved on the original VBA but needed focus and unity to capture all the different improvements being accomplished.
The Rise of VBA-M In an effort to bring some cohesion to the multiplicity of releases, a version named VBA-M was created. VBA-M is now in active development, with updates as current as November 2009.
In addition to the DirectX version for the Windows platform, there is also one based on SDL, the free, platform-independent, graphics library. VBA is available for a variety of operating systems, such as Linux, BSD, Mac OS X, Xbox, and BeOS. VisualBoyAdvance has also been ported to GameCube and Wii.
As of 2009, VisualBoyAdvance is widely considered the most popular emulator for Windows. Check out the following locations if you are interested in joining the project or downloading the newest releases: