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    GB Enhanced is a Game Boy video console emulator, which includes the possibility to edit video games sprites.

    Game Boy was the first handheld console released to the market from the Japanese company Nintendo. It had great sales success and this was due to the immense catalog of video games that were developed for the console. Nowadays, thanks to the emulation systems we can remember past experiences and play GB video games.

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    GB Enhanced (GBE) is a new Game Boy emulator. In the second quarter of 2014 it was released first emulator version (1.0). Despite the fact that there are some aspects that can be improved, the emulation of the console is almost complete, and the compatibility with video games is very high, so we can enjoy almost all the Game Boy titles. Graphics and sound emulation are correct and we don't notice any defect eye-catching.

    In current version (1.0), there is no user interface, so the program runs from command line. To load a video game ROM we have to type in Windows terminal “gbe Game_Name.gba”. Keep in mind that ROM file must be uncompressed to be able to play it.

    Emulator configuration is made by editing “gbe.ini” file that is located in emulator root directory. In this file we will be able to configure emulator keys, full-screen and more options.

    Default keys to play are the following:

    • Start = Enter
    • Select = Space Bar
    • Gamepad = arrow Keys
    • A Button = z
    • B Button = x

    One of the main features of this emulator is the ability to load custom “sprites” (graphics), and therefore to modify game visual appearance. Thanks to this, Game Boy will be able to display color or even textures.

    We can download video games “sprites” from specialized forums, or we can create ourselves. The process to create new “sprites” is the following:

    1. Run the emulator and save video game “sprites” in a folder. To achieve this we need to run the emulator as follows: gbe "Legend of Zelda, The - Link s" --dump_sprites
    2. Edit saved graphics that are located in “Dump” folder with an image editor (Photoshop, GIMP, etc.).
    3. We load the new graphics into the game with the following command: gbe "Legend of Zelda, The - Link s" --load_sprites

    The location of “Dump” folder is located by default in emulator root directory, however, we can change this by editing “gbe.ini” file.

    This software is open source and is free of charge. Its development is active and in future versions, the author has thought to add a graphical user interface, create an advanced system of debugging and support the emulation of Game Boy Color.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is GB Enhanced downloadable for Windows 10?
    Yes, this software can be downloaded and is compatible with Windows 10.
    What operating systems is it compatible with?
    This software is compatible with the following 32-bit Windows operating systems:
    Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP.
    Here you can download the 32-bit version of GB Enhanced.
    Is it compatible with 64-bit operating systems?
    Yes, although there is no special 64-bit version, so you can download the 32-bit version and run it on 64-bit Windows operating systems.
    What files do I need to download to install this software on my Windows PC?
    To install GB Enhanced on your PC, you have to download the file to your Windows and install it.
    The file is compressed, so you can download 7-zip and unzip the file.
    Is GB Enhanced free?
    Yes, this program is free so you will be able to use it without any limitations, and without additional cost.
    Also, this software is open source, which means that you will be able to download the source code of the program, and if you are knowledgeable enough, you will be able to see how the software works internally and modify its functionality.
    Are there alternatives and programs similar to GB Enhanced?
    Yes, here you can see similar programs and alternatives.
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