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VisualBoyAdvance-M. An emulator so that you can simulate Game Boy consoles

In this article, we will present the updated version of the famous VisualBoyAdvance, the mythical emulator of the Game Boy console environment.

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In recent years we have seen a resurgence of appreciation for less modern consoles. And some people never stopped appreciating them. Whether it's the nostalgia of playing games on the consoles, we enjoyed as kids or the appreciation for the games themselves, which don't need the best graphics available on the market, or the most expensive console, to keep us having fun.

Having to buy the latest console at exorbitant prices and paying for costly games is no longer the only way to enjoy video games. And that's what VisualBoyAdvance comes to help you with.

VisualBoyAdvance is an improved version of the famous VisualBoyAdvance original. It was created in 2005 and was developed by the VBA Team. This program was a free emulator for the Game Boy, the Game Boy Color, and the Game Boy Advance console. In case you didn't know them, these consoles were developed by Nintendo and were portable. The console had a screen and controllers included. This made it portable and very comfortable. The first one was released in 1989, a long time ago.

After the VBA Team stopped developing new versions, VBA-M (VBA stands for VisualBoyAdvance) was born. The M comes from the word "Merge", which means union or fusion. The team of developers used the pre-existing code and added more functionality.

So with VBA-M, you can have a Game Boy console or any of the Game Boy versions that exist (because there are several) on your computer. The compatibility is enormous. You can emulate your system from Game Boy on Windows, Linux, and macOS systems. So if you have a computer, you can play your favorite games from Game Boy consoles.

VBA-M adds the pixel filter HQ3x/4x, with which you can improve the graphics quality exponentially. You don't have to lose image fidelity, and you can display your games in the highest quality. This is thanks to an algorithm created by a third party, which is widely used in retro consoles. This way, you upgrade the quality of the game without losing that feeling of playing games from long ago.

In addition, you can link two consoles Game Boy through a Wifi or LAN connection, which would emulate the old system of connection between Game Boy consoles that used the Nintendo Game Boy Game Link Cable, also known as Cable Link, which was nothing more than a cable that allowed you to play games two by two in multiplayer mode. So with the technology developed by the VBA-M Development Team, you can emulate the special cable using the Internet connection.

According to the Wikipedia page, the VBA emulator is vulnerable to arbitrary code execution through a feature that allows you to import cheat codes, which is not protected against the famous "buffer overrun," which happens when a malicious program breaks memory boundaries and rewrites, modifies and obtains nearby memory spaces. It can attack your whole computer. But the good thing is that this happens when we import malicious XPC files. We can avoid it by scanning the XPC files and only importing trusted files used by thousands of people.

As far as the program, in general, is concerned, it has no incoming viruses, and this was confirmed by the VirusTotal website. So, if you don't download suspicious files, you won't have any problems. But I felt I had to warn you so that you don't put your computer at risk.


This is the most updated emulator for Game Boy consoles. If you want to play the mythical and legendary Game Boy video games like Super Mario Land, or Tetris, among many others, this program will be extremely useful.

In this way, you can also imitate retro consoles by building your system. This involves much more work, but it is an option.

We leave you the link to the official website so you can download the free program.

Tell us in the comments what you think, and your favorite games on the Game consoles are.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is VBA-M 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 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7.
Here you can download the 32-bit version of VBA-M.

As for Windows 64-bit, this software is compatible with:
Windows 11 64-bit, Windows 10 64-bit, Windows 8 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit.
Here you can download the 64-bit version of VBA-M.
Is it compatible with 64-bit operating systems?
Yes, it is compatible with Windows 64-bit, in the following link you can download the 64-bit version.
What files do I need to download to install this software on my Windows PC?
To install VBA-M on your PC, you have to download the visualboyadvance-m-Win-32bit.zip file to your Windows and install it.
The visualboyadvance-m-Win-32bit.zip file is compressed, so you can download 7-zip and unzip the file.
If you want to install the 64-bit version, you will need to download the visualboyadvance-m-Win-64bit.zip file and install it on your Windows.
The visualboyadvance-m-Win-64bit.zip file is a compressed file and you need to decompress it. We recommend you download 7-zip to unzip the file.
Which version of the program am I going to download?
The current version we offer is the 2.1.4. For Windows 64-bit the version we offer is the 2.1.4.
Is VBA-M free?
Yes, this program is free so you will be able to use it without any limitations, and without additional cost.
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