mGBA is a new generation of Game Boy Advance emulator. The project started in April 2013 with the goal of being fast enough to run on lower end hardware than other emulators support, without sacrificing accuracy or portability. Even in the initial version, games generally played without problems. mGBA has only gotten better since then, and now boasts being the most accurate GBA emulator around.
Other goals include accurate enough emulation to provide a development environment for homebrew software, a good workflow for tool-assist runners, and a modern feature set for emulators that older emulators may not support.
mGBA is licensed under the Mozilla Public License 2.0, and the code can be found on GitHub.
- Near full Game Boy Advance hardware support.
- Game Boy/Game Boy Color hardware support.
- Fast emulation. Known to run at full speed even on low end hardware, such as netbooks.
- Qt and SDL ports for a heavy-weight and a light-weight frontend.
- Local (same computer) link cable support.
- Save type detection, even for flash memory size.
- Support for cartridges with motion sensors and rumble (only usable with game controllers).
- Real-time clock support, even without configuration.
- A built-in BIOS implementation, and ability to load external BIOS files.
- Turbo/fast-forward support by holding Tab.
- Rewind by holding Backquote.
- Frameskip, configurable up to 10.
- Screenshot support.
- Cheat code support.
- 9 savestate slots. Savestates are also viewable as screenshots.
- Video and GIF recording.
- Remappable controls for both keyboards and gamepads.
- Loading from ZIP and 7z files.
- IPS, UPS and BPS patch support.
- Game debugging via a command-line interface (not available with Qt port) and GDB remote support, compatible with IDA Pro.
- Configurable emulation rewinding.
- Support for loading and exporting GameShark and Action Replay snapshots.
- Cores available for RetroArch/Libretro and OpenEmu.
- Many, many smaller things.
- Networked multiplayer link cable support.
- Dolphin/JOY bus link cable support.
- M4A audio mixing, for higher quality sound than hardware.
- Re-recording support for tool-assist runs.
- Lua support for scripting.
- A comprehensive debug suite.
- e-Reader support.
- Wireless adapter support.
- Game Boy Printer support.
mGBA is Copyright © 2013 – 2016 Jeffrey Pfau. It is distributed under the Mozilla Public License version 2.0. A copy of the license is available in the distributed LICENSE file.
mGBA contains the following third-party libraries:
If you are a game publisher and wish to license mGBA for commercial usage, please email [email protected] for more information.
- inih, which is copyright © 2009 Ben Hoyt and used under a BSD 3-clause license.
- blip-buf, which is copyright © 2003 – 2009 Shay Green and used under a Lesser GNU Public License.
- LZMA SDK, which is public domain.
- MurmurHash3 implementation by Austin Appleby, which is public domain.
- getopt for MSVC, which is public domain.