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[APP] MoonGBA - the fastest gba emulator

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By #LG#, Junior Member on 14th May 2011, 11:45 PM
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MoonGBA - probably the fastest Game Boy Advance emulator for Windows Mobile platform made by Xiangpeng Chen. Freeware. I can't believe that there is no topic about this great app. Without sound enabled it works almost perfectly on my BenQ E72 with 230MHz omap processor and ~20MB of RAM. On my Blue Angel - what can I say - amazing! Unfortunately it doesn't work on my HTC Kaiser. But I'm sure it is the one of uncommon cases.

  • really fast rom emulation
  • runs on slower PDAs/smartphones
  • portrait, landscape left/right + fullscreen, fit to screen, vga screen view modes + "antialiasing"
  • frameskip + frame speed settings
  • *.sav files support
  • touch controlled pad (activated in settings)
  • only 3 save/load slots
  • not quite good sound emulation comparing to other emulators
  • noticed that it doesnt work on HTC Kaiser

  • Windows Mobile 5.0 >= based device
  • ~200MHz processor for comfortable playing without sound (depends on processor model)
  • about 15MB RAM for loading 4/8MB roms; 20+ for loading 16MB roms

  • english translated 2.4.0 version - HERE (just run .exe file on your PPC/SM, config files will be created in the same directory)
  • author's website with newest chinese versions - HERE (up to 2.4.2)

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15th May 2011, 12:55 AM |#2  
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Not working :-/
I tried running Pokemon Sapphire (.gba), Pokemon Yellow (.gbc), and Pokemon Blue (.gb). The gba file was the only one which didn't close the program. None of them were able to run though, I only only saw a white box when loading the gba file.

My device is the ATT Tilt2 (HTC Rhodium), WVGA, 528 MHZ. Free ram when loading the 16 MB rom, about 30-40 MB
15th May 2011, 05:47 AM |#3  
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nice app.. a way faster than pocketgba and morphgear.. it also saves in .sav format so you can use your save files from desktop gba emulators.. it also supports clock base events which pocketgba dont.. but it would be better if we can edit the virtual pads just like in morphgear because its own virtual pads are annoying cause it touches the screen..
15th May 2011, 07:44 PM |#4  
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Nice share, thanks!
15th May 2011, 08:30 PM |#5  
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@zyphuris55, MoonGBA is an Game Boy Advance emulator so it's able to open only *.gba roms. Shame that it doesn't work on Rhodium I see there is same problem as with Kaiser - white box after rom loading. I can suggest you to try the newest 2.4.2 version from developer's website. I didn't try and I don't know if it will work on Kaiser or Rhodium. Unfortunately 2.4.0 is the only one which is english translated.

@xxviii, yep, some time ago I tried to play Pokemon ( ) on PocketGBA but there were problems with ingame time settings. With MoonGBA there are no such problems. And about touch controlled pad question - Xiangpeng is working on it and there are fixes and improvements in newer versions, unfortunately in chinese language.

In general, it has some defects but MoonGBA is a great GBA emulator which works surprisingly fast, especially that its freeware and practically it isn't popular.
21st May 2011, 11:06 PM |#6  
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works great! just the sound could be improved. i´ll test the chinese 2.4.2 version...
25th May 2011, 12:43 AM |#7  
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Could be great
based on a very vey quick test, this is good.

Very fast on HD2, and the built in control pad is good. I'm just checking how LMT controller works wth it. GBA was one of the things i was booting android off SD for, so I'm really pleased to see this, thanks for starting this thread
25th May 2011, 03:55 PM |#8  
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with me it works on the rhodium with pokemon, but it isnt stable sometimes some random crashes...
26th May 2011, 12:37 PM |#9  
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thank you very much, it is the first GBA emulator that works perfectly on my touch pro. No HW button delay, speed is perfect everything is great
26th May 2011, 05:07 PM |#10  
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Great app,I'm searching for it.It works fine on my xperia x1.This is the first emulator for wm with support for 32mb rom,but the speed is low with full screen enabled.The virtual pad is very good.Great app
3rd June 2011, 12:13 PM |#11  
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Originally Posted by Wolfas

thank you very much, it is the first GBA emulator that works perfectly on my touch pro. No HW button delay, speed is perfect everything is great

It works smooth on your Touch Pro? What ROM? It lags (Pokemon Emerald) quite much while using the 2x VGA mode, and that's with sound off. It performs similarly to my Treo, which is a good 230mhz slower than the TP. I do like how the hardware keyboard can be used, with some great wasd action

By comparison, MoonGBA runs too fast on my ancient HP iPAQ hx2495b (with sound off), and practically full speed with sound on. I suspect the Touch Pro's poor 2D performance is what makes it lag.
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