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    Arrow EverDrive GBA's SNESAdvance Release Thread

    A Work in Progress Add-on for smokemonsters EverDrive GBA & EZ Flash List

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    2018-08-17 The SNESAdvance Revival (USA A-Z) - COMPLETED!
    2018-09-15 The SNESAdvance Revival (EUR A-Z) - COMPLETED!

    What is the SNESAdvance Revival about?

    Spoiler warning:
    Back in the 2000's Flubba made an emulator for GBA which made it possible to play SNES games on a GBA though around 2006 everything went quiet be it the project never finished or it was just forgotten about.

    As it was such a great idea I would like to relive this dream and am patching the Super EverDrive, SD2SNES, Super NT List that smokemonster created in his Everdrive Packs Releace Thread so the games can be played on a GBA and am following the same layout by separating it into parts of regions.

    Nearly all games from how they were added are showcased in the same way the folder shows them but with the help of mentioning which game can work or not.

    The revival of 12 year old project of the past has finally been carved into the stone of history the chance to play SNES games on your GBA is here though it was never finished so this will be whatever was made which I will use!, including the use of both the PocketSNES v0.1 and SNESAdvance v0.1f for the best of both worlds.

    For some games I used PocketSNES with a combination of the offset scroll feature which focuses on the more important parts of the screen selections as they were never seen on SNESAdvance with idea of trying to add extra stuff in it.


    History

    Spoiler warning:
    It all goes back to the time I played on the PCEAdvance emulator in my GBA off the Supercard SD.

    As I was amazed by how you could either speed up the gameplay by disabling the TimerIRQ and turning the sound to on with the mixer then pressing reset in the menu to get a full speed game with audio that was what the GBA could do or sometimes with no audio at all.

    It was also great fun using the feature which let you scroll up or down the screen by using the unscaled feature which zoomed into either the top or bottom screen area via pressing L or R on the GBA itself.

    Years past and I got a GBA Everdrive X5 I already knew this device could play what the Supercard SD could and more but I was more interested in playing SNES games on it.

    It was only after downloading smokemonsters last official available GBA pack back in 2017 that there was a folder in the game series collections which had a emulator called SNESAdvance the thing about this inspired me to think how well they would work if more were added.

    The folder had variants with versions on them but the odd thing was only half of them let you scroll up and down the screen pressing select and up or down, while some others had a feature which made the camera follow the sprite in game with no adjusting the camera at all.

    After playing all of the available games in that folder I decided to find the emulator myself but with no luck I couldn't find anything other than PocketSNES so with its limited use I patched every single game on the SNES taking a lot of months.

    It was only when I was on pdroms site which hosts various emulator devices that I learned that my version was outdated but it was not all bad news due to the fact the new one didn't come without problems on its own (A good example is the game Demon's Crest oddly only works on PocketSNES while on SNESAdvance it blacks out)

    The confusing thing of this is that it seems PocketSNES was the main thing worked on, it seems SNESAdvance went under the radar and was made later on the thing is nether site seems to have the latest version on what games work or what does not.

    Take for example this info - http://www.pocketsnes.net/snes_roms.htm

    And this info which only got halfway and didn't help much - http://www.pocketsnes.net/Compatibility.doc

    Along with this lastly - http://archives.dcemulation.org/gba/...ompatlist.html

    It all seems like it was based around the older version before you could a just the camera which is why they say to set the offset to what it is so the part of the screen above can be seen, but this gets more confusing on the readme too and it's that most games stated that work I couldn't get them to work be it the one from pdroms or the one off their site.

    Apart from that I can honestly say that this is a great way to play SNES games on a GBA it is like PCEAdvance and more though it takes a while to get used to the camera being adjusted via select and up or down... it all comes down to a beautiful package and best off all seeing 16bit games on such a sharp GBA screen is true popping eye candy ^^

    And with that said I hope this becomes a great addition to anyone's GBA device which can play SNES games now


    The 15 Burning Questions

    Spoiler warning:
    #1 Q: What smokemonster pack are the roms based on? A: The set I will and always will use was as of 10.31.2017 being the last officially released set before it was decided to create your own these days.

    #2 Q: Do I require any additional patching tools to play these games on my GBA? A: All roms have been thoroughly checked by myself to at least allow them display the Gameboy logo with Nintendo under it and will load either a black screen or the game with no patching device needed as it was done for you by me. There should be no missing Nintendo name like if you used a SNES rom on a GBA naming the .sfc or .smc. directory .gba in hopes it would work.

    #3 Q: How did the games work on my GBA when they have the tag .sfc instead of .GBA? A: To make it less mistakable of having a GBA game by the same name etc Phalanx I gave it the end tag name as it was shown on the smokemonster folder itself. The game is made for GBA so the end change will always be recognized as a GBA file.

    #4 Q: With so many games that seem half playable and not I cannot decide which is worth trying. A: The best games to try are ones such as The Megaman games or the Castlevania series ones and go through ones that say [p][g].

    #5 Q: How long did it take you to patch a region of games? A: Around a few months give or take it also required a lot of checks by inserting and ejecting the SD card from the GBA Everdrives spring!

    #6 Q: Why do games such as Super Mario World work but others like Super Metroid, Kirby and Donkey Kong not work? A: These games apparently require a device that can change the hex value or the RAM data which removes the "LOCK OUT screen" which I cannot fix myself as I have no knowledge on how to do it.

    #7 Q: Are the conversions from SNES to GBA straight up accurate to the original game? A: Sadly not a lot require speed hacks or compress backgrounds or images a good example is playing Super Bomberman to see what I mean.

    #8 Q: What region is the SNESAdvance emulator set to? A: It is very hard to say the official site says the final version as of January 24 2006 made all games playable but to me it seems it's set to NTSC only.

    #9 Q: Do hacks work with these games? A: Adding any hack via the use of game genie guy causes the game to lag and slow down as the speed hack is removed the use of game genie thing however may or may not keep the speed hack in place with codes also you would need the vanilla game to do it not the modified one to work on a GBA first.

    #10 Q: The readme says games like Super Mario All Stars work but your folder says it's broken why is that? A: Despite the SNESAdvance notes in the pack saying the game is playable I have yet to get it to work even on the PocketSNES version it shows a black screen if you can fix this by all means it would be much appreciated.

    #11 Q: Is this considered an add on to smokemonsters EverDrive GBA & EZ Flash List if I want to play SNES games on my GBA? A: It's actually based on the game series collection folder but as it was only a small folder called Emulator - SNESAdvance it was missing a lot of games I wanted to make it a full blown category so yeah it is indeed an add on for GBA and should be added to any update he makes.

    #12 Q: Do the games have sound? A: As the emulator never managed to add sound all games are mute.

    #13 Q: Some Super Scope and Mouse games such as Mario Paint display fine on a GBA but your tag says it is broken is that an overlook insight? A: Yes those games indeed do work but they can't be controlled so I did say they were broken as they cannot be played you can still enjoy the demo screens of Mario Paint and the super scope games and feel free to rename them [p] as you see fit.

    #14 Q: Why use sendspace instead of filedownloader, mega nz or what-ya-ma-call-it those other sites that are used to host huge files? A: As I have been around uploading sites from years back going back to those ones such as Megaupload, Rapidshare, Filedropper, Imageshack and even Lycos I never like using huge sites that host lots of files due to preferring the old vintage style of 1 file per link. It's just something I prefer

    #15 Q: Will you manage to patch every SNES game to work on the GBA? A: I will unless the spring breaks in my Retro Towers Everdrive GBA X5!


    Folder Layout: [IMPORTANT: FILES MAY LOOK LIKE SNES GAMES BUT ARE CONVERTED TO WORK ON A GBA ONLY DO NOT PLAY THEM ON A SUPER FAMICOM OR SUPER NINTENDO! THE SFC TAG AT THE END OF THE FILE NAME IS JUST TO KEEP IT TRUE TO THE ORIGINAL FOLDER AND RENAMED FROM GBA TO SPERATE IT FROM A GBA GAME OF THE SAME NAME]

    1 America - A-Z

    1 US - A-E
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    PAL - A-J
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    Extras

    Ex1 SNESAdvance USA Screen Follows Your Controllable Sprite Games

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    Download Links:
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    Spoiler warning:
    Y = B
    B = A
    X = L
    A = R
    L = Select+L
    R = Select+R
    Scale Up the screen = Hold Select and press either Up or Down

    Select+Start+B+A brings up the emulator control menu.
    Push Start to exit the menu.


    (My preferred controls via Key Config)

    Spoiler warning:
    Y = B
    B = A
    X = L
    A = R
    L = L
    R = R
    Start = Start
    Select = Select


    Links of interest

    The Official PocketSNES page - http://www.pocketsnes.net/download_pocketsnes.htm

    The achieved SNESAdvance page - http://archives.dcemulation.org/gba/...org/index.html

    Special Thanks to Flubba and the rest of the SNESAdvance team for making it possible to play SNES games on a GBA with it's limits and capabilities.

    Edit: I was so nostalgic on posts I noticed there is no spoiler tags but the tag I remember hides the text, isn't a spoiler better than having a code added to it?
    Last edited by Richardragon87; 15th-September-2018 at 01:30.

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