GBAtemp thoughts and links 07/Oct/2011

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by FAST6191, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom
    The thread you are reading now is the first in our new series entitled GBAtemp thoughts and links. In this new feature many things can happen but in the general idea is to provide a space to share a choice link from our bookmarks, some information that under normal circumstances might not make the portal as news, a quick summary of a methods known to those that have spent time in these circles (and as such might be considered basics) but might have fallen by the wayside, a testbed for new ideas or indeed just a one off quick feature (thanks to a series of fairly lucrative trips to the discount racks of our local pile it high and sell it cheap stores our collection of random console ephemera/soldering iron fodder is at an all time high).[/p]

    GBA hardware and software technical information links
    This is just a small selection of links on various interesting aspects of GBA hardware and software. That some of these sites are still running will probably come as surprise to some so as such please be nice to their bandwidth.[/p]

    Reiner Ziegler's GBA and GBC flashing hardware and oddities site
    [​IMG] Reiner Ziegler's GBA section

    An eventual stop on the road for those looking to make GBA or GB/GBC flashing hardware or related devices it is also home to large amount of data on some of the odder devices and earlier flash carts for the GBA, some choice links and some even less common software to use it all. This makes it a site you will want to read if you are interested in some of the flash cart history or as a starting point for your own project- there are still some fine GBA and GBC devices available but looking around there is serious potential for someone to come in with a top of the line device.[/p]

    GameBoy Advance Dev'rs
    [​IMG] Dev'rs GBA section

    Although this is by no means intended to be an authoritative list to omit this would justifiably cause eyebrows to be raised. Although the GBA/ARM side of dev kit pro has arguably taken over GBA programming duties such tools are still very valuable and doubly so if you encounter a program made using them.[/p]

    e-Reader Encylopedia
    [​IMG] e-Reader Encylopedia

    Starting out as a no-intro side project today it is one of the best sources of data for the e-Reader device for both hardware, software and related tools.[/p]

    TONC: GBA programming guide
    [​IMG] TONC contents page

    In our opinion although it de-emphasises dev kit arm/advance somewhat which might not help some wishing to break into GBA programming it still houses one of the finest programming guides on the GBA and guides to some of the oddities of the GBA hardware (would be GBA and DS rom hackers do take note)[/p]

    Headspin's page
    [​IMG] Headspin's page

    Where TONC above covered a lot about the hardware and programming for it this page covers a lot about the practical implementation of things on the GBA[/p]

    The usual suspects

    The following links are no less valuable than what has come before it but where those might not have been heard from in several years the following are reference sources for lots of people to this day.[/p]

    [​IMG] GBAtek- GBA and DS hardware reference

    [​IMG] pandocs- GB and GBC hardware reference Worked up from the author of GBAtek

    [​IMG] Cowbite- another top notch GBA reference

    [​IMG] Hitmen's YAGCD This one is for the gamecube but in the same vein as the ones just linked and it helps unite some of the design similarities between the GBA, GC, DS and beyond.

    [​IMG] GBA tutor Another GBA development guide but worth a look.

    [​IMG] Audio advance- a quick overview of the GBA audio hardware

    [​IMG] enhacklopedia- a nice GBA cheat making reference

    Do feel free to share any more GBA or related old but still very good to have links in the thread below[/p]

    [​IMG] Discuss

    If you do a search for GBATAL in the forum search box you can find others in this series.
  2. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

    Former Staff
    Oct 23, 2007
    PowerLevel: 9001
    I've always loved Reiner Ziegler's homepage. Full of really useful infos.

    Makes you think of much the scene has changed. Back then, people used their GB/GBAs for a lot more things other than piracy. Look at the DS now. You can only find DS flashcarts, and nothing more (maybe except the DSerial2 and the RoboDS from natrium42... which is an old-school dev anyway, and a few other projects).

    Maybe it's because embedded systems are largely available for less nowadays (tablets, smartphones et al.), instead back then you had to tinker with cheap handheld systems, like the Gameboys.

    Still it was lovely to see so much attachment to a gaming platform, demonstrated in things like the existance of the e-Reader Encyclopedia. Or the awesome pages from Martin North.

    The DS scene saw a lot less of that, I can remember noticeable things like the DS section of Martin North's docs, the DS' wifi retro-engineering pages from sgstair, or even Darkfader's homepage (which I'm gonna link as it's a really interesting read: ) but there's nothing much other than that.

    I miss the old GBA times. Everything was so exciting.

    Thanks for this, FAST!
  3. Smiths

    Smiths AKAIO Person of Interest

    Feb 24, 2003
    United States
    The land of Dairy Queen
    Heh.. Devr's GBA section

    The location of Smiths' first-ever piece of code.
  4. SifJar

    SifJar Not a pirate

    Apr 4, 2009
    This is a great new feature, looking forward to future weeks (not that interested in GBA, but I'm sure similar posts in future weeks will interest me).