The only way to play GBA games on the Wii, October 30, 2006
ByÂ Alfred J. Williams (REAL NAME)Â
I have had both the Game Boy Player and the Advance Game Port for a long time.
The biggest fundamental difference between the Game Port and the official GB Player, is that the Game Port uses software emulation and the GB Player uses true hardware emulation.
The Game Port uploads the both the GBA ROM and the game's save data into the GameCube's memory and uses a ARM9 software emulator play the games. The frame rate appears a little bit choppy, and the audio pitch is slightly off; making it seem almost like the effect of playing an NTSC game on a PAL system - all GB games operate at 60Hz, and although playback seems a little bit sluggish (maybe 50 Hz?), this has the advantage of slowing down the game by about 16.7%, making overly fast-paced or challenging games slightly easier.
Somebody mentioned that their's had a biult-in cheating device as well, but I recall nothing of that nature in my version. A biult in feature to back up game savs (NOT ROMS!) to a GC memory card would also have been nice.
Nintendo's official Game Boy Player, on the other hand, uses official Nintendo hardware to run GBA games. The GB Player has built in to it, both an ARM7 and an ARM9 processor, making it able to play both GB classic, GB color, and GBA games.
Here are my Pros and Cons:
Cheaper than a GB Player, esp that both are out of circulation, and the GB Player now is a collector's item!!!
This product will be the only full-screen GB option compatible with the Nintendo Wii (provided the Wii is fully 100% compatible with GameCube, not 98% or 95%), since it only uses the CD tray and the controller/memory card ports.
The slightly slower frame rate may make fast-paced games somewhat less challenging.
Choppy framerate at times.
Audio Pitch is a little flat.
Due to the incompatible ROM structure/ processor archetecture, it will not work with Game Boy Classic or Game Boy Color games.
Overall, it is a nice accessory, but I have used it two or three times and my official GB Player dozens and dozens of times.
It will be interseting to find out how the Wii will respond to it.