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How did the Game Boy Advance stretch Game Boy games to widescreen?

The original gameboy, GBP and GBC all had screen resolutions of 160x144[1] while the Game Boy Advanced had a resolution of 240x160[2] So how does the actual stretching occur? It seems pretty uniform, ...
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Did GBA “load” from the cartridge, or was it read in real-time?

Older systems, such as the NES, would often access the ROM in real-time rather than caching the data in system memory, sometimes even reading the same data every single frame. This would result in an ...
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Role of the Z80 co-processor in GBA games

The Nintendo Game Boy Advance had a Z80-like processor which was typically used for backwards compatibility with GB and GBC games. According to its Wikipedia page, an uncited comment claims that the ...
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What did the Supercard “patch” program actually do to GBA and NDS ROMs to make them playable?

The Supercard is a flash cart for the Game Boy advance which can play ROMs and other files off of assorted flash memory. I recently found my Supercard SD and Superkey for NDS, which acts as a ...
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Is it possible to run Linux on a GBA SP?

I have a couple of old Game Boy Advance SP systems around somewhere, and I was wondering if it's possible to get an old version of Linux running on one. I'm just doing it for fun, and thought that it ...
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Is there way to save the save state?

I found my Game Boy Advance in a box a few days ago, and I'm already playing good old Mario games. The problem is that I usually don't have time to finish the whole level at the same time (or I might ...