Game Boy Advance Capture

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If you want to speedrun a Game Boy Advance game, the suggested method is to use a Game Boy Player to capture the A/V footage.

The Game Boy player is an add-on to the Nintendo Game Cube that enabled the GameCube to play both Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games. The add-on contained a slot to load Game Boy / Advance games and a disc to boot up the player. Either a GameCube controller or a GameBoy Advance (with an adapter) could be used as a controller. While the Game Boy player still doesn't play games at a speed identical to the original Game Boy Advance, it is pretty close.

Required Settings

The Game Boy Player contains some picture filter and border options that you must configure properly before recording a speedrun. You can access the settings menu by pressing the Z button on a GameCube controller.

The settings for the GameCube player are Screen Filter Sharp, Border #20, and screen size "Normal

Make sure that the screen filter is set to "Sharp", the frame is set to #20, and that the screen size is set to "Normal." Please be sure to use these settings. If you don't configure these settings correctly your speedrun will be rejected. After you have that set up, just record as you would record a normal GameCube game. For reference, the GameCube video signal is 480 lines of resolution. This signal should be compatible with standard definition capture devices and some high definition capture devices.

As a side note, if you aren't a fan of playing Game Boy Advance Games using the GameCube controller or the GameBoy Advance, the website Retro USB sells some controller adapters that will let you use an NES or SNES controller instead.

Alternative and easy method

You can use the DS Capture Board to capture Gameboy Advance games. This method will be for those who don't want to buy a Nintendo GameCube and have less wires and plug sockets. You can order a Nintendo DS capture board from the following site:

In the program itself, the single screen option must be selected. The B and A buttons may be uncomfortable.

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