For many years, gamers have been regretting that they cannot do anything with the Game Boy Advance cable, except for connecting the Game Boy Advance and GameCube consoles to games such as Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles and Four Swords Adventure.But now many prayers have been answered, as a GitHub user Rodrigo Alfonso revealed A way to stream games from your game raspberry pie Run RetroPie to Game Boy Advance.
The software runs on two systems-a ROM for GBA that needs to be flashed to a compatible cassette tape, and a Linux application for Raspberry Pi. The GBA link cable is soldered to the Pi’s GPIO pins and it takes advantage of the fact that the Nintendo 2001 handheld device supports multiple serial communication modes, including the 2Mbps “normal” mode with bidirectional 32-bit transmission. This allows the GBA to be subordinate to the Pi, mirror its video output (120 x 80 pixels, half of the screen’s native resolution) and return its control input via the same cable.
The inevitable end result of this is that if you start RetroPie, a retro emulation operating system on the Pi, install the application and connect the cable, you can play any retro game you can think of. Audio support is currently described as “experimental.”
This project is from 2021 Greater Bay Area Jam, This is a self-made competition celebrating the 20th anniversary of GBA, requiring developers to produce products that can run on 16.8 MHz 32-bit ARM-driven handheld devices within three months. The prize pool is $1,000 and will be shared by the top five contestants at the end of voting on July 26.
To download the software and understand all the details you might need about how it works-including another project that links two GBAs in the same way-please check Alfonso’s GitHub page.