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How to Link VisualBoy Advance

by Laura GittinsUpdated September 22, 2017

VisualBoy Advance is a program that emulates the GameBoy Advance system and allows you to play GBA roms on your computer. If you have multiplayer games, you can link two to four instances of VisualBoy Advance together and play with your friends either on the same computer or over a local area network. You can link two VisualBoy Advance programs together, but you need the correct version of the program that has the "Link" selection under the "Options" menu.

One Computer

Open VisualBoy Advance. Click on "Options" and then "Link" to open the Link Options window.

Select the "One Computer" radio button and click "OK" to close the message box that appears. Click "OK" to close the window. Click on "File" and then "Exit" to save the settings and close VisualBoy Advance.

Open two instances of VisualBoy Advance. In the first, click on "Options" and then point to "Joypad" and then "Default Joypad," and click "1" to set the controls for the first instance to the first configuration. In the second instance, click on "Options," "Joypad," "Default Joypad" and then "2."

Click on "File" and then "Open" in the first VisualBoy Advance instance. Navigate to your games folder and select a game with multiplayer capability. Click "Open" to start the game. Repeat this and open the same game in the second VisualBoy Advance instance. The two VisualBoy Advance instances will link together so you can play your game with two players.

Multiple Computers

Open VisualBoy Advance. Click on "Options" and then "Link" to open the Link Options window.

Select the "LAN" radio button and click "OK" to close the message box that appears. Click "OK" to close the window. Click on "File" and then "Exit" to save the settings and close VisualBoy Advance.

Click on the "vbaserver.exe" file. Enter the number of players at the command prompt and press "Enter." The next line in the vbaserver program will display the server address.

Open VisualBoy Advance on each computer. Click on "Options" and then point to "Joypad" and then "Default Joypad." Every player must choose a unique default controller option. For example, one computer uses "Joypad 1," and the next player uses "Joypad 2."

Click on "File" and then click "Link." Enter the server address shown in the vbaserver program into the "Server IP Address" text box and click "Connect." The vbaserver program will show that a user has connected. Click "OK" to close the message box that appears. Click "OK" in VisualBoy Advance to close the Link Options window. Each player must do this on his own computer.

Click on "File" and then click "Open." Navigate to your games folder and select a game with multiplayer capability. Click "Open" to start the game. Each VisualBoy Advance instance will link together so you can play your game with multiple players.

Tips

Each player should click on “Options” and then point to “Emulator” and deselect “Pause When Inactive Window.” This will prevent VisualBoy Advance from freezing or crashing if one player changes windows on his computer.

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