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02-13-2018 at 11:31 PM
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Is the Gameboy Interface Allowed?

Hey everyone. So I just had some Gameboy games join my collection recently. I have a Gamecube + Gameboy Player I can play them on. However, I am the second owner of this player that never came with a disc (of course). Seeing how overpriced they were. I went a different direction and bought a Action Replay disc from Datel. With the AR disc I opted for the Gameboy Interface for better visuals and less lag. If I want to submit records for the Gameboy family (Original GB, GB Color & GB Advance) is the use of GB Interface a suitable way (platform?) to submit Gameboy scores? I ask since I couldn't find a thread whether it was or not.


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  1. Barthax's Avatar
    I think there's only been the one attempt at a submission (Wes may have submitted others) but it was accepted: https://www.twingalaxies.com/showthre...8-Wes-Copeland
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  2. Retro-Shark's Avatar
    Thanks for the similar submission post. I think I'll keep the page handy for the time I submit my own scores I can link to it as well. Cause I enjoy and use the interface but I don't think I could explain it as well as he did. Thanks again!
  3. Ben Way's Avatar
    I’m trying to work out the advantages/disadvantages of using the GameBoy Interface software when it comes to setting records. Hardware is not a speciality of mine, so please bear with me. As I understand it, the GBI is the best way to get video output from your handheld device using your original cartridge. However, the boosted framerate that results can offer advantages when doing speedruns, which means the GBI shouldn’t be used for these – is that correct? In addition the boosted 480p playback using the GBI can cause some games to render at half height – right? So some titles work, and others don’t.

    JJY_Defender supplied a very detailed list of games that can and can’t be played using this software (https://bit.ly/2Es6eBY), but that was a couple of years ago. Would it be possible to summarise the arguments for and against using the GameBoy Interface in this thread? There’s a lot of contention surrounding this, and it would be good to hear opinions about it from you guys. @WCopeland
  4. Ben Way's Avatar
    To add, there appears to be three different versions of the software – standard, low latency and ultra low latency – would it be reasonable to pick one and stick with it (probably the ultra low latency version)?
  5. Barthax's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Way
    To add, there appears to be three different versions of the software – standard, low latency and ultra low latency – would it be reasonable to pick one and stick with it (probably the ultra low latency version)?
    Hi Ben,

    You seem to be confusing a few bits so I'll try to begin from scratch... :)

    There's no handheld involved. The Game Boy Player is an official Nintendo product which sits underneath the Game Cube and contains Game Boy Advance hardware (hence it is compatible with a wide range of games but still has some exceptions https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_B...ibility_issues ). Along with the GBP-hardware is a Game Cube disc which contains the Game Boy Player software. Many discs gets lost and that makes the GBP-hardware useless.

    The Game Boy Interface is a piece of Game Cube software and contains multiple options within it - the latency options. The software does not influence the speed of the Game Boy Player as it can only read the output from GBP-hardware. The difference between the GBI and the GBP-software is speed of display. The GBP-software has a tiny delay and so there's latency vs. if played on a real GBA. The GBI is designed to remove as much of that latency as possible and that's where those options come in.

    Hope that covers things.
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    Updated 02-15-2018 at 10:49 AM by Barthax
  6. Ben Way's Avatar
    Thanks for the clarification, makes a lot of sense
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