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Games from the retro Nintendo Game Boy Advance console can be played based on… the sounds of a device failure


Games from the retro Nintendo Game Boy Advance console can be played based on... the sounds of a device failureA very interesting discovery has recently occurred in the world of retro equipment. It concerns the Nintendo Game Boy Advance console, which entered the market in early 2001. It turns out that in order to copy the contents of the game cartridge, you can use the sounds that the console plays immediately after its crash. The whole process is quite complicated and requires specialist knowledge, but it is certainly worth getting acquainted with it.

Nintendo Game Boy Advance games can be copied by analyzing the sounds that occur when the device crashes. The process was discovered by a modder not too long ago.

Games from the retro Nintendo Game Boy Advance console can be played based on… the sounds of a device failure

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Of course, the result of the described actions, i.e. copying the contents of the game cartridge, can be achieved using much simpler methods, but in this case it is not about the simplest solution, but about checking other possibilities. It turns out that when the cartridge in question is in the console and it fails (e.g. by suddenly pulling it out and putting it back in), the device starts playing seemingly random sounds (squeaks and noises). However, after almost two hours (1.50 hours to be precise), a sequence of all sounds from the game is played (8-bit, 13100 Hz), which, after appropriate recording and some modification, can later be transformed into a copy of a given production (ROM).

Games from the retro Nintendo Game Boy Advance console can be played based on... the sounds of a device failure [2]

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The process is complicated because the entire recorded audio track must also be properly tuned, and ultimately several such recordings are needed to recreate the original game. For this purpose, the author used Audacity and a script written in the Python programming language. Initially, the game was “dumped” from the mGBA emulator, and eventually also from the Pokémon Emerald game cartridge (a Nintendo DS console was used for this purpose, which can read physical cartridges from Game Boy Advance). . You can see the whole thing in the video below.

Games from the retro Nintendo Game Boy Advance console can be played based on... the sounds of a device failure [3]

Games from the retro Nintendo Game Boy Advance console can be played based on... the sounds of a device failure [4]

Games from the retro Nintendo Game Boy Advance console can be played based on... the sounds of a device failure [5]

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