News from my gameboy emulator for windows phone 7

Wario’s Jewels is now out !

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hello everyone,

You will find in this message the last evolutions of « Wario’s jewels », my game boy emulator for windows phone 7.
First of all, I want to thank all the people who sprayed the information.
I also want to point that it is so far only a game boy pocket emulator and not color, that may come later.

Here are the new things:
I have just added a save state which allows to quit the application but without losing your progression.
I have also corrected the ration problem but the screen isn’t fullscreen anymore.
A background I got from an i phone emulator has been set.If you feel like an artist, don’t hesitate and send me your backgrounds.
You can contact me by leaving a comment.

A screen now presents the description of the game taking the information back from the xml file.

Access to the roms is made by an xml file put on a server. This files gathers all the necessary information for the application like particularly the links to the covers and roms.

I am now writing a little application allowing to generate this file easily.
The structure of the file is thus but is likely to change.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>

  <Machine Name="GameBoy">

      <Game Publisher="Nintendo" Label="Legend of Zelda, The: Link's Awakening" Id="Zelda-108" Genre="Rpg">
          A Game Boy fantasy adventure like no other!
          Nintendo's fantasy adventure hero, Link of Hyrule, returns in this new epic quest...Link's Awakening. Link's newest challenge is set on the mysterious Koholint Island, a place where dreams and reality collide. As a castaway, Link must find a way to escape from the island and return to his beloved homeland of Hyrule.
          But it won't be as easy as chartering a boat. The island's inhabitants have no knowledge of the outside world. One creature, a talking Owl, may know the solution to Link's dilemma, but first Link must tackle eight dungeons full of treacherous monsters and tricky traps. His goal: find the eight instruments of the Sirens and awaken the omnipotent Wind Fish which rules the island.
          Link will battle new enemies and make new friends in one of the most in-depth fantasy adventures for Game Boy yet!
          A battery-backed memory will save up to three games so you never have to start your journey empty-handed.

You can now have a look at the video of this project. Don’t hesitate to leave your comments which really give me strength to go on this adventure.

Have a nice day !

PS : Many thanks to Jean-Marie for the translation :)

EDIT : More information on the GameList Creator application, look at here

31 Responses to News from my gameboy emulator for windows phone 7


    project dead??


    Looks great, nice work! Will there be a beta XAP available soon for those with unlocked phones? Thanks

  6. @Dave : Thanks Dave ! The time I can give for this project is flucuant and limited. The emulator need some improvement and the UI is not completly finished. So no deadline for the moment for the Beta Xap :)


    I am impressed with this site, really I am a big fan .

  12. Thanks you ! You’re classified #1 in the list of fans of the site :)


    Top, merci, un petit tour et puis s’en vont :)


    Good job.

    Did you write the z80 emulation yourslef? or did you find a BSD version somewhere?
    The big problem with emulators on WP7 is that it is not legal to use GPL and LGPL components in the apps you put on the market place :-(

  15. Hi XJean,
    I make completly this emulator myself. Indeed, it’s not the best of all but it runs most of commercials games :)
    I hope Microsoft ‘ll launch soon a new way to publish homebrew on WP7. Wait and see.

  17. Not at all. The alpha tests of the project have shown a problem with the trick to draw pixels on various devices.We are waiting now for mango update and his xna screen control ! the new devkit for mango should be released on may.


    I’m wondering how I could be notified whenever a new post has been made. I have subscribed to your RSS which must do the trick! Have a great day!


    Peut-on s’enregistrer sur votre newsletter ?

  20. Bonjour Pierre-Henry,

    Il n’y a pas de newsletter à proprement parlé mais un flux RSS et un compte twitter qui peuvent être suivis (en haut à droite du titre du blog).

  21. Hello Ahmed,

    Oui je suis au courant, je suis d’ailleurs en contact avec le créateur de vNeslight qui a tenté l’aventure Marketplace. Pour ma part, je n’exclue pas de l’intégrer dans le marketplace mais il me faudrait le reconstruire en partie pour le passer à Mango car j’utilise un trick spécifique pour Nodo pour obtenir une vitesse accessible. A voir donc….


    Hello Samuel,
    Wario’s Jewels is surely a good piece of software.
    Please listen to what I have to say … I understand you’d have to rebuild it, but a Mango version is mandatory for such a wonderfull project.
    I hope you’ll understand how much your project can change the Windows Phone scenario. A Game Boy emulator for mango and second (and more powerfull) generation devices (such like Nokia Lumia, HTC Radar/Titan, Samsung Focus S) will surely rock !!!
    Please bring the Mango version to life !
    Thx for your efforts …
    Good Luck

  23. Hi DrAg0n,
    Thanks for your implication in this emulator. You’re not the first to ask me a rebirth of WJ7 for Mango but currently, i’m working on differents projets :
    – Application Kinect,
    – IsoStoreSpy
    – WallPaperMachine (App for WP)
    and other stuffs like write article for my blog or french magazine, prepare sessions for techdays 2012, coach wp developpers, drink some beers at afterworks.
    As you see, i don’t have too much time for that for the moment but it’s not impossible i’ll try to make the convertion to Mango one day :)
    Thank again for you message !


    This has potential to be the best app on the WP marketplace! What’s happened to the development? Simply no time? This could make you a lot of money! I would happily pay for this emulator…Please make it happen? :(

  25. I’ve just published Sonic’s Jewels on the marketplace, an emulator of Sega Master System and GameGear games. Now it’s time to regive life to Wario’s jewels ! MOUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !


    I agree. Please please please continue development! I love sonicjewels to death but I would prefer wariojewels anyday! I would pay for an emulator as well made as sonicjewels!

  27. WJ7 is on the way !


    SonicJewels is amazing Samuel!! I purchased it as soon as i played it. WJ7 would be worth spending a good few pound (I’m English!) on. Seriously, if it’s as sleek and well developed as SJ, i wouldn’t mind paying and would purchase without trial. You’re a great developer and this app would be, imo, the best WP7 release to date! So glad to hear you’re picking the project up for a port! Good luck, not that you’ll need it! 😉

  29. Thanks Renf 😉


    …when my phone translates your message it reads:

    « Thanks Nigeria »

    Now…i was confused for a while. Then i say that next to my post it also says « Nigeria says: »…so i guess it’s translating my name to Nigeria… :0

    Anyways…will you be keeping updates here Sam? I’d love to follow your progress! :)

  31. Hi Renf,
    Consider to used the facebook for some fresh news about WJ7 and SJ7.!/WarioJewels7
    Btw SJ7 has a new name : BlueTomato :)


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