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gameboy flash advance cardROMS - Read Only Memory. For Emu Gamers ROMS mean - Game data extracted/backup from the original game cartridge and stored on a computer for later use in roms emulator or restoring backups data to a Flash Card and playing it on the console. gameboy roms emulators gba games The term's original meaning is "read only memory", a memory type that has often been used to store games and programs for game consoles such as the Nintendo Entertainment System or the Sega Genesis.
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Hi! This is MY ROMS site. You will be able to find here information about how you can make gba, gbc, nes and other rom files from video console cartriges. You can read reviews of gba rom backup hardware and tools for working with roms. We will also privede you with links to best shops selling rom hardware.
First to give you an idea about how roms are made - read about making gba roms!

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R4i SD card adapter for playing NES, SNES, GAMEBOY, SEGA, Atari, GB Color, Game Gear and Emulators and NDS Roms on Nintendo DS / DSi!
And now also blank Nintendo 3DS R4 ROM flash cards for NDS and DSi game backup copies.

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flash advance 256m setConnect GBA Cartridge to PC
You have to have a way to connect gameboy cartridge to the PC. For that you can you Flash Advance Linker or FA Linker Xtreme. Regular linker connects to Printer port when Xtreme can be connected to both printer port or USB.

Save game data on PC as *.GBA or .NDS file
Nintendo DS Roms can be played using R4 SDHC or AK2i cards. Also you can emulate NDS roms on PC using DS emulator. When you have FA Linker connected you can use Flash Advance Writer, Little Writer or Flash Xtreme writer software to save the game from the cartridge on to your PC Hard Drive. It will be saved as .GBA file. Most roms are 4MB or 8MB
(1 Mega Byte on PC = 8 Mega Bits on Cartridge)

Play backuped games on PC or GB
When you have backuped the game on the PC you can Play it with one of the Gameboy Emulators or you can send it a ReWritable Flash Advance card and play it on another Gameboy. Because Flash Advance Cards are bigger than regular GBA Cartridges you can make compilation of say 8 of your favorite games and write them to one 256M FA Card.

In short - this is how most of the gameboy advance roms that you can download from the internet are made. As you can see - the main purpose of roms (and FA Linker) is not to play then on PC's using Emulators, but to use them as backups of your original games. Of course if you have made a backup of your game you can play it PC if you like..

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Buy in one of the following online shops. We have tested - ordered stuff from all of them. They all are reliable and have Secure Site Certificates, Secure connection for shopping carts and orders can be Tracked Online. Look for the best Price + Shipping combo!
Name: Details: Shipping:
EasyBuy2000  [USA] Best online shop for GBA Backup hardwrae. Sells XG flash and Flash Advance Linkers! The shop I use! Worldwide
eXtremeMods [USA] Sells Gameboy FALinker and ModChips for all modern consoles. Can pay with CreditCard or PayPal Worldwide
FireFly-HK        [HK] Shop located in HonKong. Prices are low, but shipping is little more expensive and take a little longer to receave the good in USA or EU Worldwide

Legal status of ROMs

If you own the actual arcade game, making a backup copy of your ROMs for your PC is legal in the US. Some ROM images (such as Atari's) are available for purchase legally. There are several ways of acquiring ROMs which are probably legal in most, if not all, jurisdictions:

  • Buying games as ROMs, e.g. From a ROM retailer such as Star NDS ROMs Sometimes come bundled with P.C. recreations made by the original developers
  • Copying the ROM images from an actual arcade game owned by you Downloading where the original game's copyright has lapsed, e.g. the East German arcade game Poly Play)
  • Downloading where the game's producers have allowed this, e.g. Gridlee Robby Roto

Most people believe that you'll probably never get into legal trouble by using MAME or NDS ROMs. For the "classic", pre-1990 games, this is almost certainly true, as the market value of the ROM images is negligible. However, some recent, post-2000 games have been added to MAME. Some think such games should not be included, because they risk unwelcome attention from the copyright holders. Certain people quote a "5-year rule", stating that 5 years is how old a game should be before being emulated in MAME. However, there is no legal basis for a such a rule. The website was shut down due to a dispute with a copyright holder. It was reopened for awhile, and it is currently closed again, claiming that the bandwidth costs more than the revenue generated by the website. At one point, the MAME team suggested that they adhered to a 3-year rule. MAME currently operates under no real "year rule" as such; instead when MAMEdev feels that a game is no longer being manufacturered or no longer popular in arcades, only then will it be added, and not a moment sooner, though at the time of writing, the most recent game added to MAME was three years old. There are two reasons for this rule: to avoid harming the profits of arcade companies, and to lessen the possibility of future lawsuits. They fear that, just because MAME has not yet been subject to legal action, doesn't mean it will never be.

Many copyright holders are currently ignoring the PSP ROM distribution activity. This may change in the future. Some people argue that, as long as it's for personal use and the user isn't selling the ROMs, it's perfectly legal. They argue that the copyright holders have abandoned their copyright by not enforcing it for many years; most of the games are no longer being manufactured. The actual legality of ROM downloading depends on the country, although most arcade games are still protected by copyright in almost all jurisdictions, and will remain so for decades yet. The MAME community has shown itself to be reasonable. When one company requested that ROMs for its games be removed from, the maintainers of that website immediately complied.

It is rumored that the operators from the website have shut down their site because they were concerned about personal liability, and not because of the expense of running the website. Someone who obtains a set of ROM images probably faces a much smaller legal liability than someone who has distributed ROMs to several other people, and will usually not be prosecuted as it is not profitable for the Nintendo Wii Roms company.

The RIAA was cracking down on filesharing users for trading songs. The same may someday also happen with ROMs for all kinds of gaming emulators; ROM sites have been targeted in the past by the IDSA (now the ESA). If an individual did get sued by a copyright holder, they would probably feel compelled to make a legal settlement. If they were to choose to fight the claim, they would have to spend a large share of money on their legal defense, even if they ultimately would win; so settlement would probably be the most viable option.


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