Category Archives: Emulation

New Videos Added

By popular demand, I’ve added videos to the following tutorials:

Tutorial: Root Shield Android TV (2015; 16GB) (Nougat)

Tutorial: Restore to Stock Image (Shield TV Pro)

I’m also working on a tutorial to help get Commodore Amiga emulation running on Shield TV; specifically to play the amazing shooter Deluxe Galaga.  This will be a fully LEGAL way to play and the price will be $1.99 and about 10 minutes of your time.  Here is a preview:

Garage Research emulators updated; Big Shield TV update!

This week, I updated three of my emulators, VGB, iNES, and MasterGear,
with fixes to the Joystick Layout Editor and finally enabled the menus
on AndroidTV devices. Since Google disabled the regular options menu
on AndroidTV, I had to simulate it with the context menu. Press both
thumbsticks inside the emulation to activate the menu.

VGB 4.9.8 — GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, Super GameBoy Emulator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb
* Fixed button placement in Joystick Layout Editor.
* Buttons no longer shift from where you set them.
* Custom screen rectangle goes where it should go now.
* Button labels will not distort when custom screen selected.
* Fixed the menu on AndroidTV.
* Added a menu workaround for Google’s political idiocy.
* Replaced options menu with context menu for AndroidTV.
* Added “Toggle cheats” special key function.

iNES 4.5.8 — Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Famicom Emulator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.ines
* SAME CHANGES AS VGB 4.9.8

MasterGear 3.5.7 — Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 Emulator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg
* SAME CHANGES AS VGB 4.9.8

Emulator improvements for Android TV …

Garage Research continues improving their emulators for Android TV.

This week, I updated VGBAnext and fMSX emulators for Android. I have
finally managed to make menus work on AndroidTV devices, by replacing
the regular options menu (does not show) with a context menu (still
shows on AndroidTV). Press both thumbsticks to make the menu show inside
the emulation. See below for all changes.

VGBAnext 5.2.9 — GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic Emulator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu
* Once again fixed the menu on AndroidTV, hopefully for good.
* Replaced options menu with context menu for AndroidTV.
* Added “Toggle cheats” special key function.

fMSX 4.5.5 — MSX, MSX2, MSX2+ Home Computer Emulator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.fmsx
http://garageresearch.aptoide.com/
* Added “General | Add Overscan Margins” option for AndroidTV.
* Menu should now work on AndroidTV inside the emulator.
* Replaced options menu with context menu for AndroidTV.
* Added “Toggle cheats” special key function.
* Declared emulation activities enabled for external use.

Garage Research emulators get more Android TV specific features

This week, I updated VGBAnext and VGB emulators for Android. VGBAnext fixes the menu functionality on AndroidTV devices, just don’t forget that you need to press both thumbsticks to open the menu. Apparently, Google disabled menus on high-resolution Honeycomb+ devices in order to force developers to use their action bar. I have found a workaround to get the menus back though. Finally, both emulators add cheats for 18 more GBC/GB games. See below for details.

VGBAnext 5.2.8 — GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic Emulator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu
* Menu should now work on AndroidTV.
* Added a menu workaround for Google’s political idiocy.
* Added cheats for 18 more GBC/GB games.

VGB 4.9.7 — GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, Super GameBoy Emulator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb
* Added “General | Add Overscan Margins” option for AndroidTV.
* Declared emulation activities enabled for external use.
* Added cheats for 18 more games to the Cheatopedia.
* Added cheats for four Looney Tunes games.
* Added cheats for two River King games.
* Added cheats for two Little Mermaid games.
* Added cheats for two Lion King games.
* Added cheats for LEGO Alpha Team and Lock’n’Chase.
* Added cheats for Lemmings and Little Monster.
* Added cheats for Lethal Weapon and Lunar Lander.
* Added cheats for Little Nicky and Loopz.
* Added cheats for Lucky Luke.

Emulator Update!

From the developer of the family of Android TV friendly emulators …

I updated four of my emulators for Android this week: MasterGear, iNES,
Speccy, and ColEm. All now offer an option to disable overscan on
AndroidTVs, in case your device has a system wide overscan option. I
have also fixed fast-scrolling and missed clicks in the File Selector
and removed the annoying video ads from the free versions. All of my
free emulators are now available from Aptoide Store as well. See below
for all the changes.

MasterGear 3.5.6 –– Sega MasterSystem, GameGear, and SG-1000 Emulator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.mg
* Added “General | Add Overscan Margins” option for AndroidTV.
* Fixed fast-scroll index in the File Selector.
* Fixed file search feature on newer Androids.
* Fixed missed item clicks in the File Selector.
* Declared emulation activities enabled for external use.
* Optimized default preferences update on startup.

Speccy 4.0.7 –– Sinclair ZX Spectrum and Its Clones Emulator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.speccy
http://garageresearch.store.aptoide.com/
* Added “General | Add Overscan Margins” option for AndroidTV.
* Made virtual keyboard wrap when navigating with gamepad.
* Fixed fast-scroll index in the File Selector.
* Fixed File Search feature on newer Androids.
* Fixed missed item clicks in the File Selector.
* Disabled annoying video ads in the free version.
* Declared emulation activities enabled for external use.
* Adjusted portrait background image in the Layout Editor.
* Optimized default preferences update on startup.

iNES 4.5.7 — Nintendo Entertainment System and Famicom Emulator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.ines
* Added “General | Add Overscan Margins” option for AndroidTV.
* Fixed fast-scroll index in the File Selector.
* Fixed missed item clicks in the File Selector.
* Declared emulation activities enabled for external use.

ColEm 3.6.5 — ColecoVision Emulator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.colem
http://garageresearch.store.aptoide.com/
* Added “General | Add Overscan Margins” option for AndroidTV.
* Made virtual keypad wrap when navigating with gamepad.
* Fixed fast-scroll index in the File Selector.
* Fixed missed item clicks in the File Selector.
* Disabled annoying video ads in the free version.
* Declared emulation activities enabled for external use.
* Adjusted portrait background image in the Layout Editor.

Android TV friendly emulators updated!

Garage Research produces a long line of Shield Android TV friendly emulators for classic game systems.  See our Emulators section for our favorite emus!

This week, I updated VGBAnext, VGB, and fMSX emulators for Android. I fixed a bunch of old bugs in the File Selector, so that the file search and fast-scroll indexing now work as intended. The Joystick Layout Editor also had a bunch of updates. Finally, VGBAnext adds an option to control AndroidTV overscan margins and fixes compatibility with external file managers (like ES File Explorer or Astro). You should once again be able to run GBA/GBC games by clicking on them in these file managers. See below for all the changes.

VGBAnext 5.2.7 — GameBoy Advance, GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic Emulator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.emu
* Added “General | Add Overscan Margins” option for AndroidTV.
* Fixed File Search feature on newer Androids.
* Fixed fast-scroll index in the File Selector.
* Fixed missed item clicks in the File Selector.
* Fixed dashed lines display in the Layout Editor.
* Declared emulation activities enabled for external use.
* Adjusted portrait background image in the Layout Editor.
* Optimized default preferences update on startup.

fMSX 4.5.4 — MSX, MSX2, and MSX2+ Home Computer Emulator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.fmsx
* Made virtual keyboard wrap when navigating with gamepad.
* Fixed missed item clicks in the File Selector.
* Fixed fast-scroll index in the File Selector.
* Fixed File Search feature on newer Androids.
* Adjusted portrait background image in the Layout Editor.
* Optimized default preferences update on startup.

VGB 4.9.6 — GameBoy Color, GameBoy Classic, and Super GameBoy Emulator
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fms.vgb
* Fixed fast-scroll index in the File Selector.
* Fixed missed item clicks in the File Selector.
* Fixed dashed lines display in the Layout Editor.
* Optimized default preferences update on startup.
* Removed dormant ChartBoost SDK library.

Yes, you can use your Wii U Pro controller on Shield TV!

For $20, you can get an adapter that will let you use the amazingly solid (and great battery life) Wii U Pro controller wirelessly with your Shield Android TV!  Let me show you how… Or buy it now.

PPSSPP 1.1.0 Update – Optimized for Shield Android TV

The greatest PSP emulator out there, PPSSPP has been updated to v1.1.0 and what a great release for Shield Android TV owners!  I dare say I can finally play God of War with sufficient emulation.  Check my video below!

WHAT’S NEW

Warning: Savestates may not be compatible! Make real saves before you upgrade.

  • Support for ARM64 for improved performance on new devices.
  • Support Android TV, like nVidia Shield TV
  • Screen rotation for vertical games
  • Performance improvements and bug fixes, music fixes
  • GPU fixes like correct depth rounding, fixing text in Phantasy Star, UV rotation
  • Support savestates for homebrew apps
  • Integrated “Homebrew Store”
  • Minor AdHoc multiplayer improvements. Still many issues left.

Google Play: Free | Gold

Arc Browser: New Genrepacks added!

ARC Browser_20150901_190043We’ve been hard at work building more core Genrepacks for your favorite emulator platform for use in Arc Browser.

We recently added one for Nintendo DS.  Check out all Genrepacks on this page.

Updates on NVidia Shield Zone!

We have had a busy weekend here at NSZ.  We’ve been busily refreshing our content to match the latest updates across all Shield devices.  We’ve updated existing tutorials on rooting and added new tutorials including how to update manually without data loss – and how to restore your device to stock.

Remember, we’ve done every one of these several times – and we take you through everything; even the stuff other tutorials leave out.

We’ve also been busy adding GenrePacks to the Arc Browser app’s download page.  Fresh and new include GBA, TG-16 and N64 packs.

Along with what you SEE – we’ve been working on a lot of things you cannot see.  NSZ was a merger between all our Android sites including Green Robot Gamer, the old Shield Zone, Android Emulation Zone, etc.  We’re porting over content, fixing broken links, tweaking WordPress; all that fun stuff the site monkeys have to do.

As always, we’re pleased to have you here and look forward to being your Shield Device Utopia.