TGB Dual is a GameBoy and GameBoy Color emulator that supports link cable support through TCP/IP (even on the same PC). It is also available in RetroArch as a libretro core.
TGB Dual Vol. 8.3.1
You will need a VPN to netplay with this emulator. Download hamachi or Comodo VPN. Unless you can figure out what ports does this emulator use, there is no other way to play this over the internet besides VPNs.
- Beside VBA-Link, it's the only other Game Boy (Classic/Color) emulator that emulates Cable Link
- You can trade with yourself
- Very simple to use
- Resource light, so you can run several instances even on lower-end computers
- Has basic chat during netplay
- Requires a physical LAN or a VPN to use
- Documentation doesn't mention what port does it use to bypass using VPN
- Works very well up to 150ms. Anything beyond that is nigh unplayable
- Unpack the emulator wherever you want
- Configure your emulator: map buttons (physical controller preferred!), change resolutions, apply filters (if you want them)
- Go to Options, click Folders
- Set a path for your save files and ROMs folders, click OK
- Go to File, click Netplay. A window will appear.
- In the ROM section, set the ROM you'll be using in the "Player" box, and the ROM your opponent will be using in the "Rival" box (unless you're both using the same ROM).
If you're hosting:
- Click Server
- Type in a number between 1024 and 65535 in the Timeout field (1024 usually works just fine)
- Click connect and wait
If you're connecting:
- Click Client
- Type in your opponent's VPN IP
- Click Connect and wait
- The status section will change to some other illegible gibberish and a status bar will appear (AFAIK, haven't used it in a very long time so I don't remember)
- Once connection has been established, the game will start for both people and a small rudimentary chat box will appear. Enjoy!
Worth noting: the game will be choppy/laggy, and will still be somewhat playable at 150 ms. Anything beyond will respond too slowly to be playable. Be warned.