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Ti-Boy: Ti-84 Calculator Game Boy Emulator: Math Geek, Meet Retro Gamer

by Paul Strauss

Got one of those Texas Instruments graphing calculators? This nifty little program for  TI-83+SE, TI-84+, and TI-84+SE calculators lets you play Nintendo Game Boy games instead of doing your math problems.


Written by Brendan Fletcher (aka “calc84maniac”), TI-Boy SE is a Game Boy emulator that runs on TI’s Z-80 based graphing calculators thanks to similarities between the CPUs of the two systems. The emulator includes three zoom modes, two sprite tracking modes, grayscale or black-and-white palettes, two-channel sound and even can save and load games. Right now it only supports a handful of games, including Tetris, Zelda – Link’s Awakening and Kirby along with homebrew games. Emulation speed is a bit choppy, but what do you expect for an Alpha 0.0.2 version number. I’m sure that TI-Boy will only get better and faster with time.

Here’s a video of an early build of TI-Boy SE running Link’s Awakening in all its greyscale glory…

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If you’ve got a TI-8x calculator, head on over to GameboyDev and grab the installer. There’s plenty of good discussion going on over on the Omnimaga forums too.

[via Ben Heck Forums]

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Comments (15):

  1. goofus says:

    Can you make this work on my old TI-57? ;)

  2. Asking a question guy says:

    Can you still use your calculator for graphing even with this program?

  3. Bobby says:

    Where do i get the game?

  4. Are you kidding me you morons says:

    Can you get this to work on my ti-57, (I know screen isnt even big enough and the pixels are only for numbers, sure there is no place to connect to pc) and can you still use your calculator for graphing even with this program, I dont know, can you turn on your calculator EVEN with batterys installed!

  5. KEEGAN says:

    it is because you need a ti 84

  6. jhuhg says:

    i can’t get on the link what is the working one?

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