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Original author(s)Ville Helin
Initial release1996; 28 years ago (1996)[1]
Stable release
v1.03 GPL[1] / 3 January 2004; 20 years ago (2004-01-03)[1]
Written in68020 assembler
LicenseGPL V2

Wzonka-Lad is a Nintendo Game Boy emulator for the Amiga series of home computers.[2]


Wzonka-Lad was written by Ville Helin[2] in 68020 assembler.[3]

The reason why Wzonka-Lad came to be was Virtual Game Boy (VGB), a Game Boy emulator written in C ported to Amiga. It ran so slowly on Amiga hardware that Helin decided to write one faster in assembly language.[2]

The emulator requires at least a 68020 processor, provides several options to vary game speed and colours[4] and supports graphics and sound cards (via CyberGraphX and AHI).[3]

In comparison to other Game Boy emulators for Amiga, version 0.64 was slower and more compatible than AmigaGameBoy, but faster than Unix ports like VGB.[4] Version 0.99 was able to achieve playable speed for most games on systems with a 68030 50 MHz processor or higher.[3]

In August 2003, Wzonka-Lad dropped its shareware status, and was released as free software under the GPL-2.0-only license.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Wzonka-Lad - Yet Another Gameboy Emulator for Amiga Computers". www.villehelin.com. Retrieved 20 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Compton, Jason (January 23, 1997). "Emulation Rambler, Gameboy? No way! Yes way! (VGB and WzonkaLad)". Amiga Report International Online Magazine. Vol. 5, no. 1. Archived from the original on December 28, 2014. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Němec, Luboš (January 1999). "GameBoy aneb pidihry na Amize, Wzonka-Lad 0.99.12". Amiga Review (in Czech). No. 40. Atlantida Publishing. p. 19. ISSN 1211-1465. Archived from the original on May 29, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Goodwin, Simon (July 1997). "Emulators Part 10: Console Emulation, GameBoy". Amiga Format. No. 99. Future Publishing. pp. 27–28. ISSN 0957-4867. Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  5. ^ "Wzonka-Lad News". 2003-08-11. Archived from the original on 2005-02-27.
  6. ^ "Wzonka-Lad-Source unter GPL veröffentlicht" (in German). Amiga-News.de. August 15, 2003. Retrieved March 7, 2018.

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