FBA vs. MAME
I was under the assumption that FBA in general was the preferred emulator over Mame2003. However, I have found a bunch of games that work much better on MAME than FBA:
openice.zip (Doesn't work in FBA)
acrobatm.zip (Doesn't work in FBA) (Use mame2010 for sound)
Arknoid (MAME allows joystick controls)
Arkanoid Returns (Ver 2.02O 1997/02/10) (Too slow in FBA)
Crazy Kong (Doesn't work in FBA)
Donkey Kong (Buggy in FBA)
Donky Kong jr (missing sound in FBA)
galpani2.zip (Doesn't work in FBA)
gauntlet.zip (buggy in FBA)
invaders.zip (no sound in FBA)
zaxxon.zip (no sound in FBA)
mk3.zip (Doesn't work in FBA)
The compatibility charts in the wiki isn't very accurate. It lists a lot of games as not working that do, etc. Anyone else have other games that work better in one than the other?
Forgot to mention the context of this comparison: This is on a Raspberry Pi 3. PC performance is much different for both.
Add all the Puzzle Bobble games on the list of working better in MAME than FBA.
The compatibility charts in the wiki isn't very accurate. It lists a lot of games as not working that do, etc
the compatibility list is user-generated. if you find a game that works, then please change the entry in the list.
however, you seem to be comparing like for like with FBA vs MAME - these two emulators (actually there are several FBA and MAME emulators) use different romsets. no FBA emulators run midway mortal kombat or open ice games, for example.
I'm mostly comparing the latest FBA with the the 2003 MAME. However, in one case, the 2010 version of MAME worked best.
QBert and QBert Cubes have better audio in MAME.
caver01 last edited by
@pussyfoot Different strokes for different folks. I might play more FBA if it had better support for cocktail auto-rotation in vertical games. I also wish it had a TAB GUI menu for remapping controls as I often do. Also, analog controls are just fantastic now in lr-mame2003, but AdvanceMAME is still king for vector.
I guess I am saying that when you are talking about the "preferred emulator" there are many factors that play into that preference. Only one of them is performance.
In the cases I'm listing, it's critical problems that affect all users. If the game doesn't run or is missing sound, then it's a slam dunk.
caver01 last edited by
@pussyfoot that’s true. Looking back at your list these have problems in one but might work in another. It’s when it works in multiple that it becomes subjective.
Here are some more ones that work in mame vs. FBA:
blkheart (Use MAME 2010)
hachamf (still doesn't work in MAME, but loads)
tdfever (Works better in MAME 2010, but screen is stretched)
@pussyfoot the list is 1000s long. mame aims to support every known arcade board (with later mames closer to that then earlier ones), whereas fba is only a tiny subset (but with a goal of speed rather than preservation).
sirhenrythe5th last edited by
Not to forget that FBA was once meant to emulate one single game: Afterburner from SEGA.
So we should be thankful for every game that was added.
Petsonally i love and use MAME.
MAME32FX on PC, AdvanceMame on the Pi + FBA for NeoGeo to have an own section in ES.
UDb23 last edited by
I remember when FBA was needed to emulate CPS1, CPS2, and NEOGEO because they weren't playable under MAME. MAME was more accurate, but FBA was usually faster. Of course, this was over a decade ago...
I was a little surprised to see games that work fine in FBA on Windows may not even work on the Raspberry Pi.
@sirhenrythe5th I remember using it indeed for Galaxy Force. I didn't know it had started with After Burner.
I also remember using Raine to play Taito games such as Space Gun on my PC... Indeed, grateful for all the progress on MAME and FBA, as well as the amazing things the Pi can accomplish on such a small chip.
@pussyfoot I'd try AdvMame for games that exhibit slowdowns on FBA or MAME 2003. It will usually work surprisingly faster.
@pussyfoot you can merge all FBA, Mame and AdvMame in the arcade folder, and configure different ROMs to use different emulators.