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Pokemon Yellow Can't Save State



  • So I've never played any of the Pokemon games and figured I should give it a go. Decided I would start with Pokemon Yellow Pikachu Edition (as from what I could find it is more or less Red & Blue combined) and I can't seem to use save states with this particular game. I get the Save State 0% on-screen message but it never goes beyond that. Other ROMs I have work just fine with this. Normally I wouldn't be too concerned with this feature but as I plan on playing on my GPi case for it's portability I would prefer to be able to save at any time.

    Is this an issue with my ROM perhaps? Should I try a different copy of the game?

    Pi Model or other hardware: ZeroW
    Power Supply used: Retroflag GPi Case connected to powerbank 2.4a output
    RetroPie Version: 4.5.3
    Built From: image from retropie website
    Controller used: GPi case
    File: Pokemon - yellow version - pikachu edition (usa, europe).gb
    Emulator: lr-mgba & lr-gambette

    Also: on both emulators there is actually color, is that normal?


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    Is this an issue with my ROM perhaps? Should I try a different copy of the game?

    I don't think so, looks more like a problem saving than a ROM issue. Are other games (GB or whatnot) having this problem also ? Do you have enough space on your SD card ?

    Also: on both emulators there is actually color, is that normal?

    Yes, the original cartridge worked on both the original GB and the GB Color, I guess the emulator launches it as a GBC game.

    In MGBA, you can force the emulated system to Game Boy (original) and you'll get the monocolored version:
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  • @mitu I had a feeling that the game was designed to work for both GB and GBC.

    As for space the card has about 20gb unused so I know that's not the issue.

    I've tried other GB games and had no problems. And before and after I made the post last night I tried a few random systems and then random ROMs and nothing else was doing that.

    EDIT: I just tried it on my 3B+ build and it saves just fine. Same ROM file but not the same retropie or emulator version for sure.

    EDIT TAKE 2: Just to be thorough I decided I would look to see if a state file was created for the game and what would happen if I delete it. So I did and now it's working. Could I have some corruption within the card itself?


  • Global Moderator

    @simpleethat said in Pokemon Yellow Can't Save State:

    Could I have some corruption within the card itself?

    Could be, though I think it's more likely a corrupt saved state (software issue).



  • @mitu so most likely it was trying to save one and something errored and then it just wasn't able to save over the bad file?



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