Best GBA Emulators for Pokemon Gaming

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There are dozens of Game Boy Advance emulator out there that you can use to play your favorite Pokemon GBA game series. Whether you are planning to play Pokemon on your computer or mobile device, there is an available emulator for you.

But the question is, does all of them work? I doubt it, but here is the list of best and recommended GBA emulator that I have tried personally and even recommended by most gamers.

Best Game Boy Advance Emulators to Play Pokemon GBA Games

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GBA Emulators for Windows Users

Game Boy Advance Emulators started to work for Windows operating systems. Unfortunately, many of these GBA emulators are outdated though still playable in most cases. Here are the GBA emulators for Windows users that we highly recommend.

Also read: List of Best GBA Emulators for PC

GBA Emulators for Mac OS

There are plenty of cool GBA emulators for Mac OS users and here are some of those;

GBA Emulators for Android

GBA Emulation on mobile devices became so much popular these days and the hype still continues. Imagine you are holding a real Game Boy Advance gaming console but with more advanced features. I recommended checking these best GBA emulator for Android yet my personal favorite are the listed below.

  • MyBoy – This is my personal favorite GBA emulator, there is a free version of this app, but I prefer the paid version to fully enjoy the emulation service plus almost all Pokemon Gameshark codes and cheat will work in this emulator.
  • John GBA Lite – I personally tested this emulator and so far it runs GBA games smoothly and even support cheating, you might want to consider John GBA Lite as an alternative to My Boy.

GBA Emulator for iOS

GBA4iOS – I tried this emulator, and I can say so far GBA4iOS is the best GBA emulator for iOS. Sadly there aren’t many GBA emulators for iOS. Though GBA4iOS sometimes becomes unstable but the majority of our readers recommend this.

Related: Best GBA Emulators for iOS

What’s your favorite GBA emulator to play Pokemon games? Have you already tried any of above-listed emulators? If you think there’s something I need to add to the list, please don’t hesitate to submit your comment.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t know why this happens but I have downloaded several games and it won’t let me use them on my boy. Is it because I have the free version? (My old boy). Help me please. I get that there is no appropriate file in that folder. I’m sure I’ve downloaded the correct version and at least 6 more.

    • If I understand it correctly, you are trying to run GBA games on My Old Boy? That’s not possible. My Old Boy is only for GB and GBC games. You need My Boy or John GBA to play GBA games.

  2. In Pokémon Emerald there’re 7 legendaries you can catch however in the emulator you can’t. Is that due to copyright or do you have to catch them in order for the locations to spawn?

  3. I’m using the NO$GBA emulator and it’s the best emulator for GBA ROMs. Easy to instal, good graphic, sound and you can play your games in full screen. If you are beginners in this kind of thing I recommend the MGBA Emulator, that emulator is good too.

  4. How can I download Pokemon ruby for My Boy!, because I want to do a Nuzlocke on it but I can’t figure it out my brother told me just buy a Game boy Advance and Pokemon Ruby with it but I told him that Game boys are $40 or more and it’s hard to find a Pokemon Ruby cartridge nowadays, so please tell me how I can download it.

    • Hi there, Ivan, sorry but we don’t share rom files here, including for Pokemon Ruby, it’s a piracy thing. I so much understand that playing the game in Nuzlocke is an extremely fun experience, but sharing rom files is illegal.

    • Hello Dan, I’m not a retroarch user so I can’t give further information for your emulator. When using cheats, most gamers recommend using My Boy for Android or VBA for Windows as these are the most reliable GBA emulators that works best with cheats.

  5. I’ve tried both the emulators for Android… At first they worked just fine. But suddenly both of them stopped working. I wonder why is that so and what can I do to play Fire Red without any disturbance.

    • You mean MyBoy? It’s the best GBA emulator for Android so far. Maybe it’s not the emulator causing the problem and I would suspect it’s the rom you have.

  6. I’ve put these codes into the my boy emulator for the android phones and cant get them to work. I was wondering if I was doing it wrong or maybe there’s an issue with the rom I got

        • Hey bro, thanks for coming here. Unfortunately majority of cheats works only for V1.0 and may not work for V1.1. You need to find a 1.0 version of sapphire, regarding that rom version, sorry we don’t share rom files here.

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