Best GBA Emulators for Pokemon Gaming

There are dozens of Game Boy Advance emulators out there that you can use to play your favorite Pokemon GBA game series.

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Whether you plan to play Pokemon on your computer or mobile device, there is an available emulator.

But the question is, does all of them work? I doubt it, but here is the list of best and recommended GBA emulators 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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Best 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 Unfortunately, many of these GBA emulators are outdated, though still playable in most cases.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

Best GBA Emulators for Mac OS

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

Best GBA Emulators for Android

GBA Emulation on mobile devices has become very popular these days, and the hype continues. Imagine holding a real Game Boy Advance gaming console with more advanced features.

I recommend checking out these best GBA emulators for Android, yet my personal favorite is 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 tested this emulator, and it runs GBA games smoothly and even supports cheating; you might want to consider John GBA Lite as an alternative to My Boy.

GBA Emulator for iOS

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Delta Emulator – Since its release for iOS, Delta Emulator has become the favorite of iOS users who are fans of Retro Pokemon games and is currently the best GBA emulator for iOS.

You can’t go wrong with Delta Emulator; it can also run different game systems such as NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, and GBC. I have personally tried this emulator many times, and even the cheating features work perfectly.

That means you can now enjoy pretty much any retro game on your iOS device without an internet connection.


If you’re looking for the best Game Boy Advance emulator to play your favorite Pokemon games, try one of the options from the list above. All of them have been tried and are perfect for most players.

However, please feel free to let us know in the comments section below if you run into any issues with any of them. Don’t forget to let us know which emulator you prefer as well!

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34 thoughts on “Best GBA Emulators for Pokemon Gaming”

  1. I try to download the pokemon mega X Y edition but when
    It is fully loaded it says I can’t access this file then talking
    About Ips and all that crap

  2. My screen got white after i opened the game

    So, i’m using the Visual Boy Advance, and i have a Pokemon Fire Red file, but i tried to download a Pokemon Emerald copy, and it just go white when i open, the Fire Red copy is still okay, but i can’t open it up, i tried some other files for Emerald but i still can’t.

  3. Hello, I tried booting up the ROM on the Visual Boy but when I boot it up, it says I don’t have the 1 mil installed? or something??

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.