I first started playing Pokemon GBA games on my Windows XP PC, then when Windows 7 came out, and decided to upgrade my computer. Both Windows XP and Windows 7 are great operating systems for playing Pokemon; almost all GBA/GBC emulators work with virtually no problems.
Then I decided to buy a Macbook Pro, and everything has changed. Osx is very different, and almost none of those emulators I used works with this computer.
Visual Boy Advanced is my favorite GBA emulator on Windows, but I can’t find an alternative emulator that works the same with VBA on Mac. As a Mac OS user and Pokemon fan, I tried to find an alternative emulator, and then I met Open Emu.
OpenEmu is a multi-video game system that supports and emulates almost all gaming systems. When I tried OpenEmu, I was amazed by the features as well as the convenience it gives. Moreover, it enables me to play Pokemon GBC, GBA, and NDS games without leaving the app. An excellent and handy application, isn’t it?
If you are a Mac OS user and want to play Pokemon GBC/GBA/NDS games on your Mac computer, I highly suggest downloading OpenEmu. Please find below the tutorial on how to get started on this app.
How To Get Started on OpenEmu
Step 1: First, you need to download OpenEmu by visiting their website. Click on the download button to download the application.
Step 2: Save the zipped file in your Downloads folder and unzip it when finished downloading.
Step 3: Copy OpenEmu and paste it into your Mac’s Applications folder.
Ste 4: Finally, right-click OpenEmu and choose “Open.” As you open the application, you will notice a list of game system names supported by OpenEmu.
Playing GBC/GBA/NDS Games and other games on OpenEmu
Playing your favorite games on OpenEmu is pretty straightforward. You need the game file; for Pokemon GBC, GBA, and NDS, all you need to have is the ROM file.
Step 1: Download the desired ROM file on the internet (Check Emuparadise.me).
Step 2: Drag the ROM file to OpenEmu and let the application load your game.
Step 3: Play the game as you desire and have fun.
Requirements, Source Codes and Help Guides
Minimum Requirements: OpenEmu requires at least OS X 10.11 El Capitan to run.
Source code: Github.
Help Guides: OpenEmu Wiki.
Playing Pokemon ROM Hacks
If you are a fan of Pokemon ROM hacks, you can surely play your favorite hack on OpenEmu without problems. All you need is the ROM file and IPS patcher such as MultiPatch.
OpenEmu is a great Mac application for playing pretty much any classic game, including Pokemon. The emulation of almost every game is made easier and more organized with OpenEmu. If you are a Mac OS user and an avid gamer, there’s no reason for you not to download this app.
where do you find the pokemon roms on emuparadise ?
So I loaded up my game and it started but none of the inputs from my keyboard are working and I can’t change the controls either… HELP!!!
Hi Dennis, I had the same problem. I use macOS and that’s how I’ve solved: Go to System Preferences > Security and Privacy and scroll down to find “Input Monitoring”. OpenEmu is probably not allowed and to allow it, click in the keylock at the lower-left corner, marking the selection box. It will be restarted and now you’ll be able to play or to change the controls 🙂
I didn’t know that setting is important but I just enabled mine, thanks for that precious information Luciana.
same issue, anyone give advice ?
(I think this is where I put questions about OpenEmu) How do I change controls?
Hi Yuan, go to System Preferences > Security and Privacy and scroll down to find “Input Monitoring”. OpenEmu is probably not allowed and to allow it, click in the keylock at the lower-left corner, marking the selection box. It will be restarted and now you’ll be able to play or to change the controls 🙂
What do you do if your mac won’t open it because the developer can’t be verified?
Here’s a good read how to fix the problem from Apple support, hope this helps.
No problem Emre, thanks for dropping here.