Visual Boy Advance Download (Works with Cheats) Free GBA Emulator for PC

Visual Boy Advance was released quite a while now. I remember when I used this emulator on my old Windows XP computer, and I still have this GBA Emulator until now on my PC.

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As a Pokemon fan, I can’t forget how impressive Visual Boy Advance is. Good thing there are still developers of VBA still working on updating this software.

There are dozens of GBA emulators available on different platforms, but if you prefer to play Pokemon GBA games on your Windows computer, I would suggest installing Visual Boy Advance.

We created a review for Visual Boy Advance, and you may want to check it, see Visual Boy Advance (VBA) Review for GBC and GBA Gaming on Windows.

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Visual Boy Advance Frequently Asked Questions

Does Visual Boy Advance Work with ROM Hacks?

VBA emulator works perfectly with many ROM hacks, and to make any Pokemon ROM Hacks work on your Windows computer, you may need to use Lunar IPS patcher or follow this guide on How To Patch IPS and UPS Files to Play a ROM Hack.

Is it Compatible with Cheats?

I discovered that some VBA versions have issues when it comes to cheating. Perhaps due to the modifications made to the emulator. But this version is your perfect choice if you wish to use cheats in your Pokemon GBA gaming.

Cheats from regular Pokemon GBA games and even rom hacks work perfectly in this Visual Boy Advance version.

I Installed the Emulator, but the Cheats Aren’t Working?

Certain ROM versions don’t support cheats. For instance, FireRed v1.1 doesn’t work with cheats, while FireRed V1.0 does. Make sure you have the ROM version for cheating.

Also see: How to Fix Not Working and Glitchy Cheats for Pokemon GBA Games

Is It Free?

Creating Windows applications is not merely an easy task. But luckily, since when it was available, Visual Boy Advance is free to download for all.

You don’t need to buy software to play Pokemon GBA games because VBA has all you need to enjoy the game; want to explore and enjoy the extra feature of your Pokemon game? Use the cheating feature of VBA.

In my opinion, Visual Boy Advance is the best software for playing Pokemon GBA games on Windows. Almost all the settings and features you need to enjoy your Pokemon gaming are already in the software.

A while ago, I created a video that uses a VBA emulator. If you’re interested in watching the video, you can find it here, Pokemon FireRed Legendary Pokemon Cheat With Gameshark Codes, and to my surprise, the video is quite popular on Youtube.

Most of our readers are Android users; if you’d like to play Pokemon on your device, please follow the article How To Play ROM Hacks on Android.

Other issues related to Visual Boy Advance and their fixes


So that’s it, I hope this article helps you to get started using Visual Boy Advance on your Windows computer. If you have questions, I would love to answer them as fast as I can.

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I'm a Pokemon fan since childhood, and I love watching Pokemon movies and TV series. When playing Pokemon games, I use emulators, and I very much enjoy a game when I use a cheat. Join me exploring the world of Pokemon gaming using cheat codes.

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36 thoughts on “Visual Boy Advance Download (Works with Cheats) Free GBA Emulator for PC”

    • Sorry Brandon, but we don’t give out GBA files here, simply because it’s illegal to share such files and considered Piracy. You can find them somewhere else.

  1. Can somebody pls tell me on how to open a gameboy, since the downloaded and extracted files of (even normal not rom hack) pokemon games it won’t appear. Am I doing something wrong?

  2. To everyone with the white screen here is a fix: Go to options emulator save type and u will see a thing that says 64kb and 128kb put the 128kb and then it SHOULD be fixed now.

  3. Does it work for gba romhacks? because when I try to open glazed and blazed glazed, i get nothing. However, when i try crystal clear it works just fine.

  4. it just says loading battery for the 2 hours i waited i just downloaded it no cheats no changes real time clock no real tiem clock its just white

  5. does anyone know how to make a gameshark file for pokemon firered to use with vba windows? I’m on windows 10. im new to this, have mainly used vgbanext android, never could do the windows version. I have very little patience to take too long to do this. if any of yall have a solution, id appreciate it very much.

  6. Agree with other posters. VisualBoyAdvance-SDL.exe file via doesn’t work – it opens for 0.5 seconds in a Command Line-like environment, and then closes.
    Tried to run as administrator but failed too. Using Windows 10 Home if that helps anyone.

    • Thanks for the heads up, just want you to know that I’ve made an update to the link. Feel free to try and let me know how it go to you guys.