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. 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.

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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 Unfortunately, many of these GBA emulators are outdated, though still playable in most cases.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 has become so much popular these days, and the hype still continues. Imagine holding a real Game Boy Advance gaming console with more advanced features. I recommended checking 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

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, the majority of our readers recommend this.

Related: Best GBA Emulators for iOS


Try one of the options from the list above if you’re seeking for the finest Game Boy Advance emulator to play your favorite Pokemon games. All of them have been tried and are perfect for the majority of 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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any for linux?

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??

Pokemon ruby walk through walls

I got bugged by John’s emulator when I put the codes for I got stuck on a purple screen, what did it do?

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.

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?

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.

how do i download for chromebook

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.

I cant get to claire on the last gym the boulder falls in the same spot and it wont let me pass please help

how do i use gameshark on the squirrels rom? i use retroarch

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.

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

Maybe I’m doing it wrong, but I can’t get a masterball code to work for MyBoy on Android in Sapphire v1.1