GameBoy Advance (GBA) was an absolute treat for us, 90s Kids. Owning a GBA Console was none less than an achievement back then. Nowadays, a lot of things have changed but the games like Pokemon Emerald, Legends of Zelda, Aladin still have that same charm for us. But we don’t have those consoles available. However, there is an even better alternative available, the GBA Emulators.
So, in this post, I’ll present you with a list of Top 10 GBA Emulators to play Gameboy advance games.
10 Best GBA Emulators
Here is a list of 10 Best GBA Emulators compiled by a 90s Kid itself. These emulators will help you to play your favorite GBA games on your Windows computer or even on your Mac. You just have to download the emulator from the link I’ll provide, install it and run the GBA ROM file in it.
No$GBA is our first pick and is also known as No Cash GBA emulator. The major advantage of using No$GBA is that it supports multiplayer gaming as it is able to connect with other No$GBA emulators. This is achieved through either the Internet or Local Network by simulating the original GBA Link Connectivity. This feature comes very handily when you want to trade pokemon or fight with other trainers. Other than the Pokemon games, this feature will also be very useful for other multiplayer GBA games. You should definitely give this one a try.
2. Visual Boy Advance VBA-M)
This is by far the most popular GBA Emulator available on the internet. If you are a GBA fan, you must have already heard about it. VBA-M is the latest version of the beloved VBA emulator. It is completely free to use. Other than the GBA ROMs, it is also able to run GameBoy (GB), GameBoy Color (GBC) ROMs. There are also options available to save your game at any time, speed up the gameplay and play the game in Full-screen mode. VBA-M is very simple to use for even a kid.
The next emulator on our list is mGBA. It has all the basic functionalities, along with some additional features like using cheat codes to gain an upper hand in any game. You can also override the games and patch ROMs. It is very simple to use, but the simplicity comes at the cost of lacking some advanced features. Although, if you just want to play your favorite GBA games, you can definitely download and use this emulator.
4. Higan GBA Emulator
It also supports other genres of ROMs like Super Famicom, GBC, Famicom, Game Gear, and even Sega Master System. The best part about using this emulator is that you’ll get almost original colors just like the authentic consoles. The only drawback is that the sound is a bit laggy while playing some games.
BatGBA is one of the oldest Gameboy Advance Emulators but it still performs very well even with the newest ROMs. It is lightweight, without any useless installation and compatible to all. You can definitely give it a try. The only setback of using this emulator is that it lacks only some advanced features.
6. RascalBoy Advance
This is one GBA emulator with a very funky name. Just like the name, it is also very fun to use. It has all the basic functionalities needed for a good GBA emulator, including the multiplayer plugin. You can connect to 4 different RascalBoy Advance emulators at a time.
DreamGBA is the next entry on our list of 10 Best GBA Emulator. It is from the developers of DreamGBC. Also, it can run many GBA games like Castlevania, Tactics Ogre, etc. It is a command-line application that is started by a loader application. The major drawback is that it needs the original Gameboy Advance BIOS to run. The GBA.BIOS file included with the emulator is a 0-byte dummy file and won’t work. You can try it if you want.
BoycottAdvance also needs BIOS files to run all the commercial and personal GBA ROMs on your computer. It offers full sound emulation, save/load state and even supports Joystick, so you get the realistic feels. Alternatively, you can use the Boycott Advance Online. It is a java applet that works online in your browser.
9. TGB Dual
TGB Dual is an open-source, free to use and simple GBA emulator. I won’t personally suggest this emulator for the GBA ROMs as it was originally developed for the GBC ROMs. You should give it a try if you haven’t already.
BGB is a very simple emulator but with certain limitations. It has basic functionalities like save states and speed gameplay available but it lacks some advanced features. You can try it if you wish.
So, this was our list of the 10 Free GBA Emulators with their download links. You can download and set them up to re-live the old times by playing your favorite classics. For any queries, doubts, or suggestions, feel free to visit the comments section. You can also ask for any GBA or GBC ROM from me. Hope I helped you.