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10 Best GBA Emulators for Windows and Android [Free]

If you ask your elder brother or sister then they will probably remember playing with a Nintendo or GBA, also known as the Game Boy Advance. But that was back in 2001 when Android and computer games where non-existent. Now those items have all become vintage. However, there are still a lot of people who like the old golden times and want to play the games they played at that time on their Android or PC. Maybe you are one of them. Its ok, personally Super Mario is my favorite. Here, I have listed the best GBA emulators that you can get on the internet.

Please read on to know more about it.

What is GBA Emulator?

GBA is short for Game Boy Advance. Actually, GBA is a 32-bit gaming console which was released in 2001 by Nintendo. It was a handheld device with a small 2.9-inch screen. Nintendo games were not very easily available at that time. They came in game cards which were popular with Nintendo. Some of the most popular games available for the GBA were Super Mario, Legend of Spyro, Final Fantasy and legend of Tengoku. As time went on, Nintendo released various other hardware to go with the GBA such as a wireless adapter, infrared adapter, game cube, play Yan and e-reader.

GBA is no longer used but the craze hasn’t gone. People still want to play GBA games, and the only way to play those vintage GBA games is by using a GBA Emulator.

Emulators are PC software that emulates any other device. A GBA Emulator is used to emulate and play GBA Games.

There are many Free GBA Emulators available on the internet, but most of them aren’t smooth. Some Emulators don’t let you play games in full screen while in some GBA Emulators you will not get all the games.

I am listing down 10 of the Best GBA Emulators that you can download for free.  

But wait!!

GBA Emulators for Android, iOS, Mac and Windows: Are they available? 

YES!!!

There are GBA Emulators for Android as well. Yes, you can play Game Boy Advance games on Android using Android GBA Emulators easily. Same it with iOS. Many GBA Emulators for iOS (and Mac) are now available to download for Free. So you don’t really have to just stick with GBA Emulators for Windows.

And if in case you are thinking of playing GBA Games online, well, let me tell you. A few online GBA Emulators are also available that let you play limited games of GBA.

So, you can literally play these games on any platform. Now let me Start our list of Emulators. 

Top 10 GBA emulators to Play GameBoy Advance Games

Hereby I have presented a list of the best GBA emulators that you can find in the Internet.

Boycott Advance: For Windows

This emulator features as one of the best GBA emulators on our list. This is because it was made primarily to run only GBA games. This game emulator works on cardware. That means that the authors need to know where you live via a postcard which you have to send. There was only one disadvantage in the early versions; it supported no sound driver.

That disadvantage was fixed in later versions of the emulator. The best part is that it can support commercial games and they can run on multiple OS platforms.

Here is the link to download Boycott advance

My Boy Emulator: GBA Emulator for Android

My boy emulator is an emulator which can run on any Android device and supports all android versions. It is almost a replica of an actual GBA. The best feature about this emulator is that it is very light and hence runs very fast on almost all devices. You can save your game, skip dialogues and fast forward the game play.

It is a good emulator because it has a very good graphics and very good compatibility. The sound system and the user interface are also worth noticing.

Click here to get My Boy Emulator

Higan Emulator

Featuring third on our list this emulator for GBA not only supports gameboy advance but also other systems like NES, SNES, game boy, game, and boy color. The name is Japanese for “hero of fire”.

However the development of this emulator has stopped. The best feature about this emulator is that it supports full screen resolution with very good sound system. This is the first emulator which introduces concept of game folders. You can also input cheats and change settings.

Get Highan Emulator here

RascalBoy Advance

This emulator is popular for having the core options of the GBA. Its supports many language packs and can also accommodate 4 multiplayers on the same PC. It has very good graphics and sound support.

You can also input cheats in this emulator. However this emulator requires a fast PC and can crash sometimes.

Click here to get RascalBoy Emulator

No$gba Advance

Developed for Windows and DOS, this emulator can support both commercial and homemade GBA ROMs.

It supports multiple cartridges at the same time. You can also have multiplayer and load multiple NDS ROMs. Sound quality is very good and it it provides really good graphics at very little system resource usage. However, this emulator is not free and can sometimes crash after updates.

Here is the link to Nog$ba Advance

Visual Boy Advance

This free GameBoy Advance emulator is well known for being able to handle cheats and filters and also run the game at a very good speed at the same time. This emulator is made for Windows. It supports full screen mode. You can take screenshots.

It also supports cheats and ZIP ROMs. It is very easy to operate and being full screen mode, you can play on a wide screen.

Click here to get Visual Boy Advance

BATGBA Emulator

Another Game boy Advance emulator, this emulator is very well suited for PC because it has a very easy user interface. It can run most of the games efficiently. Optimization helps it to run very fast. You can change the keyboard controls. It also supports saving in game. However you cannot input any cheats. This emulator also crashes often.

Here is the link to BATGBA Emulator.

GPSP Emulator

This Game Boy emulator is made for your portable PlayStation. You can play the same games there. It is very good on your PSP. However it requires the GBA BIOS to work. With full screen resolution and cheat support on the PSP, this emulator also provides good sound support. You will feel like you are playing on an actual GBA.

However the cheat support fails to work for many users now and then. You can also face sound problems with your headphones plugged in.

Click here to get GPSP

DreamGBA Emulator

This emulator was developed by DreamGBC. It can support most of the games that GBA does. It is a common line emulator. You need the loader application and an original gameboy BIOS to run the emulator.

But as the original GBA BIOS is not legal for distribution, it is hard to find. This game emulator has good sound support and can run multiple games at a time.

Get DreamGBA here

PSPVBA Emulator

As evident from its name the creators of VBA created this emulator also for the PSP. PSPVBA simulator is one of the fastest emulators for PSP. It provides good sound and cheat support along with good graphics. However this emulator might crash often.

Click here to download PSPVBA Emulator

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Best GBA emulators

Here is a list of the best GBA emulators depending upon the review in the last heading

  1. Boycott Adavnce
  2. My Boy Emulator
  3. Higan Emulator
  4. RascalBoy Advance
  5. No$gba Advance
  6. Visual Boy Advance
  7. BATGBA Emulator
  8. GPSP Emulator
  9. DreamGBA Emulator
  10. PSPVBA Emulator

Note that a lot of these emulators were developed in early 2000s, which means most of them may not work properly with the current versions of your Operating System. Moreover, such emulators are no longer developed. Only a few good ones (listed above) might work for you.

If emulators are not helping, you can simply search for the game you want to play. A lot of old GBA games are now developed for PC and other consoles.

Also check out: Best Games to Play without Wifi

Conclusion

Thus we see that a lot of GBA emulators exist. Maybe your elder brother and maybe your parents were interested in them. However with time gaming technology has developed and evolved a lot. With games like GTA V and Call of Duty in the market now a days people think very little about the old era games. However as we know Old is Gold isn’t it?

I hope you found this article useful. Please do not forget to write about what you think in the comment section below.

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