How to play Pokemon and other Game Boy classics on your Android

How to play Pokemon and other Game Boy classics on your Android

If you were a kid (or a parent) during the 90s, then you likely know that the Game Boy was all the rage back then. Developed by Nintendo, the 8-bit handheld gaming console was at the top of every boy's (and some girls', of course!) Santa list. Interest in the Game Boy has since died out, of course, but that doesn't mean that nostalgia doesn't creep up on millions of us every now and then, mercilessly demanding that the kid in us be fed some Game Boy goodness, at which point we're usually digging for emulators for our computers.

Thankfully, nowadays you don't have to stay chained to your desktop to enjoy a game of Pokémon as there's an abundance of quality emulators for Android that will execute code written for the Game Boy and let you enjoy classic titles on the go. And, it's easy as pie for even beginners to start gaming on their smartphone in a matter of minutes -- all you need is an emulator app and original Game Boy GBA files. Check out how it's done.

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27 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Include Sega! I loved playing Sonic the Hedgehog as a child..still do.

2. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ohh man I have emulators for NES, SNES, N64, & Genesis. I have over 300 total games on my MicroSD card! It's very easy to do! Android is just clearly the best!

24. t67443

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Pst! They also have an emulator on the windows phone. My wife was playing SNES Lufia on her Surface the other day with a wired Xbox controller plugged in. Works great and easy to import the games from Onedrive.

3. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 907; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Anyone recommend a good site to get the games from?

5. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

There are lots of sites. Just Google the game systems ROMs you want! CoolRoms works! Hope that helps!

19. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

Emuparadise has been the best place for roms so far for me.

4. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

MyBoy! is a GBA emulator that is free plus lets u save. Is sorta ad free. DraStic is a DS emulator that cost 5.99 on play store. Works flawless. ROMs.....just google coolroms

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Pokemon - best Gameboy Color game released in the 90's hands down.

7. DouchebagWendy

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I love pokemon, but not on android, eww :)

8. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Well if you like WP, get VBA8. The best game boy emulator onWp

9. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

oh god, you again.

10. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Who? Me or douchebagwendy

14. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Pokemon Games should only be devices of origin. P.S I hate that there is anything of my favorite Company (Nintendo) such as a GTS emulator on Anything Windows Phone that doesn't belong it better off leaving on Android or (The Best place for it, 3DS)

21. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I agree, it is just there are no device to play the old games anymore, unless you have the system already. And if you don't want it on WP, why is it okay on android? You don't make sense or are just a windows hater

23. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I meant like how they exist on windows phone but are technically intellictual properties of nintendo

25. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

That is just a gameboy emulator

26. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

wendy of course =P

27. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Oh okay. I got scared for a second.

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol I feel the same way! lol +1

11. j.khan95

Posts: 51; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

Hope a ps3 emulator comes out on tegra k1 devices,Just imagine

12. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 431; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Well, my 4 year old Nokia E6 can do this task so well.

13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

yep. It's gameboy. It's super light.

15. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Didnt know about this, this is really awesome, and can u save the game as we used to on Gameboy?

16. DANTExphone888

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Yes, but some of the free ones don't.

18. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

Thnks C:

20. mudhi

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Drastic is a great Nintendo DS emulator, if anyone's interested. Been using this for months and very smooth with no bugs that I've noticed.

22. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Lol, love the amount of condoning of piracy going on here.

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