With all of the new game consoles that are constantly being released, it’s easy to forget all the classic consoles that may have introduced us to our love of gaming. Today, there is always a new PlayStation, a new Xbox, or a new Nintendo console. There has also been a rise of PC gaming that you’re probably aware of.

One of the ways that we get attached to consoles is by remembering the games that used to be on them, and Gameboy has so many classic games that we can reminisce on. While you can go out and probably find a Gameboy that you can buy, one of the ways you can get around spending more money is by downloading an emulator.

What is an emulator?

An emulator is a program that allows one system to behave like another system. Therefore, if you had a Gameboy emulator on your phone, for example, then it’ll make your phone imitate the functions of a Gameboy. Here are the 7 best emulators that you can use on your devices to play those Gameboy games that you’re reminiscing about.

1. GBA.emu


If you’re constantly on the go and want to play Gameboy games while you’re waiting around, then this emulator might be just what you’re looking for. This emulator is supported on nearly every device. There is backup memory and save state support, so you don’t have to worry about losing any of the games that you downloaded or your progress on them.

It also supports using cheat codes so if you feel like skipping all the worst parts of the game then you can do that. There are on- screen controls that you can configure in the way that you want and it works in any orientation. That means that you can play it in landscape or portrait mode on your phone. Overall this app has pretty great reviews and users enjoy that it doesn’t use a lot of battery. They also say that it supports mirroring when they want to use it.

2. GemBoy

This is an emulator that’s popular for a few reasons. It doesn’t have all of the features of other emulators, but it’s a dual emulator. This means that it’ll serve as an emulator for Gameboy Advance games and Gameboy Color games. You still get all the features that you need to have a well- functioning emulator.

You’ll be able to get save and load states, you’ll have hardware support, and you can reconfigure the buttons anyway that you want. You can also play in any orientation and it’s defined as a lightweight app to use. This app is a perfect choice if you want to play Game Boy Advance and Gameboy Color games so it’s a worth losing a few features and not having to download another emulator on your device. Try it out and if the missing features are too much then you can always try another emulator.

3. John GBA

John GBA

This is one of the few paid options on this list of emulators. This emulator is highly rated. There are no ads since you have to pay for it, and it has just about every feature that you need. You’ll have support for cheat codes and the option for saving and load states. You’ll also be able to fast forward and slow down on this emulator. Something that’s great about this emulator is that it has a super easy interface.

You can also screenshot and there is a virtual on- screen keypad. It’ll search for your game files in your SD card and internal storage, so you don’t have to worry about looking for them. This app is also interesting because it has Dropbox support, so you don’t have to worry about keeping every single game file on your device. Overall there’s an entire host of functions that you can enjoy on this emulator that you won’t be able to enjoy on other emulators. It costs 2.99 USD to buy, but from what the reviews say the 2.99 USD is worth it.

4. mGBA

This is an emulator that’s not for your phone. You can use this emulator on Windows and Mac computers. Some of the most useful features of this emulator is the ability to save games at any point during the game, which is great if you need to stop playing a game before you get to a checkpoint where you can save the game.

You can also use cheat codes in the game which is great for those games that are just better with cheat codes. And, you will also be able to have patches for the games, which is perfect if there’s any instances where you need a game fixed. This emulator is super easy to use and it has a huge library of games. It’s very simple to set up and install, so it’s definitely worth a try if you’re looking for an emulator for your computer.

5. VisualBoy Advance

This is one of the oldest Gameboy emulators on this list. This is an emulator for your Windows and Mac computers. Because it’s old, it has a great reputation for stability, and it offers a few features that the handheld consoles don’t offer. This emulator is focused on making the gaming experience as easy and enjoyable as you need it to be. It also has a ton of customization features that you can use to make sure that you’re playing the games the way that you want to play them. It supports new and old hardware which means that you’ll be able to play it with just about any controller.

You can save games whenever you want and remap the controller and buttons however you want. You can take screenshots and record your gameplay which is great if you want to watch it back and you can use cheat codes. If you have an older device than the only issue is that you might experience some lag. If your device is newer, then you won’t have to worry about this, and the emulator will be great for you.

6. BatGBA

This is another emulator for your computer or laptop. While many of the other emulators boast a large range of features, this emulator is known for its simplicity. If you’re unsure of how emulators work or are new to using emulators on your device, then this might be one that you want to try out. It’s a small emulator and will take up hardly any space on your device. It should also run on any device, so you don’t have to worry about compatibility.

This emulator has been available for years and has allowed users to play all of the Gameboy Advance games easily on their computer. Because it’s simple, there isn’t much to complain about and users have been enjoying this emulator for years. It’s definitely worth a try if you don’t need any of the other complex features that the other emulators are offering.

7. My Old Boy

This is an emulator supported on a broad range of mobile devices. This emulator is known for having one of the most accurate emulation of the actual Game Boy. There’s a rumble and a tilt sensor, link cable, and custom color palettes that you can select for each game. With the paid version, you can save progress at any time and return back to it in an instant. You can also fast forward anywhere from a 2x to 50x the normal speed of the game. You can use multiple cheat codes, and the emulator has the Gameboy camera and printer emulation available.

You can also link up a server with friends which is a feature that isn’t often featured on emulators. You can create multiple screen layout profiles and have excellent controller support. It has great game compatibility and attempts to save your battery as much as possible while you’re using it. This emulator, after you pay for it, has the most amount of special features so if you’re more serious about your emulators this might be one that you want to try.

Hopefully you find your next favorite emulator on this list. Have as much fun as you possibly can playing those old Gameboy games that used to get you through the day.