Gameboy Advance launched in March 2001 and was the most popular handheld gaming device at the time. With time, the market share for handheld device shifted towards Android devices. Google recently announced that Android now accounts for over 2 billion monthly active devices.
With their respective popularity, it comes as no surprise that Android devices can now have GBA emulators through which you can play your old games on your phone. Moreover, there are plenty of GBA emulators to choose from. We came with a Top 5 GBA emulators for your Android Device.
Here is the list of Top 5 GBA emulators for Android
1. My Boy!
My Boy! GBA emulator is the most popular GBA emulator on android. It offers great performance coupled with great features.
The GBA emulator provides some great features including fast emulation, high games compatibility, fast forward, and external support. The major source of its popularity is its link cable emulation. It has link cable emulation on the same device, or on different devices through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
It has a free version that contains mentioned features. Users can choose to install paid version which removes ads, allows saving to and loading from multiple slots, higher speed fast forwards and data sync across multiple devices. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fastemulator.gba)
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2. John GBA Lite
It is easy to get up and running with this GBA emulator. Since it automatically searches for and identifies GBA games, all the user must do is select a game and start playing. Furthermore, it enables users to save and load states, fast forward up to 16 times and take in-app screenshot. It offers a paid version which removes ads. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.johnemulators.johngbalite)
GBA.emu is an open source android emulator that comes with a price tag. However, its richness in terms of features and the absence of any form of advertisement has made it worthy of lots of users. Along with all the features it offers, this emulator comes bundled with a free game, motocross challenge.
Some important features of this GBA emulator support for wide range of external controllers, support for save state and interchangeability of saving state with PC version of VBA-M. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.explusalpha.GbaEmu)
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4. GBA Emulator by Demios
Realistically named, GBA Emulator does just what its name says – it emulates GBA. GBA Emulator by Demios does not have any additional features but it does run the games pretty well. The performance is good and it offers saving and loading features. If you want nothing more than to play GBA games with saving and loading features available, GBA Emulator might be an ideal choice for you. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.deimosap.emulator)
5. Classic Boy
What distinguishes Classic Boy from the rest is that it is more than just a GBA emulator. It has emulators for PS1, Nintendo 64, GB, GBC, GBA, Sega Genesis and SNK NeoGeo. It allows multiplayer mode using external controllers supporting as much as 4 players.
What makes this even more interesting is that the full version of this GBA emulator allows controlling through gestures and sensors. However, one key feature that the classic boy emulator lacks is fast forward.
A classic boy is best suited if you want to run games on different consoles. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.portableandroid.classicboyLite)