4 Best Game Boy Advance Emulators for Windows

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When Nintendo made the jump from toys to consoles and released the Game Boy Handheld in 1989, it was a major step forward into technology development for Nintendo and fast became one of the most popular consoles of their time. In 2001, when the Game Boy Advance was released we were able to experience a whole different way of gaming.

Unfortunately, the Game Boy Handheld consoles are no longer manufactured, however, if you are experiencing a bit of nostalgia for the good ole’ Mario Cart, Sonic, Legends of Zelda days, then we recommend you download one of our favourite emulators in order to play some of the Retro and Vintage games.

After doing some extensive research, we have concluded that the top 4 Game Boy Advance emulators which are compatible with Windows are the following;

mGBA Emulator


Endrift designed this emulator specifically for the Game Boy/Color and Game Boy Advanced. The emulator boasts speed, accuracy, and portability as well as some patches for GBA games which you cannot run.

mGBA is arguably the best emulator out there to support Game Boy/Colour and Game Boy Advance on Windows.

Additional mGBA Features:

  • It’s free
  • It has the ability to override the game and enable ROM patches.
  • It supports a huge catalog of GBA games.
  • It allows users to use cheat codes.
  • It is simple to set up and easy to use.
  • Save game whenever you want.

Visual Boy Advance (VBA-M) Emulator

Visual Boy Advance (VBA-M) Emulator

The Visual Boy Advance (VBA) emulator was one of the first functional emulators for the Game Boy Advanced. The original developer stopped working on VBA, and quite a number of different developers finished and improved VBA as well as creating many other versions of the VBA. The VBA-M is the latest version and the best option, it includes the following features which makes this emulator fantastic and easy to use.

Additional VBA Features:

  • It’s free
  • Fully compatible with Game Boy/Color and GBA ROMS.
  • Ability to speed up gameplay
  • Ability to use the joystick feature
  • Full-Screen mode – however, this will pixelate the graphics.
  • It is simple to set up and easy to use.
  • Save game whenever you want

TGB Dual Emulator

This Japanese emulator was designed to support Game Boy/Color and Game Boy Advanced games. This emulator was only available in Japanese until an anonymous hero recently converted this emulator into an English version. The Dual function allows you to play Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue at the same time and trade pokemon between the two games on the same computer.

Additional TGB Dual Features:

  • It’s free
  • Ability to start 2 ROMS simultaneously – which means that you can play two different games at the same time
  • It supports a huge catalog of GBA games.
  • It is simple to set up and easy to use.
  • You can save your game whenever you want.

KIGB Emulator


KIGB is one of the oldest emulators, however, it has not been updated since 2008 which can be a bit of an issue. Apart from some of the amazing features listed below, this emulator has a shadow option and online playing support and works really well on Windows 10.

Additional KIGB Features:

  • It’s free
  • It supports up to 4 players in SGB mode on the same PC
  • It supports Game Boy Printer option and the Gameboy Camera
  • It supports a decent amount of GBA games.
  • It is simple to set up and easy to use.
  • Simulates boot ROM for GameBoy/Color
  • Per-game configuration such that each game can have its own custom palettes
  • It supports experimental graphics effects

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