It had a wide variety of different video games to play. No matter your favorite genre, there was something.
It’s no surprise that we want a good GameBoy Advance emulators for Android. One advantage Android has over the GameBoy Advance is that it has exponentially more power to run any title easily. After tinkering around with a couple of GameBoy Advance emulators for Android, I was convinced that they will be able to run any GameBoy title without any problems.
I’m not going to dwell into how you can get the GameBoy Advance games for Android because it is a morally gray area. However, if you are resourceful, you can find your own ROMs with a simple Google search. The emulators in this list are very capable, but I would highly recommend that you try out the first one on the list before checking out the others.
This is one of those lists where the first app on the list is actually the best one. Sure, the second and third placeholders are also very capable emulators, but I would still recommend the first one on the list simply because it is extremely easy to use. So without further ado, let’s dive into the five best GameBoy Advance emulators for Android.
Note: The great GameBoy Advance emulators for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone. All of the emulators performed perfectly and there were no problems faced during the testing. You don’t even need active Internet access to use the emulators as all the features are completely available off-line. I also recommend using an Android game controller with the emulators to achieve a comfortable level of gameplay.
My Boy! – GBA Emulator
Free & 4.99
My Boy! GBA emulator is one of the best ones available on the Google Play Store . I would go as far as to say that this is the definitive emulator you should get for your Android device. I’ve played 13 games on this emulator and so far they have worked flawlessly.
I really enjoy the easy to use interface as well as the customizable controls available on this emulator. And everything about this emulator is that it allows you to save your progress anywhere you want. This is a significant upgrade from the stock GameBoy Advance console because you’ll be able to pause the game anywhere you want.
There are plenty of options available for those who want to tweak their experience to the next level. The emulator also supports a variety of controllers to make the experience more comfortable.
Well, John seems to be quite proud of his creation and wants to plaster his own name on the title and he kind of deserves it. The emulator works brilliantly and there are no hitches during the gameplay, so I would give a pat on the back to John for his achievement. Maybe I should start naming the articles with my name on the front as well.
All jokes aside this emulator comes with original GBA engine as well as a great selection of cheats to use in the game. All the rendering is done in high quality and the graphics look remarkably great. If you have a zipped ROM residing on your storage, the app is easily able to read it without the need of extraction.
I really like the option to include turbo buttons because some titles are going to make your thumbs hurt. Another great feature is the ability to slow down the gameplay so that you can actually kill that final boss without dying.
This is a free GameBoy Advance emulator for Android that comes with a lot of options. From saving the games in different states as well as allotting different slots to them to configuring a controller to work with the games, everything is included. One great feature of this app is that it allows you to benchmark the game on your device before you start playing.
Some people with lower-end Android smartphones may want to test out a game before they fully invest their time only to know that the game stutters after a few hours. I wouldn’t say that the virtual joy-pad is flawless but it’s serviceable. The landscape mode places some of the buttons on the visuals of the game but they are hardly distracting.
This is the last GameBoy Advance emulator for Android on the list because, well to be honest, it’s not that great. When compared with the first app on the list, this emulator falls shot. However, if none of the other emulators are working on your device, this one might just save the day.
Don’t get me wrong, the emulator is capable of running any game perfectly but the interface and design is a little bit off. If the developer put in a little more effort in the design department, this can be a serious contender for the second place. I really like how fast the emulator searched through my device and found compatible GameBoy Advance ROMs.
These were a few great GameBoy Advance emulators for Android. I have high hopes that you’ll find them of great quality and will have a great good time playing old school GameBoy games on your Android device.
If you have any kind of questions or concerns about these emulators, feel free to talk to me in the comments below and I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to help you out.