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mGBA Reviews

mGBA is an open source emulator of the Game Boy Advance. The goals are speed and accuracy.

Social recommendations and mentions

We have tracked the following product recommendations or mentions on Reddit and HackerNews. They can help you see what people think about mGBA and what they use it for.
  • I have a few questions
    For example: While playing Pokemon in mGBA, if you save in-game, it'll create/modify a file ending in .sav. That file is - theoretically - 1-to-1 with the save you would get on a physical cartridge. It's quite portable. - Source: Reddit / 4 days ago
  • MMBN1 vs MMBN2
    No its not the same - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Are there any emulators for common embedded boards?
    Hey guys, I'm new to embedded progamming. I've been developing for the GameBoy Advance and it has an excellent environment to develop, without even needing a GBA. E.g a feature-rich emulator like:, a great gcc toolchain (devkitpro), you can get up and running with VS Code in seconds. - Source: Reddit / about 2 months ago
  • Possible to trade pokemon in Fire Red on a hacked 3DS?
    There’s currently no working way to trade between GBA games on a 3DS. You have two options: * Edit the save to evolve it * Transfer the saves to a PC, use mGBA to emulate the link cable so you can trade, and transfer the saves back. - Source: Reddit / 2 months ago
  • Trying to pick the proper R4 cartridge for emulation needs?
    For GBA games you'll most likely want either open_agb_firm or VC injects, if it's a New 3DS mGBA is also an option. Open_agb_firm and VC injects are more or less native, while mGBA is an emulator so it has a few extra features (save states and such) but some performance issues. There's also GBARunner2 in TWiLight Menu++, but it's generally not great since it runs in DS mode and has the worst compatibility, it's... - Source: Reddit / 3 months ago
  • ROM for the GBA game is not working
    I personally use mGBA, it’s worked great for me with the Golden Sun series and everything else I play. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Best way to play GBA?
    I strongly advocate for mGBA as some others have, but I would like to point out that the one major caveat it has for me is that there's some weird load or buffer limitation where a game has to preload before it actually runs. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Hey! Im new to the sub so bare with me please!
    I’ve used mGBA as an emulator for Golden Sun (and every other GBA game I play). Works on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Still in active development and I’ve had the least amount of issues/glitches with it. - Source: Reddit / 4 months ago
  • Comment below if you want us to raise a chao for you! Keen to hold a big Chao Race tournament in SA2 if we get enough requests!
    Then all you need is a GBA emulator (we use this mGBA - and you're all set to play either locally (using two open windows of the emulator on one PC) or over Wi-Fi between multiple devices (the mod actually allows up to four players to play at once which is sick!). - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago
  • Please help me understand how to approach the end game in BN6
    Optional Emblem: If you can emulate the Beast Link Gate via the mGBA or Chip Gate Homebrew, you can go to Asterland and a new table will be there. This will allow you to insert Link Navi Chips and "Real" Battle Chips in your PET. If you return to the Graveyard and beat every RV Navi, BassSP will show again. Beat him with all five SP Leveled Link Navi's and you'll get the Beast Link Gate Emblem. The Real Beast Link... - Source: Reddit / 5 months ago

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