Play Gameboy Advance Games on Windows Phone Using an Emulator
Edited by Batkingnz, Lynn, Eng, Dougie-1 and 8 others
The Gameboy Advance (GBA), in its day, was one powerful piece of equipment. It made it possible for gamers to carry something as powerful as the Super Nintendo around in their pockets to enjoy high quality gaming at any time. At the end of its lifetime, the GBA had already surpassed sales of 80 million and having over 2500 games available, it's one of the perfect systems for gamers to revisit. But is it really practical today to carry your Gameboy around with you? Below we will detail how you can use an emulator on your Windows based smartphone to relive all of the GBA's past glory.
What You Will Need
Installing The Emulator
- 1If you have removed the tile, simply swipe left for your full apps list and open the store from here.From your Windows phone, open the Store on the start screen.
- 2In the store, search for "VBA8".
Setting Up the Emulator
- 1Begin by opening the app and pressing the settings wheel at the bottom of the main screen. This will bring up the configuration menus where you can choose from the following settings:Now that you are all set with the app, it's time to configure all of the settings.
To get your backup games onto the emulator, you will need a ROM of that game. For legal reasons, we cannot direct link to ROMs but a quick Google search will get you on your way. Using ROMs is only considered legal if you own the original copy of the game and you are keeping the ROM for backup purposes.
- 1To get your games onto your phone, they need to be stored in your Skydrive account. Skydrive is the Microsoft cloud storage service and your account is active from the time you first set up your Windows phone. Go to this link on a PC and log in with your Microsoft credentials. You can upload your ROMs anywhere in the main folder of your Skydrive, or create a separate folder. Simply click "Upload" at the top of the window to upload your ROMs from any location on your computer.Uploading ROMs.
- 2Now that your games are in your Skydrive, from your phone in the VBA8 app, swipe to the left of the main screen to get to the Skydrive menu. From here you can sign in to Skydrive and select "Import ROMs". Here you can just tap any ROM from your Skydrive to be saved on your phone.Downloading ROMs to VBA8.
- 3Once you have downloaded any ROMs that you want to use, just swipe back right to the main VBA8 menu and open a ROM to start playing.Opening and playing ROMs.
Tips, Tricks & Warnings
- Unfortunately, at this stage, VBA8 is not compatible with external game controllers.
- Some users have reported problems with downloads stopping when the screen is locked. Don't lock your screen when downloading ROMs from Skydrive. If you have a slow internet connection and your screen is timing out before the download completes, change the lock screen timeout setting on your phone: Settings > Lock screen > Screen time out.
Questions and Answers
How to use cheats on vba8.
The Visual Boy Advance emulator uses Gameshark and Codebreaker compatible cheat codes, and they can be entered on the emulator itself. If you have the codes already, here's how you can enter them. Open the emulator and click on the Cheat menu and select Cheat list: http://screencast.com/t/aajqQr2e Click on Gameshark button, enter your codes and then click OK: http://screencast.com/t/s8rmMUVp http://screencast.com/t/gy5JG1spcP Once the codes are entered and enabled, restart the emulator and the codes will take effect.
How do I get ROMs on my computer to OneDrive?
Coolrom.com? or a different website?
When you are downloading from the PC, choose to install it to OneDrive. Then you can go to the app on your device and use it in the emulator. OneDrive only has a limited amount of storage unless you pay for more. You will want to regularly clean out items from there so that you can have enough space to save the ROM.
I am trying to set input to my VBA game, but it seems that the setting button is not available on my surface RT. Please assist me with it.
You will see in this Youtube Tutorial what the Settings icon looks like of the VBA8 on the Surface RT.