Without ROMs, VisualBoyAdvance can’t emulate Game Boy files – thus ROM files are crucial for emulating Game Boy Classic, Color and Advance games. Here we will dive more into what a ROM file is, how to download and use it on the best GBA emulator.
A ROM file is a data file that contains an exact copy of the read-only memory (ROM) chip for a hardware device, typically from a computer or a video game cartridge. ROM files may be created for various purposes, including software emulation, updating the firmware on a certain device, or backing up or archiving ROM data.
GBA ROMs or Game Boy Advance ROMs on the other hand is a ROM image of a Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA) video game, such as Pokémon, Zelda, or Final Fantasy. It contains an exact copy of a GBA game saved in a format that can be played using a Game Boy Advance emulator such as the popular VisualBoyAdvance emulator.
A simple google search will reveal a lot of websites where one can download and find ROMs for Game Boy. However we recommend using our GBA ROM section on VisualBoyAdvance.org to get high quality and original Version 1.0 ROMs that fully supports our GBA Emulator.
Loading roms are fairly simple, however first you need to download roms. You can access our roms section here or download gba files from third party sites.
Within VBA go to File and select one of the following options.
Open you ROM file and go to "File" > "ROM Information". Notice the 00 or 01 next to ROM Version.