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The Gameboy Advance handheld console

The Game Boy Advance (often shortened to GBA) is a 32-bit handheld video game console developed by Nintendo. It is the successor to the Game Boy Color. It was released in Japan on March 21, 2001; in North America on June 11, 2001; in Australia and Europe on June 22, 2001.


Name Operating System(s) Latest Version GB/GBC GBA NDS Game Link Support Recommended
mGBA Windows, OS X, Linux, Wii, PS Vita, 3DS, Switch 0.9.3 ✓ (WIP)
Visual Boy Advance-M (VBA-M) Windows, Linux, OS X, Wii, Gamecube 2.1.4
RetroArch (VBA-Next) Multi-platform 1.2.2
No$GBA Windows, MS-DOS 2.8f
Meteor Linux 1.4
higan Windows, OS X, Linux 0.106
iDeaS Windows, Linux
gpSP PlayStation Portable



Visual Boy Advance-M is a fork of VisualBoyAdvance with additional improvements. RetroArch's VBA-Next is based off an older revision of VBA-M with added speedhacks and tweaks, making it a bit less accurate in some respects, though it fixes a few games such as Advance Wars 2. Higan's GBA core is cycle-accurate, but is otherwise very much a WIP and not as compatible as either version of VBA.

The last official release of gpSP was version 0.9 by Exophase. There are, however, two superior forks: gpSPmod and gpSP-J. gpSP-J has superior compatibility, while gpSPmod has more options for customization (full screen, cheats, etc). Both are superior to Kai.