Pokemon Go is on its way to become another social phenomenon. Everyone’s talking about it and its putting some people off and making them hate it. Some Pokefans do not like how everyone suddenly is playing Pokemon when all of these supposed Pokemon fans didn’t care before Pokemon Go. Things are happening. So, have you ever played a Pokemon game before? Do you know the most fun elements of a Pokemon game that you’re missing out in Pokemon GO? If you want to find out by playing some of those games from the 90s, here’s how you can do it on your android.
1. Find an emulator that can play the version of Pokémon you want. There are many different versions of Pokémon that have been released for all of the different Gameboys over the years. You will need a different emulator depending on which version you want to play.
- Red, Blue, Gold, Silver, Crystal – You’ll need a Game Boy Color emulator. One of the most popular is John GBC. There is a free version or a more full-featured version for a few dollars.
- Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, HeartGold, SoulSilver – You’ll need a Game Boy Advance emulator to run these games. Popular GBA emulators include My Boy! andGBA.emu. Note that these emulators can usually also run Game Boy and Game Boy Color games.
- Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, Black, White, Black 2, White 2 – You’ll need a Nintendo DS emulator. The current king in this department is DraStic DS Emulator. It costs a little more than other emulators but runs Nintendo DS games flawlessly on most devices. There are also free emulators available.
- X, Y, Omega Ruby, Alpha Sapphire – It is not currently possible to play Nintendo 3DS games on Android, as there is no legitimate emulator. Avoid any site that claims to host a 3DS emulator, as these are most likely scams.
2. Check the system requirements. Before downloading an emulator, ensure that your phone meets the system requirements for the app. Some of the newer emulators such as DraStic may only run on newer devices. All apps will post their system requirements in the App Description.
3. Install the emulator. All of the most popular emulators can be downloaded directly from the Google Play Store. If you want to install an emulator that isn’t available on the Google Play Store, you’ll need to enable installing apps from other sources:
- Open your device’s Settings menu.
- Tap Security.
- Check the “Unknown sources” box.
- Download the emulator from its website, or onto your Android device from your computer.
- Find the APK file on your device using a File Explorer app. Tap it to install the app.
4. Download the Game Boy Advance BIOS file. If you are installing a Game Boy Advance emulator, you will need to download a separate BIOS file. This file is not included for legal reasons, but can easily be found online by searching for “gba_bios.bin”
- Place this BIOS file somewhere on your phone that is easy to find. It is recommended that you place it in the same folder that you will be placing your ROM files in.
- You will be asked to locate the BIOS file when you start your Game Boy Advance emulator for the first time.
5. Search Google for the game you want plus the word “ROM”. For example, if you want Pokémon Emerald, search “Pokémon Emerald ROM”. A ROM file is a copy of the game that the emulator will load. It is essentially a copy of the original cartridge. It is illegal to download a ROM of a game that you do not own.
- ROM sites come and go quite often, and not all of them will host Pokémon files. Some of the current popular ROM sites include , , and . Avoid sites that ask you to answer surveys or jump through a lot of hoops to get the file.
6. Download the ROM file. Once you’ve found a good link, tap the Download button on the ROM’s page to download it to your device. Look carefully for the real download link. Oftentimes there will be advertisements disguised as Download buttons. Files will be downloaded in .ZIP or .7z format to your Download folder.
- The time the game takes to download varies depending on the game. Pokémon Red is a much smaller file than Pokémon Black 2.
7. Place the ROM in a dedicated folder. You may find it easier to collect all of your ROM files in one place, especially if you are downloading multiple games. You can use a file manager app on your phone to move the files to a dedicated folder, or you can plug your device into your computer and use Windows Explorer to move files around
8. Open your emulator. Depending on which emulator you chose, the process for opening ROMs may vary. Some emulators will ask you to browse for the ROM immediately when you launch the emulator, others you will need to tap “Load ROM” or “Open”.
- Some emulators such as GBAoid will prompt you for your ROM folder location. This is when having all of your ROMs in one location will make things much easier.
9. Select your game. After the app completes its search, the list of games you have downloaded will appear on the menu. To play, simply tap on the name and the game will start automatically.
10. Start playing. Most emulators will place virtual buttons on the touchscreen that emulate the physical directional pad and buttons on a Game Boy. Use these to control just as you would on a real Game Boy.