Play Nintendo Game Boy games on iPhone


The Game Boy family of handheld gaming consoles from Nintendo are one of the most successful gaming devices ever. Nintendo discontinued Game Boy in 2008 with the boom of mobile smart phones that can also work like a handheld console.

Nintendo and other developers created various gaming legends, like Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Pokémon, Castlevania, etc. for Game Boy that will be never officially released for other platforms as well as smart phones, but there is a solution how to make a virtual game boy for example from your Apple iPhone.

Use GBA4iOS emulator to play Game Boy games on iPhone

GBA4iOS is able to emulate original Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance handhelds.

  • GBA4iOS version 1 is available for iPhone with iOS 6.
  • GBA4iOS version 2 is available for iPhone and iPad with iOS 7.

The emulator is not available to download on App Store, but with little trick you can install it from the developer's website without Jailbreak, or other customizing of installed iOS.

Open Safari → go to the GBA4iOS download pageClick on Download GBA4iOS button → wait till the download will start.

Install GBA for iOS Install GBA4iOS

Install the GBA4iOS

Quickly open SettingsGeneral Date & Timechange date to February 18, 2014, or earlier and GBA4iOS will be installed properly. Start the emulator → Close it with home button and change date back to original.

GBA4iOS installed to iPhone

GBA4iOS first start

Open the GBA4iOS again. At first you can customize your settings by click on the Cogwheel button (controls, skin, Dropbox sync etc.)

GBA4iOS settings GBA4iOS settings GBA4iOS settings

GBA4iOS settings

The simple way how to add games to your library is click on the Plus button → you will be redirected to repository with many ROM images for Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance.

Select the game and click on Download Now button, fill the name box and wait a minute till the game will be downloaded.

GBA4iOS install game GBA4iOS install the game GBA4iOS install the game

GBA4iOS install the game from

Now click on the game on list and have a lot of fun!

GBA4iOS select game GBA4iOS playing Mario Kart Super Circuit

GBA4iOS gaming

Another way is to open iTunes with iPhone connected to computer, then click on iPhone in the top right corner. Click Apps tab at the top of the screen → scroll to down to the File Sharing section. And finally click GBA4iOS, then drag the games (*.gb, *.gbc, *.gba files) to the emulator.

Related software and links:

GBA4iOS icon

GBA4iOS    Apple iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch devices) platform
An iOS emulator of Game Boy Advance


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