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GBA ROM Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Is Emulating GBA roms legal?

YES - Despite false claims by Nintendo that emulation as such is illegal they (Nintendo Of America Ltd.) have registered a US Patent for GAMEBOY EMULATOR (look here - US Patent N# 6,672,963 ) so proving themselves wrong and making any claims about emulation being illegal have NO credibility. You can not get a patent for something that is illegal.

What is a Nintendo Game Boy Emulator?

A Nintendo GameBoy emulator is a software program that is designed to allow game play on a platform that it was not created for. GBA emulator allows for Nintendo console games to be played on "unauthorized" hardware. The video games are obtained by downloading GBA ROMs from Internet distributors. Nintendo ROMs then work with the Nintendo emulator to enable game play on unauthorized hardware such as a personal computer Mac, PC, Linux, a modified console, etc.

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What are GBA ROMS?

GBA ROM ("Read Only Memory") is the type of chip used in Nintendo's video game cartridge which contains the game software. However, this term is commonly used on many gaming sites on the Internet and refers to game data that has been copied / backuped from an authentic Nintendo Gameboy Advance / GBA SP video game cartridge.

Are ROMS illegal?

Commercial roms - YES - downloading / sharing / distributing etc IS indeed ILLEGAL.
Under Section 117 of the US Copyright Law You have a right to:
(a) Making of Additional Copy or Adaptation by Owner of Copy. -

Notwithstanding the provisions of section 106, it is not an infringement for the owner of a copy of a computer program to make or authorize the making of another copy or adaptation of that computer program provided:

(1) that such a new copy or adaptation is created as an essential step in the utilization of the computer program in conjunction with a machine and that it is used in no other manner, or

(2) that such new copy or adaptation is for archival purposes only and that all archival copies are destroyed in the event that continued possession of the computer program should cease to be rightful.


Freeware and Public Domain (PD) ROMS are not made by NINTENDO or its partners and they are LEGAL.
In most cases they are made as freeware, shareware or demos and legalized for free use by their authors. It is 100% legal for people play such roms on emulators or gba flash cards.

Does host or distribute commercial GBA ROMS?

NO - And we will never do it as it is illegal.

USA is not the only country in the world and US law works only in the United States of America and nowhere else. Many countries in the world have their own specific copyright laws so you can look on the internet to find sites that are involved in distributing gba roms - that would be illegal in US but could have no laws against in their country.

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Supercard SD Adapter (GBA+SP+DS/DS-Lite) - Slot 2
Play GBA ROMs from SD
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To play roms you need

1. Gameboy Emulator
WIN / MAC / Linux / BE
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2. Use one of GBA Flash Linker & Cards sets
to play ROMZ on GBASP

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» Download a Game from the internet.


» Write the game file .gba to a Flash Card using USB flash inker (PC2GBA)

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» Put the Flash Card in the GAMEBOY ADVANCE or SP and play. It will work just like the original game.

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» It is an exact backup of the Nintendo cartridge so all the functions are the same as on the real cart!

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