If you’ve ever missed the simplicity of your old Game Boy but can’t find any device to revisit old memories, we have just the solution for you. With an emulator, you can recreate your Game Boy experience on your iPhone. Not only do these emulators run Game Boy and Bame Boy Colour, but they can also recreate other previous generation consoles like Atari, N64, and PS. In this article, we bring you the top 7 emulators for iPhone.
Often touted as the best Gameboy emulator for iOS devices, GBA4iOS gives you the complete Gameboy experience on your iPhone. Once you’ve installed GBA4iOS on your iPhone, you get access to all games compatible with GBA and GBC. It allows multiplayer mode and controller support. GBA4iOS also creates a backup of your game data on Dropbox so you can sync it across devices.
On top of that, GBA4iOS comes with other features like, event distribution, sustain button, controller vibration, and cheat code support. The higher versions of the emulator also let you download custom controller skins.
Made by the same team as GBA4iOS, Delta Emulator supports Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Nintendo 64 (N64), GBA, and GBC. It is considered to be an all-in-one emulator for iPhone. Delta Emulator’s friendly and seamless UI make the gaming experience immersive across formats. You can even PlayStation or Xbox controller to play games on the Delta Emulator.
Like GBA4iOS, Delta also offers Dropbox synchronization. You can also use cheat codes and download custom skins.
One of the more popular Gameboy emulators around, Happy Chick can run games across 18 formats. It supports DC, WS, FAB/MAME/MAME+, PS, GBA, GBC, MD, NDS, FC(NES), SFC(SNEC).
Street Fighter 97, Super Mario, Monster Hunter, and Pokemon are some of the games you can play on Happy Chick. By using Happy Chick you can probably get the most out of your device without jailbreaking it. Like other emulators on the list, Happy Chick also synchronizes your data across devices and supports external controllers.
One of the oldest emulators around, Provenance supports up to 30 consoles including Nintendo, Sega, Atari, and Sony. Provenance lets you record your gameplay and save the footage in iCloud. You can even back up your game data online. The controller can be customised according to your liking as well. It also allows you to auto-save your progress, which gives it a big advantage over its peers.
RetroArch is an open-source Gameboy emulator for iPhone. It is also available for Windows, macOS, Linux, and Android. RetroArch supports a large number of consoles including Atari, DOS, MSX, Neo Geo Pocket, PC Engine, Sega Genesis, and more. What sets RetroArch apart from other emulators on this list is that it uses one controller for all the platforms it emulates. You can even remap controls if you cant get comfortable with the presets.
RetroArch also lets you play with other users online, using Netplay. Since the emulator is available for all major platforms, you can play with Windows, Android, and Linux users as well.
Eclipse is a lightweight emulator that is very easy to install. Its neat and minimal interface makes it easy to navigate and reduces any lags or processing time.
Eclipse lets you import ROMs from Files or Google Drive to get started with your gaming experience. Currently, it only supports NES, SNES, Game Boy and Game Boy Colour, Sega Master System, and Sega Game Gear.
PPSSPP is an emulator that’s built solely for the purpose of playing PlayStation Portable (PSP) games on iPhone. It lets you save your gameplay on your device but it doesn’t back your data up in iCloud, so you won’t be able to resume your progress on another device.
However, you can transfer existing current saves from your PSP to your iPhone using PPSSPP. This means you’ll be able to resume your game on your iPhone exactly where you left off in PSP.
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With these emulators, you will be able to run most of the old console games seamlessly on your iPhone. You will not find any major bugs or experience any significant lag in any of these emulators. If you use an Android or a Windows device you will be able to find different versions of these emulators for your device on their website. If there are any other emulators you like to use, let us know in the comments!
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