Best Emulator

List of all games and the best emulators

pokemon emulator tgbOften I get a question what is the best emulator to play that and that Pokemon game or which emulatro will let me trade Pokemons on PC. To answer these questions once and for all I have create alist of ALL Pokemon games and the corresponding best emulator for it. If link cable is supported - that version of the emulator gets a bump over the more compatible but without linking and trading support.

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green GB TGB Dual
Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition GB TGBDual
Pokémon Gold and Silver GBC TGB Dual
Pocket Monsters Crystal GBC TGBDual
Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire GBA VBA Link
FireRed and LeafGreen GBA VBALink
Pokémon Emerald GBA VBA Link
Mistery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team VBA Link
Pokémon Diamond DS No$GBA
Pokemon Platinum NDS NoGBA
Misterious Dungeon: Red Rescue Team VBA Link
Pokemon Pearl NDS No$GBA
Pokémon Ranger  DS No GBA
Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness & Time No$GBA
Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia DSi NoGBA
HeartGold and SoulSilver DS NoGBA
Dash, Trozei! NDS No$GBA
Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky  DSi No$GBA
Nintendo DSi Black Version DeSmuME
Nintendo DS Lite White Version 3DS emu
Pokémon Stadium N64 Project64
Pokemon Snap N64 Project64
Puzzle League Nintendo64 Project64
Pokémon Stadium 2 Kin Gin Project64
Pokemon Colosseum GameCube Dolphin
Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness NGC Dolphin
Pokémon Box: Ruby and Sapphire GC Dolphin
Pokemon Battle Revolution NWF Dolphin
Melee! Pokémon Scramble WiiWare Dolphin
My Pokemon Ranch WiiWare Dolphin



List  of Pokemon Rom Backups

  • Download Pokemon Games GBA Roms
  • Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire Emulator
  • Pokemon Sapphire Rom
  • Pokemon Ruby Download
  • Fire Red Rom
  • Pokemon Ruby Emulator
  • Pokemon Leaf Green Rom
  • DL For GBA Emu

Download Games • Emulator

VBA Link GBA emulator with multiplayer linking support for trading Pokemons from one rom to another.



Graphics: 10/10

The quality of the graphics have significantly improved from its DP counterpart. The sprites are more dynamic that, in turn, make the pocket monsters look more active, even lifelike in their movements.

Even the back sprites have been animated, too, which adds to the visual value of the game especially since previous versions involved the Pokemon just shaking and glowing according to their color type (e.g., red or blue). Now, the Pokemon have a certain level of animation, which is a nice touch. The Sinnoh-Dex Pokemon’ sprites look great except for Golbat, especially his annoying wings down appearance.

Of all these enhancements, the Distortion World shows the DS capabilities in their best light. The Distortion World has a 3D effect that has the appearance of an M.C. Escher painting in terms of jumping onto ceilings and walls frequently. Many of the places have also been enhanced in their graphics – caves have a darker vibe coupled with more realistic lighting effects, Stark Mountain features lava pools outside, the Battle Zone (i.e., an island opened only after winning the game) has palm trees, and the Great Marsh has a truly swampy appearance. 

Gameplay: 10/10

Even the battle system has shown great improvements from its DP predecessor, too. The battles move at a significantly faster rate – instead of wasting time waiting for the text to be completed before an attack move can be made, both the battle animation and text are flashed almost simultaneously on the screen.

Surfing is also a joy! The surfing experience in DP was the slowest in any game, which reduced the positive gaming experience. In the Platinum version, fortunately, you can surf so much faster especially in comparison with running.

But I have a complaint about Platinum: its save times. The process of saving data usually takes twice as long in this version than it did in the Diamond version. This is true even when all of your boxes in the Diamond version are full while your Platinum box only has 10 Pokemon, the former version still has faster saving capabilities than the latter version.

After beating the game, you will find many more challenges that will test your battle skills at the Battle Frontier. The slow save times is a small price to pay for such a bonus.


Multiplayer: 9/10

Nintendo also ensured that the online play still retained its great quality. But Nintendo seems to want more profits, thus, resulting in the absence of random battles, as is the case in PBR.

The Global Trade Station (GTS) allows gamers to trade with their fellow players anywhere in the world provided that the desired Pokemon has been spotted. But there’s a glitch: In the early Platinum copies released in the United States, you cannot see the Pokemon level that the other gamer wants. While it can be annoying, you shouldn’t consider it an issue since it will not have this issue, if you haven’t purchased the game yet.

You can also send the game to Nintendo if and when you want the glitch to be fixed. But you will lose all of your saved data and, thus, I don’t recommend it. You can also play the mini-games along with other players worldwide, thanks to the all-new Wi-Fi Plaza. You will likely find that these mini-games may not be the best but these aren’t half-bad either. 


Online 9/10

The online play in the Diamond version is also great although it didn’t earn 10 points because of compatibility issues. The frustration lies in the Netgear wireless router’s incompatibility with the Wii on the DS although I quickly realized that it’s the latter’s fault more than anything else – but still!

Thankfully, the online battles with other gamers is great as well as the countless number of people that you can trade with. Plus, the Pokemon Trade Center – just dump a pocket monster that you’re no longer interested in and switch it for a Pokemon on your trading list, all without even looking for a trainer on the board.  It’s such a convenient feature that outweighs the inconvenience of the compatibility issues.

Replay Value 10/10

Among the best things about the Pokemon games is their replay value, an observation shared by newbies and veterans of the game alike. The hundreds of pocket monsters is one of the reasons for its high replay value especially since it’s always worth the time, energy and effort to beat the game every time.

In your case, how many of the games in your game collection have you beaten three times, at least? Less than half, I bet!  With 493 Pokemon on board, you will appreciate the achievement in beating all of them at least once.

The bottom line: You have to play the game plenty of times to enjoy the entire Pokemon experience – and that’s the point of the game!

Overall 9/10

I was excited, perhaps overly so, about the release of the Diamond version, as was the case for all of the previous releases, because Game Freak doesn’t disappoint with every Pokemon version released. The games was everything I hoped it would be and everything I wanted in a Pokemon game and, thus, it’s a must-have in any game collection.

For $35, you can enjoy great gameplay, good graphics, and high replay value, which means plenty of hours being immersed in the Pokemon world. You may be unable to put it down unless wild horses tear you away from it, figuratively speaking. 


A Review of the Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

For veteran gamers, adopting a cynical attitude toward the Pokemon franchise becomes easier with each sequel, remake and new version released by Nintendo and Game Freak. The story’s almost always the same – a young hero or heroine on a quest to become a Pokemon Champion; a team of evil characters with plans for world domination; and a turn-based battling system, among other familiar elements. For this reason, gamers are justified in saying that Game Freak launches an updated version of a successful predecessor, watches it become a hit, and then dashes off with their money. 

But the more times I play the Pokemon series, the more I keep playing it over and over again, and the more I observed its subtle evolution from its predecessors. The script has become stronger while the moments have become more enriching, even personal in nature. The turn-based battling system, which was inspired by JRPG-inspired battles, is at the heart of it all as well as more suitable for mature adventure games, such as the great Chrono Cross.

Indeed, the Pokemon franchise is a good one. While it isn’t ironically good while its strengths lies not in nostalgia but in great gameplay, it’s as good as a game involving pocket monsters can be.

In the Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire versions, the adventure begins in the same manner as in previous games. Your journey begins in a quiet town where you and your family has just relocated though the reasons aren’t clear. You set out on an epic journey of traveling the world, capturing Pokemon, and defeating the Gym Leaders, Elite Four and an evil team along the way, as well as developing closer relationships with your pocket monsters. 

But in these versions, the emotional connection between the trainer and his Pokemon has a certain level of mechanical reinforcement added to it. The games have updates from many of Pokemon X and Y like Pokemon Amie, which allows players to pet, play and feed their pocket monsters. Indeed, Pokemon Amie strengthens the analogy of a virtual pet, which encourages players to spend time with their pocket monsters and friends.

The personal connection becomes a tangible connection with a poignant quality to it. This is true especially when you pour in the time, energy and effort in giving your pocket monsters pet-related care like names, breeding, and grooming. For example, I named Swampert, a Pokemon, as Lumpy resulting in a personal attachment absent in most RPG games, even in past Pokemon games – indeed, one of the reasons why the Pokemon franchise is still popular even after more than a decade in the industry. I may have enjoyed seeing Lumpy perform kickass moves against entire teams of rivals but when he was poisoned, I felt his pain and rushed him to the nearest Pokemon Center. 

The 3D graphical upgrades implemented in Pokemon X and Y were also carried over into these games. But I must say that I’m more impressed with Hoenn now than with the previous year’s Kalos because of its brighter and livelier art. Even its locales are strangely fresher than expected considering Ruby and Sapphire’s dominance in the past. Many of the characters in Ruby and Sapphire are more emotive and expressive, which gave the ensemble cast more personality, style and depth although these have also been played for laughs, too. 

Even the foundation has remained unchanged since its first introduction more than a decade ago when the Ruby and Sapphire versions were released. However, Nintendo has made it clear that the remakes aren’t just graphics overhaul of their predecessors, such as in the unexpected extra care poured into many elements of the game. Of these updates, the improved writing was the most notable, which wasn’t an accident either judging from Nintendo’s track record in this aspect.

The Pokemon X and Y versions, which were released last year, completely amazed gamers including myself with the emotive quality of their characters and the biting intensity of their combined plot. While the plot may have been corny, its text was cleverly made, packed a punch, and surprisingly in-depth for what’s considered a children’s series. Of all the passages, these paraphrased words stuck with me: 

“To the person reading this: What and who are you now? Where your dreams of who you wanted to become realized? What was the kind of person you wanted to be in the first place? I don’t know the answers but it would be so wonderful to hear that, indeed, you’re living every single day to the fullest. To the future Sycamore, from the present Sycamore dreaming of the future!”

While these lines may be fleeting, these carry a surprising weight that can be applied to your own daily life. The message, which was a gift from Sycamore, your mentor, is carved underneath a plain bench in a transit station. Many of my fellow gamers failed to find it and I have to admit that I only found it because somebody alerted me to its presence – look around until something special is found, so I was told. 

While there was nothing in the Alpha Sapphire version that made a similar impact, this game was more straightforward with its philosophical messages. Many times, the villains even explicitly suggested that I was the evil force in their world and that I must strive to understand their decisions, among other encouragements. Don’t worry about these philosophical messages being too serious or plunging into melodrama, as is the case with Spec Ops, because Nintendo usually posed them in a casual manner, even with a humorous slant. 

The main conflict in these new games revolves around two nearly identical groups vying for control of the Pokemon world’s resources. On one hand, Team Magma plans on reviving Groudon, an ancient beast, and on covering the world in more land so as to provide people with more places to live on. On the other hand, Team Aqua wants to drown the world in a great flood, awaken Kyogre, an ancient whale, and create a safe haven for the marine Pokemon.

As the game’s protagonist, you have to decide which team you must stop by using your team of Pokemon characters. While it’s cheesy and superficial, it’s alright because it can be engaging in its own way for gamers of all ages. For adults, the engaging wit and quality of the dialogue holds their attention while for children, the story of good-versus-evil sustains it – or to put it in another way, the story is approachable for its young audience yet contains a deeper layer of subtext for its older audience. Think of the success of the best Disney movies and it’s the same for Pokemon.

When the original games were released, I was a troubled teenager such that when these remakes were released, I’m already in my early 20s. As a teenager, I played through the Ruby version on a Game Boy Advance, which I had to hide from my parents, in part because it was stolen. Over time, I became an avid fan of the Pokemon franchise, as evidenced by my ownership of nearly all Pokemon games.

Many fans can recall the obtuse solutions to the puzzles in the Ruby and Sapphire versions, especially with a few of the rare pocket monsters requiring basic knowledge of the Braille system to find. Nintendo didn’t provide a player’s guide, not to mention that none of my fellow gamers/friends knew about it, which meant that it took several months before I was finally able to figure out the sequence. 

My Pokemon review copies have already been in possession for a few weeks now. Let’s just say that the gaming experience of the remakes was eerily similar, even without published guides. In the Digital Age, keeping secrets hidden for prolonged periods is more challenging despite the release of these games in the United States. Indeed, it’s slightly amazing that many gamers have yet to figure out the secrets in these Pokemon re-issues, which is a good thing since it provides gamers with a genuine experience of exploring new territory. 

Suffice it to say that Pokemon continues to endure because of its strong emotional core coupled with refined mechanical slices, good storytelling, and great graphics.