How to Convert a Gameboy ROM

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How to Convert a Gameboy ROM
Converting Gameboy ROMs. (gameboy image by Dron from

A read-only memory file or ROM is a duplicate copy of a video game that is converted from the original CD or cartridge to use as a backup game on your computer. Converting Gameboy ROMs is a straightforward process especially if you have the correct software and hardware. When you get familiar with converting a Gameboy ROM, you can convert your entire Gameboy cartridge collection to your PC.

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Things you need

  • Nintendo Gameboy
  • Flash Advance Linker or similar connecting devices (See Resources)
  • Gameboy conversion software (See Resources)
  • Desktop or laptop with available USB port

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  1. 1

    Connect your "Flash Advance Linker" or similar device to an available USB port on your desktop or laptop computer.

  2. 2

    Insert any Gameboy cartridge into your linker device.

  3. 3

    Download a Gameboy ROM converter " see Resources." Install the Gameboy ROM converter and remind yourself where the converter software is saved. An .exe extension should be at the end e.g. GameboyConverter.exe.

  4. 4

    Launch the Gameboy ROM conversion software. Select "Convert" from "File" and select a location to save your Gameboy ROM file.

  5. 5

    Click "OK" and wait for the conversion to finish. When the conversion is complete, your Gameboy ROM will be saved as a ".gba" extension such as SuperMario.gba. Play the converted Gameboy ROM on any Gameboy emulator installed on your desktop or laptop computer (see Resources).

Tips and warnings

  • Test your converted Gameboy ROMs with an emulator provided in the "Resources" section.
  • Do not share your Gameboy ROMs with anyone you know; this is illegal.
  • Do not download Gameboy ROMs from ROM websites unless you own the original copy of the cartridge.

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