The first Pokemon game was released in 1996 on the Nintendo Gameboy and found massive success. It spun off a number of sequels, including the 1998 Game Boy title, "Pokemon Yellow." Those finding themselves nostalgic for a fresh run through "Pokemon Yellow" may find themselves out of luck if they can't locate their copy, or their old Game Boy. However, with a couple of quick downloads, Pokemon Yellow can live again on the PC.
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Things you need
- Gameboy/Gameboy Advance Emulator
- Pokemon Yellow ROM file
- Legally purchased copy of Pokemon Yellow
- Legally purchased Gameboy/Gameboy Color/Gameboy Advance/Nintendo DS
- PC running Windows 2000 or higher
- Internet Connection
Locate a Game Boy or Game Boy Advance emulator program. According to Cool ROM, the highest rated Gameboy Advance emulator is Visual Boy Advance (see Resources), earning a full five-star rating.
Download the emulator program using your computer's web browser.
Install the emulator program by running the downloaded executable application. Follow all all-screen instructions.
Locate a Pokemon Yellow ROM file compatible with Visual Boy Advance or the emulator program you have downloaded. ROM websites like Cool ROM or Dope ROMs (see Resources) host the "Pokemon Yellow" ROM, among many other files. Some sites may compress the file using a ZIP or RAR archival format. Ensure you have a program to expand either of these formats.
Download the ROM file for Pokemon Yellow, and file it in a folder that is easy to locate.
Run Visual Boy Advance, and open the ROM for Pokemon Yellow through the in-program menu. Enjoy playing Pokemon Yellow on your PC.
Tips and warnings
- There are many emulation sites available that offer both emulator programs and ROMs for a number of gaming platforms. Assuming you can do so legally, there is a wide variety of gaming experiences you may enjoy on your PC.
- ROMs and emulation programs are legal as of December 2010, provided you own a legally purchased copy of the original software and hardware.
- Possessing and using ROMs or emulation programs without owning the original software or hardware is considered a form of copyright infringement, and is punishable by law. Always ensure that you own a legal copy of the game you are downloading.
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