How to Play Pokemon on Your PC?

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to play Pokémon video games directly on your computer? Well, know that you can do it using an emulator and game ROMs of your choice. ROMs are nothing more than the digital versions of video game cartridges for Nintendo consoles, while emulators are programs that emulate Nintendo consoles in all respects.

To play a version of a Pokémon video game intended for a particular console, you will need to download and install the corresponding emulator. In the case of the Pokémon saga, you can download the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo DS emulator.

You also have the option to play the ROMs of your choice directly in an internet browser using an online emulator without having to download any programs to your computer.

Method 1. Play Online

  1. Visit https://lisanilssonart.com/ using your computer browser. It is one of the many websites that allow you to download emulators for Nintendo consoles and related games in the form of ROMs. If you don’t want to worry about having to install a specific emulator on your computer and download the corresponding ROMs, you can opt to play directly online using the services offered by the website in question.
  1.  Type the keyword Pokemon into the search bar and press the key Invio. The    search bar is located in the upper right corner of the page. The list of all Pokémon video games available for download will be displayed.
  1. Click on the Pokémon game you are interested in. All games feature the cover image displayed on the physical version case.
  1. Click on the Play ROM Online option . It is the button visible on the right side of the page that appeared, under the heading “Save Game”. The game will be loaded directly into the browser window in a special box.
  1. Click on the Run Game button . The game will run and initialize within the browser. This step may take a few minutes to complete.
  1. Click on the controller icon. It will appear in the lower-left corner of the emulator box when the mouse pointer is inside the emulator. The keyboard keys to use to play will be displayed. To customize the keys to use, click on the button of the controller you want to change, then press the key on the keyboard you want to assign to that function. When done, scroll down and click the Update button.
  1. Click on the icon with two arrows pointing in opposite directions. It is located in the lower right corner of the game panel. It is visible only when the mouse pointer is inside the mouse pointer. This way you will have the option to play in full-screen mode.
  2. Click on the “Pause” icon Image titled Android 7 Pause.png to temporarily stop the game from running. It is located in the lower-left corner of the window. Again the icon is visible only when the mouse pointer is inside the frame.
  3. Click on the icon in the shape of a musical note to activate or deactivate the audio section of the game. It is located in the lower-left corner of the game window. The icon is visible only when the mouse pointer is inside the frame where the game screen is displayed.
  1. Click the “Download” button to save the game progress directly to your computer. It features a down arrow icon and a horizontal bar. Your game save files can be uploaded to the online emulator the same way you create them.
  1. Click on the “Upload” button to be able to use one of the save files you have created. It features an icon with an arrow pointing up and a horizontal bar. To use one of the save files you have created, select it (it is one of the files with the “.save” extension) and click the Open button .
  1. Click on the icon with two circular arrows to restart the game.

Method 2. Using a Nintendo DS Emulator

  1. In order to download the correct version of the Nintendo DS emulator it is necessary to determine if your computer uses a 32-bit or 64-bit processor.
  1. Select a link to download. Click on the Windows 32-bit (x86) (for 32-bit computers) or Windows 64-bit (x86-64) (for 64-bit computers) link visible in the “DeSmuME v0.9.11 Binaries for Windows” section. The DeSmuME installation file will be downloaded to your computer after a short advertisement is displayed on the screen.
  1. You need to use a special program, such as WinZip, WinRAR or 7-zip. Double-click the ZIP file to be able to open it. By default, the files you download from the web are stored in your computer’s “Downloads” folder or browser folder. Double-click the downloaded ZIP archive icon to unzip it.
  1. Click on the Extract , Extract to or similar button. This will start the wizard to extract the data from the ZIP file in question. The precise steps to follow may vary slightly depending on the program you are using.
  1. Navigate to the folder where you want to install the emulator. It is preferable to create a folder in which to store all the ROMs of the games you will download. It might also be useful to create a subfolder for each of the ROMs. You can extract the emulator file into one of the indicated folders or into any folder on your computer.
  1. Click on the OK button . The contents of the ZIP file will be extracted into the indicated folder.
  1. Download a ROM of a Pokémon game. DeSmuMe was created to be able to play Nintendo DS games on computers as well. The Pokémon video games for the Nintendo DS also include the “HeartGold” and “Black” versions. Follow these instructions to download the Pokémon game ROMs to your computer:
  • Visit the website using the browser of your choice;
  • Type the keyword “Pokemon” into the search bar in the upper right corner of the window and press the “Enter” key;
  • Click on the Pokémon game for Nintendo DS that you want to download;
  • Click on the Save Game button ;
  • Open the ZIP archive that contains the game ROM;
  • Extract the contents of the ZIP file to a folder on your computer.
  1. Start the DeSmuME emulator. Double-click the DeSmuME.exe file . The program window will be displayed.
  1. Click on the File menu . It is located in the upper left corner of the program window. A drop-down menu will appear.
  1. Click on Open ROM . It is listed at the top of the “File” menu.
  1. Select the ROM file you downloaded. Click on the corresponding icon. You may need to click on the Downloads folder listed in the left panel of the pop-up window first.
  1. Click on the Open button . The ROM will be loaded into the Nintendo DS emulator window. At this point the game should start automatically.
  1. View the list of controls and change the corresponding keys according to your needs. Follow these instructions to change the keyboard keys you will need to use to play:
  • Click on the Config menu displayed at the top of the program window;
  • Click on the Control Config item ;
  • Click on the button you want to remap, then press the keyboard key you want to assign to it;
  • Click on the OK button
  1. Create a save file. At any time during the game, you will have the possibility to create a save file that you can use later to resume the game from the corresponding point. To create a save file, follow these instructions:
  • Click on the File menu ;
  • Click on the Save State option ;
  • Click on a number from 0 to 9.
  1. Upload a save file. Follow these instructions to resume the game from a specific point using a save file:
  • Click on the File menu ;
  • Click on the Load State option ;
  • Click on a number from 0 to 9.

Method 3.Using a Game Boy Color Emulator 

  1. Visit the website https://lisanilssonart.com/ using your computer browser. Within the page that will appear there are several Game Boy Color emulators that you can download according to the platform on which you want to use them.
  1. Click on the BGB 1.5.3 icon (Windows) . It is the first option listed on the page. It features an image showing the graphical interface of the BGB emulator.
  1. Click on the Download Emulator button . It is blue in color and located on the right side of the page. For the emulator download to start automatically, you will have to wait about 5 seconds. The program will be downloaded as a ZIP file.
  1. Open the ZIP archive of the BGB emulator. To be able to decompress a ZIP archive you need to use a special program, such as WinZip, WinRAR or 7-zip. Double-click the ZIP file to be able to open it. By default, the files you download from the web are stored in your computer’s “Downloads” folder or browser folder. Double-click the downloaded ZIP archive icon to unzip it.
  1. Click on the Extract , Extract to or similar button. This will start the wizard to extract the data from the ZIP file in question. The precise steps to follow may vary slightly depending on the program you are using.
  1. Navigate to the folder where you want to install the emulator. It is preferable to create a folder in which to store all the ROMs of the games you will download. It might also be useful to create a subfolder for each of the ROMs. You can extract the emulator file into one of the indicated folders or into any folder on your computer.
  1. Click on the OK button . The contents of the ZIP file will be extracted into the specified folder on your computer.
  1. Download a ROM of a Pokémon game. BGB was created so that Game Boy and Game Boy Color console games can also be played on computers. Pokémon video games for these Nintendo consoles also include “Red”, “Blue”, “Yellow”, “Gold”, “Silver” and “Crystal” versions. Follow these instructions to download the Pokémon game ROMs to your computer:
  • Visit the website https://lisanilssonart.com using the browser of your choice;
  • Type the keyword “Pokemon” into the search bar in the upper right corner of the window and press the “Enter” key;
  • Click on the Pokémon game for Game Boy you want to download;
  • Click on the Save Game button ;
  • Open the ZIP archive that contains the game ROM;
  • Extract the contents of the ZIP file to a folder on your computer.
  1. Double-click the bgb.exe file . It features a gray and black icon depicting a console controller’s D-pad. The BGB emulator window will appear.
  1. Click on the emulator window using the right mouse button. A context menu will appear.
  • If the mouse you are using does not have a right button, click on the right side of the pointing device or click on the single button present using two fingers.
  • If you are using the computer trackpad instead of the mouse, press it with two fingers or press the lower right corner of the trackpad.
  1. Click on the Load ROM… option . It is listed at the top of the context menu that appeared.
  1. Select the ROM file you downloaded and click the Open button . The selected game will be loaded into the BGB emulator window.
  1. Configure the control buttons. Follow these instructions to map the keyboard keys you will use to play:
  • Click on the BGB program window using the right mouse button;
  • Click on the Options item ;
  • Click on the Configure keyboard option ;
  • Press and hold the keyboard key you want to assign to each of the Game Boy buttons when prompted;
  • Click on the Apply button
  1. Create a save file. In every moment of the game you will have the possibility to create a save file that you can use later to resume the game from the corresponding point. To create a save file, follow these instructions:
  • Click on the BGB program window using the right mouse button;
  • Click on the State item ;
  • Click on the Quick Save option .
  1. Upload a save file. Follow these instructions to resume the game from a specific point using a save file:
  • Click on the BGB program window using the right mouse button;
  • Click on the State item ;
  • Click on the Quick Load option .

Method 4.Using a GameBoy Advance Emulator

  1. In order to download the correct version of the Game Boy Advance emulator, you need to know if your computer uses a 32-bit or 64-bit processor.
  1. Visit the website using your computer browser. A wide variety of Game Boy Advance emulators for different platforms are available on this page.
  1. Click on the link VisualBoyAdvance-M 64-Bit 2.0.2 (Windows) . It is the second option listed on the page. You will be redirected to the section where you can download the VisualBoyAdvance program.
  1. Click on the Download Emulator button . It is blue in color and located on the right of the page. Before the download starts automatically, you will need to wait about 5 seconds. The program will be downloaded to your computer in ZIP format.
  1. Open the ZIP file that contains the VisualBoyAdvance emulator executable file. To be able to decompress a ZIP archive you need to use a special program such as WinZip, WinRAR or 7-zip. Double-click the ZIP file to be able to open it. By default, the files you download from the web are stored in your computer’s “Downloads” folder or browser folder. Double-click the downloaded ZIP archive icon to unzip it.
  1. Click on the Extract , Extract to or similar button. This will start the wizard to extract the data from the ZIP file in question. The precise steps to follow may vary slightly depending on the program you are using.
  1. Navigate to the folder where you want to install the emulator. It is preferable to create a folder in which to store all the ROMs of the games you will download. It might also be useful to create a subfolder for each of the ROMs. You can extract the emulator file into one of the indicated folders or into any folder on your computer.
  1. Click on the OK button . The contents of the ZIP file will be extracted into the specified folder on your computer.
  1. Download a ROM of a Pokémon game. VisualBoyAdvance-M was created to be able to play Game Boy Advance games on a computer as well. The Pokémon video games for VisualBoyAdvance-M also include “FireRed”, “Ruby”, “Sapphire”, “LeafGreen” and “Emerald” versions. Follow these instructions to download the Pokémon game ROMs to your computer:
  • Visit the website using the browser of your choice;
  • Type the keyword “Pokemon” into the search bar in the upper right corner of the window and press the “Enter” key;
  • Click on the Game Boy Advance Pokémon game you want to download;
  • Click on the Save Game button ;
  • Open the ZIP archive that contains the game ROM;
  • Extract the contents of the ZIP file to a folder on your computer
  1. Double-click the VisualBoyAdvance-M.exe file . The purple file icon is contained in a new window. The program window will be displayed.
  1. Click on the File menu . It is located in the upper left corner of the program window. A drop-down menu will appear.
  1. Click on Open. It is one of the options listed at the top of the drop-down menu that appeared.
  1. Select the ROM file you downloaded and click the Open button . The ROM will be loaded into the VisualBoyAdvance emulator window.
  1. Examine and configure the buttons on the controls. Follow these instructions to view the configuration of the keys to use to play and to be able to change it according to your needs:
  • Click on the Options item ;
  • Click on the Configure option ;
  • Click on a GameBoy Advanced controller button, then press the keyboard key you want to assign to it (optional);
  • Click on the OK button ;
  1. Create a save file. At any time during the game, you will have the possibility to create a save file that you can use later to resume the game from the corresponding point. To create a save file, follow these instructions:
  • Click on the File menu ;
  • Click on the Save state item ;
  • Select the save slot number you want to use.
  1. Upload a save file. Follow these instructions to resume the game from a specific point using a save file:
  • Click on the File menu ;
  • Click on Load state ;
  • Select the save slot number you want to use.