View Full Version : Do the pokemon GBA games still work?

April 6th, 2010, 5:44 PM
The reason I asked this question is i saw an episode of SlowFlake's Pokemon Crystal let's play and he said the old pokemon games (Gold to Leaf Green) will have problems saving data. Do you thing this is true?

April 6th, 2010, 5:55 PM
My Crystal game stopped saving, but I haven't had any trouble with my GBA games, aside from the clock glitch in Sapphire (which FR fixed). As far as I know, they should work fine aside from general use wearing them down.

April 6th, 2010, 6:29 PM
Yeah, the only game that died on me was my Crystal, but you can replace an internal battery or something. Just google it.
I think the only problems are internal clocks that run while you don't play, and eventually wear the battery down and kill the game (unless you replace it!).

The DS games have the clocks in the DS, so the DS's battery is worn down.

I don't know about the GBA games, however. All mine work.

Oh, and hello, Arechal.

April 6th, 2010, 7:17 PM
thanks for all of the answers. and i'm surprised crystal is the only game that died...

April 6th, 2010, 10:04 PM
My gold, silver and crystal all share the same fate, but any of the GBA pokemon games I have work just fine.

April 7th, 2010, 1:37 AM
ive had at least 4 golds/ silvers which havent saved,
but my crystal is still fine
as for FR/LG,
nothings changed!

April 7th, 2010, 3:10 AM
Of course they still work, silly. :3
Although, they may have problems saving if they're too old, that is.

Ninja Caterpie
April 7th, 2010, 3:12 AM
It's not like Nintendo took over the Goldenrod Tokyo Radio Tower or something equally silly-named and sent a signal that makes all GBA games evolve explode. =|

Saves, you might have problems, but it should be okay. My Emerald's been fine since I got it in '04 or '05. =D

April 7th, 2010, 3:17 AM
FireRed/LeafGreen and Emerald work just fine. Surprisingly, my Gold and Crystal still work as well.

April 7th, 2010, 6:16 AM
My Sapphire, Ruby and FireRed all work . One of my friends gave me a Crystal whose battery I replaced and is now working .

I believe the GBC ones can break as they use old batteries . They are still commercially available though and there are tutorials around the internet explaining the whole process . Try searching on YouTube : Replacing Internal Battery of Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal/GSC

April 7th, 2010, 7:32 AM
thanks for all of the advice, and i'm really amazed that one person's pokemon GBA game works after 5-6 years after purchase

April 7th, 2010, 9:03 AM
It never occurred to me that they might break someday... That makes me sad. :( I guess I just have to accept the fact that the GBA is obsolete.

Mine are still working perfectly, though! :D Sure, the internal clock ran dry, but there weren't a lot of time based events in Gen III anyway.

April 7th, 2010, 9:14 AM
The internal clock ran dry on my Ruby game. Then again, I got the game like that.

No, I didn't buy it new.

Kobold Asylum
April 7th, 2010, 9:52 AM
Mine all work fine except on emulator only the ds games work for clock based events.

The Girl Once named Tracie
April 14th, 2010, 5:38 PM
my leafgreen, sapphire, and emerald all run like the day they were pulled out of the box, and I have well over 1,000 hours logged on each. If 1,000 hours and five years doesn't wear them down, nothing will.

GB games, on the other hand.... good luck finding a working one :p

April 15th, 2010, 4:09 PM
The battery in G/S/C powers the save system, in GBA games, the battery runs the clock, and ONLY the clock. Saving is separate, and will not die.

April 15th, 2010, 4:14 PM
my yellow gold ruby and fire red work perfectly

April 15th, 2010, 4:22 PM
It's only with the Generation II games (and the R/S clock glitch) that saving sometimes fails for no explicable reason (even then it's explainable; the battery in them wears down, but that's repairable). All of my Gen III games still work fine, and I've had them since 2007 (and I'm not sure about Emerald, since I got that preowned).

April 15th, 2010, 4:38 PM
The internal clock ran dry on my Ruby game. Then again, I got the game like that.

No, I didn't buy it new.
Did you steal my Ruby from me? Mine's the exact same way, and I bought it used too. :o

I wish I still had my Leaf Green and Red/Blue/Yellow/original Silver around to see if they still worked, but I have no clue where they are. :(

April 15th, 2010, 7:00 PM
I think my Gold is dying.
I saved after beating Team Rocket at the Radio Tower in Goldenrod, and when I went to the PC to retrieve a Pokemon, they were all level 0.
Good think HG came out a few days later.

April 16th, 2010, 2:42 AM
Mine all work fine except on emulator only the ds games work for clock based events.
if you use a VBA go to options>emulator>Real Time Clock and poof problem solved

and all my original GBA games work fine my crystal did die though still play it a bit when I get bored just can't save :(

April 16th, 2010, 7:27 AM
Yep, my Sapphire Version (though to be fair, it has suffered some physical abuse, along with Leaf Green, died. Sure, I evacuated all the good Pokémon in them* before so, but still, I'm gonna miss that box loaded with Gulpins. :'[

Perhaps, it's a sign that Generation III is no longer a "newer" generation?

*Mewtwo could not be saved, but he didn't have the proper nature anyways...

Agent Clank
April 16th, 2010, 7:42 AM
All My GBA Games Work just fine :)

April 16th, 2010, 9:13 AM
When I put my Saphire in eth GBA slot of my DS, and then save Soul Silver's game, it will delete my save file for Saphire. I don't know if it's the same for other people too.

April 17th, 2010, 1:19 PM
The issues are really just the internal batteries. It means more to the older old games like G/S/C. But for R/S/E it just stops berries from growing.

April 19th, 2010, 4:18 PM
My games are still up and saving. I hope yours are too ;D

April 20th, 2010, 4:12 AM
Hey I just checked all my games not that long ago. The only one that had died was Gold. I was surprised that my Red still worked, it must me over 10 years old.

April 20th, 2010, 6:33 AM
Had my Pokemon Sapphire for 7 Years now, still working perfectly fine without any bugs or glitches.

April 20th, 2010, 8:41 AM
As far as I'm aware, my GBA games are all fine.

Only my Gold cartridge has died on me. I honestly felt like crying, since four years of my life or so was dedicated to that entire game and as it was my favourite game at the time, I played many hours in-game on it.

Kai Yamato
April 20th, 2010, 11:30 AM
I do know that my Gold died and my Silver is still up and running. Not sure I'll ahve to check again. However, I do know that my GBA Pokemon games are okay.

April 20th, 2010, 4:04 PM
My GBA games work perfectly fine. I'm surprised that my Pokemon Blue version (Yea Gen I) still works after all these years. ^-^

April 20th, 2010, 4:38 PM
When I put my Saphire in eth GBA slot of my DS, and then save Soul Silver's game, it will delete my save file for Saphire. I don't know if it's the same for other people too.

It's probably not a legit cartridge. It's an antipiracy measure that Nintendo uses.

Jack Kentnon
April 21st, 2010, 12:15 PM
All of my pokemon Games still work/save just fine. Most of them I have gotten second hand too.

April 22nd, 2010, 5:14 PM
My Gold died out on me a while ago. I actually picked it up one day and started playing, and the next day... nothing, haha... ha... dammit.

But my other games work just fine, even my Yellow version! Surprising, eh?
But my LeafGreen stopped working too, the A button doesn't work, so you can never do anything. Probably because the cartridge is normal gray instead of translucent green? F*cking bootlegs...