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How to Apply a Patch to a ROM
(How to Play a Hack)

In general, you will need the following:
  • A patch of the hack you want to play (typically found in the hack's thread, in .ips or .ups format)
  • The ROM the hack you want to play is based on (.gbc/.gba files - don't ask where to get these)
  • An emulator, to play the hack (configured so that its save type is Flash 128 KB)
  • A patching tool, to apply the patch to the ROM

The types of emulators and patching tools you will need depends on the platform you are using. Therefore, instructions for each platform will be provided in the spoilers below:

Windows Computers
Spoiler:
  • Emulators: mGBA, VBA-m or no$gba
  • Patching Tools: Lunar IPS for patch files with the .ips extension, NUPS for patch files with the .ups extension
As per the attached images, the interfaces of both Lunar IPS and NUPS should be simple to understand. Use the tool to apply your desired patch to your desired ROM.
After that, simply open the patched ROM in your emulator and play!


Apple Computers
Spoiler:
The interface of Multipatch should be easy enough to understand. Use the tool to apply your desired patch to your desired ROM.
After that, all that's left to do is open the patched ROM in your emulator and play!

Android Mobile Devices
Spoiler:
Once you have the above downloaded to your device as well as a patch of the hack you'd like to play and the ROM it was based on, use ROM Patcher to apply the patch to the ROM. After you have done that, simply open the patched ROM in your emulator and play!

Apple Mobile Devices
Spoiler:
  • Emulators: GBA4iOS
  • Patching Tools: None (yet)
Sadly, as there are currently no patching apps available on iOS, you'll have to patch your ROM on your computer and then transfer the patched ROM to your device.
After you have done that, all that's left to do is open the patched ROM in your emulator and play!

If you are still having problems, please feel free to head over to the Patching & Emulation Help Thread, where someone is likely to be able to point you in the right direction.