GBA emulator ported to Didj

Tired of messing with the hardware of the Didj you picked up? Now you can use it for gaming on that last road trip of the summer. A Game Boy Advanced emulator has been ported for use on both the Didj and the Explorer. You’ll have to dig up a copy of the original bios for a GBA as well as some ROMs, but the rest seems pretty straight forward. We are still holding out hope for Doom or Quake on the Didj, but this will help us wait a bit longer.

[Thanks Nirvous via Rosincore]


  1. Mr_Bishop says:

    So what your saying is that POS is finally worth buying? Good show people I love to see a good game of pokemon on non-Nintendo hardware.

  2. poky says:


  3. The Moogle says:

    Well the GBA version of doom almost runs :)

  4. Skitchin says:

    The Moogle: What about PocketNES?

  5. blue carbuncle says:

    Good job guys!

  6. Amos says:

    Good job! As if I didn’t want one of these bad enough :P

    Also, @Mike: It’s called the Game Boy Advance. Although it was quite advanced, for its time/price point.

  7. fermicirrus says:

    @Amos – lol. I remember having to correct everyone when they first came out..

  8. Steve says:

    F’ing SWEET!!!
    I know what I’m doing this weekend! It looks like they’re working on porting the explorer kernel to the didj and that there is a patch for mounting the sd card! I hope other emulators follow suit; I knew there was a reason I bought 2 of these!

  9. dropeye says:

    so you can play doom with a doom rom of this game (see link)

  10. strider_mt2k says:

    The actual GBA version of Doom almost runs on actual GBA hardware.
    It has always sucked. I’m not ready to blame the hardware on that one.

  11. JJ says:

    I got really excited about this until I read this:

    LF Device Prerequisites:

    64MB RAM (Leapster Explorer. A stock Didj cannot run the emulator at this time)


  12. Coolty says:
  13. PhilKll says:

    It is now possible to run the emu on the Didj. The sound is distorted, but I was able to play MarioKart just fine. Some fine tuning and it should be tip top.

  14. Steve says:

    That’s news to me; my son has been playing pokemon all day. :)

  15. JJ says:

    Cool.. Well, I read it in the README for the source code. But if its working for others, I’ll give it a try :D

  16. strongwarrior says:

    If you modify the “bios” or “OS” of the Explorer, does this render it useless for normal use with Explorer cartridges?

  17. Elisa says:

    I’m so very confused by all of these sites…. I am NOT computer literate at all and just bought my kids a didj for $10 at walmart yesterday. I’ve been searching for games on google but there seem to be none. All I can find is information on turning the system into something else. Would that be appropriate for a 6 and 4 year old?

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