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How To Patch GBA ROMs

How To Patch GBA ROMs

Published on April 2nd, 2020

All classic gamers know how great it feels to put hands on those Game Boy Advance (GBA) ROM games that are believed to have never made their way to Europe or America.

And what helps make such titles actually playable are special hacks also known as patches.

Still, they may come in handy not only when you want to localize a certain game for a foreign language.

Patches also serve as magical tools wherewith you can increase your favorite game’s difficulty, as well as your capabilities as a player.

Being able to customize your gaming experience is something every avid retrogamer dreams of.

You have a great opportunity to do this with our help. All you need to do is to apply an IPA patch to your GBA ROMs, which, by the way, can be downloaded from our site.

After that, you’ll be able to play your favorite title using any emulator on your PC. Though, we recommend using VBA for the best compatibility and smooth emulation experience.

So, want to know how to apply patches properly?  Continue reading, then!

How To Patch A ROM Hack With Lunar IPS Patcher

Once you embark on an exciting but quite challenging way towards patching your ROM Hacks, you’ll learn that there are two types of ROM files you need to be dealing with. The first one is IPS and the second one is UPS.

The difference between them lies in different extensions that have been initially used for creating GBA ROMs hack.

There is no chance that you can play any of them directly on your emulator. For this reason, you need to avail yourself of dedicated file patching tools.

As you might have guessed, if a file is .ips (.is), it requires an IPS patcher, while its .ups counterpart would need an UPS patcher correspondingly. But in or today’s article, we’re going to speak about the tool wherewith you can patch your IPS ROMs only.



Lunar IPS Patcher

Lunar deserves being spoken about at length. This handy, lightweight utility was designed by the team of retrogaming enthusiasts and is intended for Windows users.

This tool is the first thing you need to set your sights on once you decide to play the GBA ROM having an IPS extension. The patcher in question is by far the best option currently available for Windows PCs.

What most users like about Lunar Patcher is its not being hard on low-end machines and its relative straightforwardness.

Even if you don’t have any relevant experience in patching ROM hacks, you can do this intuitively.

What’s more, you don’t need to tinker with the patching process. It will take you about a minute to patch the desired game.

  • Useful tip. If you’re a Mac user, opt for the Wine utility instead. This tool is perfectly compatible with the Mac operating system. For Android, choose UniPatcher.

How To Patch IPS Files Using Lunar IPS Patcher

Now it’s about time you learned the subtleties of patching the games having an IPS file extension by means of Lunar. Be sure to follow our instructions to the point to achieve the best results possible.

As you might have guessed, you need to download Lunar IPS file from a reliable website.

Go to your Downloads folder and locate the new file there. More often than not, patchers come as .zip archives.

So prior to installing new software, you need to extract its contents. Unarchive the .zip file using any decompression programs you have at hand and save the obtained files to any folder on your drive.

To open Lunar IPS, double click on it. Then hit the  button.

To open Lunar IPS, double click on it. Then hit the button.

After that click the “Select IPS File to Use” option in the new pop-up window. Select the folder to which the Lunar files have been saved. But if the files have already been decompressed, you’ll find them on the list after clicking the notch in the top bar.

Click the file and select the “Open” option (check the image below).

Click the file and select the “Open” option (check the image below)

Once you open the appropriate file, wait for the new pop-up to appear and click the “Select File to Patch” feature.

Now it’s about time you chose the unpatched ROM for patching. We also want to remind you that you can download almost any GBA ROM from our site  and then patch it using the IPS tool. So, make sure to click the original clean ROM file and select the “Open” option.

  • If you cannot see the downloaded ROM file in the dedicated folder, enable the “All Files” option in your patcher (check the example below).

How To Patch GBA ROMs

We hope that nothing will interfere with the patching process and in about a minute you’ll receive the message congratulating you on the successful completion of patching.

Don’t hesitate to try out your newly patched GBA game and dive into retrogaming!

Remember! It’s critical for the success of your patching that you don’t make any changes to the ROM you intend to patch. Otherwise, the system will give you the error message or black screen.

If your file has already been modified, you need a clean ROM.