I would prefer to work with my GBA and Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard, but I've also got a GBC and a Windows XP machine hanging around.

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    Do you have some sort of way to interface the computer and the game cartridge already? Commented May 16, 2011 at 17:45
  • Are you asking about backing up files on your computer or asking how to back up your cartridge ROMs/savegames?
    – CyberSkull
    Commented Sep 5, 2011 at 1:42
  • Sorry for failing to reply sooner as I never got an email notification. @CyberSkull: Sorry for not clarifying; I meant my commercial cartridge game saves. I think I've almost got a working solution together. I'll update this when I get a chance.
    – Orion751
    Commented Oct 27, 2011 at 2:56
  • Related: Importing my GBA save files to my PC and back
    – Stevoisiak
    Commented Apr 15, 2018 at 1:22

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Hands down the easiest way that I have found is to get a Nintendo DS that has the Game Boy Advance slot (original and DS Lite), and a slot-1 flash cart.

After that it's just a matter of downloading some software. Linfox is great for that.

NOTE: I would stay away from the M3 solutions for this task because one of the better backup programs, written by Rudolph, was updated to single out the M3 and refuse to backup the saved game.

Alternatively, there are (or at least were) solutions –


– that will plug right into a computer. However, this is a much more technical, difficult process.


As I discovered recently, This can be easily accomplished with the Retron 5 Gaming System:

Copy Save to RetroN 5

The RetroN 5 will allow you to save your games onto the internal storage, as well as the SD card. By doing this, users will be able to extract their saves via the SD card and store them onto their PC. This also allows for users to exchange saves among other owners of the RetroN 5.

Copy Save to Cartridge

The RetroN 5 will allow you to transfer your saves from the Internal Storage or the SD card to your cartridge, allowing you to play your games without losing your save on any other console or handheld.
- Retron 5 Instruction Manual

  1. Insert your cartridge into the Gameboy/Colour/Advance slot
  2. When the game has loaded, Enter the Game Menu: Main Menu - 'Play' highlighted
  3. Click either 'Copy Save to Retron' or 'Copy Save to Cartridge', depending on which action you wish to take. Game Menu - Copy Save to Retron highlighted

As quoted above, You can then also copy saves to/from the Retron via the SD card slot.

This will work for all Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance cartridges, as well as NES, Famicom, SNES, Super Famicom, Master System (via Power Base Converter) and Mega Drive (Genesis) carts that support a 'save' feature.

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