This is MY ROMS site. You will be able to find here information
about how you can make gba, gbc, nes and other rom files
from video console cartriges. You can read reviews of
gba rom backup hardware and tools for working with roms. We
will also privede you with links to best shops selling
First to give you an idea about how roms are made - read
about making gba roms!
R4i SD card adapter for playing NES, SNES, GAMEBOY, SEGA, Atari, GB Color, Game Gear and Emulators and NDS Roms on Nintendo DS / DSi!
And now also blank Nintendo 3DS R4 ROM flash cards
for NDS and DSi game backup copies.
GBA Cartridge to PC
You have to have a way to connect gameboy cartridge to
the PC. For that you can you Flash Advance Linker or FA
Linker Xtreme. Regular linker connects to Printer port
when Xtreme can be connected to both printer port or USB.
Save game data on PC as *.GBA or .NDS file
Nintendo DS Roms can be played using R4 SDHC or AK2i cards. Also you can emulate NDS roms on PC using DS emulator. When you have FA Linker connected you can use Flash Advance
Writer, Little Writer or Flash Xtreme writer software
to save the game from the cartridge on to your PC Hard
Drive. It will be saved as .GBA file. Most roms are 4MB
(1 Mega Byte on PC = 8 Mega Bits on Cartridge)
Play backuped games on PC or GB
When you have backuped the game on the PC you can Play
it with one of the Gameboy Emulators or you can send it
a ReWritable Flash Advance card and play it on another
Gameboy. Because Flash Advance Cards are bigger than regular
GBA Cartridges you can make compilation of say 8 of your
favorite games and write them to one 256M FA Card.
In short - this is how most of the gameboy advance roms
that you can download from the internet are made. As you
can see - the main purpose of roms (and FA Linker) is
not to play then on PC's using Emulators, but to use them
as backups of your original games. Of course if you have
made a backup of your game you can play it PC if you like..
More information about GBA backup devices can be found
in one of the following
online shops. We have tested - ordered stuff from
all of them. They
all are reliable and have Secure Site Certificates,
Secure connection for shopping carts and orders
be Tracked Online. Look for the best Price + Shipping
||Best online shop for GBA Backup hardwrae. Sells
XG flash and Flash Advance Linkers! The shop I use!
||Sells Gameboy FALinker and ModChips for all modern
consoles. Can pay with CreditCard or PayPal
||Shop located in HonKong. Prices are low, but shipping
is little more expensive and take a little longer
to receave the good in USA or EU
Legal status of ROMs
If you own the actual arcade game, making a backup copy of your ROMs for your PC is legal in the US. Some ROM images (such as Atari's) are available for purchase legally. There are several ways of acquiring ROMs which are probably legal in most, if not all, jurisdictions:
- Buying games as ROMs, e.g.
From a ROM retailer such as Star NDS ROMs
Sometimes come bundled with P.C. recreations made by the original developers
- Copying the ROM images from an actual arcade game owned by you Downloading where the original game's copyright has lapsed, e.g.
the East German arcade game Poly Play)
- Downloading where the game's producers have allowed this, e.g.
Most people believe that you'll probably never get into legal trouble by using MAME or NDS ROMs. For the "classic", pre-1990 games, this is almost certainly true, as the market value of the ROM images is negligible. However, some recent, post-2000 games have been added to MAME. Some think such games should not be included, because they risk unwelcome attention from the copyright holders. Certain people quote a "5-year rule", stating that 5 years is how old a game should be before being emulated in MAME. However, there is no legal basis for a such a rule. The website mame.dk was shut down due to a dispute with a copyright holder. It was reopened for awhile, and it is currently closed again, claiming that the bandwidth costs more than the revenue generated by the website. At one point, the MAME team suggested that they adhered to a 3-year rule. MAME currently operates under no real "year rule" as such; instead when MAMEdev feels that a game is no longer being manufacturered or no longer popular in arcades, only then will it be added, and not a moment sooner, though at the time of writing, the most recent game added to MAME was three years old. There are two reasons for this rule: to avoid harming the profits of arcade companies, and to lessen the possibility of future lawsuits. They fear that, just because MAME has not yet been subject to legal action, doesn't mean it will never be.
Many copyright holders are currently ignoring the PSP ROM distribution activity. This may change in the future. Some people argue that, as long as it's for personal use and the user isn't selling the ROMs, it's perfectly legal. They argue that the copyright holders have abandoned their copyright by not enforcing it for many years; most of the games are no longer being manufactured. The actual legality of ROM downloading depends on the country, although most arcade games are still protected by copyright in almost all jurisdictions, and will remain so for decades yet. The MAME community has shown itself to be reasonable. When one company requested that ROMs for its games be removed from mame.dk, the maintainers of that website immediately complied.
It is rumored that the operators from the mame.dk website have shut down their site because they were concerned about personal liability, and not because of the expense of running the website. Someone who obtains a set of ROM images probably faces a much smaller legal liability than someone who has distributed ROMs to several other people, and will usually not be prosecuted as it is not profitable for the Nintendo Wii Roms company.
The RIAA was cracking down on filesharing users for trading songs. The same may someday also happen with ROMs for all kinds of gaming emulators; ROM sites have been targeted in the past by the IDSA (now the ESA). If an individual did get sued by a copyright holder, they would probably feel compelled to make a legal settlement. If they were to choose to fight the claim, they would have to spend a large share of money on their legal defense, even if they ultimately would win; so settlement would probably be the most viable option.