How To Play Pokemon On PC In 2024?

Image of Pokemon red and blue game on delta emulator

It’s no secret that almost everyone over 20 first started their gaming journey with a Nintendo console and a game like Pokemon or Mario. While the company still releases new versions of these games, the charm of older Pokemon games remains unmatched.

Unfortunately, most of us no longer have our original consoles, making it difficult to relive these memories. This is where emulators come in. Here, we will show you two easy ways to play your favorite Nintendo Pokemon games directly on your PC.

1. Use a Nintendo Emulator

Emulators need no introduction for anyone in the tech space. However, to put it simply, emulators are pieces of software that replicate the workings of another device to run its software and games. It may sound complex, but the process is actually quite straightforward. For example, if you want to play a Nintendo DS Pokemon game, you will need to install a Nintendo DS emulator on your PC.

Given the millions of options available on the market, choosing the right emulator can be confusing. We tested several emulators, including DeSmuMe, MelonDS, NO$GBA, and RetroArch. The clear winner in our testing was RetroArch. While all emulators allow users to play their favorite games, RetroArch stands out due to its vast console support, which includes not just Nintendo DS but also SNES, NES, Sega Genesis, PS1, Atari 2600, GBA, Sega Master System, GBC, Neo Geo and many more.

Now that we’ve chosen an emulator, the next step on our list is to acquire game ROMs. If you have old game cartridges, you can purchase a cartridge reader and convert them into ROMs. Alternatively, you can download ROMs directly from websites. Here’s how:

  1. Head over to
  2. Click on the “ROMs” button at the top.
  3. Select your console.
    Image of the website
  4. Locate your favorite game and download it.
    Screenshot of the Save Game button on the Pokemon game download page

Setup RetroArch Emulator

After downloading your favorite games, setting up the RetroArch emulator is next. It’s important to note that RetroArch isn’t an emulator itself; it’s a frontend for different emulators, which users can load. Here’s how to set it up:

  1. Open the RetroArch app.
  2. Click the “Load Core” button in the main menu.
    Screenshot of the Load Core button in RetroArch emulator to play Pokemon
  3. Select the “Download a Core” option and browse through the list of consoles.
    Screenshot of the console list
  4. Install your desired console core.
  5. Head back to the main menu.
  6. Click “Load Content” and navigate to the folder where your game is stored.
    Screenshot of the load content button in RetroArch emulator to play Pokemon
  7. Click on the game file, and that’s it.
    Screenshot of the Pokemon game file

Now, you can play your favorite childhood games on your PC. However, note that the performance of these games will depend on your PC’s hardware. Additionally, RetroArch includes several additional features such as 4K and HDR support, the ability to connect controllers, save games, fast forward, and much more.

2. Play Games Online

As mentioned above, the performance of emulated games depends on your PC’s hardware. Therefore, if your PC isn’t strong enough to run these emulators, you can also play your favorite games online. Here’s how:

  1. Head back to
  2. Navigate to your favorite game.
  3. Click on “Play Game Online.”
    Screenshot of the Play Game option on
  4. Select the “Run Game” option.
    Screenshot of the Run Game option to play Pokemon
  5. Choose the full-screen option to enjoy the game fully.

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