Back in the GBA era there were GBA flash carts. However owing to a leak of the SDK and related materials ahead of time the GBA was emulated basically day one (though you needed a machine with a tiny bit of grunt to do it back then) and practically perfect throughout its life. Back then playing on an emulator was a thing you could quite happily do and many did, indeed as flash carts cost a fortune it was very common indeed. The DS dropped and took a while to start getting emulated well to say nothing of the dual screens and touch screen along with the games that went with it not taking to emulation with standard PC peripherals quite as well. Flash carts also exploded during this time, probably various reasons for this though past the first neoflash with them all being incredibly cheap and braindead simple to use probably did not hurt. Today I think I have noticed people pulling back from emulation of the GBA in favour of trying to get it sorted it on real hardware. First is this a thing or am I just reading something into nothing? Secondly my reasoning would be roughly in line with what I have said thus far, however might there be another reason?