All games gba I have tried will not run when running them on a retropie. When starting up the game, it shows the splash screen to allow you to config it before its runs, but instead of the game starting, it just goes back to the menu.
I been using the Lr-gpsp emulator, the lr-mgba runs but has performance issues.
I am running off a raspberry pi zero W, using a Retroflag GPi case for its display/control.
Here is a copy of the logs it generate in verbose mode: https://pastebin.com/zaJhefmh