The Game Boy Advance (GBA) was the portable game machine, preceding the Nintendo Switch. While Pokemon and a sub-series starring Mario and Donkey Kong kept leading characters, other popular classics had resumed. Fortunately, the changes from the home console to these series were seamless, with common tactical gaming and varying stage layouts creating a smaller screen smash.
Check out the ten best GBA games listed below:
1. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
For a variety of different reasons, the Minish Cap rules our compilation: infinite beauty, clever overworld and dungeon architecture, smart challenges, and even better puzzle dynamics. Vaati, the chief villain and significant character in Four Swords, was shown in the Minish Cap history. The Legend of Zelda is a game you shouldn’t miss!
2. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
The third and last GBA Castlevania title, Aria of Sorrow, proved that the sequence could indeed hit the degree of grandeur seen in Symphony of the Night. That is great, don’t you agree?
Bring in the feature of Tactical Souls, which changes performance and statistics by beating opponents, and Aria of Sorrow has become the wealthiest achievement so far in the franchise. It still remains as one of the greatest Castlevania games recently. I would recommend you to play Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night on Switch for a glimpse of a similar type title.
3. Metroid Fusion
It’s no wonder that the same team that produced Super Metroid created Metroid Fusion. I would say that it’s the best 2D Metroid ever created, and hence, you should definitely try it out if you haven’t! When it debuted back in 2002, Fusion essentially looked like an unassociated continuation. Fusion included an open-world that was equally long to discover, encouraging players to peruse and find mysteries and paths ahead in their own time. The Nintendo R&D1 creators improved Super Metroid’s fight and added in the process several new features.
4. Super Mario Advance 2
Well, Super Mario World has been so famous throughout that practically everyone has played or heard about this game. Therefore it is a must that we include Super Mario World, one of the best games of all time to this section. Introduced as Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, this SNES retro GBA adaptation has managed to reach popularity and welcomed a lot of youngsters to one of Mario’s greatest wonderful moments.
5. Mario Golf: Advance Tour
One would contend at the release that Mario Golf: Advance Tour was the catchiest golf game of all time. A successor to GBC’s Mario Golf, Advance Tour retained the RPG gameplay and introduced an overworld in which users made improvements at four specific courses through a series of tasks. Depicting excellent arcade gaming with three buttons, a competitive campaign full of obstacles, and multiplayer game styles, Mario Golf: Advance Tour comes under our list of the ten best Game Boy Advance games!
6. Kirby and the Amazing Mirror
Kirby and the Amazing Mirror launched the Kirby formula in unexpected and convenient forms at the conclusion of the GBA’s life cycle in 2004. Amazing Mirror was more organized like Metroid games, replacing the conventional development system based on levels, including 9 separate worlds linked by a circular maze that slowly unfurled.
7. Baseball Advance
Sports sims haven’t ever performed well on handheld devices, particularly those leaning to reality. Smilebit, Sega’s former company, dramatically altered it with the Baseball Advance in 2002. Baseball Advance acted as a worthy alternative to PlayStation simulators at the day, with licensing for each MLB team and player. Clear graphics coupled with strong hitting, catching, and fielding techniques rendered an action-packed gaming experience for players
8. Metroid: Zero Mission
The GBA was a device replete with terminals and remakes. That’s not necessarily a positive sign (as recently demonstrated by the large proportion of last-gen ports to the PS4 and Xbox One), but when such remakes are done almost as well as Zero Mission, it’s pointless to talk. For its period, the first NES Metroid was decent but it felt buggy, frustrating, and excessively complex for most gamers by the early 2000s.
Metroid: Zero Mission is the first Metroid, with Metroid Fusion’s visuals and quicker gameplay. The fusion of classical music and original style with contemporary gaming is absolutely brilliant. Nintendo also clearly laid the plot a little further to link it into the Prime titles and extended it to entirely different locations, along with a segment at the end of the game whereby Samus had to live without her symbol.
9. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
As with Super Mario World, when taking one of the greatest 16-bit period games to the GBA, Nintendo didn’t alter quite a lot. A Link to the Past is undoubtedly still the biggest game ever on GBA, but that edition also arises with the very first Four Swords adventure.
10. Sonic Advance 3
The more cartoonish art-style and massive stages render Sonic looks a lot better than before, and this involves many of the more recent games in which he has appeared. In Sonic Advance 3, at the beginning of each stage, you pick either two out of five characters, which will adjust the skills you will use in that tier.
What’s the verdict?
We shared a list of ten best Game Boy Advance games. Have you played these games before? Do these games bring back some nostalgic moments? How much did you enjoy them? Let us know in the comment section below! We hope you liked the compilation!