The 8 best Game Boy Advance games of all time

The 8 best Game Boy Advance games of all time

Handheld gaming entered a golden era with the Game Boy Advance, a huge step up from the original Game Boy.

The Game Boy Advance was a technological breakthrough that Nintendo is pretty good at. What would have been an entire console a decade ago could now just slip into your pocket, and a mostly 2D console let developers relive the glory days of the SNES, even if those days weren’t that long gone at the time.

It blew the original Game Boy out of the water and brought with it some of the best 2D games the world has ever seen. Be it platformers, adventures, JRPGs, or something completely insane, having a Game Boy Advance gives you access to an incredible library.

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Some Sonic the Hedgehog fans will tell you that there weren’t any good 2D games between Sonic & Knuckles and Sonic Mania, but those fans clearly never owned a handheld console. Much like the DS after that, the GBA would have not one, but three awesome 2D Sonic games. They were great platformers worthy of Sonic’s golden era, and they had their original characters to boot.

Metroid Fusion

Before Metroid went into an alarmingly long hiatus, Metroid Fusion blessed the world with its presence. There is disagreement in the fan base about how awesome this game is, but many consider it to be the same praise as Super Metroid, which is about as good as Metroid games.

Final Fantasy Tactics progression

Final Fantasy Tactics is a series that has inspired many great games over the years, so it’s nice to look back and see a great entry into this classic series. Featuring a classic JRPG plot of a protagonist being sucked out of his world, a grand Final Fantasy narrative combined with slick tactical gameplay awaits you.


While we’re talking about tactical RPGs, let’s talk about Advance Wars, games so good that the fanbase has managed to remake it through sheer willpower. It’s simple and clean tactical gameplay with a brilliant art style and tons of unforgettable moments. While you wait for the belated remakes, why not go back and play the originals?

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap

We’ve made a few of those retro console lists now, and the one series that always comes out without fail is The Legend of Zelda. Not only is it amazing that a LoZ game was ever made for every Nintendo console, they are all fantastic games. Featuring a talking bird hat that shrinks Link to solve classic puzzle dungeons, this is the Zelda series you’ve always known and loved.

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

If you knew what an “aria” was without having to look it up, then Konami might have a job for you. Although the Castlevania series was a genre-defining landmark, it began to move away from 2D adventure games in the 2000s. This move would ultimately see the series fall significantly, but before it crashed we got just another classic 2D adventure. If you loved Symphony of the Night but never played it, you’re missing out.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Mario’s various RPG outings are quite a wild ride, and perhaps none is crazier than the Mario & Luigi games. They’re great though, as they blend isometric puzzle/platforming with turn-based action combat (that description makes sense if you’ve played them) and if there’s a Mario spin-off franchise that needs a new game for Switch, then this is it.

Pokemon Emerald

Ruby & Sapphire may have introduced the world to the third generation of Pokemon, but Pokemon Emerald is the game that perfected it. It was a big step forward for the series, with sprites getting a lot more detailed and even a bit more animation to bring a whole new world of life to our favorite creatures. Not to mention the fantastic lineup of new Pokémon. Rayquaza, Salamence, Sceptile, and Absol to name a few of the best. We could be here all day listing them.

Written by Ryan Woodrow on behalf of GLHF.

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