The Game Boy Advance (or simply GBA) is one of the most popular handhelds, especially for Nintendo fans.
With so many masterpieces such as Mario series, Pokémon series, and Zelda series, GBA is surely perfect for hardcore fans.
For those of you who played this remarkable handheld in the past, I bet you would be interested to get to know the best GBA games of all time.
Some of you will probably remember (or even still own) some of the games mentioned on this list.
And in this post, you will get:
- A highly curated and filtered list on the current best GBA games
- Developer, publisher, and release date information
- Genre of the games
- Where to buy in the US or UK or Canada
This list is the results of the average score of reviews from so many popular gaming websites, and thanks for GameRankings for helping me to build this list.
See also: Best GameCube Games of All Time
So here you go.
#100. Mega Man Zero 4
#99. Summon Night: Swordcraft Story
#98. The Lost Vikings
#97. Pokemon Emerald Version
#96. F-Zero: GP Legend
#95. Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django
#94. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
#93. Fire Pro Wrestling
#92. Spyro 2: Season of Flame
#91. Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament
#90. Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
#89. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
#88. Rebelstar: Tactical Command
#87. The Sims Bustin’ Out
#86. Mega Man Battle Network 3: White Version
#85. The Pinball of the Dead
#84. Mega Man Zero 3
#83. River City Ransom EX
#82. GT Advance Championship Racing
#81. Donkey Kong Country
#80. Metal Slug Advance
#79. Lunar Legend
#78. Crash Bandicoot: The Huge Adventure
#77. Super Monkey Ball Jr.
#76. Classic NES Series: The Legend of Zelda
#75. Mario vs. Donkey Kong
#74. Sabre Wulf
#73. Tekken Advance
#72. Mega Man & Bass
#71. Mega Man Battle Network
#70. Riviera: The Promised Land
#69. Max Payne
#68. Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
#67. Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand
#66. Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
#64. Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls
#63. Pokemon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire
#62. Iridion II
#61. Classic NES Series: Super Mario Bros.
#60. Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menace
#59. Mario Tennis: Power Tour
#58. Pokemon LeafGreen Version
#57. Duke Nukem Advance
#56. Donkey Kong Country 2
#55. Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars
#54. Super Puzzle Fighter II
#53. Sonic Advance 3
#52. Mega Man Battle Network 2
#51. Drill Dozer
#50. Racing Gears Advance
#49. Mega Man Zero
#48. Pokemon FireRed Version
#47. Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
#46. Super Mario Advance
#45. Puyo Pop
#44. Rayman 3
#43. Final Fantasy V Advance
#42. ChuChu Rocket!
#41. Super Street Fighter II Turbo: Revival
#40. Klonoa: Empire of Dreams
#39. Gunstar Super Heroes
#38. Sonic Advance
#37. Final Fantasy IV Advance
#36. F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
#35. Street Fighter Alpha 3
#34. Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis
#33. Bomberman Tournament
#32. Ninja Five-O
#31. Pokemon Sapphire Version
#30. Pokemon Ruby Version
#29. Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
#28. Rayman Advance
#27. Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
#26. Wario Land 4
#25. Mario Golf: Advance Tour
#24. Sonic Advance 2
#23. Astro Boy: Omega Factor
#22. Golden Sun: The Lost Age
#21. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
#20. WarioWare: Twisted!
#19. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
#18. Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
#17. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3
#16. WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!
#15. Fire Emblem
#14. Golden Sun
#13. Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
#12. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
#11. Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
#10. Metroid: Zero Mission
She’s battled baddies on nearly every Nintendo system, and now, Samus Aran returns to her roots.
Metroid: Zero Mission relives the story that started it all–revealing for the first time full details of her meeting with the Metroids.
The plotline will be familiar to longtime fans of the Metroid series, but the challenges are new, the power-ups are plentiful, and the graphics and sound are supercharged.
Plus, if you thought that the original Metroid had a surprise ending, wait until you get past the Mother Brain in Metroid: Zero Mission. A new twist provides a deeper adventure than ever before.
#9. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Link returns in an all-new Game Boy Advance adventure.
When the sorcerer Vaati turns Princess Zelda to stone, the king of Hyrule sends Link on a quest that takes him to all-new locations.
Using the power of a mystical hat called the Minish Cap, Link must travel through a fantastic world rife with new items, puzzles, and bosses.
As Link, you can shrink down to either battle large enemies from within or find secret items.
You can also unlock items and solve puzzles by fusing together magic relics.
#8. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
An evil witch has replaced Princess Peach’s fair speech with explosives!
Mario and Luigi must once again come to her rescue, but this time they employ the help of Bowser, their sworn enemy.
Mario and Luigi must learn new moves and combine powers to fight off enemies and move closer to the witch’s castle.
Guide this unlikely bunch through an abundance of minigames such as Border Jump and Mystery Carts.
Combine the powers of Mario and Luigi to pull off special tag-team moves.
Immerse yourself in this bright, cartoonish, and humorous world, complete with hit music featured in previous Mario games.
#7. Final Fantasy VI Advance
Learn From The Past.
Many centuries have passed since the war of the Magi – civilizations have been rebuilt with iron, machines and technology.
But the forces of magic have begun to return, and when an ancient Esper is discovered, the risk of war resurfaces.
Featuring all-new CG cinematic sequences exclusive to this edition.
Discover the origins of special features later developed in the subsequent FINAL FANTASY series, including summoning magic, mini quests, the Active Time Battle system and much more.
Numerous weapons, items, magic spells and special skills allow for incredible gameplay depth and strategy.
#6. Metroid Fusion
While lending mission support on planet SR388, interstellar bounty hunter Samus Aran is attacked by an X parasite, an organism with the ability to mimic the abilities of any creature it infects.
Near death, Samus is saved by a vaccine made from the DNA of the last Metroid–the X parasite’s only natural predator.
When the X spread to a research station in orbit around SR388, a weakened Samus is forced to exterminate them all…or die trying.
#5. Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Whoever hands out driver’s licenses in the Mushroom Kingdom is about to be in some serious trouble.
Classic Mario Kart action is back once again, this time in a colorful, lightning-fast game that you can take anywhere.
Mario, Luigi, Peach, Toad, Wario, Yoshi, and Bowser are all tearing up the track, tossing Koopa Shells and laying banana peels along the way.
Mario Kart: Super Circuit puts your driving skills to the test on 40 tracks, each littered with wild weapons and obstacles.
Four players can compete in Mario Kart: Super Circuit using only one Game Pak.
If each player has a copy of the game, bonus features and new modes of play become available.
#4. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Now you have a link to one of the greatest adventures in The Legend of Zelda series.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past revives the classic SNES game on the Game Boy Advance and adds a new multiplayer mode.
In a Link to the Past, Link travels between the light world and the dark world, conquering fierce monsters and uncovering Hyrule’s deepest secrets along the way.
Also included is Four Swords, which lets you play with up to three other players, slashing through dungeons and collecting rupees.
Whether you choose solo or competitive play, The Legend of Zelda will keep you occupied with its brain-bending puzzles and fun swashbuckling action.
#3. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
A combination of exciting platforming action, wild power-ups, and charming Mario style has made Super Mario Bros. 3 a classic.
With Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, you have your chance to partake in the special adventure anywhere you go on your Game Boy Advance.
Your mission is to rescue the Mushroom Kingdom monarchs who have been transformed into animals by Bowser and his mischievous offspring, and in the process save the princess kidnapped by Bowser.
Traverse eight huge worlds and encounter fun minigames and frantic boss battles as you explore the first Mario game to use an overworld map.
#2. Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
Mario hasn’t even had a chance to savor his victory in the original Super Mario Advance, and already he’s back for more in Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2.
This game is a re-creation of the Super NES classic Super Mario World, featuring every last secret exit and all 74 levels of platform-jumping action.
Once again, Princess Peach has been kidnapped by the ever-diabolical Bowser, and Mario and Luigi set out on a massive adventure to rescue her.
As either Mario or Luigi, you’ll solve puzzles, shoot fireballs, fly, and discover the hidden secrets in Dinosaur Island.
#1. Advance Wars
The battle lines have been drawn, and an elite group of sly strategists are massing troops at your borders.
You’ll have to command ground, air and naval forces if you hope to survive the coming wars, and it won’t be easy.
With 114 maps to battle on and both Single-Pak and Multi-Pak link modes, Advance Wars brings turn-based strategy to a depth never before seen on a handheld!
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