We already published the list of best GBA games of all time, now it’s time to discover the best GBA racing games of all time.
With amazing titles like the GT Advance series, F-Zero series, and Mario Kart: Super Circuit, the GBA surely have a great collection of racing games.
If you’re a fan of both GBA and racing games, I know that you want to know the best GBA racing games of all time.
Most of you will recognize (or even still play) some of the games mentioned on this list.
#25. Sega Rally Championship
Brush up your rusty wheel and slide through track of tricky terrain.
It takes a good driver to drive at asphalt track, but it takes an even better driver to strive on a mountain slopes, desert sand dune, or European countryside road.
Link your GBA with three other friends and challenge them for a cross country rally around the world.
Co-driver realistically calling out next turn just in time like real life rally.
Sega Rally Championship offering a different take of rally game with different collision mechanic and handling, nonetheless still a worthy arcade style rally game.
#24. Driver 2 Advance
Driver 2 Advance let you get back into the wheel as Tanner, an undercover driver for notorious gangster leader.
Gangster life is full of chaos and you’re inevitably stuck between the crossfire.
Speed through urban area street as you dodge your way from other international gang members.
Driver 2 Advance GBA version graphic is not far off from its PlayStation counterpart.
Drive through a 3D rendered Rio de Janeiro and Las Vegas freely on your own leisure.
Driver 2 Advance is an example of a perfectly ported game, handling and physic are precise, even smashing your car into the sidewalk feels pleasing.
#23. Motocross Maniacs Advance
Motocross Maniacs Advance let you take your two wheel machine to a professional course with all the loops, multiple platforms and crazy stuns.
Motocross Maniacs Advance is a fun game and the colorful color scheme accentuate the fun in this game.
Simple and intuitive mechanic basically you do jump to get a boost and you just need to find the right balanced timing of doing jump without slowing you down.
All in all, the game is blazingly fast and fun, easy to pick up and hard to put down.
#22. Classic NES Series: Excitebike
Excitebike is a re-released game from the classic NES game celebrating the 25th anniversary.
It is a high octane, adrenaline inducer game with one simple goal, go fast or go home.
A track edit features on a racing game is always welcomed and a great source to unleash your creativity while having some fun.
Five pre-unlocked tracks means you got to jump straight up to the action and big jump without bothering to unlock them.
For a stupidly simple game, Excitebike is an addicting game, maybe the simplistic approach isn’t always bad.
Driven is best described as an all in one racing game.
The game is full of atomic racing moment with a high array of modes, tracks and character selection.
Unlock new cars just by progressing through the main storyline, ensuring high level of replayability.
Four players multiplayer is possible adding new depth and possibility to the gameplay.
Overall, Driven is a surprisingly fun game, thanks to the wide array of character and picturesque track, as well as challenging story mode.
Banjo-Pilot is THQ’s take on kart racing genre.
Drive through various track with tons of utility to help you win your race from upgrades, weapon or trap.
Who said racing with a bit of chaos isn’t a good idea?
Just like other titles in this list, this game features up to four players multiplayer using cable link.
The game offers a new creative take on kart racing game and a must have if you looking for Banjo related game.
Banjo-Pilot, while still not as charming as Mario Kart, the game have their own way to hooks player into the game.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be behind the handlebar in the fastest two wheel racing in the world?
MotoGP let you do that.
Select any rider you like to play with and get ready to win the world championship.
Unlock new characters by participating and winning in the GrandPrix mode.
You can ride as your favourite rider each with their own unique driving style through a series of real life tracks.
MotoGP is probably one of the best motorbike racing game on GBA, the sense of speed is authentic as well as providing you with a huge selection of gameplay mode.
Stuntman is a high risk high reward profession and one lap of mistake might prove costly.
It brings that into the game and lets you drive unique range of vehicles through a movie set, from tuk tuk to exotic sports car and do various stun with them.
In the graphic department, it is regarded as one of the best in terms of graphic on GBA.
Aside from speed, the game force you to focus on your technique as well, as it differentiates between life and death as a stuntman.
Stuntman is a unique game, granting you with a novel theme of what’s happening behind the scene in the movie set, and it captures the excitement perfectly.
#17. Spy Hunter
A mix of action and racing, Spy Hunter drop you in as the one and only spy hunter.
As the spy hunter, you drive an amphibious vehicle called G-6155 Interceptor equipped with explosive weapons.
Drive your car and stop the evil NOSTRA from delivering chaos.
The is challenging not for the faint of heart, you’ll get beaten by the merciless AI.
Soundwise, Spy Hunter is one of the best thanks to the rich and detailed sound effect, everything in the game has a distinctive sound effect.
Spy Hunter may not have the biggest content of gameplay, but in such short time, it manages to keep it packed with action and excitement throughout the whole gameplay.
#16. Need for Speed Underground 2
Following the success of the previous installment, Need for Speed Underground 2 drops you in a city full of underground street racers, where you are free to roam all five neighbourhoods.
Can you defeat all rival to be crowned the king of the street?
Min max or fine tune your car into the tiniest detail to suit your driving style and build the car of your dream.
Three new exciting gameplay mode, drift, drag and circuit mode.
Need for Speed Underground 2 for GBA can be regarded as a classic, it is short but sweet and grants you tons of customization freedom.
#15. Monster Truck Madness
The game is adapted from its PC version where you get to drive monster truck in a fully destructible track of your choice.
Unleash your madness in the game full of adrenaline, destruction and explosion, where going clean is never the answer.
There are three different game modes where you can blow up your opponent with various power-up scattered around the track.
Select from 10 legendary monster car to drive from thirty various tracks.
Monster Truck Madness is a gorgeous looking game and successfully managed to create a 3D world experience on a handheld without compromising the sense of space.
#14. Drome Racers
Drome Racers is based on a futuristic race environment where high technology machine has been widely used.
You’ll race through sets of modernistic all terrain track with power ups along the way to aid you in your mission to dominate Drome racing.
Various track, there are eighteen tracks across six various locations.
Drome Racers is a technical game, backed up by its well designed course.
Overall, the game may have some flaws like wonky collision detection system, but it is not stopping it from being fun while serious at the same time.
#13. F-Zero: GP Legend
F-Zero: GP Legend is a story driven racing game.
Dive into the world of F-Zero where you get to play as one of eight characters from Captain Falcon to Rick Wheeler, of which each character has their own storyline and mission to follow.
Lots of perfectly designed course, each with their own signature features such as super sharp turn or tight and narrow lane.
Unique comic book art style, with animation that captures the personality of each character.
F-Zero: GP Legend is a compelling mix of story and racing game with its intense and wild storyline as well as a tremendous array of character to unravel.
#12. GT Advance 3: Pro Concept Racing
Developed by Japanese game studio, MTO, the game offer one of the widest selection of upgradeable authentic car based on real world.
Speed isn’t everything, each car can be tuned to the tiniest detail, allows you to master all of forty six race tracks.
Challenge your friend to see who will get left in the dust using the link cable support.
At the start, GT Advance 3: Pro Concept Racing might look like a difficult game, once you get the hang of it, it unlocked a whole layer of opportunity and excitement ahead.
#11. Top Gear Rally
Ever curious how would you fare on a rally driver seat, given the chance?
This game takes you to the driver seat where you need perfect to execution to be the fastest and the only thing to aid you is your navigator.
Top Gear Rally has various classic racing game gameplay mode, in which championship mode is the “main” mode.
Realistic collision and handling physics, each collision will send you spun agonizingly and punish you hard.
Top Gear Rally delivers one of the best rally driving experience, top-notch graphic, realistic gameplay, enormous content and rewarding learning curve.
#10. GT Advance 2: Rally Racing
Another rally game from this list.
Do you have what it takes to react according to your navigator as you slid across the dirt and do various jump along the track in the quest to become the world champion?
Fifteen real-life rally cars to choose from to drive on fourteen stages with realistic handling, grip, and acceleration.
Driving down the hill and landing perfectly on the high jump feels satisfying as well.
GT Advance 2: Rally Racing is one of the best rally arcade experience in GBA, you can’t go wrong with this one.
#9. GT Advance Championship Racing
Rev up your engine and get ready to travel the world as you and your navigator takes on the most skilled rally driver around the world and become the fastest.
This is as close as you can get for a Gran Turismo experience on a handheld.
The game boasts a huge selection of cars and track with forty-eight officially licensed cars, and thirty-two different tracks to choose from.
GT Advance Championship Racing is a must have for any GBA owner solely just because of the huge amount of content it managed to packed inside as well as an eye-pleasing 3D graphic on top of that.
#8. V-Rally 3
Drive head on to the most extreme driving condition in a real world based rally car.
Race through six real world track and win the championship.
V-Rally 3 brings the classic zero to hero racer storyline, climb the ladder from lowly rally driver to a world-beater.
Graphic meshes perfectly on top of each other creating a seamless 3D experience, just like the PlayStation counterpart.
Addition of weather mode to try different track on different condition.
#7. Konami Krazy Racers
Be the first to cross the finish line with your favorite Konami’s character, from Ninja of Metal Gear Solid or Dracula of Castlevania in this Mario Kart version of Konami.
There are sixteen tracks, with almost identical gameplay to Mario Kart.
Colorful graphic and a catchy soundtrack that will stick inside your head for a few days after you play the game.
Konami Krazy Racers is a proof that you can’t get enough of racing kart game, even though we already know what inside the package, playing this game still feels fun and exciting as always.
#6. Racing Gears Advance
In this fast paced racing game from Orbital Media, you could drive various supercars from notorious manufacturer around the globe.
Upgrade your car and pick up any weapon of destruction you could find along the track.
You can go solo or team up with your friends on a multiplayer battle through the GBA cable link.
The game uses an isometric view where it surprisingly works really well for them.
Racing Gears Advance is always a great escape from the regular 3D arcade racing game, with gameplay full of surprise on every corner.
#5. Rock ‘N Roll Racing
Set the volume to the max and get ready to headbang!
In Rock ‘N Roll Racing you get to obliterate your enemy who hell bent on destroying your mood while you keep blasting those rock n roll anthem.
The game uses Rock n Roll in the title and it pays it upfront by presenting a genuine rock and roll experience into a racing game.
As you progress throughout the game you unlock more upgrade and powerful weapon for your car, making it unique for every career mode.
Rock ‘N Roll Racing is one of the hidden gems in GBA, it is mindlessly fun and even better with friends.
#4. Colin McRae Rally 2.0
From the world renowned Codemaster, Colin McRae Rally 2.0 features the newest car in the rally racing realm, and let you get your hands on various challenging track on a legendary rally car.
Different surfaces mean different way to handle them, and each track can have many different surface type for you to handle.
Realistic handling, botch your landing and you might lose your steering for a few milliseconds after you touch the ground.
Colin McRae Rally 2.0 probably is the most gorgeous looking game on GBA with addicting gameplay and thoughtful track design.
#3. Moto Racer Advance
The true all-terrain motocross.
Learn and master the art of powerslides, as you drive through the mud while keeping your speed and balance at the highest and adapt quickly to various terrains.
#2. F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
Set twenty five years after the first F-Zero, all previous rooster of racer has retired, including Captain Falcon.
It now takes place on a futuristic world where you are pitted on a cockpit of your low gravity hovercraft.
The game decides to punish you for collision with collision bar, smack the wall or other racer and eventually you’ll be exploded.
The futuristic setting is a fresh addition to the genre, backed up with detailed graphic.
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity perfectly captures the sense of speed from the hovercar and pack some challenge inside them.
#1. Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Your lovely Mario is back, this time on a high speed four wheeled kart race.
Mario, Luigi, Peach, Bowser and other character are having some fun with their driving license while taking a real “driving test”.
The overall presentation is clean and slick with some memorable soundtrack as well as sound effect to add some personality.
The game has all kind of achievement to pursue to keep you entertained for long hours.
Mario Kart: Super Circuit is the perfect portable game, it goes deep inside the track design and match length, it’s a perfect match made in heaven.
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Deciding the best GBA racing game is no doubt a little bit late since the handheld itself has been around for 18+ years, but thanks to emulator, it’s still exciting!