Despite being over a decade old, Game Boy Advance still has a lot to offer today. It’s home to some of the best handheld games available, and I’m not just talking about Pokémon or Mario.
Here are some great games for you to check out. It’s a mix of classics that have stood the test of time and little-known or underrated gems that merit your attention.
The Best Games for the GBA
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
Super Mario Advance 4 is a remake of the very popular Super Mario Bros. 3 for the GBA, and it is the most polished Mario game on the GBA. It’s a fun, colorful platform game with a lot of variety.
Drill Dozer (2005)
Drill Dozer is a side-scroller from the creators of Pokémon. You play as Jill, who wields a customizable drill in a variety of ways to tunnel and fight her way through several stages.
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (2005)
Zelda games are known for their quirky, well-written stories, and unique gameplay that blends action and puzzle-solving. The Minish Cap is a standout adventure in the series, and is easily one of the most beautiful games on the GBA.
Final Fantasy VI Advance (2007)
Final Fantasy VI is a favorite among Final Fantasy and RPG fans. It’s a turn-based RPG with great gameplay, a mature and intricate narrative, and a complex cast of characters. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys epic stories.
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (2003)
If platformers are more your style, Castevania is a great choice. You get to explore a detailed gothic castle with lots of secrets to uncover and some truly epic and challenging boss battles to fight.
Mega Man Battle Network (2001)
Mega Man Battle Network is an RPG with lighthearted, but interesting story. What sets it apart is its unique battle system that combines real-time combat and collecting cards.
Metroid: Zero Mission (2004)
Metroid: Zero Mission is one of the best side-scroll shooters on the GBA. It’s a challenging game with an intriguing plot. Zero Mission is remake of the classic Metroid console game, making it a great entry-point into the series.
Golden Sun (2001)/ Golden Sun: The Lost Age (2002)
This series is highly recommended for anyone who loves great stories with surprising twists and turns. The quest has you traversing an impressively large world, crossing continents and finding secret islands. It really is an adventure on a grand scale.
Ninja Five-O (2003)
Ninja Five-O is one of the most difficult side-scrolling fighting games on the GBA. You play as a ninja fighting against his enemies with a variety of weapons and magic. It’s an old-school game that’s still enjoyable years later.
The Urbz: Sims in the City (2004)
This game took me by surprise. It’s surprisingly addictive and un to play. There are a lot of minigames and unique areas to unlock and explore, and the characters and dialogue are very entertaining.
Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (2003)
Harvest Moon is a great game for relaxing. Instead of fighting monsters, you get to develop your farm, make friends, find a wife, and live out the life of a simple farmer in a charming, idyllic town.
Pokemon Emerald (2002)
Pokemon games are classics that are still enjoyable today, and Emerald offers a lot to newbies and fans alike. With polished graphics, a big world to explore, and lots of Pokemon, it’s one of the best RPGs on the Gameboy.
Fire Emblem (2003)
Fire Emblem is for people who enjoy turn-based strategy games. You control your units and fight against opposing armies on a variety of maps. The game features a lengthy story and plenty of characters to recruit.
Wario Ware Twisted (2005)
Wario Ware is a truly unique and creative game. Its cartridge has a gyroscopic sensor which allows you to twist and turn your GBA and use it in so many interesting ways.
Advance Wars (2001) / Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (2003)
The Advance Wars series is a fun and light-hearted turn-based strategy game. It’s about capturing bases and conquering maps with your army of tanks and infantry. You have to think strategically and manage your limited resources in this game.
I hope you enjoyed this list and check some of these games out. These are some of my favorite games and I love sharing them with others so they can enjoy them too.
If you liked any of the games in this list, I’d love to hear from you! And if there’s any game that you think should be on this list, let me know in the comments—I’m always on the lookout for a great game.