Now you’re playing with Advanced Power… Welcome to my Top 10 Gameboy Advance Games and today we’re counting down my picks for the top 10 Gameboy Advance Games.
For this list we’re sticking to one game per franchise and we’re also excluding ports of NES and SNES games.
So we if your favourite isn’t on this list then check out ”those lists” to see if they made it there.
Number 10 >> Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (2003)
The first game between Nintendo and Square Enix following the companies’ infamous split in the late 1990s. Tactics Advance follows the story of a group of kids in the real world who find a book that recreates their reality into a final fantasy world.
The game’s turn-based combat system takes a lot into consideration. If only limited by the fact that the battles have a referee that limit what abilities you can use…
Yeah… Screw that guy.
Number 9 >> Fire Emblem (2003)
Another turn-based strategy game on the list. It’s not going to be the last, after the success of Super Smash. Melee fans were left to wonder what all the fuss was about with Fire Emblem.
The West’s first taste of the series came with the Gameboy Advance, notably bringing on the notion of perma-death where if a character dies in battle they’re gone for good unless you restart the whole thing. Choose wisely plan carefully.
Number 8 >> The Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap (2005)
Did you ever want to learn the story about how Link got his hat? Hey! Well… Neither did I. But apparently it was a big deal.
Red conned into this case he started off with a hat that was also a talking bird that goes by the name of ”Ezlo”, just so happens to have the ability to shrink Link down to tiny size and explore the tiny world where the ”Picori” lived. Ripi ripico picori!!
As the rest of the gameplay, well, it’s a Zelda game (boomerangs and hook shots), you know the deal.
Number 7 >> Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)
A quirky RPG starring the famous plumbing duo. Superstar Saga featured a combat system that’s determined by precise button presses rather than waiting to get hit. After Princess Peach’s voice is stolen, Little Mermaid style…
It’s up to the Mario brothers to venture to the Bean Bean Kingdom to retrieve it. Highlights include Peach’s voice bubbles that are literally explosive. We did mention it’s quirky right?
Number 6 >> Mario Kart: Super Circuit (2001)
The first title of the premium series to appear on a handheld console. Super Circuit wasn’t going to let the system limitations get in the way of an awesome game.
Allowing 4 players to play off one cartridge, fantastic track design and the ability to unlock all the tracks from the SNES version made this game a must-have for any GBA owner.
Number 5 >> Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald (2003 & 2005)
Generation 3 started with a shot to PokeFans since they had to start their collections all over again. As much as we loved the remakes of the original games were giving the nod to the adventures in the new region which featured a more in-depth story than its predecessors which differentiated depending on which version you had.
Oh, and you can now fight two on two battles for double the strategic depth.
Number 4 >> Metroid Fusion (2002)
The long-awaited continuation of the Metroid Saga. This game sees Samus’ actions in Metroid 2 come back to haunt her as her genocide against the Metroid’s has allowed for an even deadlier parasite known as the X to emerge with its natural predator now extinct.
After contact with the new species leaves her suit with weakened armor, she heads to a zoology research station now overrun by the X to take on her most dangerous foe yet… Herself.
Number 3 >> Advance Wars (2001)
Like Fire Emblem, Advance Wars was the West’s first taste of this turn-based strategy series, coming from the Famicom war series in Japan.
However, unlike Fire Emblem, this game gave a much more user-friendly approach to managing your armies.
Add in a competitive multiplayer feature that only needed one system and Advance Wars pushed the envelopes in countless directions.
Number 2 >> Golden Sun (2001) & Golden Sun: The Lost Age (2003)
Golden Sun was an RPG with a story so massive it had to be split into two games. Most notable was the magic system based around the elements that’s used for both battles and puzzle solving.
As well as finding elemental creatures called the Djinn to boost your powers.
The two games are listed together because once you finish the first one, you can transfer your save data to the second carrying over all your items and abilities that you’ve collected, essentially making the two games one BIG ADVENTURE.
…Before we proceed to number one, let’s take a look at the other games that we had in our pockets:
- Mario vs Donkey Dong (2004)
- Sonic advance (2002)
- Wario Ware INC: Minigame Mania (2003)
- Mega Man Battle Network 2 (2002)
- Wario Land (2001)
- Driver (2004)
- 007 Nightfire (2003)
…Number 1 >> Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (2003)
And… it’s a Konami title that takes out the top spot on Nintendo system with arguably one of the best titles being the series right alongside Symphony of the Night.
Unlike other Castlevania games, this one takes place in the future and features a nicely executed plot twist that I am not going to spoil here.
The game’s biggest draw the ability to steal enemy’s souls for unique abilities, making each replay different and addictive in an attempt to collect them all…
And here I will say goodbye… There’s a lot of great Gameboy Advance games so it’s likely that some of your favourites did make the list. Anyways, until next time !