With the 3DS not able to play Gameboy Advance cartridges, is it worth keeping your old Gameboy Advance? Let’s find out with my list of top 10 Gameboy Advance games!
Handheld gaming has gone from strength to strength in recent years, but I still find myself wanting to go out and play my old Gameboy Advance games. There were some great releases for it and here is a list of my top 10 in order.
10) Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga is one of my favourite RPGs for the Gameboy Advance and I’m sure many other people’s. It is one of the funniest games I have ever played! Its bizarre storyline and constant ‘Laurel and Hardy’ style comedy throughout had me laughing like a mad man – usually in public places! Examples of this are when Toadstool walks in on Mario in the shower or if you jump on Luigi’s head to pummel him into the ground! Strangely enough the game is not set in the Mushroom Kingdom, although it is still another vegetable themed location named the Beanbean Kingdom. The basic story is that a witch has stolen Peach’s voice and replaced it with explosive symbols that fall out of her mouth whenever she tries talking. You do fight Bowser briefly but he is not the main antagonist and in fact is on Mario and Luigi’s side, claiming that he cannot abduct Peach in this state. The menu based fighting style is actually rather fun and does not become repetitive and boring like in other JRPGs and there is a levelling up system that lets the two plumbers evolve as the story unfolds. There are hours and hours of game time so the fun and laughter is not short lived!
9) The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap
The handheld Zelda games always work perfectly and Minish Cap is no exception to this. It is done in the traditional 2D style, but the graphics are even better than the handheld Zelda’s before it. Little details such as his hair bouncing as you walk really adds to what makes this game look so good! Although this is a handheld game I would try to keep the sound on because the music is so atmospheric and the sounds effects/various noises Link makes adds to the experience. The story starts with Link and Zelda going to the local festival, in which Zelda is turned to stone and thus Link’s adventure of mind-boggling puzzles and engaging combat begins.
This game is so much fun and although it is a direct port from the SNES game it works beautifully on the handheld. The graphics on the scenery are done in a really cool doodle style that gives the whole game a childish, fun feel. You play as everyone’s favourite dinosaur trying to escort baby Mario across Yoshi’s Island after he fell from the sky. The game is not about looking after Yoshi’s health, but instead when you get hit, Mario starts to fly off and you don’t have long to get him back other before you fail. The combination of this and Yoshi’s awesome abilities are what make this game so unique and fun.
7) Mario Golf: Advance Tour
The Mario Golf games are great and I am so excited to find out that there is going to be a new one for the 3DS! What Camelot did with this franchise however, is give it an RPG element on the story mode that adds a bit more to the overall experience. However if you are just up for a quick round of golf you can go on quick play and chose from some of the best Nintendo characters ever created. The graphics are great and this is not just a crappy golf simulator with a few popular characters thrown in, it is actually a really good game and is genuinely hard to complete. There is a fun sound track and sound effects with so many hours of content and is a must buy if you have a Gameboy Advance.
6) Metroid: Zero Mission
This game sees Samus back in her original suit and with the classic winning formula that makes the Metroid games so unique. The game is just as isolated and atmospheric as other titles and has some of the best graphics the Gameboy Advance has ever produced. This game is more quality than quantity but is rather short. You will have a great time while it lasts and be sucked into a whole new eerie world. The game has lots of nooks and crannies to explore and the awesome graphics help to make these hidden areas even more subtle. For instance, an explodable wall may be shown by just a tiny crack that players are required to find – sometimes just to progress to the level. Samus has all of her usual gadgets that you unlock as you go through the game and get to have lots of fun with. The soundtrack also manages to do what all the Metroid games do so well which is making the player feel very much alone.
5) Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
This game is just plain cool! It has an awesome soundtrack and allows players to take control of their favourite skaters. The graphics are pretty good to! The skaters look really cool and the isometric world looks amazing. The colours are also really effective and there are some nice textures on surfaces like wood and concrete, giving the game a nice urban feel. The basic idea is the same as the other Tony Hawk games in which you are given various challenges and tricks to complete in a certain time to earn money. The money you earn can be used to unlock other cool stuff. It is a really fun game that flows nicely and is definitely worth buying!
4) Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire
As usual on the Pokémon games, you assume the role of a novice Pokémon trainer who wants to work his way up through the various gyms, beating everyone else and become the best. The cartoon style graphics shows how much the GBA had raised the bar from the Gameboy Colour. The game is a very long one, with a huge story and over 350 Pokémon to collect! If you are a Pokémon fan, then Ruby and Sapphire provide everything the previous games do but with better graphics and better Pokémon noises! And what’s even better is that he has his own GameCube in his bedroom!
3) Wario Ware Twisted
The Wario Ware games have always used the capabilities of the system that it’s on. The short mini-games are really fun to play and full of comical moments. This game actually adds features to the Gameboy Advance, by including a gyroscopic sensor and a rumble motor within the cartridge. This means that you can twist the GBA and it will detect the movement as well as giving rumble feedback when you do certain things. This is a really fun game and worth buying!
2) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past with Four Swords
This game is a conversion from the SNES game and it works perfectly on the GBA. The graphics look great and you get that feeling you got the first time you played it on the SNES. This game also adds an awesome multiplayer mode that is worth buying the game for! The Four Swords is a cable link multiplayer game that is easily the best multi player game on the Gameboy Advance in my opinion. It requires players to all take on their own Link and complete various dungeons together to rescue the Princess. Great conversion, awesome graphics and a really fun original multiplayer story!
1) Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
This is my all time favourite GBA game! It is an awesome platform game that is full of great graphics and intense gameplay. There is an insane storyline, which is the case of all the Castlevania games, but once you have your head around it you will have a lot of fun. The music is atmospheric and it seems to get everything right! If you have a Gameboy Advance and don’t have this game then you are missing out!So if you want my advanced advise get your Gameboy Advance back out and work your way down this list for some awesome handheld gaming!Ace Says: If you’re going to grab these games, try and grab yourself a Gameboy Advance SP instead of the original model because the backlight helps being able to see the games immensely. I recently played an original Gameboy Advance and the screen was awful in most lighting conditions. Also, if you’re a virtual animal games fan, you can try Animal Jam which can give you a bunch of diamonds and gems with animal jam codes.
What is your favourite from this list? Are there any you would add?