30 Best GBA Games Which Are Everlasting

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By Tapas Pal Updated

The Game Boy Advance (GBA) had hit the market in 2001, and was almost out of sight by 2004, as Nintendo, the manufacturer of GBA, shifted their focus to their arch-rival Sony PSP at that time.

Even though GBA sustained for a very short span of time, yet it had created a revolution in the gaming world, by presenting us some timeless video games. Hopefully, the game buffs would agree with us, when we say that most of those GBA games are still evergreen and create the same nostalgia.

If you already have an emulator downloaded, then you can try the best GBA games which we are listing below. Take a look!


Best GBA Games of All Time

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The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (2005)

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Developer – Capcom

If you’re a game addict then you would know that most of the Zelda games have a repetitive plot. But this one has occupied a place in this list of best GBA games because it has a unique plot and an intriguing gameplay. This game tracks the journey of protagonist Link and the various twists and turns he faces. It is one of the top GBA games and has got enough reasons to be one.

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Advance Wars (2001)

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Developer – Intelligent Systems

If you’re asked to name a GBA game which thoroughly satisfies you in terms of both design and gameplay, then the name you should take is Advance Wars.

Starting with a tutorial, this game tracks the battle among four nations, named, Orange Star, Blue Moon, Green Earth and Yellow Comet followed by their united battle against a common enemy, called The Black Hole Army.

Advance Wars was primarily meant for a Japan-only release, but later it released in the US. Regrettably, it was released in the US at that time, when America was shattered and still getting over the 9/11 trauma, and therefore, in spite of being a promising game, the ship of Advance Wars drowned in the US.

But game buffs all over the world love playing Advance Wars from the bottom of their heart and consider it to be one of the best GBA games of all time.

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (2002)

Developer – Nintendo

Another Zelda game which has quite an exhilarating game-play strategy and deserves a place on this list of best GBA games is The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

It is a multiplayer Zelda game, which turned out to be a hassle for some, as it required four GBAs, a link cable, and four “A Link to the Past” cartridges. But then, haters would always be haters! Any Zelda fan would give it all to save Hyrule and Princess Zelda from the grip of the dreadful Ganon.

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Metroid Fusion (2002)

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Developer – Intelligent Systems

The next name in this list of best GBA games which has created quite a buzz among the gamers is Metroid Fusion.

Metroid Fusion is a deserving sequel to the gripping Super Metroid game. It is the journey of Samus, and you need to help her in hunting down the aliens. The game starts off as an easy one but gets more and more tricky and difficult as you get ahead.  It is an exhilarating mix of action and adventure with some quirky twists.

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Golden Sun: The Lost Sage (2002)

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Developer – Camelot Software Planning

The Lost Age is one of those best GBA games, which is a role-playing one. It is one of those, theme-based video games, where You get to wonder in a fantasy world, interact with other players, fight the brutes and gain some powerful spells to keep yourself going in the game.

It is one of those bestselling GBA games which keeps the game buffs captivated throughout.

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Metroid: Zero Mission (2004)

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Developer – Nintendo

All those GBA gamers who used to find the Metroid games overly confusing and awkwardly difficult, Zero Mission turned out to be a surprise for them. It is one of those best GBA games, which is pretty easy and straightforward to play, and it breaks all those myths regarding Metroid games, which would say that Metroid games are bound to be hard.

This is set on a new planet where Samus battles space pirates. In the initial levels, Samus finds it hard to survive, but with some newly introduced power-ups and equipment, Samus gets back at the space monsters.

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Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (2003)

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Developer – Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo

Aria of Sorrow is based in 2035, which makes it ahead of its time and therefore the twists and turns this GBA game comes with, are top notch. Add to those, it has a great picture quality and soundtracks which completely go with the plot. Hence, it is definitely one of the best GBA games and worth playing.

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Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (2003)

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Developer – Nintendo

The next game which gets a place on this list of best GBA games is Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3. It is one of the fun GBA games and a remake of Super Mario Bros. 3. This remake perfectly does justice to the iconic Mario series, as it brings back our old Mario in Blue and Black. The previous Burgundy get-up of Mario was so not him!

The game-play is pretty much the same. You can be either Mario or Luigi and continue your journey by running or jumping through the flowers, stars and what not! It is one of the must-play GBA games.

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Metal Slug Advance (2004)

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Developer – Noise Factory

Metal Slug Advance is the only Metal Slug game which became available in the GBA platform. This game lets you play in a unique plot with some unfamiliar characters and new strategies. The game is set in a survival training camp which soon becomes an actual battle for survival. You can play either as Walter Ryan or Tyra Elson. It is one of the best GBA action games.

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Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (2001)

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Developer – Konami Computer Entertainment Kobe

Set in 1830, Circle of the Moon is no different from the other Castlevania games, and can easily be called as one of the hardest GBA games of all time.

It revolves around protagonist Nathan Graves, who is trained in killing demons and monsters and eventually starts hunting demons in order to abolish them completely. Every time you fail, you need to start from the beginning. That’s a pitfall of this game.

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Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls (2004)

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Developer – Square

Final Fantasy is a known series and it has a bunch of sequels to its name. But we are choosing Dawn of Souls because it is not only a great game from this series but also one of the best GBA games.

The previous versions might be a bit outdated, but this one comes with all the bugs fixed. It is faster, smoother and can be played with 16-bit graphics. It is one of the best GBA RPG (Role Playing Game) games as well.

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WarioWare: Twisted! (2004)

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Developer – Intelligent Systems

The next game which is arguably one of the best GBA games, but went out of the market almost unnoticed, is WarioWare: Twisted! Like other WarioWare games, here too you need to get ahead by playing some microgames.

Twisted indeed has a plot full of twists and tricks, and if you are one of those massive numbers of players who have not yet tried this one, you definitely are missing out on something enthralling. It is one of the top GBA games and deserves a try!

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Ninja Five-O (2003)

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Developer – Hudson Soft

Ninja Five-O does not have much to offer other than some old-fashioned Ninja actions. But, oh! Those actions. If you love playing GBA action games, then you won’t probably care much about the storyline or plot. You would be happy to fight goons as a fearless armed Ninja, and that’s exactly what happens in this game.

Initially, labeled as a “bad game with a bad name”, this GBA game later won many hearts because of its strong action features.

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Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005)

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Developer – The Collective Inc.

If you’re fond of the Star Wars movies then this game would surely entertain you as it is loosely based on the movie itself. You’ve to play both Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi alternatively and go through 17 tricky levels. It is undoubtedly one of the best GBA games.

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Sonic Advance 3 (2004)

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Developer – Sonic Team

Before the popular Sonic games lost their essence and became average and irrelevant, they gifted us Advance 3. It is one of those best Game Boy Advance games, which is totally a fast 2D platformer.

You can control any of the five characters and jump ahead in the game by destroying robots. In order to save yourself from the destructive obstacles, you need to keep on collecting the rings. If you think, Sonic only makes ordinary games, then I would suggest, you try this one.


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Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure (2004)

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Developer – Dimps

If you are a Manga fan and can’t get enough of Goku and his pals, then Advanced Adventure is your ultimate go-to game. This is one those best GBA games which track the adventure of Goku and his gang. While getting ahead in the game, you can collect various items like, Dragon Balls, sunglasses of Roshi, Tao’s headgear etc. and all these help in boosting up your health in the game. There are three main levels and a multi-player mode as well.

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Pokémon FireRed/LeafGreen (2004)

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Developer – Game Freak

A list of best GBA games is incomplete without mentioning a Pokémon game, and one of the best Pokémon GBA games is, FireRed/LeafGreen. FireRed and LeafGreen are two gems of a game and are far developed compared to the Pokémon games Ruby and Sapphire.

Both FireRed and LeafGreen are based on fictional region Kanto and their storyline too is quite similar, just the number of Pokémon differs. You would find Pokémon from various species, some human-populated cities and finally, you can invent a new island named Sevii.

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Fire Emblem (2003)

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Developer – Intelligent Systems

Another remarkable game coming from Intelligent Systems is Fire Emblem. Unlike other games in this series, Fire Emblem has quite an intriguing plot and a thoroughly appealing game-play strategy which can keep you glued for hours.

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Grand Theft Auto (2004)

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Developer – Rockstar North

The coolest thing about the Grand Theft Auto games is that you get to play a criminal in these games. And that is the main reason why this game features on this list of best GBA games.

How many times have you played the role of a bad guy and have taken part in numerous criminal activities like, shooting, fighting, taxi or bus driving and so on? This game lets you do all those things and how! Though a bit violent in its game-play strategy, yet you can’t disagree with us when we say that this game is a nerve-wracking one. Over the years, a lot many newer versions have been released, the latest one being Grand Theft Auto V.

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Mario Golf: Advance Tour (2004)

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Developer – Camelot Software Planning

There is hardly any gamer who does not love Mario and what else they love is to be a part of Mario’s new quests. In this game, there are four Golf clubs, namely, Marions, Palms, Dunes, and Links. First, the players need to establish themselves through the tournaments and once they win, they would get the chance to play Golf with Mario. It is available in Multi-player mode and is one of the funniest GBA games.

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Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis (2001)

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Developer –Quest

The next name in this best GBA games list is Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis. It might be a known name to you as there are other popular games coming from the Tactics Ogre series.

But where The Knight of Lodis shines brighter than the other versions is, it has a strong storyline and several options to choose from as there are five different endings. This game has the potential to keep you hooked for days.

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Mega Man Zero (2002)

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Developer – Inti Creates

Mega Man Zero follows the storyline of Mega Man X and tracks the journey of Zero, who is completely lost after his last conquest and is suffering from memory loss. Scientist Ciel takes care of Zero, and in return, Zero protects Ciel from a group of goons. This is one of the hardest GBA games and could be complicated for the beginners.

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Astro Boy: Omega Factor (2003)

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Developer – Treasure

Want to meet a superhero, who flies, has an X-ray vision and is also very strong? He is our Astro Boy! game freaks would know, how much an iconic character Astro Boy is, and though he is not a typical superhero, he is definitely no less than them.

Astro Boy games are undeniably part of the best GBA games of all time, and this game series has a dedicated fanbase. The plot of Omega Factor revolves around Dr. Tenma’s secret plan regarding Astro Boy and his robotic town Robotonia. The game-play strategy is an interesting one, where Astro Boy’s powers keep increasing with each level. It is one of the best games on GBA.

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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (2003)

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Developer – AlphaDream

Here we have come up with another Mario game on this list of best GBA games. Why? Because Mario is everybody’s favorite. This game is slightly different from the other ones, as here Mario’s journey takes place in the Beanbean Kingdom, instead of Mushroom Kingdom.

The main characters here are Mario and Luigi, who are on a mission to rescue Princess Peach. The story even has dialogues which is quite unlike the Mario games. We don’t think any Game buff would risk missing this fun adventure!

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Scrabble (2002)

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Developer – Leisure Games

Is there anybody who has not played Scrabble? We all pretty much suck at spellings but that has never stopped us from playing this cool spelling game. And what’s even cooler is that Scrabble has a GBA version as well! This game is pretty much the same as the board game. You need to make words and increase your points. It is that simple.

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Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand (2003)

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Developer – Konami Computer Entertainment Japan

This game is a quirky and unusual one and we are almost convinced that there won’t ever be another game of this kind. All you need to do is fight the Vampires. Wait, before you tag it as a typical one, we must say that there is more to it!

This game’s cartridge comes with a sunlight sensor, which can measure the amount of sunlight it has absorbed. If you don’t expose your cartridge in the sunlight, you can’t fight the Vampires, you can only run to save yourself. And this makes you lose.

It is a one of its kind game, and clearly one of the best GBA games which is fun as well as inventive.

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Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town (2003)

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Developer – Marvelous Interactive

If you are fond of harvesting and firming games then this is one RPG game you have to try. It lets you be a firmer and gives you a large firm, poultry etc. You can harvest crops in each season, nurture them and grow them gradually. There are many additional firming activities which you can do. This one is a light and breezy game. Keep firming and become the owner of the best firm in Mineral Town.

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2004)

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Developer – Nintendo Software Technology

This is one of the best GBA games and a sequel to the renowned Donkey Kong game. Here our beloved Mario needs to solve some complex puzzles given by the wicked Donkey Kong so that he can find the keys and rescue mini-Marios.

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Final Fight One (2001)

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Developer – Capcom

Set in a fictional city named Metro City, Final Fight One is a deliciously made action game where Cody and his friends need to fight in order to defeat the goons and save the beautiful Jessica. If action video games are your cup of tea, then this is one of the best GBA games which you can’t miss.

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Pokémon Emerald (2004)

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Developer – Game Freak

The final name in this list of best GBA games is Pokémon Emerald. It is largely based on the plots of Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire. You need to train your Pokémon so that it becomes the ultimate champ. You get to play with tons of new Pokémon as well. It is another best Pokémon GBA games of all time.

So, this was our list of best GBA games. We know it was a long read, but if you are a true game buff, then it is totally worth it! Stay tuned and keep gaming!