Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance was one of the most beloved portable gaming devices when it was released in 2001. It offered a library of impressive titles that became classics, from Mario and Zelda to classic RPG games like Golden Sun. Over two decades later, the GBA is still remembered fondly by many gamers and is still considered one of the best handheld gaming systems ever created. Here is a look at 50 of the greatest GBA games of all time.
1. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
The Minish Cap was the first original entry for the Game Boy Advance after The Wind Waker on the Nintendo GameCube. In this game, Link becomes tiny with help from an ancient race called Minish to explore Minute Woods and take on unique puzzles and enemies that give this installment its own flavor. Along with great graphics and sound design, this charming adventure made it one of the best GBA games ever.
The gameplay was also quite unique for a Zelda game as it featured large puzzle elements that had to be solved from both sides—tiny and full size—which added more depth than any other game in the series before it. All in all, The Minish Cap deserves its place at number one on our list as one of the best GBA games ever.
2. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros 3
Arguably one of the best 2D platformers ever created, Super Mario Bros 3 is brought back to life with better graphics and extra content in Super Mario Advance 4 for GBA. Every world has eight main stages which can each be completed in multiple ways depending on how you approach them, allowing for multiple playthroughs without feeling like repetition.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that Mario 3 set several standards