The good old days of the GameBoy may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean all the games should just sit on a shelf gathering dust. If you loved the GameBoy advance, you might have an old device laying around. Even if you prefer to use an emulator for your PC, many games are screaming for some love. Nintendo made some amazing games, and it still is, but sometimes you want to play some fun, nostalgic games that take you back to simpler times. Because of that, we bring you a list of the 10 best GBA games of all time. Buckle in and lift off; this is going to be a journey.
This is not your typical Mario game. Super Mario Advance 2 takes place in a world called Dinosaur Land. As expected, Yoshi makes an appearance in this great game. Mario teams up with Nintendo’s favorite dinosaur, and the fun starts there. Mario has some cool abilities, even being capable of riding Yoshi, flying with a magic cap, and performing a great spin jump. As you might expect from a Mario game, the levels consist of platforms you must navigate to get where you need to go. A great game, and super fun, it’s no surprise it makes our list as number ten.
Tony Hawk is a staple of Nintendo that introduced children worldwide to the crazy world of professional skateboarding. This game is no different. You can skate around with Hawk and friends, doing awesome tricks and stunts. The gameplay is fast paced and fun, with various modes to choose from in order to enjoy a challenge or a more zen-based playing type. Step into the sneakers of one of the world’s best skaters and do stunts that will still blow you away even in 2016. Number nine for a good reason, everyone should try Pro Skater 2 at least once.
I dare to say that if you haven’t played a Harvest Moon game, you haven’t truly lived. Friends of Mineral Town is no different. This game appeals to the most casual gamer up to the truly professional player with spreadsheet and planner in hand. The game idea is simple; you are a harmer who are in charge of harvesting crops, raising animals, and so much more. You can even get into a relationship with some of the other characters in the game, adding a mini-game as immersive as the actual farming game. This game has something for everyone, and that’s why it’s number eight on the list.
If you enjoy Pokemon Go or any of the other Pokemon games, you should check out Pokemon Emerald. This is the best Pokemon game created for the GBA. It combines the great parts of Ruby and Sapphire into a game that will keep you busy for weeks. As you may expect, you are a Poke trainer who heads out into the world to become great. There are tons of Pokemon to catch and even post-game missions to make this game a winner. A natural number seven, Emerald is sure to please.
Nearly everyone has played a game of Grand Theft Auto. It has some iterations, and each is cooler than the last. This is a ported version that took the world by storm. The gameplay is top-down which is an interesting perspective. It has a solid storyline that is a prequel to GTA III. If you’ve played any of the other games, check this one out as well. It will happily eat up hours of your day. Number six on the list, Grand Theft Auto nails it.
Number five on our list is Castlevania and Circle of the Moon. Castlevania was a super challenging game back in the day, and this game in the series is no different. You proved yourself by being able to beat this sucker, and it’s still hard to do so even today. There are no save points or easy ways to keep alive. You die, and you’re starting from the very beginning again. If you enjoy a challenge, Circle of the Moon is it. Be prepared for some frustration and anger while you try to meet the elites who finished the game.
Mega Man Zero 2 was an amazing side-scroller that brought a fantastic storyline to action and adventure. The game relates to Zero who is fighting against evil forces knowns as Neo Arcadia. Zero doesn’t have the same powers as Mega Man but what he does have is fun to play. You can slash through enemies in various levels and enjoy every moment of it. One of the best games that ever came out on the GBA, it’s a solid four on our list of ten best.
The Legend of Zelda is a game that has always been popular. The reason for that is the engrossing gameplay, fun puzzles, great plot, and killer actions. These things all packed into one makes for a brilliant series, and The Minish Cap is no slouch in its iteration. You are Link, tasked with once again saving the world from evil. You are also tasked with helping the minish cap on your head. The cap acts as a guide through the game and brings a new twist to the great series. Number three on the list, you know how good this one is. Check it out.
If you’ve ever played an RPG in your life, you are almost definitely aware of the Final Fantasy series. With Final Fantasy I & II you get the best of the above. You’re going to get compelling gameplay, combat styles that glue you to the screen, and puzzles that will put your brain through the wringer. This is great for anyone who has ever wanted to pick up Final Fantasy but hasn’t yet Play through the two originals and see why this game is so highly lauded.
Oh come on, you knew this one would be here. A classic, beloved game with all the best of the platform genre. Super Mario Bros is number one for a good reason. Chase Bowser through eight worlds to find Princess Peach. The game is simple and fun but still has a challenge to it. Jump and run along the path, collecting coins and goodies to make things easier as you go. Go back to the start with Super Mario Bros and remember why you loved it when it came out.
There you have it. The top 10 GBA games and why they deserve a place in your collection. Whether you pick them up as physical copies or head to a great ROM site, all ten deserve a place in your collection. Get out there and kick some butt while you enjoy the best of the past. We think you’ll have hours of fun enjoying the 10 best GBA games of all time.