Great list of games for one of my favourite systems - the GBA. What are your picks? (
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Super Mario Advance 1,2,3 and 4 on 25 Jul 2023 19:36 +0000 next

Excluding ports, my favourites are:

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Golden Sun series

Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak

Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue

Mega Man Battle Network series

Pokemon series

Sonic Advance series

Sword of Mana

Summon Night: Swordcraft Story series on 25 Jul 2023 19:53 +0000

I always wanted to try the Summon Knight games, but never seen a copy out in the wild. I mostly remember it from write ups in Nintendo Power and word of mouth from the gaiaonline forums. Apparently the game was pretty gay for a game released in the early 2000s (at least if you played as the female protag)

I definitely enjoyed Sword of Mana, though it definitely felt unpolished compared to what Square was putting out in those days. I just remember the OST hitting pretty hard, and me holding the GBA up to my ear to jam to the songs. on 25 Jul 2023 20:07 +0000

I don’t know what it means for a game to be “gay”. I played as the girl for both Summon Knight games and they seemed normal to me. There weren’t any dating systems or anything like that.

Dawn of Mana on PS2 had a higher quality version of “Endless Battlefield” from Sword of Mana. The GBA sound chip really held it back but the music was still very good. on 25 Jul 2023 20:11 +0000

I could be thinking of another game on the gba, but it was a game where the female avatar was sort of an afterthought, so if you played as the girl, she would have the male's same dialogue, and would flirt with some of the female characters in the game. on 25 Jul 2023 20:14 +0000

I don’t remember any flirting. I never played as the boy so I can’t compare dialogue, though. on 25 Jul 2023 20:21 +0000

So I found an explanation here

In the first game, your summon beast has to be Sugar for the flirty dialogue.

In the second, there's a character named Lynn who tries to kiss your character, regardless of gender, and your protagonist reacts to it the same no matter which. on 25 Jul 2023 20:28 +0000

In the first game, I had the robot guardian. In the second, I thought she was just trying to be like a very touchy older sister figure. I was very young when I played it so maybe I was just too innocent still. on 25 Jul 2023 20:31 +0000

And you could be right. Like I said, everything I know about these games is from hearsay, but it was definitely something that intrigued me to want to play (that and I love jRPGs in general) on 25 Jul 2023 19:40 +0000 next

Mother 3 on 25 Jul 2023 19:44 +0000 next

Agreed. Really touching game that is a mix of light hearted joy, melancholy, and dread. Like it's one of those games that lures you in with the promise of a good time, and then smacks you across the face and makes you experience every possible emotion you are capable of. Then you walk away thankful for the experience. on 25 Jul 2023 23:43 +0000

It also included every SNES track. No paid DLC or anything, just play the GBA courses well enough and you’ll unlock them. on 26 Jul 2023 08:00 +0000

So amazing on 25 Jul 2023 20:02 +0000 next

Warioland 4 is amazing, and definitely one of Nintendo's greatest achievement. I didn't appreciate the weirdness as much as a kid, but going back to it, I simply love how off the wall it goes, and how it is halfway a Mario platformer and halfway a sonic game due to you having to rush back through the stages. If you have ever played Pizza Tower, this is the game that inspired it.

Speaking a Wario, the Warioware games were some of my favorite pick up and play titles. There is just so much to do, even after you finish the short campaign. The DS one is by far the best one though.

Dragon Ball Z Legacy of Goku 2 and Buu's Fury are some of the best Dragon Ball games period, and are pretty decent RPGs in their own right as well. I more or less experienced the entire story of Dragonball Z through those games, and they do a fairly decent job of retelling the events (Aside from the first Legacy of Goku game, which is garbage.) If nothing else, give the music a listen. Not only are their some good remixes of the American DBZ soundtrack, but a lot of original songs that are masterpieces.

I may add more if I think of any on 25 Jul 2023 20:57 +0000 next

Not mentioned here yet:

Metroid Fusion and Metroid Zero Mission

Mega Man Zero series

The Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap

Fire Emblem The Sacred Stones on 25 Jul 2023 21:15 +0000 next

Mario Kart was by far the best. The ability to play coop with only one of you having the game is something all game companies should do. on 25 Jul 2023 21:52 +0000 next

I'll always go to bat for Gunstar Super Heroes. It's a full on sequel to the Genesis game - hardly anyone seems to talk about it, which is a shame because it's incredible. Easily one of the best action games on GBA, if not the best. Absolutely deserves a spot in any top GBA list, right alongside Astro Boy Omega Factor. on 25 Jul 2023 22:03 +0000 next

This is a really good list. Some of my favorites that weren't on here were:

  • Astro Boy
  • Car Battler Joe
  • Dragon Ball Adventure
  • Dragon Ball Z: The Legacy of Goku (Series)
  • Gunstar Super Heroes
  • Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland
  • Megaman Battle Network (Series)
  • Megaman Zero (Series)
  • Naruto Ninja Council (1 & 2)
  • Rebelstar: Tactical Command
  • Star Wars Trilogy
  • The Invincible Iron Man
  • The Sims: Bustin' Out
  • TMNT

There's def a lot of other great games, too. Those are just a few that come to mind. Pretty sure I remember the Crash and Spyro GBA games being pretty cool, too. on 26 Jul 2023 07:56 +0000

Good additions. I love Kirby and Dragon Ball Adventure on 25 Jul 2023 23:27 +0000 next

Since they haven’t been mentioned yet, I’d like to recommend all three Klonoa games on the GBA. There’s Empire of Dreams and Dream Champ Tournament which are both platformers with some puzzle elements. The third game is Klonoa Heroes, which is an ARPG (making it totally different from anything else in the series). Do note that Heroes wasn’t released outside Japan, but there is a translation patch available. on 25 Jul 2023 23:28 +0000 next

The GBA was a great system; my only complaint is they didn’t include X and Y buttons. Some games could have benefited from two more face buttons.

I haven’t seen the Advance Wars series brought up yet. Great strategy game. on 26 Jul 2023 01:31 +0000 next

Seriously? No Mother 3? No F-Zero games with three to choose from? No Boktai? And Summon Night Swordcraft Story didn’t make it either.

Plus, three Sonic Advance games, multiple Metroid and Zelda titles, but couldn’t spare a slot for Mega Man Battle Network anywhere?

At least it wasn’t full of Pokémon. Reads like a top 40 radio station set list, but for gaming. on 26 Jul 2023 04:04 +0000 next

Castlevania Aria of Sorrow and Mother 3 for me. Not just my two favorite GBA games, but two of my favorite games period.

Also a great time to mention how fkn great the GBA core on MiSTer is on 26 Jul 2023 04:21 +0000 next

I can’t read the list due to an adblocker blocker when i have no adblocker

The internet sucks. on 26 Jul 2023 07:49 +0000

Well, I have one and I could see it lol. on 28 Jul 2023 06:06 +0000

Confired - on my desktop where i have very many blockers, the page loads perfectly. 😅 on 26 Jul 2023 07:51 +0000 next

Well, I think nobody has mentioned DBZ Supersonic Warriors yet, I think it was awesome, I also liked the beat them up of the TMNT 2003. on 26 Jul 2023 09:19 +0000 next

I’ll always remember two games I loved playing on my tribal GBA SP. Advance Wars and a game I forget the name of right now.

The cartridge had a UV sensor for detecting daylight. It was all about defeating vampires. So in playing it outside during the day, you could recharge your weapon with real sunlight. But at night the game was too tough as the vampires had the advantage. on 26 Jul 2023 09:40 +0000 next

Boktai -…/Boktai:_The_Sun_Is_in_Your_Han…

By the very Hideo Kojima on 26 Jul 2023 13:51 +0000

Thank you! I will play this game when i have time on 26 Jul 2023 16:52 +0000

“I’ll always remember” ------> “I forget the name of right now”

Classic. on 26 Jul 2023 17:57 +0000

I realised when I read it back but I thought it was fairly humorous. I can visualise the game just not it’s name ok! 😆 on 26 Jul 2023 09:59 +0000 next

Sonic Advance 1&2&3

The Sims Bustin’ Out

Robot Wars on 26 Jul 2023 18:11 +0000 next

I'm surprised at the lack of Drill Dozer. Seriously, give it a try. on 26 Jul 2023 20:15 +0000 next

Mario kart super circuit

Fire emblem

Golden sun

Metroid fusion


Those games were my pillars for long time. Incredible complete environments decently challenging without treating you like a baby and great history made them gems to be treasured for a long time

I still enjoy Mario kart, fire emblem and Metroid thanks to the switch thing that let’s you play games. on 26 Jul 2023 20:24 +0000 next

I had tons of GBA games but the one I remember most fondly is Link’s Awakening DX.

Second would be uh… Damn, I forgot the name of it! It was that Hideo Kojima game with a solar panel in the cart because it used sunlight as a gimmick. It was the closest thing to a MGS game there was on GameBoy at the time, and I loved it. Didn’t care for the gimmick tho. You couldn’t actually see the screen if you were in direct sunlight which the sensor needed (unlike my damn calculator, using a lamp didn’t work).

Edit: Boktai! You mentioned it further down in the comments lol on 26 Jul 2023 21:07 +0000 next

It’s hard to choose, as I had a lot of them. I’d go with the Fire Emblem, Metroid, Castlevania, Zelda, Kirby, Golden Sun, Pokémon and Drill Dozer games. And many great ports like all the Mario games (specially Mario 3), Zelda alttp, Shining Force and the Final Fantasy games.

For my top 5 Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, Zelda Minish Cap and Castlevania Aria of Sorrow, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga and Fire Emblem Sacred Stones come to mind (in no particular order)

Edit: I forgot Mother 3! To be fair I only played it on emulators, so maybe that’s why. on 02 Aug 2023 21:52 +0000 next

Nothing crazy much to add but the Kingdom Hearts game was really good, one of my favorite from the series. on 03 Aug 2023 05:56 +0000

Max Payne’s gba port was really impressive. Check it out if you haven’t already :)