45 Best GBA Games of All Time

Last Updated: November 18, 2015

If you have been looking for some old school games for your GameBoy Advance a.k.a GBA but haven’t found an extensive list then we have some good news for you. You don’t have to browse from one site to another to find different games for GBA because we bring you the ultimate list of top games for GBA in all the popular categories. If you have a working GBA handheld or if you have downloaded an emulator for your PC then the list below will definitely come in handy.

Below are the most amazing and best GBA games ever created.

Best GBA Action Games

1. Metal Slug Advance


SNK Playmore’s most popular shoot’em up game did finally manage to make its way onto the GameBoy Advance. Metal Slug Advance is the only Metal Slug title available for the GBA and it’s one of the best action games available on the platform. You get to play as completely new heroes and shoot your way through the enemy territory in vehicles or on foot. There are countless weapons and vehicles to choose from and the gameplay is fast-paced and exciting. If you have never played a Metal Slug title before then this one is the perfect one to get you up to speed with the game.

2. Final Fight One


Cody and the gang are back to clean the streets of their city in this action packed game for the GBA. Final Fight One is the GBA variant of the classic arcade game. The gameplay is same, the graphics are great, and the action is breathtaking. You have to fight your way through streets of the metro city, defeat all the bosses, and rescue the damsel in distress, Jessica. You have 3 different and powerful fighters to aid you in your fight. Use deadly weapon or your bare hands to break some bones.

3. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap


This is one of the most enjoyable and entertaining Zelda game that you will ever play on GBA, even on any platform. It has a great storyline, amazing gameplay, very intriguing plotline, and powerful action. You need to solve puzzles and kill different enemies in the kingdom of Hyrule. Your job is to protect the kingdom from the evil forces and help the little minish cap that has attached itself to your head. He will guide you through your adventure so you can help him out in defeating the forces taking over the kingdom.

4. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to The Past

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The Legend of Zelda: A Link to The Past is the only title that actually redefined the whole series and took it to a whole new level that we see today. This game received amazing reviews from the top publishers and gamers thus was ported to GBA with a slight few changes. The gameplay is still the same with amazing background music and a gripping storyline. Your job is to save the world of Hyrule and princess Zelda from the clutches of Evil Ganon. Slash your way with the sword or shoot arrows to slay your enemies, just get the job done in this classic action-adventure RPG.

5. Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX


The original Contra game redefined the side-scrolling shoot’em up genre in the gaming world. The amazing Contra mantra continued on the GBA as well with the release of Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX. In this game, your soldier goes head to head against aliens and mecha robots. You have to shoot everything that moves in order to keep your world from being invaded by alien forces and evil robots. Full throttle action; you just make sure to never let go of the shooting button.

6. Mega Man Zero 2


If there’s one Side-scrolling action game that triumphs all other games on the Nintendo platforms then it’s definitely Mega Man. The Mega Man Zero 2 is one of the best games for GBA that actually brings the side-scrolling action to this little handheld. The game follows the adventures of Zero who is fighting against the evil forces of Neo Arcadia. Zero has different powers than Mega Man but it still feels cool when dashing and slashing your way through hordes of enemies on different levels.

7. Castlevania: Circle of the Moon


Castlevania used to be one of the hardest games to play back in the olden days. This led the game to popularity because every hardcore gamer wanted to enjoy a piece of this game and try to complete it in order to prove their worth. Castlevania: Circle of the Moon for the GBA was no different than it’s other variants. The game was pretty hard and you had no way to save your progress. If you die, you start over. The game puts you in control of a demon hunter and you are supposed to hunt down every last demon on this earth.

8. Metroid Fusion

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Metroid is another of Nintendo’s most popular action shooter game where you control the iconic Samus in her hunt for aliens. This game is pretty simple, your mission is to wipe out every alien being that is inhabiting our earth and trying to take over. You have your armor suit and loads of weapons to fight any type of evil that comes in your path. You solve small puzzles to advance to the next levels and jump from platform to platform in order to reach your goal. The game starts off as easy but gets pretty difficult with each level.

9. Metroid: Zero Mission


Another Metroid title that made it into the list. This is another action packed Metroid game that starts from the beginning. This game takes place on another planet where Samus has to fight hordes of space pirates and other space tyranny. There are even levels where Samus doesn’t have her armor suit so she’s more prone to damage and vulnerable. There are new power-ups and weapons that are going to aid you in your fight against the evil space forces. Samus has to destroy the mothership in order to destroy all the troops of space pirates.

10. Star Wars III: Revenge of  the Sith


Follow the adventures of Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in this action-packed thriller from the movie franchise. The game follows the plotline of the movie loosely. You control Anakin Skywalker and other people from both sides of the force and fight your way through different duels. You can sue lightsabers, force powers, and even physical attacks to defeat your opponents. Save the planets and defeat the dark side, this is your mission in the game but your destiny holds many mysteries in this fast paced action game.

11. Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menace


Mysterio is cooking up trouble along with his buddies and it’s up to Spider-Man to put an end to all the mess. Get ready for some web-slinging action with your favorite friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and kick some serious butt in this action packed game. Collect amazing power-ups to even enhance Spider-Man’s strength and agility and you can also collect different suits for Spider-Man that make him even more powerful. The final symbiote suit will heal him over time making him almost invulnerable to damages.

12. Grand Theft Auto (GBA)


Everybody knows that the only game that lets you truly become a bad guy and perform criminal activities is none other than, Grand Theft Auto. This game became a sensation and is still going strong with the latest iteration. However, the game was also ported to the GBA handheld console back in the days and it was one of the best games on the console. The gameplay is from a top-down perspective similar to the first two games in the series. It is a prequel to the storyline of GTA III which makes it even more fun to play if you have already played GTA III.

Best GBA Role-Playing Games (RPG)

1. Pokemon Emerald

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Arguably one of the best Pokemon games ever created for the GBA. Pokemon Emerald is the complete version that combines the goodness of both Pokemon Ruby and Pokemon Sapphire into one game and gives you an epic journey. You take on the world with your Pokemon and train them to become the champion. Pokemon Emerald adds a lot of new Pokemon that are not available in other variants of the game. There are even extra areas and post-game missions that take up a lot of time making it an amazing RPG adventure on the GBA.

2. Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire


The toned down versions of Pokemon Emerald. These are the original Generation 3 Pokemon games for the GBA. Each version has a different set of Final Pokemon and each version even has a different enemy team. There are certain Pokemon that are not available in one version but available in the other, you can still trade these Pokemon between the versions and also battle with people using other versions of the game. Both games have the same objectives, same missions, and same battles.

3. Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green


These are the remakes of original Pokemon Red/Blue from the first generation of Pokemon games and storyline. If you are a fan of the first generation Pokemon and the Kanto region then this is the game you are looking for because it has best graphics and an amazing storyline for the Kanto region for you. You can rediscover the first generation of Pokemon in amazing graphics and also trade with 3rd generation games once you finish the main story. Both versions have almost the same storyline, but there are a few differences in the availability of the Pokemon in each version.

4. Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town


Get ready for the harvest season because you are going to reap what you sow. This is the most adored game where you start out as a farmer. You are left with a large farm and your job is to do the harvest in each season. You also make friends around the town and help them out in this game. You can harvest crops, breed livestock, own poultry, and much more. There are lots of opportunities in this game to make money. You have to complete different tasks as well to keep on with the main storyline of the game and turn your small farm into one of the best farms in the Mineral town.

5. Beyblade: G-Revolution


You definitely remember the spinning tops that were called Beyblades and had almost superpowers with different beasts duking it out in the bey stadium. If you were a fan of the original Beyblade cartoons then you will love to know that you can now play the amazing game on GBA. This game follows the exact storyline from the cartoon so you will feel right at home when playing this amazing game. The graphics are amazing, the bey battles are just exciting. You can control your Beyblade and perform special moves to summon your bit beast and deal heavy damage to your opponent. Just let it rip in this exciting game.

6. Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure

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If you are a hardcore fan of Goku and his friends then you are going to fall in love with Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure game on the GBA. This game follows the adventures of Goku from the beginning. You will work your way up from there and you can play as 27 other characters as well that includes Krillin but the real story only follows Goku and you will only see the story arc and cutscenes when playing as Goku. You can also play multiplayer One-on-One battles. The game includes different missions that you have to complete in order to advance through levels.

7. Fire Emblem


This game received top reviews and a lot of praise for its amazing gameplay that is unique to the Fire Emblem franchise. The game is a tactical RPG that involves turn-based combat and a grid based movement during combat. You have a team of heroes/heroines that are brave and powerful. Each hero has a different class that involves different techniques and abilities ranging from magic to sword specialties. You take on different enemies in a tactical turn-based combat, you have to defeat them by using abilities and physical attacks. The game has a beautiful and intriguing storyline that will keep you hooked for hours.

8. Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls

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Final Fantasy is one of the most popular RPG franchise and it has so many sequels that it’s difficult to keep count of them across multiple platforms. This game has the best combat styles and puzzling gameplay that keeps gamers on the edge for the entire time. If you have never played the first Final Fantasy games then Dawn of Souls is the perfect choice for you because it includes both, The original Final Fantasy game and Final Fantasy II in this one package. You can enjoy both of the original titles on GBA and see for yourself what makes it one of the best RPG in the world.

9. Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga


This is a mix of action, adventure, RPG, and platformer including both the Super Mario Bros. in one game. The mission is same, to save the princess but this time around the combat style is different than the other games and there are a lot more things to do other than jumping and collecting coins in the world. This time there is a story, there are dialogues, and then there is a turn based combat to defeat the evil forces of Bowser and his plotting buddies.

Best GBA Sports based Games

1. Fifa 07


Not entirely as great as the other iterations of the same game on different platforms but still Fifa 07 managed to become an amazing sports game on the GBA. The graphics were low quality and the gameplay was pretty basic, but it was one of the most exciting game on the GBA that included a lot of teams from around the world and from different leagues. The game included top players which made it pretty fun to play it on the GBA. There was no minute-to-minute commentary on the GBA version either but that’s only because of the hardware limitations of the GBA.

2. Fifa World Cup Germany 2006


This is another football title published by EA for the GBA and it’s almost identical to Fifa 07. The only difference is that this one features and focuses heavily on the world cup and all the international teams that took part in the Fifa World Cup 2006. You can play as any of the participating teams and play as all time favorites like Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Zinedine Zidane, Lucas Toni, and many more. The gameplay is pretty basic and the graphics are very low quality, however, that’s the most GBA could render anyway.

3. F1 2002


For a GBA game, F1 2002 has one of the great looking visuals and amazing sounds back in the days. This game had fast paced racing action and brought all the Formula One action right into your hands within your GBA. The game was not as exciting as the console versions, but it was still a pretty good sports and racing game for the GBA. If you are racing action and want to enjoy the Formula One races in all their glory then this game is the perfect thing for you even when you are on the go with your GBA.

4. Sk8 -Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2

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Get ready to perform some of the most insane stunts and tricks in this amazing skating game on your handheld. Tony Hawk is back with his friends and there are plenty of new stunts and tricks that you can perform in this exciting skating game for your GBA. The gameplay is super exciting and there are different game modes to keep you hooked for an ultimate challenge in the world of skating. Choose your favorite skating professional and start performing the wildest stunts you have ever imagined in this exhilarating skating action game.

5. Super Black Bass Advance


If you are more interested in a calm and boring sport like fishing then you will find your happiness in this amazing game for the GBA known as Super Black Bass Advance. This game is as calm as they calm, all you have to do is throw the right bait at the right time and wait for a black bass to hook onto your bait so you can pull it out and gather some serious fish to score highest points in this game. If fishing is your game then this is the best game you can enjoy on your GBA.

6. Madden NFL 07

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Fifa is not the only sports game published by EA for the GBA there is also Madden NFL 07 that’s another football/American football game for the fans. The graphics are low quality, but it still provides an amazing gameplay for all the American football fans out there. This game also comes with licensed teams and big name players from the top American football teams. You can enjoy the fast paced action provided in the game as long as you overlook the low-quality graphics of this game.

7. Mario Golf Advance Tour

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Mario started off as a platformer star, but now almost every other first-party game on the Nintendo platform includes Mario in one form or another. There are countless spin-off Mario games that have made it onto the top of the lists. Mario Golf Advance Tour is no exception as it’s one of the best golfing adventure available for the GBA. This game includes Mario and his friends duking it out on the golf course. This is not an average boring golf game instead this one offers a lot of exciting features and game modes to make it more fun to play.

8. Mario Kart: Super Circuit


The game that made it to the top of the racing games list is none other than the Mario Kart franchise. Mario Kart: Super Circuit is one of the first few Mario Kart games that actually made this franchise one of the top contenders in the racing game genre. In this game, you can select Mario or any one of his buddies as your main racer and then you go on a kart racing adventure across different race tracks. Your job is to win the race and also make sure that nobody else wins by using some dirty tricks on the track. This is one of the most exciting racing games available for GBA.

9. Mario Power Tennis


Another Mario sports gem that made it to the top lists. This game has the perfect blend of tennis and some fun over the top action to make it one of the most enjoyable sports title for the GBA handheld. The action in this game is really over the top, the shots you take, the backhands, the slashes, everything has been done perfectly and it’s one of the most fast-paced tennis games you will ever play on any platform. The action is more arcade-like instead of the boring realistic tennis gameplay which makes this game a really amazing one that never gets boring at any stage.

10. Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX 2


Bicycle stunt games have really become less popular nowadays and there are not many BMX stunt games that you can find on the current generation consoles or even handhelds, however, back in the days of the classic GBA, Mat Hoffman’s BMX 2 was a sensational game that had amazing game modes that featured the coolest BMX stunts and tricks to give the player an exciting gameplay experience. The game features a lot of different play modes that provide you with countless hours of fun and exciting gameplay on the go.

Best GBA Platformer Game

1. Super Mario Bros.


The classic, the golden game that redefined the platformer genre and brought something amazing for everyone to enjoy. The game that introduced us to all time favorite characters, Mario, and his green brother, Luigi. This is the game that made us chase bowser through all 8 of his castles to find Princess Peach. Each castle holds a fake princess until the last one that actually has both the original Bowser, and the original Princess. The game is simple just run and jump from one side of the map to another while collecting coins and goodies along the way.

2. Super Mario Advance 4


If you are more interested in a more advanced Mario game on your GBA then you can always play the amazing Super Mario Advance 4 which is also a remake of the original Super Mario Bros. 3 game. In this game, Mario gets to fight the forces of evil with some new abilities, one that includes flying and gliding through the air. Mario can get a tail that will enable him to fly through areas and glide through the air without any problem. This game includes more levels and unlockable areas to give it more playtime.

3. Sonic Advance


This was an entirely exclusive Sonic game for the GBA but after a while it was also ported to the Nokia N-Gage platform and then recently to the Android platform. However, this game features 4 different characters from the Sonic universe to make it even more fun and amazing. The game features, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and the all new Amy in a playable mode. Each character possesses different abilities and moves that have been taken from some previous iterations of the game. Take this amazing team of friends and lay waste to the evil empire of Dr.Eggman.

4. Super Donkey Kong


Super Donkey Kong is one of the highest rated and highly entertaining platformer game available for the GBA. This game features both Diddy and Donkey kongs. You run through the lush jungles, helping each other out, taking turns, and beating the crap out of little evil kremlings. Your banana hoard has been stolen by the pesky little kremlings and you have to successfully beat all the 40 levels in order to recover your favorite hoard. There is a lot of jumping action involved in order to clear each level and advance to the next one.

5. Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2


In this game, Mario lands in a completely new world that’s called, Dinosaur Land. This is where Mario meets his favorite sidekick, Yoshi the dino. Both of these guys team up to defeat the evil emperor and save the kingdom of dinosaurs. Mario gets a lot of new powers and abilities in this game. Mario can also ride on Yoshi and have him eat the enemies and then spit them out as a Powerball to hit other enemies. Mario can fly with the help of a magic cape, and he can also perform the spinning jump to damage enemies. There are more than 10 different levels to complete in this game and each level comprises of complex platforms that you have to navigate and jump through in order to advance.

6. Mario vs Donkey Kong


Mario vs Donkey Kong is the original sequel to the classic Donkey Kong game. In this game, Donkey Kong makes a return to his villainous role and goes head to head against Mario. This time around Donkey Kong steals some mini Mario figurines and Mario has to solve some puzzles and gather some keys in order to get back all the toys that have been stolen by Donkey Kong. You have to bypass all the traps and obstacles set by Donkey Kong and solve small puzzles to advance through all the levels.

7. Astro Boy


He’s powerful, he can fly, and he also has X-Ray vision. No, he’s not Superman instead he’s the classic gaming icon Astro Boy who’s out for some action and adventure. Astro Boy is a classic side-scrolling platformer game where you are in control of the robotic Astro Boy. You have to get back all the money that has been stolen from the Professor. You have to fly and punch your way through hordes of enemies in order to complete all the 10 levels and bring back all the stolen money to your master in this classic game.

8. Disney’s Aladdin


This game made a huge impact in the side-scrolling platforming genre because of its amazing graphics and awesome gameplay. The storyline revolves around Aladdin who wants to save his city and win the love of his princess Jasmine. He needs help from his best monkey buddy and his genie. You have to help Aladdin defeat all the enemies and the final boss, Jaffer to bring peace back in the kingdom.

Best GBA Puzzle Games

1. Dr.Mario


Dr.Mario is not a game with Mario opening a clinic and treating his buddies and friends instead this is a puzzle game where Mario tries to kill different bacteria and viruses using pills. These pills are differently colored and you have to match three or more of the same color to pop the pills and kill some of the bacteria around it. This is a classic match 3 puzzle game with a different twist on the game. Looks like Mario is not only good at jumping around but he also knows his way around pills and potions.

2. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo


You know them from the famous fighting franchise, Street Fighter but this time all these characters have come out to battle in a more puzzled style. In Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, you choose one of the famous Street Fighter and pit them against each other in a timed puzzle action. You have to eliminate the gems in your half, every time you complete a gem combo or start a chain reaction your opponent will receive garbage gems that will be useless for him. You have to get rid of all your gems before your opponent to win the game. Every time you perform a combo, your character will perform a signature move to damage your opponent.

3. Super Puzzle Bobble Advance


Super Puzzle Bobble Advance rocked the puzzle genre for ages to come. This game introduced the fast paced gem-matching puzzle action that made it much more fun to play. You have to get rid of all the gems in your half by quickly shooting gems at them and making matches of 3 or more. You can also go head to head against others and beat them by getting rid of the gems in your half, so your opponent gets hit with extra gems and eventually losing the game. Perfect game if you prefer a quick-paced puzzle action.

4. ChuChu Rocket!


ChuChu Rocket! is a cute puzzle game that involves a lot of thinking before you start any level in the game. Your goal is to get all the mice a.k.a ChuChus into the rockets while avoiding the deadly cats a.k.a KapuKapus. If any of the cats get into your rocket then they will eat your mice and you will have to mourn the loss of your favorite and cute mice. The game involves putting directional arrows on the playing field so that your characters move in the specified directions. You have to think carefully in order to make sure that all the mice make it to the rockets safely.

5. Scrabble


This family word making game is a hit on almost every platform and it’s even one of the most popular board games around the world. You can now enjoy this intelligent game on your GBA and find out if you are actually good at word making or not. The game is similar to the original board game, you will be provided with certain letters and you have to come up with different words by using the letters in your possession. The better the words, the better your score will be.

6. Puyo Pop Fever


This is another top-selling and amazing match 3 puzzle game. In this game, you can match these jelly like symbiotes and pop them by making matches. The more puyos you pop, the higher your score. You can also play against other players in head to head mode, the player to pop all the puyos first wins the game. You can also play the story mode and go against different enemies from the game to complete the story and unlock extra modes of the game.

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All the games mentioned above are available on GBA and some of the games are even available on other platforms as well. If you don’t have a GBA then you can find one on eBay or you can just download an emulator for your PC to play GBA games. However, you must own the GBA games in order to play those with your emulator. We are in no way responsible for how you acquire your games. It’s your sole responsibility to make sure that the games you obtain are done via a legal channel. All GBA game carts are available for a couple bucks on the web, we have given buying links from Amazon / eBay for each game in the list. 

If you have any suggestions for the above list or if you want to add some GBA games to any specific category then don’t forget to comment below and let us know.