twenty first March 2021 marks the twentieth anniversary of the launch of the Recreation Boy Advance. Nintendo’s first true successor to the unique Recreation Boy line (the Recreation Boys Pocket and Coloration however), the GBA in all its varieties — authentic horizontal console, clamshell SP mannequin, and ludicrously small (and horny) Micro — could be the corporate’s ultimate handheld to hold the Recreation Boy branding; the experimental Nintendo DS got here alongside within the mid-2000s and swiftly ate the GBA’s lunch.
One of many cleverest issues in regards to the DS, although, was the GBA slot within the backside of the unique and Lite fashions. You may fortunately transition to the brand new transportable (and ditch the worm gentle for those who by no means picked up an SP or a Micro) with out dropping entry to the massive library of Recreation Boy Advance titles.
And what a library it’s! Very like a lot of our Finest Video games and Collection rankings, so as to discover out definitively the highest 50 Recreation Boy Advance video games ever we requested Nintendo Life readers to attain for his or her favorite GBA titles out of 10. These Person Scores are tabulated in actual time and kind the ranked record under — it is solely attainable to vary the order, even after publication. Even GBA video games in our database which might be effervescent underneath the highest 50 can elbow their method in in the event that they get ample love out of your pretty selves!
So, don’t be concerned for those who missed out on ‘voting’ in Advance (see what we did there?) — merely scroll down and fee them now. Alternatively, use the search bar on the high of the web page to seek for any GBA recreation in our database and fee it by way of its Recreation Web page for an opportunity to see it rise by the ranks and seem.
For now, although, we proudly current the 50 greatest Recreation Boy Advance video games ever…
It is Donkey Kong Nation, however on the GBA with a couple of extra bells and whistles. This port of Uncommon’s 16-bit platformer gave followers one more transportable model to get pleasure from, though this effort is far nearer to the SNES authentic than the (nonetheless very spectacular) Recreation Boy Coloration model.
Seems individuals actually like DKC. Who knew?
Writer: SEGA / Developer: Dimps
Constructing on the great basis put down within the earlier entry, this center recreation within the Sonic Advance trilogy upped the problem to a stage that put some gamers off, however Sonic Advance 2 retained the weather that made the primary recreation such a great translation of the 2D Sonic components to the GBA platform: nice music, pretty visuals, intelligent stage design, and — above all — that correct Sonic ‘really feel’. You have not bought to go quick, but it surely’s extremely inspired.
Writer: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo R&D2
The primary of the Tremendous Mario platformer ports (and the one which kicked off essentially the most convoluted naming conference in gaming historical past), Tremendous Mario Advance introduced Tremendous Mario Bros. 2 to the GBA within the 16-bit fashion of Tremendous Mario All-Stars. With the flexibility to decide on between 4 characters carrying over from the unique, it gained some extent system along with its facelift, in addition to a number of collectibles to seek out all through every stage. Total, it is nonetheless among the best methods to revisit the sport, and also you additionally get the remake of authentic Mario Bros. bundled in — that little multiplayer bonus would function on a number of different entries on this GBA port sequence going ahead.
Mega Man Zero 2 does a fantastic job of ironing out the wrinkles of its predecessor. With each audio and visible enhancements, it additionally considerably reduces grinding, and offers the identical brutal problem in what looks like a way more truthful method. Unlockable varieties and EX Abilities are additionally added to the combination, which provides the sport a further layer of replayability. It is a sequel completed proper, and it is no shock that it is remembered so fondly all these years later.
Writer: SEGA / Developer: Dimps
Within the a long time for the reason that stunning first look of Sega’s mascot on a Nintendo handheld, it is truthful to say that not each group that is labored on a 2D Sonic recreation has nailed the fragile sense of inertia and tight physics that characterise the traditional 16-bit titles. Sonic Advance is one such instance that simply will get it. Developer Dimps retains the traditional really feel and course design that made the originals particular whereas including recent components that stop it from feeling like a re-tread of outdated concepts. Vibrant visuals, charming animation, glorious audio; add multiplayer into the combination — in addition to the Tiny Chao Backyard that linked to the Gamecube — and Sonic Advance is a platforming deal with up there with hedgehog’s most interesting.
Writer: Nintendo / Developer: Camelot
Veteran developer Camelot proved it was nonetheless high seed with this one. With a complete story mode, tight and entertaining tennis gameplay mechanics and a stunning quantity of depth, Mario Tennis: Energy Tour (or Mario Energy Tennis because it’s recognized in Europe) is a profitable on-court return for the plumber (and his friends). It is fairly dialogue-heavy, however there’s a deep, rewarding expertise to be discovered beneath all of the waffle, with the story mode serving up a satisfying sense of development from the very starting to the Recreation-Set-Match.
At this level in a sequence, you must know what to anticipate, and Mega Man Zero 4 delivers in the identical method that different high-numbered Mega Man titles do in different branches of Capcom’s franchise. You get extra of the identical glorious gameplay on this ultimate recreation, with the addition of an elective Straightforward Mode for many who desire a light-weight jog-and-gun versus a full on run-and-gun, though issues had been already simplified in Zero 3. There’s nonetheless a secret laborious mode if you’d like a really harrowing expertise, as effectively a plethora of unlocks which might be fairly tough to amass. All-in-all, this comparatively late launch within the GBA’s life cycle is one other effective franchise entry.
Writer: SEGA / Developer: Treasure
Gunstar Tremendous Heroes is a sequel that lives as much as the status of the identify it awkwardly sandwiches a ‘Tremendous’ in the course of. The gameplay and controls of Treasure’s traditional 1993 Mega Drive recreation are altered to work higher on the transportable, however the result’s each bit as compelling, even when it is on the brief aspect and does not function co-op play. As run and gun video games go, Gunstar Heroes is up there with the easiest. This sequel can also be superb — one may even say tremendous.
Writer: Nintendo / Developer: Eighting
This GBA launch title could begin off somewhat too simple however that is about all you’ll be able to fault with Kuru Kuru Kururin. It will not take you lengthy to clear each stage, however doing it with out error is a tricky problem and you will love each minute as you information an enormous ol’ continuously rotating stick (sorry, Helirin) round difficult, vibrant programs. With loads of environmental selection and a few terrific music, there’s plenty of enjoyment from merely enhancing your occasions on the varied programs. Kuru Kuru Kururin is among the GBA’s most pleasant treats and ideal for transportable play — a brilliantly enjoyable little recreation that is a bit totally different from the norm.
Writer: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo Software program Expertise
Mario vs. Donkey Kong kicked off a whole sequence that pitted the plumber and the ape towards one another for outdated occasions’ sake. Initially, it was deliberate as a sequel to the superb Recreation Boy model of Donkey Kong and that is the one recreation within the sequence that provides you direct management of Mario relatively than his Lemming-like Minis. You continue to information the Mini-Mazzas right here and there, however for essentially the most half you management the plumber in a stunning little platform puzzler which actually carries the spirit of the unique Donkey Kong with it. It is a good ‘un.