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The All-Time Best Game Boy Advance Games, Ranked

Nintendo is a company that has always put their best into the handheld console. Sony has never been able to catch up to them. One of the greatest handheld consoles of all time is the Game Boy Advance.

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Below are the greatest of all Game Boy Advance games, the ones that everyone should've played through at least once in their lifetime. People may have the Switch now, but it's time to take a look at how Nintendo got to where they are today!

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10 Wario Land 4

While the various games in the Super Mario series are all about platforming and precision, the Wario games are all about something else. Just like the second and third installments in the series, the fourth is all about the player making their way through fairly open-ended levels.

There's a chance that many people won't enjoy the collection gameplay, which is why it's so low on the list. But if people lean into its unique style, they will find a game that is well worth playing.

9 The Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap

Thinking about it, The Legend Of Zelda formula arguably works best on a handheld. It's all about slowly exploring a vast world at the player's own pace. Being able to dip in and out at a moment's notice is a brilliant way of making sure that the game doesn't get boring.

Just pop the game in and complete a dungeon, or maybe use the time to explore a new area of the map that was previously unexplored. The only reason this isn't higher on the list is because it's not the best handheld Legend Of Zelda, which is saying something!

8 Metroid: Zero Mission

The first Metroid game isn't easy to get into in the modern era. It doesn't have an in-game map and it relies on far too much on trial and error. Back when it was the only game that players had, they were willing to put up with a lot more than they will these days!

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Choosing to remake the game for a modern audience was a brilliant move on the part of Nintendo. Now players can play through the original game with better graphics and a friendlier interface! While there's a better handheld Metroid, this one is still great enough to make it onto the list.

7 Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

While Nintendo likes to ensure that the mainline Super Mario games follow a fairly strict formula, the RPG games he appeared in were always a chance for things to get a little bit weird.

Anyone that hasn't played through the Superstar Saga should definitely give it a go. They won't find the sort of platforming gameplay that is found in the mainline Mario games, but it is a great little RPG for those people out there who don't like the more serious role-playing games out there.

6 Castlevania: Circle Of The Moon

The Metroidvania formula has been perfected through numerous installments over the years, with this being one of them. While it may not be the best Metroidvania on the handheld, Circle Of The Moon is a great little game that gives the players the chance to mix and match their special abilities.

Through the use of cards, players can find various different ways to affect the gameplay. But there's still a better Castlevania on this list that is yet to come...

5 Golden Sun

There are so many different RPGs out there that it can often be difficult for a new intellectual property to make their way into the mainstream market.

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While a lot of people haven't played this game, it made enough of an impact that it got a whole trilogy, with the first two games appearing on the Game Boy Advance. Anyone that is looking for an RPG that isn't the same as every famous RPG out there should definitely give Golden Sun a chance.

4 Castlevania: Aria Of Sorrow

Unlike Circle Of The Moon, this Castlevania has a soul collection mechanic. As the player collects the souls of their various enemies, they will be able to increase the attacks they have to take on the opposing monsters.

As they attempt to search through every room within the game's vast castle, players will come across various abilities and weapons that will make their journey all the more enjoyable. This is easily one of the best, if not the best, handheld Castlevania game.

3 Metroid Fusion

The better of the two Game Boy Advance Metroid games is Metroid Fusion. While many don't consider it to be the greatest Metroid game of all time, it has to be the greatest handheld Metroid.

The graphics were unlike anything seen on a handheld console when it first came out, and it had a spooky atmosphere that followed the player throughout the whole game. Slowly picking up every weapon available to Samus is still fun to this day.

2 Advance Wars

Most games out there will portray war as being a grim affair, which is no surprise considering that it is just that! However, the cartoon visuals of this game bring a lot of fun to a sad concept.

While the later games got a little bit bleaker and sadder, the first game on the Game Boy Advance continues to be worth a look for anyone that enjoys their RTS games with some lighthearted visuals. Sure, it isn't all that serious, but far too many games out there are these days.

1 Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Mario Kart is one of the most successful series of games, and it's no surprise that people enjoyed the Game Boy Advance installment as much as they did. It allowed players to do some karting on the go, which is exactly what a handheld is all about.

Bringing the winning formula to the Game Boy Advance proved incredibly popular. They didn't have to change much up, but that didn't stop them from adding new tracks into the mix while keeping some of the classic tracks as well, which is why it proved to be so popular.

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