Man, they don’t make games like they used to. If you’ve ever had this thought, then you’ll love this. Don’t spend any longer hopping from site to site on the web searching for games for your GameBoy Advanced (GBA). Whether you’re a huge sports fan, need your daily dose of action, or prefer role-playing games, this list will give you tons of ideas for your next lazy Sunday on the couch. If you don’t have a working GBA handheld, download an emulator and play on your PC device. Read on to find the ultimate compilation of games for GBA in all your favorite categories.
Action Packed Adventure
Help Samus destroy every alien trying to take over planet Earth in one of Nintendo’s most popular shooting games. Solve puzzles in order to advance from level to level, while using your choice of weapon to destroy all villains in your path.
2.Metroid: Zero Mission
In this Metroid adventure you’re still fighting space villains, but on a different planet. In some levels Samus goes without her space suit, making for a more vulnerable hero and greater challenge. Enjoy new power-ups and more weapons.
3. Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX
If you like aliens and serious action, this is the game for you. Bring your soldier face to face with invading alien and robot forces. Warning: don’t let go off the shooting trigger.
4.The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
Solve puzzles and kill enemies in order to save the kingdom of Hyrule, guided by the minish cap attached to your head. This game has a great story, even better action, and a killer plot line. Don’t miss it.
5. The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
This title in the Zelda series redefines the story and brings the game to a modern audience. Rave reviews brought the game to GBA. Save princess Zelda and the kingdom of Hyrule again with your best sword slashing and arrow shooting.
6.Metal Slug Advance
This is the only Metal Slug title currently available for the GBA. The shooting game allows you to make your way through enemy territory with plenty of weapons and vehicles to choose from.
7.Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith
Control Anakin Skywalker and other movie characters from both sides as you duel with lightsabers, the force, and physical attack.
8.Final Fight One
Take the classic arcade game to your GBA. Help Cody and his friends smash their way through the city and rescue Jessica. Deadly weapon or bare hands: the choice is yours.
9.Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menace
One of your favorite super heroes is back and needs your help to defeat Mysterio. Collect power-ups and different super suits to increase Spidey’s strength and agility.
10.Mega Man Zero 2
Put away the evil forces of Neo Arcadia for good with what is possibly Nintendo’s best action game for GBA to date.
11.Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
Mission: kill every demon on the planet Earth. But there’s no way to pause and save progress in this thriller. And if you die? Well then you’re done. Hardcore gamers only.
12.Grand Theft Auto
Unleash your inner criminal with the only game that truly encourages the bad guy.
The Grand Slam of Sports
1.Madden NFL ’07
American football fans can play with the big leagues as popular players from all of the NFL’s teams.
If you enjoy the action of Formula One racing, put it right into your hands. Fast paced fun.
3.Fifa World Cup: Germany 2006
Launch yourself into the 2006 Fifa World Cup. Play as any of the members from participating international teams including fan favorites Ronaldinho and Zidane.
Another great game from Fifa, but this one features all of your favorite futbol teams from leagues around the world.
5.Sk8 – Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
Perform insane skate stunts from the safety of your seat as Tony Hawk or one of his legendary friends.
6.Super Black Bass Advance
If fast paced sports aren’t for you, try kicking back with a little fishing. All you have to do is pick the right bait, throw it at the right time, and wait for the points to rack up.
7.Mario Golf Advance Tour
Mario isn’t just a platform character now. Battle it out on the golf course with all of his iconic friends.
8.Mario Kart: Super Circuit
This is the original game that brought fame to the Mario Kart franchise. Pick a racer, a cart, and a track, then get going. Special power-ups can be used to thwart opponents for extra fun.
9.Mario Power Tennis
Perfect your backhand with Mario. The gameplay is similar to something you would find in an arcade, making it far less boring then regular tennis.
10.Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX 2
Bicycle stunt games have become less popular on other platforms, so indulge yourself with the experience through your GBA.
For the Platformer
1.Super Mario Bros
Don’t forget about the game that first introduced us to all of our favorite characters. Run and jump across the map, collect coins, and save Peach from one of Bowser’s eight castles.
2.Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
Mario teams up with his pal Yoshi to save Dinosaur Land. Work your way through the more than ten levels with the magic cape, spinning jump, and many more new powers.
3.Super Mario Advance 4
Fly and glide your way through the most advanced Mario game for GBA.
4.Super Donkey Kong
Run through forty levels of jungle as both Diddy and Donkey Kong, smashing the kremlings who stole your bananas.
5.Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Can’t decide between Mario or Kong? Have your cake and eat it too when the two are pitted face to face.
All the movie’s best characters come alive as you help Aladdin defeat Jafar and win over his princess.
A flying robot with X-Ray vision? I’m in.
Defeat Dr. Eggman and his empire as one of four great characters. Each comes with his own powers waiting for you to master.
A Little Role Play
1.Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga
You still need to save the princess, but in this more advanced Mario game you have lot more to do then jump around and collect coins if you’re going to defeat Bowser.
2.DragonBall: Advanced Adventure
Complete missions as Goku and twenty seven other characters, or go to multiplayer mode for one on one battles.
3. Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
If you’ve always wanted to be a farmer, or at least the virtual kind, then you will love this game where you’re left to take care of the harvest each season. Harvest your own crops, raise livestock, and make bank.
Use turn based combat, tact, and your pick of hero to take on your enemies.
5.Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls
The GBA version includes both parts I and II of the wildly popular RPG franchise.
This is the complete version of the game that combines the ruby and sapphire versions. Train your Pokemon, including some new creatures that are unavailable in other versions of the game.
7. Pokemon Fire Red/Leaf Green
These are remakes of the first generation Pokemon story. For diehard Kanto fans.
The toned down version of the Emerald game. Each version features different Pokemon and its own enemy team.
Fans of the original Beyblade cartoon will love the game, since it follows the same storyline and allows you to become Beyblade himself.
The hit board game is even better on the GBA version.
Help Mario kill viruses by popping three or more pills of the same color.
3. ChuChu Rocket!
Getting all the ChuChu mice to the rocket without getting eaten takes a lot of skill and forethought.
4.Puyo Pup Fever
Another match three puzzle game. Pop a lot of puyos for a high score in this insanely addictive game.
5. Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
Pit some of the famous Street Fighters against each other puzzle style. Get rid of all your gems fast to crush your opponent.
6.Super Puzzle Bobble Advance
Get rid of gems by making matches. Go head to head with an opponent for more fun.
Each one of these top selling games are currently available for GameBoy Advanced and can be found through popular sites such as eBay and Amazon. The GBA is also available for purchase. If you have a PC device seek out an emulator download; however, you must own all GBA games when playing with the emulator. Remember that you are solely responsible for your methods of acquiring games. Splurge on the few bucks a game costs from these sites, versus spending thousands more later on the possible legal implications. Check out the link below for a full list of games and where to find them.