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  • Sothe52 - April 22, 2012 8:50 p.m.

    "This break in lineage allowed Game Freak to make massive additions and improvements to the game mechanics, though, and over time it proved to be a trade-off that was well worth it." No it's not! Fuck that! I wanted to trade my glitch mew over to silver, then to emerald, then diamond so I can trade it to my Pokemon White! Great list otherwise, though.
  • DirkSteele1 - April 23, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    Excellent list. A few sit in my collection but clearly I missed many great games. Will have to pull the GBA out for a quick spin.
  • cgriff63 - May 10, 2012 8:05 a.m.

    I definitely agree with this. especially with fusion being number 1. that game provided such a creepy feel that no other gba game could hope to match. definitely one of my favorite (if not my favorite) hand held games.
  • almirantedehielo - May 27, 2012 1:53 p.m.

    Great list, Metroid games are the best
  • Magus - January 30, 2013 9:56 p.m.

    Thanks a lot for the spoilers! Now I can play Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow with the peace of mind that I already know the surprise at the end. Seriously, the list is great, put please bear in mind that while some may read it just to remember fun times, others like me use it to decide which retro games to pick up and play.
  • kyle94 - February 13, 2013 8:14 p.m.

    To be entirely fair, Aria of Sorrow is from 2003. When something is that old, it becomes a bit silly to try to avoid spoilers about it. In all likelihood, someone familiar with a game would probably already know the spoiler. Hell, someone familiar with several recent Castlevania games would know the spoiler, considering the back cover of the game's sequel spoiled the twist, and that was 2 years later.
  • slimjim441 - February 14, 2013 midnight

    kyle's got a point. Aria of Sorrow is great and should still be played, but you can't really get bummed over getting the ending spoiled for a game that's ten years old. I didn't even feel bad that I accidentally spoiled parts of Mass Effect 3 to a friend of mine who hasn't finished it. It came out a year ago, he's had it since day one. It's not my problem anymore that he hasn't finished it yet. But yeah, that was ten years ago; it happens. I'm still waiting for the day that I can ruin the ending of Sixth Sense for someone and watch them get pissed and I'll be like, 'sucks to be you, man. That movie's like 20 years old.' End rant.
  • Talvari - February 13, 2013 2:48 p.m.

    Hell yeah, Zelda, Mario, Golden Sun 1 + 2 and..that one lord of the rings game that was actually pretty cool :| Great lists so far :D
  • Tjwoods18 - February 13, 2013 4:09 p.m.

    You put leaf green/fire red in 22nd place, let alone place Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald ahead of it? The original plot of Pokémon (original Pokémon, team rocket, Gym Leaders, etc) had to be the best of all time.
  • EAC73 - February 13, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    summon knight 1 and 2 were nice gems of the gba, i recommend them to anyone.
  • thetruth7 - February 13, 2013 7:25 p.m.

    FFV higher than FFVI??? seriously!? otherwise good list.
  • MightyWumbo - February 13, 2013 7:48 p.m.

    dragonball z legacy of goku 1 and 2, buu's fury are my favorite ones!!!
  • brickman409 - February 13, 2013 9:27 p.m.

    "Many of them were ports of Super Nintendo games (which we’re mostly leaving out of this article)" uh, a couple of these on this list were super nintendo ports.
  • minimaxi - February 14, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    I personally think the best castlevania in GBA is circle of the moon. Yes, I've played all of those.
  • BladedFalcon - February 14, 2013 3:59 p.m.

    CotM is pretty great, and if we're talking about challenge-wise, then yes, I definitely agree. I can understand why Aria is much more loved though, it has much better production values, better story, and the soul system was pretty damn fantastic. Then again, so was the card system in CotM, and sadly no one seems to pay much attention to that.
  • Pruman - February 14, 2013 12:52 p.m.

    Hell yes to Advance Wars being #1. Metroid Fusion was what got me to buy a GBA, but Advance Wars was what made it my favorite handheld platform of all time.
  • winner2 - February 14, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    I'm glad R/S/E were in the top 10. I havn't played practically any of these though, Pokemon was enough for me back then.
  • BladedFalcon - February 14, 2013 3:58 p.m.

    You are missing out so much.
  • winner2 - February 14, 2013 6:46 p.m.

    Well I'd assume these games might be dirt cheap now, but I have no idea where I left my old SP. If I found it I'd consider getting some of these. Pity too, that was a great little handheld, simple but great.
  • BladedFalcon - February 14, 2013 7:28 p.m.

    Yes it was, and yeah, if you have the time and the money, a lot of these are really worth getting, handhelds are often handwaved as being inferior experiences to their console counterparts, but the truth is that the depth and design of some of these games is just as top notch, if not more than modern AAA games. And personally, I just loved that most of the GBA games used 2D sprites, to me, that graphical style has a charm that no matter how much times passes, it'll never fade.

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