The Game Boy Advance was a tiny powerhouse that single-handedly defined portable gaming in the first half of the 00s. During its years of absolute handheld dominance, the GBA produced some of the best games ever to hit the portable market. Many of them were ports of Super Nintendo games (which were mostly leaving out of this article), but plenty were able to stand up to the best of other consoles on their own merits. With so much quality to pick from, its not easy to single out the 50 best. But we pulled it off, and you should see the results...
50. Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation 2
49. Fire Pro Wrestling
48. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
47. Pokmon Pinball
46. Mega Man & Bass
45. Street Fighter Alpha 3
44. F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
43. Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand
42. Puyo Pop Fever
Here's a game where a variety of pieces fall from the top of the screen and you have to sort them into bundles before they pile up too high. Why would you want another one of those exactly? Because for once, Puyo Pop Fever manages to rise above the legions of Tetris clones available on pretty much every platform since 1990.
Fans of the Genesis' beloved Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine will know what to expect, that game and this one both having their origins in Compile's Puyo Puyo series. Developed after the series was passed onto Sega's Sonic Team, this is as competent an iteration of the legendarily twitchy puzzler as a GBA fan could desire.
41. Mario Golf: Advance Tour
40. Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
39. Wario Land 4
38. Super Monkey Ball Jr.
37. Advance Wars 2
Nintendo and Intelligent Systems' Advance Wars came seemingly out of nowhere to emerge as one of the best reasons to own a Game Boy Advance. When players dug into the Famicom Wars' long and storied Japanese history, the obvious question was: When do we get some more of this great thing?
Without much further ado, an answer appeared less than two years later. Advance Wars 2 doesn't do much to rewrite its predecessor's winning formula; but as you'll recall from some 24 words ago, "some more of this great thing" was exactly what we wanted, and that's what you get. More characters, more powers, more arenas, more battles... it's more Advance Wars, and that's just great. If only it was a little easier.
36. WarioWare Twisted
35. Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis
34. Klonoa: Empire of Dreams
33. Ninja Five-0
32. Dr. Mario & Puzzle League
31. Mario Tennis Power Tour
30. Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
29. Mega Man Battle Network 2
27. Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World
26. Drill Dozer
25. Mario vs. Donkey Kong
24. Golden Sun: The Lost Age
23. Final Fantasy VI Advance
22. Pokmon LeafGreen/FireRed
21. Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island
20. Gunstar Super Heroes
19. Mega Man Zero
18. Metroid: Zero Mission
17. Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2
16. Final Fantasy V Advance
15. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
14. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
13. Fire Emblem
12. Golden Sun
11. Mario Kart: Super Circuit
10. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
9. Sonic Advance
8. Astro Boy: The Omega Factor
7. WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$!
6. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
5. Pokmon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald
4. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
3. Metroid Fusion
2. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
1. Advance Wars
Have an issue with our ranking? We'd love to read your opinions in the comments!
And if you're curious how other Nintendo handhelds rank, check out our other lists detailing Nintendo's portable history. There's the best DS games, the best 3DS games, the best Game Boy games and the best Game Boy Color games.