Game Boy Advance was a console of choice of many children in the late 90s and early 2000s. Aside from then-expanding Sony PlayStation, GBA also had a roster of amazing games that are played even today, on your smartphones. Since modern mid-range smartphones already pack enough firepower to run games such as PUBG or Call of Duty Mobile, games from the legendary GBA can also be run just fine. Needless to say, if you have a high-end smartphone, your enjoyment will be doubled but the important thing is that everyone can play GBA games on their smartphones.
With that in mind, let’s give the fans of GBA something to remember. If you’re one of them, you’re in for a treat!
8The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
There are only a handful of legendary franchises as The Legend of Zelda. If you’re a fan of this franchise, you know that this game is one of the best Zelda games of all time. TLOZ: The Minish Cap is made by Capcom and not Nintendo, which is the reason why this game never got fair reviews, at least in our opinion. This game established the open-world RPG genre, setting new standards for the following games to match. That being said, even though the reviews don’t do it a favor, we still think that this game has a lot to offer. Of course, we don’t need to mention that you can play it on your smartphone, even if it’s a mid-range one.
7Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Fans of dark, gothic-themed movies and games are the ones that appreciate Castlevania series the most. This time, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow brings one of the most memorable games of all time by giving the influence to many other developers who worked on similar games. As much as the developers borrowed elements from this game, its name remained intact, thanks to its engaging story, beautiful art design, and in-depth combat experience. This game deserves one of the top spots on our list, without a hint of doubt.
6Dragon Ball Z: Buu’s Fury
Dragon Ball series is a story of its own. It’s like the amazing anime series wasn’t jaw-dropping enough, so the developers went to grace us with another entry in the series – Buu’s Fury. Unlike other fighting games in the series, this one takes a different approach and slowly slides in RPG waters. It’s an action-packed RPG that allows you to take control of some of the most unique and memorable characters from the anime series.
With that, you follow an engaging storyline of that character, exploring the world of Dragon Ball, and doing quests for the NPCs. With today’s graphics, it would be interesting to see a remake of this game. Unfortunately, it seems like Atari forgot about its game from the golden era of gaming.
5Top Spin 2
When my years could still be counted on the fingers of two hands, I remember playing Top Spin 2 as Roger Federer, who was also on the cover art of this game. Top Spin 2 is easy, hands-down, one of the best tennis games to ever thread this planet. So much so, that I purchased my new Babolat racquet and started training tennis for two straight years! For a GBA game, it looks awesome, the sound effects are brilliant, and the gameplay is smoother than ever. Thankfully, we still have some amazing tennis games of newer generations, so I won’t have to suffer through years of this game’s absence.
Sonic Advance is a legendary game from the 90s and at its prime time, it was one of the most wanted games. Even for today’s standards, the gameplay of this game is fantastic and to be honest, a bit neck-breaking because of Sonic’s supersonic speed. In comparison to the previous titles, this one is built on the same formula, yet with more refined gameplay and tad better graphics. It also offers a couple of different characters, although the gameplay mechanics remain almost the same, with minimal changes in gameplay. Fans of older Sonic games will most likely enjoy this game for weeks.
3Metroid: Zero Mission
Metroid is one of those series that couldn’t push through the pressure of modern-day graphics and take its place in modern gaming. Unfortunately, the Metroid series isn’t part of today’s gaming roster but this game’s influence is so strong, that the legacy can still be felt, even in 2019. Since it’s not the first game in the series, we need to mention that the game remains almost the same gameplay mechanics and further improves on graphics, making for an award-winning combination. As you get stronger, you gain more abilities that can alter the odds of your fights with the enemies. If you’re a hardcore action-game fan, this is a perfect game for your collection.
2Mortal Kombat: Tournament Edition
Mortal Kombat is like sugar and spice & everything nice, except it is not sugar… and it’s not nice but it’s spicy! Fans of brutally-hardcore games love Mortal Kombat series for a reason – its stunning gore and smooth gameplay. The GBA edition of the game is no different, offering the same combat, gore, and amazing characters such as Scorpion, Johnny Cage, Sonya, and Sub-Zero.
Finally, we have another fighting game that experimented with their gameplay perspective. Moving from 2D to 3D, Tekken Advance brought something new to the table, offering a completely different approach to the franchise. Thankfully, this game brought only positive changes, making it an honorable mention on our list.
With a total of 8 games on our list, you can now emulate them to your Android phone and have hours upon hours of fun. Enjoying some classic games from the golden era never felt so satisfying, and all of that is available through your phone, by using a GBA emulator.