The Best Game Boy Advance RPGs

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If you owned a Game Boy Advance at any time during your life, then it's safe to say there were probably a few epic RPGs in your collection. There's something about role-playing games that really capture your imagination and make you feel like you're part of another world. Your party always has colorful characters, the abilities you gain along the way are amazing, and boss battles are usually nothing short of epic. With so many great options to choose from, there was never a shortage of games to play. Since some games were much better than others, we've decided to rank the best Game Boy Advance RPGs of all time.

This list features the most popular and best-selling RPGs that were released for GBA. While many of these games were Game Boy exclusives, we're allowing non-exclusives to be a part of the list as well. Games on this list include Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Final Fantasy VI. Vote for your favorite video games below.

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  • Golden Sun
    1,590 votes
    • Developer: Camelot Software Planning

    Unleashing the mystical power of Psynergy, Golden Sun revolutionizes the RPG genre on the Game Boy Advance with its unforgettable storyline, dynamic turn-based battle system, and intricate puzzles. Set in the world of Weyard, players assume the role of a young hero named Isaac, whose quest is to prevent the resurrection of the ancient elemental force, "Alchemy." Featuring a vibrant cast of characters, each with their own unique abilities and attributes, the game leverages the intimate connection between combat and exploration, creating an immersive gameplay experience. As a crowning achievement, Golden Sun's striking visuals and beautifully composed score truly set it apart within the realm of handheld RPGs.

  • Golden Sun: The Lost Age
    • Developer: Camelot Software Planning

    Expanding upon its predecessor's acclaim, Golden Sun: The Lost Age acts as a vital companion piece, offering up a new perspective in its captivating narrative while introducing a slew of fresh gameplay mechanics. Taking on the role of anti-hero Felix, players venture forth to complete the quest abandoned by Isaac's party in the first installment. With the welcome addition of summons, upgraded classes, and a more expansive world to traverse, The Lost Age keeps players engaged and eager to uncover its many secrets. Combined with its stunning graphical prowess and exhilarating battles, this sequel is a true testament to the depth and quality of the series.

  • Pokémon Emerald
    1,075 votes
    • Developer: Game Freak

    A dazzling gem in Nintendo's iconic franchise, Pokémon Emerald serves as the definitive third entry in the Hoenn saga, blending the best elements of Ruby and Sapphire into one unforgettable adventure. As a fledgling Pokémon Trainer, players embark on a journey to become the ultimate Pokémon Master, capturing and training a diverse roster of creatures to strategically conquer the Elite Four. Boasting over 380 Pokémon, new Battle Frontier features, and the thrilling return of legendary Pokémon Rayquaza, this iteration offers hours of engaging gameplay for both casual fans and series veterans alike. Pokémon Emerald's undeniable charm and richly detailed world makes it a must-play RPG on the Game Boy Advance.

  • Final Fantasy VI
    930 votes
    • Developer: Sqaure

    Regarded as a timeless classic, Final Fantasy VI transports players to a richly-imagined steampunk-inspired world on the brink of ruin, where magic and technology coexist in a delicate balance. The game features an ensemble cast of unforgettable characters, each with their own unique abilities, as they band together to overthrow the sinister empire and the madman named Kefka. Enhanced with refined visuals and gripping storytelling, Final Fantasy VI's turn-based strategic combat and deeply customizable magic system remains as compelling as ever on the GBA. A masterpiece in its own right, this quintessential entry in the series is truly a must-play for RPG fans.

    • Developer: Intelligent Systems

    Building upon its prequel's success, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones continues the franchise's legacy of challenging, strategy-driven gameplay with new mechanics and a captivating narrative. Set in the war-torn continent of Magvel, players take control of royal siblings Eirika and Ephraim as they navigate through political intrigue and face powerful foes in their quest to restore peace. Boasting 33 playable units, branching class progression, monster skirmishes, and permanent character death, The Sacred Stones pushes the limits of tactical depth on the GBA. With engrossing battles and unparalleled strategic nuance, this installment is a pinnacle of the Fire Emblem series.

  • Mother 3
    878 votes
    • Developer: Brownie Brown, HAL Laboratory

    A labor of love by renowned game designer Shigesato Itoi, Mother 3 delves deep into the human psyche, blending humor, heartache, and hope into a narrative that leaves players both moved and inspired. Set in the quaint Nowhere Islands, the game follows the misadventures of a young boy named Lucas and a colorful ensemble of characters, each with their own distinct personality and abilities. Showcasing a unique, rhythm-based battle system and a charming pixel art aesthetic, Mother 3's distinct gameplay style sets it apart from other RPGs on the Game Boy Advance. Poignant and profound, this final chapter in the Mother trilogy is an unforgettable masterpiece that resonates long after the final credits roll.