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The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time

Updated September 29, 2020 876 votes 154 voters 8.8k views40 items

List RulesVote up all the overlooked GBA games you think deserve more recognition.

If you gamed as a kid, there's a good chance the Game Boy was a staple of your childhood. The handheld console went through nine different iterations and came out in dozens of colors, and its library was consistently amazing with each new generation. Released in 2001, The Game Boy Advance was the next logical step in the Game Boy line, featuring (slightly) better graphics packed into an ultra-slim and sleek design. And while there were plenty of great games released during the GBA’s 13-year reign as handheld console king, there are plenty of underrated Game Boy Advance games that are definitely worth picking up today.

While the Game Boy Advance gave us classics like Metroid Fusion, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire, and Final Fantasy Tactics, there were tons of other, equally as exciting games that were forgotten by the masses. Rebelstar: Tactical Command and Lady Sia are both great examples.

Vote up all the overlooked and underappreciated Game Boy Advance games you think deserve more attention, and vote down the titles you think are best forgotten.

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  • Summon Night: Swordcraft Story1
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    Summon Night: Swordcraft Story

    Action role-playing game, Action game

    Release2003

    DeveloperFlight-Plan

    Summon Night: Swordcraft Story, released in Japan as Summon Night: Craftsword Monogatari, is...  more
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  • Advance Wars2
    51
    12

    Advance Wars

    Turn-based tactics, Role-playing video game

    Release2001

    DeveloperIntelligent Systems

    Advance Wars, later released in Japan as Game Boy Wars Advance is a turn-based tactics video...  more
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  • Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis3
    43
    14

    Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis

    Isometric projection, Tactical role-playing game

    Release2002

    DeveloperQuest Corporation

    Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis is a tactical strategy game developed by Quest. It was...  more
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  • Klonoa: Empire of Dreams4
    29
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    Klonoa: Empire of Dreams

    Platform game, Action game

    Release2001

    DeveloperNow Production, Namco

    Klonoa: Empire of Dreams is a video game published by Namco for the Game Boy Advance and...  more
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  • Drill Dozer5
    29
    12

    Drill Dozer

    Platform game, Action game

    Release2006

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Drill Dozer, known in Japan as Screw Breaker Gōshin Drillero is an action platformer video...  more
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  • Gunstar Super Heroes6
    24
    8

    Gunstar Super Heroes

    Shoot 'em up, Action game

    Release2005

    DeveloperTreasure Co. Ltd

    Gunstar Super Heroes is a Game Boy Advance title created by Treasure Co. Ltd. It is a sequel...  more
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  • Rhythm Tengoku7
    25
    12

    Rhythm Tengoku

    Music video game, Action game

    Release2006

    DeveloperNintendo Software Planning and Development, Sega, Nintendo Research & Development 1

    Rhythm Tengoku is a rhythm game developed by Nintendo SPD and published by Nintendo. It was...  more
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  • Scurge: Hive8
    22
    9

    Scurge: Hive

    Isometric projection, Action-adventure game

    Release2006

    DeveloperOrbital Media

    Scurge: Hive is an action-adventure video game by Orbital Media released for the Game Boy...  more
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  • Lady Sia9
    21
    8

    Lady Sia

    Action-adventure game, Platform game

    Release2001

    DeveloperRFX Interactive

    Lady Sia is a platform game with action-adventure elements made by RFX Interactive for the...  more
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  • Rebelstar: Tactical Command10
    22
    11

    Rebelstar: Tactical Command

    Tactical role-playing game, Role-playing video game

    Release2005

    DeveloperCodo Technologies

    Rebelstar: Tactical Command is a turn-based tactical video game developed by Codo Technologies...  more
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  • Astro Boy: Omega Factor11
    19
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    Astro Boy: Omega Factor

    Shooter game, Shoot 'em up

    Release2003

    DeveloperSega AM3, Treasure Co. Ltd

    Astro Boy: Omega Factor, released in Japan as Astro Boy: Tetsuwan Atom is a beat 'em up video...  more
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  • Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand12
    19
    8

    Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand

    Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game

    Release2003

    DeveloperKonami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Konami

    Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand, is a video game released on the Game Boy Advance in 2003 by...  more
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  • Kirby & the Amazing Mirror13
    25
    15

    Kirby & the Amazing Mirror

    Action-adventure game, Platform game

    Release2004

    DeveloperDimps, HAL Laboratory, Capcom, Flagship

    Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby: Kagami no Daimeikyū, is a Kirby...  more
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  • The Legendary Starfy14
    17
    5

    Release2008

    DeveloperTose Co., Ltd.

    The Legendary Starfy, known in Japan as Densetsu no Stafī: Taiketsu! Daīru Kaizokudan, is a...  more
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  • Blackthorne15
    21
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    Blackthorne

    Platform game, Action game

    Release1994

    DeveloperMass Media Inc., Paradox Development, Blizzard Entertainment

    Blackthorne is a cinematic platformer video game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It was...  more
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  • Yggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone16
    18
    11

    Yggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone

    Tactical role-playing game

    Release2006

    DeveloperSting Entertainment

    Yggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone is a tactical role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance...  more
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  • Iridion II17
    11
    4

    Iridion II

    Shoot 'em up

    Release2003

    DeveloperShin'en Multimedia

    Iridion II is a scrolling shooter video game developed by Shin'en and published by Majesco...  more
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  • Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django18
    10
    2

    Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django

    Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game

    Release2004

    DeveloperKonami Computer Entertainment Tokyo, Konami

    Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django, also known as Zoktai, is a video game that was developed and...  more
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  • Stuntman19
    1
    4

    Stuntman

    Action game, Sports game

    Release2002

    DeveloperUbisoft Reflections

    Stuntman is an action-adventure racing video game that was developed by Reflections...  more
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  • Car Battler Joe20
    9
    2

    Car Battler Joe

    Console role-playing game, Action role-playing game

    Release2002

    DeveloperAncient Corp

    Car Battler Joe is a car battling video game for the Game Boy Advance, developed by Ancient...  more
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  • Sigma Star Saga21
    14
    8

    Sigma Star Saga

    Shooter game, Action-adventure game

    Release2005

    DeveloperWayForward Technologies

    Sigma Star Saga is a hybrid science fiction role-playing-space-shooter developed by WayForward...  more
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  • Ninja Cop22
    12
    7

    Ninja Cop

    Platform game, Action game

    Release2003

    DeveloperHudson Soft

    Ninja Five-O, known in PAL regions as Ninja Cop, is a video game for the Nintendo Game Boy...  more
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  • Sabre Wulf23
    14
    11

    Sabre Wulf

    Action-adventure game, Maze

    Release1984

    DeveloperUltimate Play the Game

    Sabre Wulf is a ZX Spectrum video game developed and released by Ultimate Play The Game in...  more
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  • Kuru Kuru Kururin24
    8
    4

    Kuru Kuru Kururin

    Puzzle game, Action game

    Release2001

    DeveloperEighting Co., Ltd.

    Kuru Kuru Kururin is a puzzle video game developed by Eighting and published by Nintendo for...  more
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  • Shining Soul II25
    7
    2

    Shining Soul II

    Action role-playing game, Action game

    Release2003

    DeveloperGrasshopper Manufacture, Sega, Nex Entertainment

    Shining Soul II is an action role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance. It was developed by...  more
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