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The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time 

Kyle Townsend
Updated January 29, 2020 303 votes 69 voters 4k views 40 items

List Rules Vote 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. And if you know of a few great criminally overlooked GBA games you’re still playing today, add them to the list so other players can give them a try.

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Tactics Ogre: The Knight... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis Released: 2002 (Quest Corporation)

Genres (Video game): Isometric projection, Tactical role-playing game, Turn-based strategy, Role-playing video game, Strategy video game

Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis is a tactical strategy game developed by Quest. It was originally released by Nintendo in Japan in 2001 on the Game Boy Advance, then later released by Atlus in ...more
2
Advance Wars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2001 (Intelligent Systems)

Genres (Video game): Turn-based tactics, Role-playing video game, Strategy video game, Wargaming

Advance Wars, later released in Japan as Game Boy Wars Advance is a turn-based tactics video game developed for the Game Boy Advance by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. It was ...more
3
Blackthorne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 1994 (Mass Media Inc.)

Genres (Video game): Platform game, Action game

Blackthorne is a cinematic platformer video game developed by Blizzard Entertainment. It was released for the SNES and MS-DOS in 1994, and with enhanced graphics and a higher color palette for ...more
4
Scurge: Hive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2006 (Orbital Media)

Genres (Video game): Isometric projection, Action-adventure game, Action game

Scurge: Hive is an action-adventure video game by Orbital Media released for the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS in 2006. The game follows the protagonist Jenosa Arma, a female bounty hunter ...more
5
Drill Dozer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2006 (Game Freak)

Genres (Video game): Platform game, Action game

Drill Dozer, known in Japan as Screw Breaker Gōshin Drillero is an action platformer video game for the Game Boy Advance system, released in 2005 in Japan, and in 2006 in North America. It ...more
6
Klonoa: Empire of Dreams... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2001 (Now Production)

Genres (Video game): Platform game, Action game, Adventure

Klonoa: Empire of Dreams is a video game published by Namco for the Game Boy Advance and released in Japan and North America in 2001 and Europe the following year. Falling somewhere between ...more
7
Lady Sia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Lady Sia Released: 2001 (RFX Interactive)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Platform game, Action game

Lady Sia is a platform game with action-adventure elements made by RFX Interactive for the Game Boy Advance. It was published by TDK Mediactive, released in the USA on October 15, 2001, and ...more
8
Rhythm Tengoku is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2006 (Nintendo Software Planning and Development)

Genres (Video game): Music video game, Action game, Minigame

Rhythm Tengoku is a rhythm game developed by Nintendo SPD and published by Nintendo. It was released on August 3, 2006, and was the last game developed by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance. An ...more
9
Rebelstar: Tactical Comm... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2005 (Codo Technologies)

Genres (Video game): Tactical role-playing game, Role-playing video game, Strategy video game

Rebelstar: Tactical Command is a turn-based tactical video game developed by Codo Technologies and published by Namco for the Game Boy Advance in 2005. The game was created by Julian Gollop, who ...more
10
Boktai: The Sun Is in Yo... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2003 (Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game, Action game

Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand, is a video game released on the Game Boy Advance in 2003 by Konami. It was directed by Ikuya Nakamura, and produced by Hideo Kojima. The player takes the role of ...more

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Summon Night: Swordcraft... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2003 (Flight-Plan)

Genres (Video game): Action role-playing game, Action game, Role-playing video game, Strategy video game

Summon Night: Swordcraft Story, released in Japan as Summon Night: Craftsword Monogatari, is an action role-playing game by Banpresto for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance system. It is part of the ...more
12
Astro Boy: Omega Factor ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2003 (Sega AM3)

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Shoot 'em up, Platform game, Action game, Beat 'em up

Astro Boy: Omega Factor, released in Japan as Astro Boy: Tetsuwan Atom is a beat 'em up video game developed by Treasure and Hitmaker, and published by Sega. The game was released for the Game ...more
13
Iridion II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2003 (Shin'en Multimedia)

Genres (Video game): Shoot 'em up

Iridion II is a scrolling shooter video game developed by Shin'en and published by Majesco Games and Sierra Entertainment in North America and PAL regions respectively for the Game Boy Advance ...more
14
Kirby & the Amazing ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2004 (Dimps)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Platform game, Action game

Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, known in Japan as Hoshi no Kirby: Kagami no Daimeikyū, is a Kirby video game released in 2004 for the Game Boy Advance. It is the last Kirby game for the Game Boy ...more
15
Yggdra Union: We'll Neve... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Yggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone Released: 2006 (Sting Entertainment)

Genres (Video game): Tactical role-playing game, Card game, Role-playing video game, Strategy video game

Yggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone is a tactical role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance and PlayStation Portable, developed by Sting Entertainment as the second episode of the Dept. ...more
16
Gunstar Super Heroes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2005 (Treasure Co. Ltd)

Genres (Video game): Shoot 'em up, Action game, Run and gun

Gunstar Super Heroes is a Game Boy Advance title created by Treasure Co. Ltd. It is a sequel to Gunstar Heroes, with the story taking place after the events of the original game and featuring an ...more
17
Ninja Cop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2003 (Hudson Soft)

Genres (Video game): Platform game, Action game, Side-scrolling

Ninja Five-O, known in PAL regions as Ninja Cop, is a video game for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance, released by Konami in 2003.
18
Sabre Wulf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 1984 (Ultimate Play the Game)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Maze

Sabre Wulf is a ZX Spectrum video game developed and released by Ultimate Play The Game in 1984. The game is the first in the Sabreman series. It was written originally by Tim and Chris Stamper, ...more
19
Car Battler Joe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2002 (Ancient Corp)

Genres (Video game): Console role-playing game, Action role-playing game, Action game, Racing video game, Role-playing video game, + more

Car Battler Joe is a car battling video game for the Game Boy Advance, developed by Ancient and published by Natsume. The game involves using cars to fight opponents in action-styled battles, ...more
20
The Legendary Starfy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2008 (Tose Co.)

Genres (Video game): Platform game

The Legendary Starfy, known in Japan as Densetsu no Stafī: Taiketsu! Daīru Kaizokudan, is a marine platform video game developed by Tose Co., Ltd. and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS ...more
21
Sigma Star Saga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2005 (WayForward Technologies)

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action-adventure game, Shoot 'em up, Action game, Role-playing video game

Sigma Star Saga is a hybrid science fiction role-playing-space-shooter developed by WayForward Technologies for the Game Boy Advance. The player explores a standard 2-D overworld but is ...more
22
Boktai 2: Solar Boy Djan... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2004 (Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo)

Genres (Video game): Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game, Action game, Adventure, Role-playing video game

Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django, also known as Zoktai, is a video game that was developed and published by Konami for the Game Boy Advance. Released in North America and Japan in 2004 and in Europe ...more

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Shining Soul II is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Shining Soul II Released: 2003 (Grasshopper Manufacture)

Genres (Video game): Action role-playing game, Action game, Role-playing video game

Shining Soul II is an action role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance. It was developed by Nextech and Grasshopper Manufacture and published by Sega in 2003, THQ and Atlus, as the sequel to ...more
24
Guru Logi Champ is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2001 (Compile)

Genres (Video game): Puzzle game, Strategy video game

Guru Logi Champ is a puzzle game by the Japanese developer Compile. The game was released in 2001 for the Game Boy Advance handheld game system. "Guru Logi" is an abbreviation of ...more
25
Kuru Kuru Kururin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Underrated Game Boy Advance Games Of All Time
Released: 2001 (Eighting Co.)

Genres (Video game): Puzzle game, Action game

Kuru Kuru Kururin is a puzzle video game developed by Eighting and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance handheld video game console. It was first released in Japan on March 21, 2001 ...more