One of the great moments in the history of gaming was when at the beginning of this century, Nintendo launched the fabulous Game Boy Advance, which fulfilled the promise of putting a kind of sequel to the legendary Super Nintendo in our hands. The number of games released for this system is overwhelming and of course, choosing among which are the best can be extremely complicated. In an attempt to filter this issue, we have prepared a list of the top five GBA titles on Metacritic.
Advance Wars (92)
Launching amid all the chaos generated by the terrorist attacks of September 11 in 2001, Advance Wars simply couldn’t have had a worse timing, even to the point where Nintendo had to move its release date and tweak its entire marketing strategy. Despite the above, this Intelligent Systems proposal quickly gained popularity thanks to word of mouth recommendations and, of course, the press just kept talking about it. The most impressive thing is that we are facing a turn-based strategy game, a genre not very popular in America but that thanks to this incredible title, reached new audiences as few had anticipated.
Mario Kart Super Circuit (93)
By the arrival of the Game Boy Advance and the Gamecube, Mario Kart was already a star Nintendo franchise, being a gold mine ready to be exploited wholesale. The idea of having one of these games to go was simply mind-blowing, and Mario Kart Super Circuit succeeded in doing it, taking things like local multiplayer to a whole new level thanks to the fact that with a single game cartridge, up to three more people were they could join you to challenge. The reality is that from that moment on, the way we saw this series of races changed completely, because being able to take it everywhere gave it a practicality that is difficult to describe.
Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 (94)
In a very interesting initiative since the Game Boy Advance saw the light of day, Nintendo decided to re-launch several of the main installments of its most important character through quite interesting visual and auditory reviews. Being the fourth part of this series, Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 brought back one of the most beloved games of all time. That’s right, Mario 3, as we like to tell it, made the leap from the NES to land on the beautiful laptop, sporting a completely renewed look and even some extra levels. This was all about so much more than just nostalgia. It was revisiting one of those games that mark lives, an issue that of course, critics soon recognized with its high ratings.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 (95)
What would be on one of our top rated lists of all time without the representation of the most famous skater in the world. Surprised to see Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 as the second highest scoring game in the entire Game Boy Advance library? The truth is that you should not be so much, because this adaptation of the great classic that blew our minds on the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation, came to the laptop with an impressive version. What Neversoft did was create a completely new game from scratch that sported an isometric perspective with some real 3D models. Yes, the way you hear them, 3D on the GBA. In addition to looking and hearing spectacularly well, we were presented with a super fun and highly addictive game. A true wonder wherever it was seen.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (95)
The great legend. One of the most beloved games of all time that would undoubtedly appear in a list of the best titles in history. After becoming a myth in the Super Nintendo era, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was brought to the Game Boy Advance with a fabulous version that, in addition to doing great justice to the legacy it carried, added a interesting extra under the name of Four Swords, which was basically the first attempt to bring the world of Zelda to multiplayer. Bringing an adventure that size to take anywhere with you was a truly magical moment for all of us who love to play.