The Best GBA games

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The Best GBA games

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:13 am

... Which aren't SNES remakes

I'm going to run a feature on the GBA's best games to celebrate 10 years of the system. I have a few ideas, but am more than happy to hear your suggestions.
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Re: The Best GBA games

Post by Mr.Saturn » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:18 am

Does the Street Fighter 2 remake count? It's based on Super Turbo, which was never released on the SNES. It's bloody good, even with the button workaround. Something less questionable, Mother 3. Avoiding spoilers, it's about as close as a game can get to being art without disappearing up its own arse.
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Post by DreamcastRIP » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:20 am

Mario Kart Super Circuit - a rehash yes, but not a SNES remake!

Kuru Kuru Kururin - bought this cracking game on Japanese import.
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Post by jdanddiet » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:28 am

I loved Boulder Dash EX, remember playing that an awful lot during the brief time I owned a GBA.
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Re: The Best GBA games

Post by gmintyfresh » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:30 am

Astro Boy: The Omega Factor, one of the finest crafted games of all time in my opinion. Treasure at its best.

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Re: The Best GBA games

Post by gmintyfresh » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:34 am

Metroid Fusion is a really compelling game, I couldn't put it down until I'd completed the whole of that fiendishly designed map.

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Post by Morkin » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:35 am

I absolutely adore the Klonoa games & Polarium Advance & Advance Wars are just marvelous.
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Re: The Best GBA games

Post by Liamh1982 » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:36 am

Denki Blocks is a neat little puzzler.

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Post by ShadowNeku » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:38 am

Golden Sun has to be up there with the best. Bar the Final Fantasy ports it has to be the best RPG on GBA.
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Re: The Best GBA games

Post by ShadowMan » Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:42 am

Megaman Zero 1-4 are personal favourites of mine. All 4 had just the right mix of action and platforming and had a good level of challenge to each.

Then there are the excellent Castlevania GBA games and Ninja Cop. All of which are great action games for the system.
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Re: The Best GBA games

Post by thevulture » Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:13 pm

(Going for games so far not mentioned): Rebelstar:Tactical Command, Pinball Of The Dead and Racing Gears Advance (don't think that's been on Snes, but might be wrong)

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Re: The Best GBA games

Post by Flint » Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:17 pm

Warioware Twisted and Drill dozer are two fantastic games that never came out in this country.
There’s also Zelda: Minish Cap, Mario and Luigi and two fire emblem games (one might be a remake I’m not sure).

I like Go! Go! Beckham! but it would be hard to say that’s the best.

However I’d agree that Advance wars 1&2 and Mother 3 are the best the system has to offer.

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Re: The Best GBA games

Post by Rayne » Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:20 pm

Gunstar Future Heroes needs a mention
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Post by nakamura » Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:23 pm

ShadowNeku wrote:Golden Sun has to be up there with the best. Bar the Final Fantasy ports it has to be the best RPG on GBA.
Just started that as we speak.

Golden Sun. Lovely rpg that is probably more exciting to play them FF.
Metroid Fusion. Utterly compelling with a great plot and classic gameplay.
Zelda Minish Cap. Amazing game and fusing kinstones is gaming crack.
V-Rally 3. Surprisingly good handling with nice 3d.
GT3 Advance. Superb racer with lots of cars, great control and sound.
Mario Kart Super Circuit. 40 tracks and superb gameplay.
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Re: The Best GBA games

Post by Megamixer » Wed Jul 27, 2011 12:28 pm

Konami Krazy Racers - a great Mario Kart clone that give the real deal a good run for its money! Being able to race as Vic Viper from Gradius alone is worth it.

Spiderman Mysterio's Menace - underrated side-scrolling Spiderman game.

Tekken Advance - okay, it doesn't feel like Tekken but there are still enough of the original moves and stages/music from Tekken 3 crammed in there to give it an impressive feel. Hearing the GBA pumping out Forest Law's theme extremely authentically is amazing :) . Plus, triple team tag action! Didn't have that in Tekken 3. In short, not my favourite Tekken game at all but this would have been pretty decent if it had came out on the SNES I reckon.

Pokemon Pinball Ruby and Sapphire - perfect physics plus loads of Pokemon to catch.

Metal Slug Advance - I could never beat the final boss no matter how hard I tried but this is still amazing to see the GBA replicating the Neo Geo's sprites almost flawlessly. There's no blood which is a bit of a downer but I find this to be one of the most balanced and fair games in the whole series.
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