In a follow up of sorts to my list of favorite PlayStation 2 games I give you my favorite Game Boy Advance games. These aren’t necessarily my top five as much as some of my favorite GBA titles. And as such THIS DOESN’T INCLUDE GAMES I HAVEN’T PLAYED and ISN’T LISTED IN ANY SPECIFIC ORDER other than the order in which I thought of them.
ASTRO BOY: OMEGA FACTOR
It’s safe to say that most games based on the Astro Boy license are terrible. However this GBA cartridge breaks the mold. Anybody who’s a fan of 2D beat-‘em-ups or shoot-‘em-ups will really enjoy this game even if you don’t care or know about the story or characters from the anime. Astro Boy himself controls and animates very well making for the use of his moves (normal, special, or super) extremely satisfying.
BALDUR’S GATE: DARK ALLIANCE
I don’t know what prompted me to buy this game a number of years ago. It may have received good reviews or it was on sale at a cheap price. Either way I don’t usually play many hack-‘n-slash titles. I enjoy them, but I’m not normally drawn to them often. With that said, it was quite an enjoyable experience even if I did get stuck a few times. The graphics are suitable and I felt the difficulty was overall more manageable than the console version.
CASTLEVANIA: ARIA OF SORROW
The GBA library is fairly short on lengthier action platformers and this is where the Castlevania series had been extremely helpful. It’s a joy to play this particular entry in the series. Soma’s unique soul stealing ability may make it a bit bothersome at times to get the subweapon you want from a specific enemy, but fun all the same. With a bunch of unlockables it’s easy to see why this is a top notch Castlevania game…from the future.
As one of the first Metroid games I finished, Fusion had many great moments that I liked. What was most memorable about it to me was the different enemies called “X” and the more story driven game which was the introduction of Adam Malkovich, but in name only. Even with these differences to the typical Metroid game it still very much feels and plays like the series is known for.
SUPER STREET FIGHTER II: TURBO REVIVAL
The Game Boy Advance isn’t exactly known for having a lot of fighting games to choose from, but from what it does have most are well made. This entry in the Street Fighter series is one of the best and has several additional modes to have fun with like survival and time attack. If you’ve ever had fun with an SF game, then you’d do yourself well by picking up this fantastic port of the timeless arcade game.