The Game Boy is, without a doubt, one of the most successful laptops in the world. Many series were born or gained continuations and improved versions on it, especially on the Game Boy Advance, the last edition of the portable to hit stores before the release of the Nintendo DS.
In a huge list of games, a genre that stood out on the platform was the RPG. Who doesn’t remember, for example, names like Golden SunSword of Mana, Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy VI e Pokémon? Some of the titles are still successful today with re-releases or through emulation.
In this special list prepared by the Voxel, let’s remember the best RPGs released for Game Boy Advance and which are still worth checking out today. All of them, including will be listed randomly, in no particular order of preference.
1. Sword of Mana
Sword of Mana continues the saga that many knew in Secret of Mana, for Super Nintendo. After choosing the protagonist to control, you go on a journey to defend the Mana tree in different combats with real-time actions and many areas to explore.
2. Golden Sun
You can’t talk about the best GBA RPGs without mentioning Golden Sun. The game brought a beautiful adventure with regard to the graphics, in addition to good combat and the mechanic of using creatures known as Djinn to shape the classes and spells of the characters.
3. Golden Sun: The Lost Age
direct continuation of Golden Sun, Golden Sun: The Dark Age gained the attention of many for allowing you to follow the journey started in the previous game from another point of view. By the way, you could export your characters stats from the first adventure here using a codesomething that was not very common at the time.
4. Lunar Legend
Lunar is a series that was quite successful on the Sega CD and the first PlayStation, and also received a GBA version. The events seen here harken back to many things seen in the original title, but all characters and turn-based combat mechanics remain unchanged.
5. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
Series born on the first PlayStattion, Final Fantasy Tactics also received a version for Nintendo’s portable containing all the main elements of the original game in a completely new story and full of possibilities for combats.
6. Final Fantasy 1 & 2: Dawn of Souls
As the name implies, Final Fantasy 1 & 2: Dawn of Souls lets you experience the first two games in Square Enix’s RPG franchise with a graphical upgrade, in addition to new content to increase journey time in each of the games.
7. Final Fantasy IV Advance
Among the various games in the franchise Final Fantasy, the fourth episode ranks as some people’s favorite. This game tells the story of Cecil, who must travel through different places with his group until he defeats Golbez in a journey that promises surprises, tears, hours of fun and much more.
8. Final Fantasy V Advance
from the games Final Fantasy released for Super Nintendo, Final Fantasy V it was the only one that didn’t have an english version. However, that changed with the release of Final Fantasy V Advanceallowing Western audiences to get to know the game, its class system and everything else it could offer.
9. Final Fantasy VI Advance
Regarded by many as one of the best entries in the Final Fantasy franchise, the sixth episode gained notoriety because of its characters and especially the villain, Kefka. Furthermore, it also brings unpublished content to enjoy and extend the lifespan of the game.
10. Dragon Ball Z: Buu’s Fury
The series Dragon Ball had a very close partnership with Nintendo consoles, and Dragon Ball Z: Buu’s Fury drew attention for bringing Goku into an adventure totally focused on the RPG, including evolving here, learning new powers and everything else.
11. Breath of Fire 2
the franchise Breath of Fire was born on the Super Nintendo, and it was with Breath of Fire 2 that the series has evolved to other levels by bringing a story with more complex themes, a modification system for the characters and even the possibility of building a village and managing its residents.
12. Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen
If we’re talking about RPGs for GBA, it was obvious that Pokémon would appear on our list – especially if we consider that this remake of the original games gave the chance to enjoy the first adventure of Pikachu and company with improved graphics.
13. Lufia: The Ruins of Lore
The Lufia series is another one that was born on the Super Nintendo and won an entry for the GBA. In Lufia: The Ruins of Lore you must wander the world facing different combats in the turn system, exploring dungeons and everything else that a good RPG can offer.
14. Kingdom Hearts: Chains of Memories
Kingdom Hearts: Chains of Memories was the only game in the series to win an episode on the GBA, and brought an unprecedented mechanic to combats by using a card system for all actions. It’s different, but it doesn’t take long to get used to it.
15. Fire Emblem
A saga Fire Emblem is also present at the GBA, being the first RPG from Nintendo’s tactical franchise to reach the west. With that, the public had the chance to know everything this series had to offer, including the permanent death system for the characters.
16. Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis
Tactics Ogre is another successful series in the field of tactical RPGs that also got a GBA version. as in Final Fantasy Tacticsthe maxim here is to be careful with your troop members and advance strategically to win.
17. Mother 3
Mother 3 is the only game in the franchise that has not been officially released in the west, and perhaps one of the most exciting stories in the franchise. The difference between this one and the others is in the musical mechanics for the battles.allowing you to perform more attacks per turn if you tap the button at the right pace to create a beat.
18. Mother 1+2
Mother 1+2 is a package that brings the two original games (Mother e EarthBound) in a single package, giving you the opportunity to learn how this RPG franchise exclusive to Nintendo consoles began and developed.
19. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Castevania: Aria of Sorrow is a game that relies on the metroidvania style, guaranteeing many hours of map exploration, evolution and other content that guarantee a neat package for fans of the series.
20. Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga
We close our list with Mario and Luigi: Superstar Sagawhich brings an adventure totally different from the one seen in Paper Mario. In this game, Mario and Luigi join forces to participate in turn-based combats to try to help Peach recover her voice.
Console Nintendo Switch
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Controle Nintendo Switch Pro
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