9/23/2015

HBM's Top Ten GBA Games

It's finally time for me to do another Top Ten! Since I'e already done DS games, here I'm doing Game Boy Advance games. Like always, I'm only covering games that aren't remakes/re-releases, and it's just my opinion. Plus, I haven't played every GBA game out there, so surely, some great games won't be on the last. Anyway, let's get on with it.
#10. Sonic Battle


The best fighting game featuring Sonic until Brawl, Sonic Battle is an underrated gem. The combat system is simple, but leads to some pretty fun battles. There's a decently-sized roster, some decent challenge, and a new character you can customize with moves from other characters! Not the most robust game, but a damn enjoyable one.

#9. Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald


The first two generations of Pokemon were pretty good, but had some flaws. Then, the third generation comes in and adds more to everything... and that's pretty much it. It's really not much different from the first two generations, just on a different continent. Not bad, but not the best Pokemon generation.

#8. Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow


Ever since Symphony of the Night, just about every Castlevania game up to the Lords of Shadows games has been similar to it. Aria of Sorrow is no exception, and that's not a bad thing. The twist here is that you absorb enemy souls to gain new powers, which is pretty cool. About as good as the other Castlevania games.

#7. Dragon Ball Z: Legacy of Goku II


Just about every DBZ fan knows how much the first Legacy of Goku game sucked. Well, Legacy of Goku II is an improvement in every way! It's an open world game, you can play as characters other than Goku, the controls in general have been improved, and there's some cool secrets to be found! Though it does suck that you don't get to play as Goku much...

#6. Metroid Fusion


The Metroid series has always been a lot of fun, and Metroid Fusion is no exception. This one is pretty much an evolution of Super Metroid, but with a bit more of a horror vibe, because damn, this game is scary! It does have some decent challenge, and the gameplay is great as always. A really good addition to the GBA library.

#5. Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue/White


The first two Battle Network games were nothing special, but Battle Network 3 is where it really started getting good. The gameplay and Style systems have been vastly improved, there's some good challenge, and plenty of secrets to find! Definitely a must-have for Battle Network fans, but not quite as good as...

#4. Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Falzar/Cybeast Gregar


It took some debate for me to decide which Battle Network was better, and 6 just barely beat out 3. The gameplay is nearly identical, but 6 just feels better for some reason. I'm not exactly sure why, but Battle Network 6 is just better than Battle Network 3.

#3. Dragon Ball Z: Buu's Fury


The sequel to Legacy of Goku II, Buu's Fury manages to improve on that game even more than it did to the first LoG. There's more locations, fusions, Super Saiyan 3, just... more! So, could Buu's Fure be considered the best handheld DBZ game? ...Possibly, I'm not sure. But it is the best DBZ game on the GBA, that's for sure.

#2. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga


While most of the Mario games on the GBA are just re-releases, Superstar Saga stands out as an original Mario RPG, even more so than Super Mario RPG. The timed hits, especially for the super moves, add an extra level of involvement that most turn-based RPGs don't have, and the humor and graphics are spot-on! This would be the best RPG on the GBA, if not for the #1 spot...

#1. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories


Yes, the only GBA Kingdom Hearts game is also, in my opinion, the best GBA game. The gameplay, while definitely better suited for the PS2 controls (which it eventually got), is very addictive, and there's even an unlockable story where you play as Riku! The best game on the Game Boy Advance, at least in my opinion.

So, there you have it, my Top Ten GBA Games. I think the next time a do a Top Ten on a console's best games will be either when the Nintendo NX or the 3DS' replacement comes out, but that's not gonna be for a while.

HBM, signing out!

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