Just got a GBA, can anyone recommend some must plays?

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#1 Posted by JTB123 (1050 posts) -

Yeah, you could say I'm a little late, but I just never got around to getting one when they were current. Was too busy playing tetris on my gameboy colour to even think about getting another handheld.  
 
I'm not interested in any of the pokemon titles though, I imagine they're good, but I'm looking for something a bit different.

#2 Edited by captain_clayman (3326 posts) -

metroid zero mission + fusion and golden sun 1 and 2 is a good start. 
 
EDIT: OH and advance wars for sure.

#3 Posted by MoonlightMoth (476 posts) -
#4 Posted by BraveToaster (12588 posts) -

Golden Sun 1 & 2 

#5 Posted by Surkov (992 posts) -
#6 Posted by skunk (240 posts) -

I use to play soo much goddamn tetris on gameboy. Anyway, if you're a fan of Super Metroid, make sure you pick up Zero Mission and Fusion. Both are awesome games.

#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

Why the hell haven't I seen a single Fire Emblem recommendation yet?

#8 Posted by craigbo180 (1739 posts) -
@JTB123: Mario and Luigi, both the Fire Emblem games and Final Fantasy Tactics.
#9 Edited by lockwoodx (2479 posts) -

Zelda: A Link to the Past, Puzzle Fighter 2, Wario Ware, Super Ghosts and Goblins (zomg it lets you save so you can finally see the end of one of the top 5 hardest games of all time), Pokemon Pinball is great for on the crapper, lets you save your game so you can build insanely high scores over time. I had one game last a year before losing the last ball.

The one thing you should be concerned with is you need to remember these are old game carts. The batteries in them that save the games are dieing out so if you get a RPG like golden sun, it might not be worth it.

#10 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -
#11 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

Metroid Fusion.

#12 Posted by Vegetable_Side_Dish (1732 posts) -

Glad to see Metroid, Advance Wars and Fire Emblem already mentioned.  
 
If you can find it, Gunstar Super Heroes is a TON of fun, probably my favourite lesser known title. 
 
Also can't go wrong with a DK Country or Castlevania game. 

#13 Posted by lockwoodx (2479 posts) -

@Vegetable_Side_Dish: The first 2 castlevanias blew. Aria of Sorrow trumps them all by far.

#14 Posted by ajamafalous (12129 posts) -

Pokémon Emerald
Sonic Advance 1/2

#15 Posted by roc_553 (210 posts) -

Good recommendations so far, I'd also add Zelda: Minish Cap and the Castlevania games.

#16 Posted by Saethir (353 posts) -
#17 Posted by Jasta (2217 posts) -

Pokemon Trading Card game, I fucking loved that game.

#18 Posted by dudeglove (8153 posts) -

Wario Ware and Minish Cap. The latter is probably one of the easier titles in the Zelda franchise, but the whole cloning mechanic and sword trainers are kinda fun.

#19 Posted by crusader8463 (14427 posts) -
#20 Posted by Slurpelve (616 posts) -

If you like Pokemon, any Pokemon game will do, Zelda Minish Cap  

#21 Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1 (1811 posts) -
@Buzzkill said:

@Vegetable_Side_Dish: The first 2 castlevanias blew. Aria of Sorrow trumps them all by far.

While I disagree about the first two Castlevania games, Aria of Sorrow is definitely the best on the system.
 
Here are some more good ones:
  • Advance Wars/Black Hole Rising
  • Rayman Advance
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Minish Cap
  • Superstar Saga
  • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
  • The Sims Bustin' Out
  • Two Towers/Return of the King (kind of like Diablo)
Yes! I gave you recommendations without mentioning a SNES or Genesis port. Those are really great, too.
#22 Posted by BrainSpecialist (554 posts) -
#23 Posted by BeachThunder (12296 posts) -

Warioware, Metroid Fusion, Minish Cap.

#24 Posted by JTB123 (1050 posts) -

Wow, so I've got a lot to choose from the looks of things. Some of the games cost more than I paid for the system, which sucks but isn't surprising.

#25 Posted by sionweeks (655 posts) -

Metroid Fusion + Zero Mission, Advance Wars 1+2, Mario & Luigi. I especially loved Tony Hawk 4 (I think). POKeMON Emerald, but I had Ruby. I actually found the cartridge on holiday in some grass.
 
I'm quite jealous of you, getting a GBA now and getting all those titles so late. You can end up getting 20 titles for like $50 or something. 
 
So jealous.

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#26 Edited by Landon (4164 posts) -
Astro Boy - probably the best action game on the system. 
Metroid Fusion/Metroid Zero Mission - Both are very different, and very good Metroid games  
Fire Emblem - Strategy game that is very easy to learn, yet very fun 
Mario Tennis/Golf - Both really cool RPG Mario Sports games 
The Legacy of Goku 2/3 - If you like Dragon Ball Z, these are great action games. Don't get the first one, it sucks 
Advance Wars - Another strategy game is that is easy to learn and very fun 
Zelda Minish Cap - I don't have to explain why this is great 
Golden Sun 1/2 - Fantastic RPGs. Great story is combat and puzzle solving. 
Sonic Advance - Actually good Sonic games with multiple characters to play as 
Mario Kart Super Circuit - Again, you almost can do no wrong with Mario Kart games. 
Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga - Great Mario RPG. Creative combat that many RPGs haven't copied, and it has a good story. 
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow - This is the best Castlevania game for the GBA 
Wario Ware: twisted - Tons of replay value.
 
And if all else fails, get those Super Mario Advance games, can't go wrong with the classics.
#27 Edited by believer258 (12100 posts) -

So... why no emulator? Nintendo doesn't make Game Boy games anymore, so it isn't stealing anything from them or the developers. I'm just wondering why you'd pick up a Game Boy now. 
 
If you must have the cartridges, why no DS Lite? You could have a brand-spanking new DS Lite and be able to play all GBA games and all DS Lite games. 
 
Recommendations. Right-O. Well, some of these have already been mentioned, but I'm going to mention them again because they deserve it. 
 
Metroid Fusion 
Metroid Zero Mission. 
Castlevania Aria of Sorrow 
Final Fantasy VI 
Golden Sun 
Golden Sun 2 
Sonic Advance (any one of them) 
Donkey Kong Country 
Donkey Kong Country 2 
Megaman Zero 3 
Megaman Zero 4 
(Never played MMZ 1 and 2, so can't comment. I hear they're legendarily hard, though.) 
Megaman Battle Network 3 
Megaman and Bass 
(...what? I like Megaman games)  
Crash Bandicoot The Huge Adventure 
Mario Advanced 3: Yoshi's Island
 
And that's all I can think of at the moment, though I used to have like a million Game Boy Advance games laying around. They're still around... somewhere...

#28 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -

@Jasta said:

Pokemon Trading Card game, I fucking loved that game.

You can play the TCG online for free. It's a lot better than that old clunky Gameboy Colour game.

#29 Posted by JTB123 (1050 posts) -
@believer258: It was boxed and in very good condition and a great price, I was actually considering just going for the DS lite, but I'm a bit of a collector and I knew I would regret not buying it. 
#30 Posted by believer258 (12100 posts) -
@JTB123 said:
@believer258: It was boxed and in very good condition and a great price, I was actually considering just going for the DS lite, but I'm a bit of a collector and I knew I would regret not buying it. 
OK. I understand now. One more question out of curiosity: what model of Game Boy Advance is it? Original, SP, or Micro? 
 
I have never, ever seen or heard of a person who had a Micro. Would be cool to hear if someone actually bought one (and would be handy for a college kid on the go such as me. Wish I'd gotten one...) 
#31 Posted by FancySoapsMan (5855 posts) -

Tactics Ogre: The Knights of Lodis
The Lord of the Rings: The Twin Towers

#32 Posted by MistaSparkle (2148 posts) -

Mega man Battle Network games. 
Fire Emblem 
Everyone else's recommendations!

#33 Posted by Redbullet685 (6068 posts) -

Wario Ware Twisted and Pokemon.

#34 Posted by PenguinDust (12602 posts) -
#35 Posted by Brendan (8025 posts) -

Golden Sun 1 & 2.

#36 Edited by CookieMonster (2443 posts) -
@Video_Game_King said:

Why the hell haven't I seen a single Fire Emblem recommendation yet?

Yeah. The Fire Emblem games on the GBA are brilliant. Also, Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap and Metroid Fusion.
#37 Posted by CSXLoser (582 posts) -

Just came here to say Fire Emblem :)

#38 Posted by iDarktread (1206 posts) -
#39 Posted by joey (986 posts) -

WarioWare Inc. Mega Microgames 
WarioWare Twisted 
Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island 
Zelda Link to the past 
zelda minish cap 
metroid zero mission 
metroid fusion

#40 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

Advance Wars & Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald

#41 Posted by PeasantAbuse (5138 posts) -

Like others have said, Advance Wars and Fire emblem are great games.

#42 Posted by RTSlord (1201 posts) -

pokemon. any/all of them

#43 Posted by BoG (5192 posts) -

Zelda: Minish Cap, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow,  and Astro Boy: Omega Factor are the best of the bunch.
#44 Posted by ShaggE (6636 posts) -

@People recommending Pokemon: 
 
It helps to read the OP. 

#45 Edited by damswedon (3200 posts) -

Golden Sun and Golden Sun The Lost Age.

Those are the only two GBA games I have gone back to.

#46 Posted by xaLieNxGrEyx (2605 posts) -

Golden 
 
Motha 
 
Fuckin'
 
Sun
#47 Posted by august (3861 posts) -

You should only play Golden Sun if you're immune to insultingly bad repetitive jrpg dialogue. There's a great battle system there, but the characters act like they have some sort of congenital mental disorder.

#48 Posted by JTB123 (1050 posts) -
@believer258: It's an original (white) model. 
 
Thanks for all the recommendations everyone, I'm going to have to bookmark this page and create a list :)
#49 Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1 (1811 posts) -
@JTB123: Listen, I know you're a collector and all, but drop that unit back in its box, put that box away in a closet, and get a DS Lite. GBA games were meant to be played with a backlight.
#50 Posted by Catarrhal (849 posts) -
Astro Boy: Omega Factor--easily one of the best handheld games ever made--is the first title that comes to my mind. Apart from that, consider the Castlevania series.
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