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Each Game Boy Advance game available on Nintendo Switch Online, ranked:

By the end of the 1980s, Nintendo dominated both the home console and handheld console markets, having introduced the NES and Game Boy within a few ye...

Patrick Smith Sept 14, 2023
Each Game Boy Advance game available on Nintendo Switch Online, ranked:

By the end of the 1980s, Nintendo dominated both the home console and handheld console markets, having introduced the NES and Game Boy within a few years. Nintendo continued to develop new hardware for home entertainment and portable gaming until 2017 when they merged both concepts and created a hybrid console you might have heard of: the Nintendo Switch.

The Nintendo Switch allows you to play games practically anywhere, including classic titles from previous Nintendo consoles. If you subscribe to the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack, you can even play certain Game Boy Advance games on the console, and each one is worth giving a try.

Updated on September 14, 2023, by Kyle Chamaillard: It's not much, but it seems that at least once a month, a new Game Boy Advance game is being added to the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. Since the initial release of this list, five new titles have been added, so we decided to include them to provide a comprehensive ranking of all Game Boy Advance games available on the Nintendo Switch.

11 Kuru Kuru Kururin

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It doesn't happen often, but occasionally, a game that was not released in North America appears in the virtual library of Nintendo Switch Online. Kuru Kuru Kururin was first released in 2001 in Europe and Japan. Your main objective is to navigate a spinning rod, known as a Helirin, through a series of mazes without touching the walls or obstacles.

Kuru Kuru Kururin may not be the most popular puzzle game, but the Helirin has become a recognizable mascot after appearing multiple times as an Assist Trophy in the Super Smash Bros. series. If you enjoy relaxing puzzle games before bedtime or during breaks, the compact levels of Kuru Kuru Kururin are not too complicated and offer a unique experience compared to everything else on Nintendo Switch Online.

10 Mario Kart: Super Circuit

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Since the launch of Super Mario Kart on the SNES in 1992, Nintendo has developed a new or enhanced installment of the series for each of its subsequent consoles. Mario Kart: Super Circuit was the first portable version of the beloved game and ultimately became one of the best-selling titles for the Game Boy Advance of all time.

Although a portable version of Mario Kart in 2001 was a fantastic idea, Mario Kart: Super Circuit never felt as innovative or smooth as other entries in the series. It features the same roster of drivers as Mario Kart 64, and while the new tracks are enjoyable, they are far from being as iconic. Super Circuit is worth a look if you haven't played it yet, but it's much better to play either Super Mario Kart or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

9 Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island

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While Nintendo continued to port older platform games to the handheld device, the motivation to add new content seemed to diminish as well. While games like Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario World were released on the Game Boy Advance with a variety of additional content, the portable version of Yoshi's Island, in comparison, was rather sparsely equipped.

The original Yoshi's Island is a fantastic platform game, and the ability to play it on the go was revolutionary when Super Mario Advance 3 was released. However, instead of receiving new modes or worlds to explore, the Game Boy Advance version is essentially the original game with six additional levels. It's still a lot of fun, but compared to the other re-releases, it feels somewhat lacking.

8 Super Mario Advance

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When the Game Boy Advance was released, it had to have at least one Mario game included to entice viewers to upgrade their hardware. Although a new title wasn't available, Nintendo ported Super Mario Bros. 2 with a variety of new features, such as Super Mario Advance, which showcased the improved graphics and sound chip of the Game Boy Advance.

Although you've probably played through Super Mario Bros. 2 before, the Super Mario Advance version brings some changes, such as new enemies, like the new boss at the end of World 3. There's also an additional Yoshi challenge where you have to search for two hidden eggs in past levels without losing a life.

7 Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World

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Super Mario World is already considered one of the greatest games of all time, so a new version of it doesn't have to do much to stand out or convince you to buy it again. Following the success of Super Mario Advance, Nintendo continued to bring older platform games to the Game Boy Advance and added new features to provide something fresh to a familiar experience.

The main adventure remains the same, but some new options allow you to play Super Mario World in a completely different way. Most importantly, in single-player mode, you have the ability to play as Luigi, and he has the same abilities as in Super Mario Bros. 2. Even if you've played Super Mario World hundreds of times before, experiencing it as Luigi is a whole new adventure.

6 Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3

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With the addition of Super Mario Advance 4 to Nintendo Switch Online, there are now three different versions of Super Mario Bros. 3 that you can play on the service. You can play the original through the NES catalog, an updated version through Super Mario All-Stars for the SNES, and an enhanced version in Super Mario Advance 4. The latter includes the visual improvements from the SNES version and over 30 additional levels, making it the definitive version of the influential title.

Apart from these new features, Super Mario Bros. 3 is still a pleasure to play many years later. Its iconic soundtrack, creative level design, and precise gameplay work together to create an almost perfect experience that remains consistently exciting. Whether you're playing it for the first time or the hundredth time, Super Mario Bros. 3 is a delight, and the Game Boy Advance version is one of the best ways to experience it.

5 WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames!

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It's hard to believe that Mario's long-time rival became the star of his own series, but Wario greedily found a way to do it not just once, but twice. After his role as an anti-hero in the Wario Land titles for the Game Boy and Game Boy Color, the character launched his career in game development with the goal of creating as many microgames as possible to generate as much revenue as he could.

It's the same strategy that led Atari to the video game crash of 1983, but WarioWare convinces with over 200 microgames, each of them fun and challenging. Not only does the first WarioWare introduce this unique and hilarious concept, but it also presents a colorful cast of likable characters that Wario involves in his schemes. WarioWare has always been one of the best titles on the Game Boy Advance, and it's the perfect game to pass the time.

4 Fire Emblem

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The first Fire Emblem game was released in Japan in 1990, and the series remained exclusive to the country until 2003. Interest in the tactical role-playing game outside of Japan intensified after two characters, Marth and Roy, appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee for the GameCube. Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade for the Game Boy Advance was the first international release of the series, and since then, it has only become more popular.

While it may not have the social elements of Three Houses or the intricate mechanics of Fates, The Blazing Blade is still a fantastic entry that is considered one of the best games in the series. It features an epic storyline and fantastic strategy-based gameplay, made even more maneuverable with the rewind function and save states of the Nintendo Switch.

3 Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

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In Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario, Nintendo's mascot ventured into the turn-based RPG genre, proving that he was flexible enough to shine not only in platform and puzzle games. Both games follow Mario as he recruits a group of allies to help him save the day, while Luigi watches from afar. But Superstar Saga finally brings the Super Mario Bros. together for an unforgettable and hilarious adventure for all ages.

After an evil witch steals Princess Peach's voice, Mario and Luigi are sent to the neighboring Beanbean Kingdom to retrieve it. Superstar Saga introduces an iconic cast of characters and provides some of the funniest dialogue and scenarios in a Nintendo game. The battle system resembles that of Paper Mario, with the difference being that you control both Mario and Luigi and require precise timing to deal more damage.

2 Metroid Fusion


The Metroid series is notorious for the long gaps between new chapters that continue Samus' story, and Metroid Fusion is one of the prime examples of how long fans had to wait. This atmospheric Game Boy Advance game is technically the sequel to Super Metroid, which was released eight years prior on the SNES. Metroid Dread is the continuation of Fusion, which means it took approximately nineteen years to find out what happens after that epic adventure.

Metroid Fusion includes all the typical elements of the series, from unlocking powerful new weapons to confronting terrifying bosses like Nightmare and Arachnus. This game is somewhat more linear than the previous titles, so the issue that may have discouraged some players due to its scope and lack of direction has been addressed thanks to a fantastic mapping system and a clearer objective.

1 The Legend Of Zelda: The Minish Cap

The Legend of Zelda is one of Nintendo's most renowned and acclaimed series, and for a brief period, the company allowed Capcom to develop the handheld games while focusing on more ambitious titles like Wind Waker and Twilight Princess for home consoles. It was a risk, but Capcom proved itself with the excellent games Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages for the Game Boy Color, and The Minish Cap for the Game Boy Advance.

Most Legend of Zelda titles are built around a unique concept or mechanic, and The Minish Cap allows Link to change his size to explore Hyrule and rescue Princess Zelda. The Minish Cap effortlessly utilizes this concept to create a fascinating adventure that is filled with familiar elements and new and surprising twists. The dungeons are fantastic, and the bosses are consistently enchanting to battle against. If you enjoy the Legend of Zelda series and have missed out on The Minish Cap, it should be the first game you play through Nintendo Switch Online.