Every online Nintendo Switch Game Boy Advance (GBA) is scored
The following NSO GBA Library ranked list is compiled using user ratings (out of 10) assigned to each GBA game available to play on Switch in the West. This rating is not set in stone and will automatically fluctuate over time based on assigned user ratings (and of course new additions to the NSO library – we’ll be adding them as they’re released).
Think the game below deserves to be higher on the list? Just click on the “star” button and rate it yourself – your personal rating can increase its position in the overall ranking. The number of GBA games is low at the moment, but the quality cannot be denied and there will be more.
So let’s dive into the GBA games you can play on Nintendo Switch, according to your rating…
Returning to the smooth tracks and fast-paced gameplay of the original Super Mario Kart, the GBA was able to replicate SNES-like performance – it certainly wasn’t up to the N64 or GameCube tech standard – so Mario Kart Super Circuit ended up feeling like a sequel to Super Mario Kart that we’ve never seen on 16-bit Nintendo console. Sure, the visual style may be worse outdated than the SNES version, but this pint-sized festival of speed packs a lot of content. The fun base was right at the start of the series, and it’s definitely in the GBA entry.
While the 3DS Ambassador and Wii U Virtual Console re-releases lacked the original’s multiplayer features, the Nintendo Switch Online version thankfully fixes that if you’re into multiplayer (and with Mario Kart, it really should be). There is no need for connection cables these days! The Super Circuit still holds up well and serves as a great “successor” to the original SNES if that’s your favorite MK option.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Eight
This GBA starting title might seem a little too simple, but that’s about all you can blame on Kuru Kuru Kururin. It won’t take you long to get through each level, but doing it without mistakes is not an easy task, and you will enjoy every minute as you control the big old constantly spinning stick (sorry, Helirin) on difficult, colorful tracks.
With a wide variety of environments and amazing music, you will have a lot of fun simply by improving your time in various courses. One of the GBA’s most delicious treats, Kuru Kuru Kururin is perfect for handheld play – a brilliantly fun little game that’s a little different from the norm.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo
Microgames offered by WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! things may be simple, but the frantic, fast-paced, complex experience that results from their quick succession is incredibly addictive, and Wario’s patented variation of mania lends itself well to a portable device. It’s not the longest game out there, and there isn’t much else to do here aside from the single-player mode, but it’s full of magical, creative moments, not to mention an abundance of classic Nintendo nostalgia and charm.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: AlphaDream
Mario & Luigi: The long main adventure of the Superstar Saga seemed pretty unique in 2003. It was only Mario’s third RPG-style adventure, but developer AlphaDream’s Mario’s debut hit the jackpot immediately with its addictive combat systems and two-brother gameplay. With plenty of side quests and mini-games to replay for highscore hunters, Mario and Luigi’s fun animation and “voice acting” played a role in the game’s great sense of humor, and it hasn’t lost its ear-raising ability. – ear smile.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo EAD
This game made navigating the series’ obtuse naming conventions absolutely worth it, even if you’ve played Super Mario Bros. 3 on the NES (which Certainly you did). Assuming you have the required kit to access the e-book levels, many of which have never been released in North America, Super Mario Advance 4 contains plenty of fresh Nintendo-designed levels to play through, making it an essential purchase for a Mario lover. . (and the Wii U Virtual Console release and the Nintendo Switch online version actually include all 38 levels without the need for an e-book, maps, And second GBA to scan them).
Other than the extra levels, it’s like playing the SMB3 version of Super Mario All-Stars on a portable device. Whether you’re an NES fan or prefer the updated look of the SNES version, Super Mario Bros. 3 shines brightly in any form.
Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Flagship
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap continued the trend of giving Link talking equipment to accompany him on his quest. This time it was the Minish’s cap, a hat named Ezlo that could shrink Link to microscopic size so he could find the Kinstone fragments and save the Minish’s people, or “Picori”.
Another game developed by Flagship after the company established itself with an excellent pair of Oracles (Ages and Seasons), this was a traditional Zelda adventure that still looks and sounds great even if it didn’t change the formula much. However, it introduced several new items – Mole’s Gloves, Impulse Jug, and Pacci’s Cane – and allowed Link to learn new sword techniques throughout the game, as well as gain the ability to fuse elements with his sword. All in all, a brilliant bite-sized adventure.
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