Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Top Five Game Boy Advance Ports

The Game Boy Advance released in North America on June 11, 2001. It's been officially ten years and some change since the portion of Nintendo's handheld dynasty hit. Like most portables it was full of remakes and ports. We'll be focusing on the latter with this top five list. It's the top five Game Boy Advance ports here on SuperPhillip Central. There were loads of them, so sorting out the top five is going to be a major task!

5) Breath of Fire

Ryu, Nina, and the gang battle the Dark Dragons in the very first Breath of Fire. Minor touching up was performed on this Super Nintendo classic to make it meet 2001 standards such as adding avatars to the battle screen and colorful HP bars. The music remains as great as it was back in the nineties. For a nostalgia trip like no other, check out Breath of Fire.

4) Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3

Mario returns in port form with the game fans were clamoring for from the beginning in Super Mario Bros. 3. This time around Nintendo's ill-fated eReader accessory allowed players to scan cards to give power-ups and even all-new, never-before-seen levels to gamers who could track down card packs. The visuals are shared by the Super Mario All-Stars version. With all that this is without a doubt the version to get for fans of the original game, that is, unless you prefer the original sound and graphics.

3) Final Fantasy IV Advance

I always preferred Final Fantasy IV to Final Fantasy VI. It was a more linear experience that one couldn't get lost as easily in. That notwithstanding both games are considered the pinnacle of the RPG genre of the nineties, and you'd be amiss not to check them both out. FFIV for the GBA introduced the Cave of Trials, Lunar Ruins, and Music Player as well as a bestiary to keep tabs on monsters met and beat.

2) Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2

My personal favorite Mario of all time, Super Mario World gave you incentive to not only access all of the stage exits, but it also gave you the incentive to collect each of the five Yoshi coins in each level to truly complete the game. The retread to the Dinosaur World fills me with great memories and playing the game itself leaves a sunny sensation that I will not soon forget.

1) The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past/Four Swords

One of my favorite games period got the port treatment armed with a brand-new game with Four Swords. Four players could link up with the Game Boy Advance link cables and venture together in a game built for four people. Completing this quest would unlock the Temple of the Four Sword in the original game where bosses of beaten past would await Link. Couple this with the original 2D epic full of fun dungeons and a vast overworld and you have a winner.


Tomorrow we'll be taking a glimpse at the top ten best Game Boy Advance games of all time. Should be fun! We'll see you then!

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