Game Boy Advance is 15 years old today

The original GBA model wasn’t perfect; it didn’t even have a backlight, which made playing it in the dark a real pain:

As I recall, I had the transparent model at first:

Once I upgrade to the later released black GBA SP, which came in a really cool clamshell design (making it pretty diminutive) and with a proper backlight, it was a whole different ball game:

I still think this is one of Nintendo’s slickest console designs to date

And the Game Boy Micro (which was actually still a GBA, and even smaller than the GBA SP) was also a thing of real beauty, whatever variation you went for:

I never owned one of these, but I really wish I had.

I personally think the GBA had one of the best games libraries of all time, with an extremely satisfying and varied selection of titles, and certainly for a handheld. A few of my favourites are:

Advance Wars

Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire

WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$!


Metroid Fusion

You can check out a few other Top GBA Games lists below to see some more of its best titles:

GamesRadar’s Best GBA games of all time

Arcade Sushi’s 25 Best Game Boy Advance Games

IGN’s Top 25 Game Boy Advance Games:

And there’s maybe even a few on the following list that you haven’t heard of before:

The Best Undiscovered Gameboy Advance (GBA) Games

Yeah, it’s a machine that’s remembered fondly, and for very good reason(s).

Happy Birthday, GBA! 🙂


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