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Top 10 Spin-Offs on Game Boy Advance

Innovative pocket-sized treasures

A.J. Maciejewski

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Nintendo's vast handheld library includes countless fantastic original titles. However, what about the spin-offs of classic series that reached success all on their own? Let's explore ten of these games from back when our favourite portable system only had one screen.

A.J. has been obsessively gaming since the late '80s and is just as passionate about video games in 2022. 🐻

Yoshi Topsy-Turvy (AKA Yoshi's Universal Gravitation)

Although Topsy-Turvy is far from the best Yoshi game, there's no denying that it added some interesting gameplay mechanics through its use of a tilt sensor built right in to the Game Pak. That being said, you might look like a nut if you play it in public. v1d30chumz 18-208-187-128

Quiz: Yoshi Trivia

DK: King of Swing

Donkey Kong has starred in many of his own games since his days of kidnapping damsels in distress. In this adventure, he'll put his climbing skills to the test as he grabs pegs and swings his way to victory. It's definitely tricky yet undeniably fun!

DK: King of Swing screenshot
The bugs in this jungle are as big as DK himself

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team

Both Pokémon and Mystery Dungeon games were nothing new when this spin-off first debuted, but they'd never before crossed paths. Who knew it would create such an addictive formula and go on to spawn a handful of sequels? Pika, Pika!

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WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames!

It's no secret that many gamers have attention deficit disorder. Therefore, when WarioWare first debuted with its few-seconds-long micro-games, you could hear players' heads explode if you listened carefully enough.

WarioWare Gold Review
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! screenshot
Any game with R.O.B. in it is cool in my books

Mega Man Battle Network

By the time Battle Network came out, Mega Man already had his fair share of spin-offs including the X series, Legends, a couple fighting games, a soccer game, and a kart racer. So, when fans like me heard that an RPG with real-time battles was coming, we didn't know what to expect. Thankfully, hacking into computer networks and collecting a stash of Battle Chips would provide hours of Mega fun.

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The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords / Kirby & the Amazing Mirror

When A Link to the Past was ported to Game Boy Advance, it was a delight to see that it came with a bonus game where you could play as four Links on an adventure with your friends. Over a year later, Kirby got in on the action by starring in his own similar game. Set in an open world and featuring familiar Kirby gameplay, putting this gem down is almost as difficult as resisting a big juicy Maxim Tomato.

Kirby & the Amazing Mirror screenshot
Four Kirbys awkwardly stare at each other while wondering what the heck is going on

Mario vs. Donkey Kong

As a spiritual successor to the original Game Boy's Donkey Kong, Mario vs. Donkey Kong brought new life to the classic ten years after its initial release. Through many sequels, it has become obvious that gamers can't get enough puzzle platforming with Mario.

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars Review

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Tactics was already a successful game based on the Final Fantasy series, so it's odd that a spin-off would eventually be derived from it. What's even more surprising is that five years later a sequel for DS entitled Tactics A2 came out. Anyway, with an intriguing new Laws system that dictates the rules of the battlefield, you'd have to learn a whole new layer of strategy to overcome these foes.

Final Fantasy Tactics Advance screenshot
These fellows may look cute, but they're in the middle of an epic battle

Mega Man Zero

Hold on a second; is this another Mega Man game? You bet it is, and an awesome one at that! Boasting incredible action-intense gameplay heavily influenced by the Mega Man X series, you control a futuristic version of Zero in one of the most challenging Game Boy Advance games ever created. Once you manage to beat it, don't worry; you have three sequels and the ZX series to master, too.

Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Review

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Mario was no stranger to RPGs since he had already experienced the Legend of the Seven Stars and been pressed down to Paper size, but it wasn't until his green-clad brother joined him that he would really click with portable role-playing enthusiasts. Three sequels later (and another one on the way), this humorous take on Mario's universe has truly stood the test of time.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions Review
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga screenshot
Bowser sure doesn't look intimidating ever since he fused with that weird spirit thing

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