5- Metroid Fusion: Game Boy Advance (2002)
Metroid Fusion left one hell of an impression on me when it first came out. Even on such a small screen, Fusion perfectly presents the games’ tone of coldness, loneliness, and despair. One of the most memorable experiences from the game was the appearance of SA-X and the cutscene zooming at its eyes with no pupils. While not as open-ended as the other Metroid games, Fusion’s space station setting was great for the experience.
While it may not be the best of the series, Fusion ends up being one of the most memorable for me, and was among the first great original games on the GBA which, at the time, was shaping up to be a portable SNES emulator. –Oscar Marin
4– Metal Gear Solid: Game Boy Color (2000)
Building off the success of the Metal Gear Solid on the first Playstation, the GBC title of the same name was no mere port and was definitely not a slapped-together release to make a quick buck. Instead, MGS on the GBC is one of the most, if not THE most, enjoyable experience on the two-button handheld. The story might not have been canon to the series, but the game was so well-crafted, it earned a perfect score here on MyGamer. The graphics were vivid and colorful, the soundtrack was great, the single player adventure was just as memorable as the original version of Playstation.
There were VR Missions, sound bites and even a two player link mode – taking credit for being the first Metal Gear game to support multiplayer. With the Game Boy Color rapidly winding down at the time, Metal Gear Solid was a fantastic way to give the system its last legs to stand on. Metal Gear fan or not, there is no denying how great this game is. –Zachary Gasiorowski
3- Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX: Game Boy Color (1998)
No matter how many times you play this game and master the numerous tricks and secrets (most of which are available in other Zelda titles), the challenge of this game fails to fade. The classic graphics, great gameplay, memorable music, and unusual, but lovable story make this one of the most outstanding Game Boy games ever. The premise of the game is a little odd—to escape the island Link has shipwrecked on, he must collect eight musical instruments to wake the Wind Fish, who is sleeping in an egg on top of a mountain.
Of course. Despite the obvious questions, like what the hell is a Wind Fish, and why is it sleeping on top of a mountain, the story set the scene for what would be a challenging, whimsical adventure. The sidequests, including the added Game Boy Color dungeon, were interesting and even made use of the long-forgotten accessory. This was a genuinely fun game. –Meghan Ventura
2- Tetris: Game Boy (1989)
It is easy to see how Nintendo's decision to package Tetris with the Game Boy upon its release helped to launch the system into its long lived reign over the handheld market. Though several video games carry more weight with hardcore gamers as high quality franchises and dozens of games since have captured the public imagination, Tetris is a pop culture phenomenon in and of itself. It has appeared on every generation of console since its 1989 introduction on the Game Boy, can be found programmed into graphing calculators in hundreds of junior highs and high schools, and has recently even been proven to improve brain function.
What can be easily forgotten, however, is how well-deserved all of this longevity and popularity is. Playing Tetris may not involve any boss battles or exploration, but trying to fit the blocks into complete lines at an ever-increasing speed is an intensely addictive experience. Whether you're trying to beat the brain freeze that occurs when the blocks start pouring in, or simply trying to add a few hundred extra lines to your carefully cultivated high score, Tetris is an enjoyable and infuriating game. –Allison Bates
1- Pokemon Yellow: Game Boy (1999)
If you’re between nineteen and twenty-four years old, you probably played Pokemon. In fact, you probably begged your mom and dad for that “Extreme Green” Game Boy Pocket so you could beat down all your friends on the recess yard. If there was ever a game that defined a generation, Pokemon would be the one. The “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” slogan was a creed to live by, and an addicting aspect to the game itself. The turn-based combat system was accessible for its primarily young audience, but deep enough to keep older audiences interested for years. Pokemon Yellow, itself, was among the strongest games in the series.
It featured the same crew of Gym Leaders and took place in the same region as the original games, Pokemon Red and Blue, but successfully implemented various elements of the Pokemon anime series, including the ability to obtain all three starting Pokemon, and beginning with your own pesky little Pikachu. This game got a lot of us into handheld gaming, and it’s more than deserving of the top spot here. –Steven Rondina
Here is a quick recap of the MyGamer Top 20 GB Games of All Time:
#20 – Pokemon Pinball (GBC)
#19 – Donkey Kong ’94 (GB)
#18 – Fire Emblem (GBA)
#17 – Kirby’s Dream Land (GB)
#16 – Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis (GBA)
# 15 – Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (GB)
# 14 – Astro Boy: Omega Factor (GBA)
# 13 – Mario and Luigi SuperStar Saga (GBA)
# 12 – Mario Kart Super Circuit (GBA)
# 11 – Golden Sun (GBA)
# 10 – Final Fantasy Adventure (GB)
# 9 – WarioWare: Twisted (GBA)
# 8 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorror (GBA)
# 7 – Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (GBA)
# 6 – Advance Wars (GBA)
# 5 – Metroid Fusion (GBA)
# 4- Metal Gear Solid (GBC)
# 3 – The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening DX (GBC)
# 2 – Tetris (GB)
#1 – Pokemon Yellow (GBC)
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