The 10 Absolute Best Game Boy Advance Sports Games of All Time

The Game Boy Advance revolutionized handheld gaming when it launched in 2001. With its 32-bit graphics, customizable design, and backwards compatibility, it quickly became one of Nintendo‘s most popular consoles ever. But the GBA was especially renowned for its superb sports games library. These engrossing and addictive titles made full use of the technical capabilities to deliver graphics, sound and gameplay that rivaled contemporary home consoles. Let‘s countdown the 10 best sports games that defined multiplayer fun and on-the-go competition for a generation of gamers.

#10: Mario Tennis: Power Tour

Mario Tennis Power Tour

The Mario franchise entered the GBA sports scene in fine form with Mario Tennis: Power Tour. Players square off in intense tennis matches with Mushroom Kingdom characters who have unique abilities. An RPG story mode has you leveling up a custom character across various islands while special moves and power shots liven up volleys. With solid controls and multiplayer, it set the standard for arcade tennis on handhelds.

DeveloperCamelot Software Planning
Release DateSeptember 13, 2005
PlatformGame Boy Advance

#9: SSX 3


The popular snowboarding franchise managed to pack the entire open-world experience of the console versions into SSX 3 on GBA. Across three peaks, you can pull off insane tricks, customize gear and compete in events. Unique boarder abilities, unlockable content and multiplayer cement its status as one of the most fun handheld extreme sports titles. Travel sized and every bit as cool.

PublisherEA Sports
DeveloperEA Canada
Release DateOctober 20, 2003
PlatformGame Boy Advance

#8: Tony Hawk‘s Pro Skater 4

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4

Bringing back its winning formula, Tony Hawk‘s Pro Skater 4 lets gamers skate as the legendary Tony Hawk or other pros across various levels with slick visuals and a punk rock soundtrack. Stringing together combos with an arsenal of flipping, grinding and grabbing moves is still a challenge. Unlockable secrets and local multiplayer options round out the title that showed extreme sports in the palm of your hand.

DeveloperVicarious Visions
Release DateOctober 23, 2002
PlatformGame Boy Advance

#7: Madden NFL 07

Madden NFL 07

The famous football franchise brought its signature hard-hitting gridiron gameplay to GBA with Madden NFL 07. All the real NFL teams and players are simulated with appropriate strengths and weaknesses across offense, defense and special teams categories. Play call options give you strategic control over drives while next gen graphics emulate the high energy TV-style presentation. Challenge others head to head or take your team from preseason to the Super Bowl.

PublisherEA Sports
DeveloperEA Tiburon
Release DateAugust 22, 2006
PlatformGame Boy Advance

#6: Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2

Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2

Freestyle BMX biking hit new heights on GBA with Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2. Ride as the icon himself or create a custom character to pull off insane aerial tricks across varied terrain. An open world lets you freely roam and the smooth physics recreates the thrill of chaining combos in vert, dirt and street competitions. Both fast paced and incredibly fun with lots of replayability.

DeveloperZ-Axis Ltd.
Release DateSeptember 18, 2001
PlatformGame Boy Advance

#5: ESPN X Games Skateboarding

ESPN X Games Skateboarding

It wasn‘t just a pipe dream to have the high-flying X Games competitions on GBA. ESPN X Games Skateboarding brought the challenge and excitement of these extreme contests to gamers, with events in vert, park and street categories. Fluid controls allow avatars to accurately simulate skater tricks while pulling off ridiculous combos. Unlock new playable pros as you improve through the ranks. ESPN in your pocket never felt so good.

Release DateAugust 15, 2001
PlatformGame Boy Advance

#4: ATV Quad Power Racing 2

ATV Quad Power Racing 2

Get behind the handlebars for intense off-road racing with ATV Quad Power Racing 2, complete with fully 3D customizable all-terrain vehicles. Variable weather and deformable terrain ups the realism across 24 tracks spanning different countries. Upgrade parts and tweak performance metrics to beat 11 pro riders. The tilt sensor even lets you literally turn and shift your weight to steer the ATV. An authentic simulation for adrenaline junkies.

DeveloperUbisoft Bucharest
Release DateSeptember 24, 2003
PlatformGame Boy Advance

#3: RTL Winter Games 2007

RTL Winter Games 2007

Ice, snow and wintery fun are packed into this great compilation title featuring 7 events: Biathlon, Ski Jump, Snowboard, Luge, Skating, Ice Hockey and Curling as RTL Winter Games 2007. Sharp graphics showcase fluid character animations and detailed venues across the Alpine landscapes. Medals, records and unlockable accessories give you something to strive for while multiplayer with up 8 players makes it perfect for everyone‘s next ski trip!

Publisher2K Games
Release DateNovember 16, 2006
PlatformGame Boy Advance

#2: FIFA Soccer 07

FIFA Soccer 07

The award-winning soccer series from EA Sports came at the top of its game with FIFA Soccer 07, featuring over 500 teams, 1000 real footballers and slick visuals that brought the spectacle of matches to life. Compete across various stadiums in Exhibition, Tournament and League modes with responsive controls. New skill moves allow fancy footwork in tight spaces while updated AI adapts for every match. Feel the passion on the pitch or settle club rivalries with friends. Simply fantastic!

PublisherEA Sports
DeveloperEA Sports
Release Date September 26, 2006
PlatformGame Boy Advance

#1: Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

The best selling game on Game Boy Advance also happens to be our #1 sports game. The original kart racing masterpiece Mario Kart: Super Circuit pits Mushroom Kingdom favorites against each other in chaotic battles across 40 new and classic tracks. Zany weapons and power ups to sabotage opponents blend perfectly with the tight driving mechanics. Fun visuals retain the retro SNES graphics as an homage. With infectious multiplayer mayhem, it set the standard for arcade racing greatness early on.

DeveloperIntelligent Systems
Release DateJuly 21, 2001
PlatformGame Boy Advance

The Game Boy Advance raised the bar for what great handheld sports gaming could offer, with many of these classic titles still holding up remarkably well today. Visually impressive graphics coupled with responsive controls showcase the technical prowess of the GBA hardware pushed to its limits by talented development teams. Approachable gameplay also means they remain accessible and competitive for first-timers while long-time sports gamers can enjoy added depth. Whether played solo or with friends, these definitive sports experiences embody the exciting innovations that continue to influence mobile gaming now and will do so for years to come.

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