READERS’ PICK: Vote for the Top 10 Game Boy Advance Games You Want on the Virtual Console

Friday, February 28th, 2014

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UPDATE: In interest of fairness, and since this poll had only been opened for about two days, we are closing this poll and opening a new poll at 2PM ET/11AM PT on March 3rd.

Game Boy Advance - Virtual Console | oprainfall

So, in case you missed the previous Nintendo Direct, Game Boy Advance games are scheduled to release this April on the Wii U’s Virtual Console. While we’re a bit sad that the 3DS doesn’t seem to be getting the same games as well, we’re happy to see the games finally coming soon.

And with that, we will soon be revealing our Top 10 GBA games we would like to see re-released on the Virtual Console. But not wanting to keep all the democratic fun to ourselves, we want to hear from you as well. That is why, starting today, we are opening a new massive poll to let your voices be heard.

The rules are pretty simple. Nearly all games that are on the system, including all Ambassador Club titles, will be eligible. Only four so far are eliminated: the three games that were announced for launch (Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Metroid: Fusion, and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3) as well as Astro Boy: Omega Factor (due to the probability that co-publisher Sony Pictures won’t allow a game to go to a rival of Sony Computer Entertainment).

If you have an idea for a game that isn’t on the list and doesn’t have any potential “conflict of interest” issues, list them in the comments below and we’ll add them as soon as possible. Also, if you would prefer not to vote for a series (Mega Man Battle Network) and instead vote for individual games (MMBN1, MMBN2, … MMBN6), let us know in the comments as well. For now, here is our somewhat-alphabetical-but-not-quite-that-way list of Game Boy Advance games.

UPDATE: We’ve already had some good suggestions to add onto the list. Thanks for your feedback. Also, I forgot to mention that you may vote for up to 10 games in this poll (although judging by early returns, most of you have figured that out already).

What are the GBA games you'd like to see come to the Wii U VC?

  • Mother 3 (53%, 217 Votes)
  • Golden Sun (46%, 189 Votes)
  • Golden Sun: The Lost Age (41%, 166 Votes)
  • Fire Emblem (36%, 146 Votes)
  • Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals (31%, 128 Votes)
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (29%, 120 Votes)
  • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones (29%, 117 Votes)
  • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance (28%, 115 Votes)
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow (27%, 112 Votes)
  • Pokemon FireRed/LeafGreen (26%, 105 Votes)
  • Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald (25%, 104 Votes)
  • Metroid: Zero Mission (25%, 101 Votes)
  • Advance Wars (23%, 95 Votes)
  • Tales of Phantasia (22%, 91 Votes)
  • Mega Man Zero series (17%, 71 Votes)
  • Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising (17%, 71 Votes)
  • Mega Man Battle Network series (17%, 70 Votes)
  • Final Fantasy V Advance (16%, 67 Votes)
  • Sword of Mana (15%, 63 Votes)
  • Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (15%, 63 Votes)
  • Final Fantasy VI Advance (15%, 61 Votes)
  • Sonic Advance series (14%, 57 Votes)
  • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon (14%, 57 Votes)
  • Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (12%, 51 Votes)
  • Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis (12%, 50 Votes)
  • Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land (11%, 45 Votes)
  • Kirby & the Amazing Mirror (10%, 39 Votes)
  • Mega Man and Bass (7%, 30 Votes)
  • Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand (7%, 29 Votes)
  • Final Fantasy IV Advance (7%, 28 Votes)
  • Wario Land 4 (7%, 28 Votes)
  • Lufia: The Ruins of Lore (7%, 27 Votes)
  • Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars (6%, 25 Votes)
  • Drill Dozer (6%, 24 Votes)
  • Gunstar Super Heroes (6%, 24 Votes)
  • SMT: Devil Children - Book of Fire/Book of Ice (6%, 24 Votes)
  • WarioWare: Twisted! (6%, 23 Votes)
  • Custom Robo GX (5%, 22 Votes)
  • Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon (5%, 21 Votes)
  • SMT: Devil Children - Messiah Riser (5%, 21 Votes)
  • Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation 1 & 2 (5%, 20 Votes)
  • Rhythm Tengoku (5%, 20 Votes)
  • Super Robot Wars series (the Japanese games) (5%, 20 Votes)
  • Boktai: Solar Boy Django (5%, 19 Votes)
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ (4%, 18 Votes)
  • Boktai: Sabata's Counterattack (4%, 18 Votes)
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit (4%, 18 Votes)
  • Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls (4%, 18 Votes)
  • F-Zero: GP Legend (4%, 17 Votes)
  • Riviera: The Promised Land (4%, 16 Votes)
  • Shining Soul (4%, 16 Votes)
  • SMT: Devil Children - Puzzle de Call! (4%, 15 Votes)
  • River City Ransom EX (3%, 14 Votes)
  • DemiKids: Light/Dark Versions (3%, 14 Votes)
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (3%, 14 Votes)
  • Klonoa: Empire of Dreams (3%, 13 Votes)
  • Yggdra Union: We'll Never Fight Alone (3%, 12 Votes)
  • Dragon Quest Monsters: Caravan Hearts (3%, 11 Votes)
  • Yoshi's Topsy Turvy (2%, 10 Votes)
  • Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Sonic Battle (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Advance Guardian Heroes (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Summon Night: Swordcraft Story series (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Klonoa Heroes: Legendary Star Medal (2%, 8 Votes)
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong (2%, 7 Votes)
  • Double Dragon Advance (1%, 6 Votes)
  • Bomberman Tournament (1%, 6 Votes)
  • CIMA: The Enemy (1%, 5 Votes)
  • Game & Watch Gallery 4 (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Mr. Driller Ace (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Bomberman Jetters Game Collection (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Spyro: Season of Flame (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Spyro 2: Season of Flame (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Totally Spies! (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Spyro Orange: The Cortex Conspiracy (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Bomberman Max 2 (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Bomberman Jetters: The Legendary Bomberman (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Final Fight One (0%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 409

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  • Raymond

    You guys better start voting on advance wars. I can’t wait for them to make a new one. I hope we hear about a new advance wars at E3

  • Ninty

    Where’s Final Fantasy VI? I’d want that one for sure. It’s kind of expensive on places like eBay and I’m sure newcomers would love it for cheaper on the VC.

    • MusubiKazesaru

      Agreed, even though I actually own FFVI advance

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      Added, as well as FFIV Advance and FF 1&2: Dawn of Souls.

  • Justin Graham

    As much as Boktai and WarioWare: Twisted are great games, both seem problematic for Virtual Console. Less so for WarioWare given that the Wii U Gamepad has a gyroscope in it, but Boktai’s solar sensor is a hardware impossibility on the Virtual Console.

    • RagunaXL

      agreed! I bought boktai for a 3 day train trip back when it came out. stuck on a train, in the dark, for three days… and I brought nothing else to play.

  • The only thing I can say is this: If Pokemon does come to the Wii U VC, I want them to find a way to integrate the games into Poketransfer on the 3DS. The 3DS is capable of communicating with the Wii U, right?

  • Vinicius

    Voted on CIMA the enemy, mostly because it’s a hidden gem.

  • Joey Williamson

    My top picks are definitely Lufia and Advance Wars, though it’d be really nice to see the Pokemon titles on the virtual console, for convenience with the Pokemon Bank and etc.

  • StingFan

    Yggdra Union: We’ll Never Fight Alone and Riviera: The Promised Land

    • Lord Ackercocke

      They are both on the PSP and those versions are superior to the GBA ones.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      Both have been added.

  • James Best

    I don’t know which one to pick. There are so many GBA games I missed out on. I can’t choose which one easily. If I had to pick one, I’d say any of the Castlevania games, Aria of Sorrow since it’s the first one.

    • Lord Ackercocke

      Circle of Moon was the 1st one on GBA. It had horrible controls.

  • Lord Ackercocke

    Where’s Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon? U cannot have a GBA list without this gem.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      It’s been added.

    • Lord Ackercocke

      The problem is that all these games being now added cannot be re-voted as I and many others have voted already and that sucks.

  • Pedro Rosas

    No one cares about Spyro anymore lol

  • DiamondTinCup

    Tales, Shining Force, Fire Emblem, and Golden Suns!

    • Lord Ackercocke

      Tales not so much for me on GBA but the others get a massive *thumbs up*

  • stealth20k

    Voting.

  • Daryl Ford

    I would love to see Pokemon GBA games make it to the list mainly Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald. And Mother 3 that’s all I really wanted.

  • James Fox

    No love for Klonoa Heroes?
    Where’s Mr. Driller Ace?

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      Added

  • smacd

    I would like Dragon Quest Monsters 3 Caravan Hearts, if we are including unlocalized games like Mother 3 already. Though I would like them localized.

    • Jeff Neuenschwander

      Added.

  • I love that both GBA Golden Sun titles are on here and so close to the top. That series was a big part of my childhood, and I’d definitely buy them again.

    • Lord Ackercocke

      Agreed

  • Reiswindy

    What I would give for another Summon Night Swordcraft Story game….

  • RagunaXL

    the moment they teased GBA VC a couple years ago, I thought Golden Sun. FFV is one of my favorites as well. surprised that DemiKids wasn’t very popular on this site.

  • Violetwisp

    A lot of these depend on if you could connect with others, either through wifi or locally.

  • Thedude3445

    174 votes for Mother 3 essentially means 174 people have voted on this poll so far.

  • Talera Ristain

    Golden Sun! You can’t get those for love or money these days. I cherish my copies, but getting them on VC would be great and it would get more people able to play these fantastic RPGs.

  • Kimble

    F-Zero: Climax
    Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
    Game & Watch Gallery 4
    Mario vs. Donkey Kong
    Mega Man Zero 4
    Metroid: Zero Misson
    Pac-Man Pinball Advance
    Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team
    WarioWare: Twisted!
    Yoshi Topsy-Turvy