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Top 10 Best-Selling Game Boy Advance Games

Top 10 Best-Selling Game Boy Advance Games - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 11 December 2015 / 51,428 Views

Today we take a look at the top 10 best-selling games for yet another platform. Up to this point we have looked at the original PlayStation, the Nintendo 64, the PlayStation 2, the original Xbox, the GameCube, the Nintendo DS, the PSP, the Nintendo Wii, the PlayStation 3, the Xbox 360, the SNES, the NES, and the Game Boy. This week it's the turn of Nintendo's second handheld, the Game Boy Advance (not including the Game & Watch series).

The Game Boy Advance is the 8th best-selling video game platform in history and the third best-selling handheld, behind the Nintendo DS and Game Boy. It sold 118.69 million units lifetime.


The Game Boy proved most successful in North America, but also sold well in Europe and Japan. It sold 40.39 million units in North America, 21.31 million units in Europe, and 16.96 million units in Japan. It also sold a combined 2.85 million units across the rest of the world.

70 games for the console managed to sell over one million units and seven games sold more than five million units. Below we've compiled a list of the 10 best-selling Game Boy Advance games:

10th. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - 2.91 Million


9th. Pac-Man Collection - 2.94 Million


8th. Namco Museum - 4.24 Million


7th. Super Mario Bros. 3 - 5.20 Million


6th. Super Mario World - 5.46 Million


5th. Mario Kart: Super Circuit - 5.47 Million


4th. Super Mario Advance - 5.49 Million


3rd. Pokemon Emerald - 6.41 Million


2nd. Pokemon FireRed / Pokemon LeafGreen - 10.49 Million


1st. Pokemon Ruby / Pokemon Sapphire -  15.85 Million



A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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NightDragon83 (on 12 December 2015)

Other than the Pokemon games (one of which is a Gen 1 remake), the only original title on that list for the GBA is MK Super Circuit. That's pretty disappointing considering all the quality titles the handheld saw over the years like Metroid Fusion, Golden Sun and the Advance Wars games.

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AlfredoTurkey (on 11 December 2015)

It's a crime that the Castlevania titles aren't on there considering they're some of, if not the best that the franchise ever made.

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Goodnightmoon AlfredoTurkey (on 11 December 2015)

Castlevania 2D has been extremely niche for the last 2 decades or more. To expect them in a top 10 of any consoles is just unrealistic.

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Goodnightmoon AlfredoTurkey (on 12 December 2015)

And was Symphony of the night on the top 10 selling Ps games? No, probably not even on the top 50. I love the games but they are niche.

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Rob5VGC (on 11 December 2015)

Pokemon on the top 3? Just as planned.

A damn shame Golden Sun could not make the list. Mega man Battle Network, too.

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Fear_Me_All (on 11 December 2015)

Mario rules has always.

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Fear_Me_All Fear_Me_All (on 12 December 2015)

Humm true Pokemon are rocking hard. +1

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Ganoncrotch (on 11 December 2015)

Damn, think I have all of them bar number 8 and 9 still in my collection. 1 day I'll have the complete top 10 of a console!

Pokemon and Mario Domination tho, Lost so many hours into Super Circuit, game had great music too if used with headphones.

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SuperNintend0rk (on 11 December 2015)

Pokemon dominates the top several positions as expected. I'm surprised those Namco arcade games sold so well though. And no Zelda or Metroid games makes me sad inside :'(

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S.Peelman SuperNintend0rk (on 12 December 2015)

The system didn't have much of Zelda though. The Minish Cap is obscure and underperformed for a Zelda game due to what it is and the other game is just a remaster.

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Ganoncrotch SuperNintend0rk (on 12 December 2015)

A remaster which also includes 4 swords tho, great link up game. Also the 2 Zelda's from the NES launched on the GBA as NES classics series.

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S.Peelman SuperNintend0rk (on 12 December 2015)

You're right, always forget about those (the NES ones).

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Ganoncrotch SuperNintend0rk (on 12 December 2015)

Still have my boxed copy of the First classic Zelda on the GBA, never got the 2nd one tho, didn't like that game much on the NES (still have my Gold Cart of it tho for that)

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Xxain (on 11 December 2015)

GBA is the 2nd best thing to come from Nintendo, just right behind SNES. I looooove that thing.

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AlfredoTurkey Xxain (on 11 December 2015)

I would argue that NES is better than SNES because it was able to grab 95% of the market share, revive and entire gaming industry and INVENT most of the IP that you saw on SNES.

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Mike321 (on 11 December 2015)

Probably the best nintendo handheld console ever

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armodillo17 Mike321 (on 11 December 2015)

Definitely my least favorite. Too much of the library is taken up by ports for my tastes.

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armodillo17 Mike321 (on 12 December 2015)

I prefer games that were designed from the beginning to be "on-the-go." I've never had the desire to play my SNES games anywhere but my own couch. Just not for me.

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Arlo (on 11 December 2015)

An exclusive Mario Kart and Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, and all the rest are old games. That's pretty funny.

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Goodnightmoon Arlo (on 11 December 2015)

Those old games are some of the biggest classics ever for the first time on a handheld, makes sense.

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