TLDR

Here is a list of Game Boy Advance games of high quality and as of June 2020 can be had at a good value:

  1. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2
  2. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3
  3. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  4. Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
  5. Mario Kart Super Circuit
  6. Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
  7. Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
  8. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  9. Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2
  10. Tony Hawk’s Underground
  11. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4
  12. Sonic Advance
  13. F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
  14. WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!
  15. Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
  16. Final Fantasy IV Advance

Market Overview

Here is an overview of the 228 Nintendo Game Boy Advance games rated 70 or above by Metacritic (minimum 7 reviews) and the price to buy the game loose (no box or manual), used on secondary markets according to Video Game Price Charts. This gives a sense of the overall shape of GBA loose cartridge market, ignoring mediocre and low quality games.

  • Avg Price: $19.85
  • Avg Score: 78.5

Prices accurate as of June 21, 2020.

price tier 70-74pts 75-79pts 80-84pts 85-89pts 90-94pts 95-99pts Grand Total
$80.00-84.99 2 2
$70.00-74.99 1 1
$65.00-69.99 1 1 2
$60.00-64.99 1 1 2
$55.00-59.99 1 1 1 3
$50.00-54.99 1 1 2
$45.00-49.99 2 2 1 5
$40.00-44.99 2 3 2 7
$35.00-39.99 1 2 2 5
$30.00-34.99 2 2 3 7
$25.00-29.99 3 7 7 2 19
$20.00-24.99 6 3 8 3 2 22
$15.00-19.99 6 15 12 3 2 1 39
$10.00-14.99 9 7 8 2 3 29
$05.00-9.99 21 24 11 2 1 1 60
$00.00-4.99 11 8 2 1 22
Grand Total 60 78 55 20 12 2 227

Top Values

Games with Metascores of 85+, Under $20

price & rating 85-89pts 90-94pts 95-99pts
$15.00-19.99 WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Final Fantasy IV Advance
$10.00-14.99 Sonic Advance Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity Mario Kart Super Circuit
Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
$5.00-9.99 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
Tony Hawk’s Underground
$0.00-4.99 Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX 2

13 Games 80-84 Points, Under $10

  • Spider-Man: Mysterio’s Menace
  • Rayman Advance
  • Rayman 3
  • GT Advance Championship Racing
  • Super Monkey Ball Jr.
  • Tekken Advance
  • Karnaaj Rally
  • Ecks vs. Sever
  • Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars
  • Disney’s Lilo & Stitch
  • Fire Pro Wrestling
  • Virtua Tennis
  • Ultimate Brain Games

7 Games 85-94 Points, $20-30

  • Advance Wars
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Golden Sun
  • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
  • Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
  • Wario Land 4
  • Golden Sun: The Lost Age

Background & Methodology

See Nintendo DS Buying Guide for background and methodology. It applies equally here.