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Super Mario Games on the Game Boy Advance
- Written by Luke Hackett
Mario Games on the Game Boy Advance
Below are the Mario games on the Game Boy Advance that we cover. Visit a games page by clicking its box image below.
We feature games with three different types of Mario appearance as follows:-
Cameo - a non-Mario game with reference to, or an appearance of Mario or one of the characters
Spin off - a game which features Mario throughout, but is not a mainstream adventure game.
Main role - The classic platform style Mario games such as Super Mario Bros and Super Mario Land would be good examples of what we define as main role Mario games.
About the Game Boy Advance
The Gameboy Advance, usually shortened to GBA in the gaming community, is a
handheld video game system that was released by Nintendo in March 2001. After
its initial release in Japan, it was shipped around the globe in June. At the
time of its release, the system had primary competition in the form of the
Neo Geo Color,
Tapwave Zodiac. However, building off of the success of their Game Boy
Series, none of these other systems stood a chance. As of now, it has sold over
81 million units around the world, most of these sales occurring until the next
generation Game Boy SP was released in 2004.
The success of the GBA can be widely attributed to the Mario games on the Game Boy Advance along with familiar titles such as the Pokemon franchise. These games integrated sprite-based graphics with technology that was able to compete with that of the Super Nintendo. While many game producers were eager to make new titles, the best selling point of the Game Boy Advance was that it ported in numerous titles from older Nintendo Systems. In particular, Mario games on the Game Boy Advance adapted multitudes of famous titles for use on the system. From the classic “Super Mario Bros.” Classic NES Series re-port to the “Super Mario World” remake known as Super Mario Advance 2, every Nintendo customer could now carry their favorite Mario games on the Game Boy Advance.
Given its upgrades in screen size, game libraries, and graphics, it is little wonder that the Game Boy Advance was so successful. However, after a tremendous run and many notable games being produced for the system, production of games was ended in 2006 to make way for the next generation of gaming systems.