In the early 2000s, the collectible card game franchises were alive and well. With its own anime, movies, merchandise, and more, Yu-Gi-Oh! Stood out above the rest second only to Pokémon.
There have been 56 different video games released across all platforms based on Yu-Gi-Oh. Of those 56 games, the GameBoy Advance only saw 10. Since there were only 10 of these gems released for the GBA, we are going to discuss them all from worst to best based on our knowledge as well as their Metacritic rating.
If you still have your Nintendo DS Lite, GameBoy Advance, or GameBoy Player for your Gamecube and you like Yu-Gi-Oh, make sure you check out these games.
The Best Yu-Gi-Oh Games For The GameBoy Advance
Yu-Gi-Oh! Destiny Board Traveler
The name may be confusing to some fans. That is because Destiny Board was the name of the actual card game and this video game has nothing to do with the TCG.
Instead, Destiny Board is an alternative to traditional Yu-Gi-Oh. This game combined Yu-Gi-Oh with a board game. The Destiny Board is a tabletop arena in the center of the board.
This game consists of a dozen characters including fan favorites like Maximillion Pegasus, Mai Valentine, and Seto Kaiba. You are trying to acquire the most Victory Stars as you play against the computer.
If you look at Metascore for this Destiny Board Traveler then you may think this game should be skipped.
Many people who reviewed it felt the progression was too slow and was too unlike others in the series. If you are a fan of this Yu-Gi-Oh, you should try it as there are some the will enjoy this style of play.
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards
If you are a fan of role-playing games then you should check out Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards
The goal is to get through Battle City and you want to beat the opposition so you can acquire the Egyptian God cards which are the most powerful.
This may not be the easiest game on the list and there will be more strategy involved than in others. If you watched season 2 of Yu-Gi-Oh then you will recognize some of the battles that come up during the course of the game.
One drawback is that the game will not take a long time to complete. Despite that, more than one million copies of The Sacred Cards were sold throughout the world. There was also a sequel made, which just happens to be next on this list.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef of Destruction
The Millenium items are gone and Reshef is about to destroy the world. The objective is to team with Yugi, Joey, and everybody else to save the world from being destroyed with the Egyptian God cards. Can you handle this task?
As you are trying to find the God cards, you will be fighting your way through a variety of battles and make your way to take on stronger enemies once you have the chance to acquire better cards.
If you are familiar with the trading card game, then you will recognize the gameplay here. While it is mostly the same, there are a few differences, but most reviewers had positive feelings about this game.
Yu-Gi-Oh! 7 Trails To Glory: World Championship Tournament 2005
Konami developed a few tournament games between 2004-2006 and the mechanics are the same between these games. The tournament game that got the lowest score was the 2005 release.
This game brags about containing 1000 cards and there are numerous traps, spells, and monsters you can pick from. You can create and maintain a maximum of twenty decks to send out against your opposition in Story Mode.
The Story Mode takes place during Season 2 of the show in the timeline of Battle City.
Your opposition will consist of the most popular characters from the cartoon. Some of the cast to appears are Seto Kaiba, Weevil Underwood, and Rex Raptor. Unfortunately, this game has no campaign mode.
The exclusion of a Campaign Mode means you can’t fight other characters unless you are planning to go on a whole adventure. Even with that shortcoming, this is one that Yu-Gi-Oh! fans should try out.
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Duel Academy
The storyline here is the same as the first GX show, and you start this game by getting into the Duel Academy. In the academy, you can flesh out your created character and tone your talents in different duel classes. After the academy, you try to become the new King of games.
What makes this game more notable than others is the PDA feature.
The PDA lets you alter settings within the game so you don’t have to worry about activating cards while your opponent is taking their turn. Why was this feature removed from future games?
Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters
This game is different from many others in the franchise because instead of using cards to battle players, you roll dice. You battle against several favorites from the Yu-Gi-Oh! universe and try to become the best Dungeon Dice player in the world.
Dungeon includes over 100 monsters, more than 80 opponents and you can play against your friends in multiplayer. If you would rather play with dice instead of cards then you should check out Dungeon Dice. Most players and reviewers rate this one better than expected.
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004
This was the first in the Yu-Gi-Oh! World Tournament series but it offers just as much fun as the sequels that followed. Even though this was the first in a series, you wouldn’t know it when you saw what it has to offer.
This game features over a thousand cards which include more than 200 spells, over 100 traps, over a dozen ritual monsters, and more than 50 fusion monsters. Counting every monster included in this game would be a hard task.
This WCT 2004 is not lacking in characters either. World Championship Tournament 2004 offers more than two dozen opponents you can choose to take on in duels.
If this is your first Yu-Gi-Oh! game, the tournaments can be frightening for newer players. It’s recommended to have the manual to get started. It would also be wise to familiarize yourself with the rules before you compete.
Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway To The Destined Duel
This was the next release after The Eternalist Duelist Soul. This game performs like you would expect a sequel to. Stairway To The Destined Duel offers gameplay for people who love strategy and it offers a new interface.
It includes more than one thousand cards, a dozen kinds of booster packs and you can save your progress on the cartridge. If you weren’t happy with the pace in Eternalist Duelist Souls then you might be happy with the pace in this game.
The critics loved this game because this was the first Yu-Gi-Oh! title to get review scores over 70. That goes to show this game was a hit in the opinions of everyone and just people who were fans of Yu-Gi-Oh!
Yu-Gi-Oh! Ultimate Masters: World Championship Tournament 2006
When you start to talk about the best Yu-Gi-Oh! games, the final World Championship Tournament has to be part of that conversation. This 2006 edition has more than 2000 cards but also contains structure decks that were in the original trading game.
If you want a game that you can keep coming back to for endless card battles this is the one for you. This is also the game for you if you didn’t like the long drawn-out dialogue that appeared in previous games.
Besides the duel mode which you would expect come to expect in a Yu-Gi-Oh! title, there is also a duel Puzzle mode where you have to complete challenges. There are several different challenges to choose from in the beginning and you can unlock more as you complete them.
Another mode introduced here is Theme Duel. To win a duel, you have to complete a certain action like scoring a specific number of points.
The graphics and sound won’t knock your socks off but this is the best dueling experience out there.
Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Eternal Duelist Soul
The best Yu-Gi-Oh! game on Game Boy Advance is The Eternal Duelist Soul. Eternal Duelist Soul is based on the original trading card game and the TV series so be prepared to stir up some great memories from the past.
You will be going against the characters you remember from the first season. There are different levels of enemies and as you defeat them, you will get access to more. There are over 800 cards in this release that can be moved to the main or side deck.
The in-game calendar plays a big part because you might unlock certain decks or be challenged by specific enemies on certain days. This is the highest-rated Yu-Gu-Oh! game on the GBA, and with good reason.
So what do you think is the best Yu-Gi-Oh GBA game? I remember how popular Yu-Gi-Oh was, and it’s sad that its popularity kind of died down.
If you never played any of these games then you should check some out. If you are a fan of these games and still have them, why not pull them out and play them again?