GBA retrospective

169: Game Boy Advance Retrospective (Live from PAX West 2023)

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Not only did Nintendo launch the greatest home console of all time in 2001 with the Nintendo Gamecube but they also released the greatest handheld of all time as well. Live at PAX West, we collected a group of Game Boy Advance experts to discuss the device’s history and their memories of the console and build an essential collection of Game Boy Advance games. Members of the PAX West audience contributed their suggestions – watch to see the final list!

The Game Boy Advance Was The Greatest Game Handheld Ever Made was recorded live at PAX West 2023 on Sunday, September 3rd, 2023 at the Seattle Convention Centre.

There’s one section that relies on visual aids; you can download the slides here.

Big thanks to the Video Game History Foundation for providing research assistance. Find them on Twitter, Patreon and on the web.


  • 0:00 Intro
  • 4:05 A Speedy History of What Led to the Game Boy Advance
  • 5:20 Why It’s the Greatest Console of All-Time
  • 26:00 A Definitive List of the 15 Best Game Advance Games as crafted by the PAX West Audience


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