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GBAtemp Recommends was a weekly magazine feature, launched October 22nd, 2008, in which the GBAtemp staff recommended classic Game Boy Advance titles. On October 3rd, 2011, the project was revived into a full featured news article where the GBAtemp community and staff members are no longer given any specific software/system restrictions.

Each Monday, the authors will post a new issue featuring a new title that we recommend you play! The selected titles are the best of the best for one reason or another in our humble opinions. The things we recommend may be “old school” titles, a homebrew, a ROM hack, sleeper hits, an application, etc, but one thing's certain, we think they are fantastic and deserve your attention!

This project aims to share the word about great software that some may not have experienced. We hope that our efforts spark your interests and give you a reason to dust off forgotten gaming systems.

In the issues, we aim to provide lots of information, screenshots, gameplay videos, and helpful links. In addition, the GBAtemp community members are able to discuss the recommended title in the topic itself - where they can share their opinions, tips, advice, and challenges!

GBAtemp Recommends Revival

Game Genre Platform Date
Ature Action-Adventure RPG Atari 2600 Homebrew October 17th, 2012
Red Temple Action-Puzzle DS Homebrew October 24th, 2012
JNKPlat: Platdude's Happy Endings Puzzle-Platformer DS Homebrew October 31st, 2012
Recca Vertical Shooter NES November 7th, 2012
Metroid: Zero Mission 2D Action-Adventure GBA November 14th, 2012
Contra J NES (Translation Patch) Platformer NES November 21st, 2012
Legend of the Red Dragon (LORD) RPG PC November 28th, 2012
Breath Of Fire 2 Retranslation RPG SNES December 5th, 2012
Sweet Home English Translation Patch RPG NES December 12th, 2012
N+ Action-Platformer DS December 19th, 2012
Adventure Action-Adventure Atari 2600 December 25th, 2012
5nake Mini-game GBA/NDS Homebrew January 2nd, 2012
Anguna: Warriors of Virtue Action-Adventure RPG GBA/NDS Homebrew January 9th, 2012
Solitaire Card Game/Puzzle NES January 16th, 2012
The Legend of Kage Action-Platformer NES January 23rd, 2012
SpoutEX Abstract Vertical Shooter GBA/DS January 29th, 2012
River City Ransom RPG influenced Beat-um-up with Action-adventure Platforming elements NES February 6th, 2012
Rune Factory 2: A Fantasy Harvest Moon Simulation/RPG with elements of a Dungeon Crawler DS February 13th, 2012
Full Throttle Point-and-Click Adventure PC February 20th, 2012
Virtual Boy Wario Land Platformer Virtual Boy February 27th, 2012
Star Wars Namco Platformer Family Computer March 5th, 2012
Tales of Phantasia RPG SNES/GBA/PSX March 12th, 2012
Shadowgate Point-and-Click Adventure NES March 19th, 2012
Live A Live (Translation Patch) RPG SNES March 26th, 2012
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards Point-and-Click Adventure PC April 2nd, 2012
Operation C Platformer Gameboy April 9th, 2012
An Untitled Story Platformer Windows April 16th, 2012
The Soviet Mind Game TETЯIS Puzzle NES April 23rd, 2012
NHL 95 Sports Genesis April 30th, 2012
Motocross Maniacs Puzzle-Platformer GB May 7th, 2012
Superman Action-Adventure Atari 2600 May 14th, 2012
Super Mario Bros. 2 Platformer NES May 21st, 2012
Castlevania Chronicles Platformer PS1 May 28th, 2012
Pitfall II: The Lost Caverns Adventurer's Edition Platformer Atari 5200 June 4th, 2012
Wolfenstein 3D First Person Shooter DOS June 11th, 2012
ActRaiser Action-Platforming, Strategy-simulation SNES June 18th, 2012
Journey to Silius Run and Gun NES June 24th, 2012
Jazz Jackrabbit Platforming PC July 1st, 2012
Tombs & Treasure Adventure Role-playing NES July 9th, 2012
Heart of Darkness Cinematic Platformer PS1 July 16th, 2012
The Punisher Beat 'em up Arcade July 23rd, 2012
Inazuma Eleven 2: Blizzard sports-fantasy RPG DS July 30th, 2012
Death Rally Top-Down Combat Racing PC August 6th, 2012
World of Sand DS Physics-based NDS August 13th, 2012
Dragon's Lair (GBC) Action Interactive Movie GBC August 20th, 2012
Earth (Doom II WAD) First-person shooter PC August 27th, 2012
Spirits DS Adventure Platformer DS September 3rd, 2012
Everyday Shooter Abstract Musical Shooter PS3/PSP/PC September 11th, 2012
The Immortal Role-playing NES September 17th, 2012
Demon's Crest Action-adventure platformer SNES September 24th, 2012
Time Traveler FMV-adventure Arcade October 1st, 2012
Metal Slug 3 Run-n-gun Arcade October 8th, 2012
Cave Story Platform-adventure PC October 14th, 2012
Aliens Infestation Action-adventure DS October 30th, 2012
Organ Tail: Directors Cut Survival-Simulation PC/Android November 5th, 2012
Another World: 15th Anniversary Action-adventure PC/Android November 12th, 2012
Ultima VI: The False Prophecy & Metal Storm RPG & Shooter Various & NES November 19th, 2012
Ristar Platform Mega Drive/Genesis November 25th, 2012
Dragon Quest Monsters Turn-Based RPG GBC December 4th, 2012
No-One Lives Forever FPS PC December 11th, 2012
Parasol Stars - Story of Bubble Bobble III Platform Various December 19th, 2012
Nethack Roguelike PC December 25th, 2012
Tyrian 2000 Vertical Shooter PC January 1st, 2013
Dark Cloud / Dark Chronicle Dungeon Crawler PS" January 8th, 2013
Medal of Honour FPS PS1 January 15th, 2013
Cannon Fodder Action/Strategy Various January 23rd, 2013
Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins Platform GB January 28th, 2013
Metal Gear Solid GBC Stealth-Action GBC February 4th, 2013
Warlocked RTS GBC February 12th, 2013
Zelda: Links Awakening Action-adventure GB/GBC February 19th, 2013
StarFox 3D Space Shooter SNES February 22nd, 2013
Spider-Man 2 Open world action-adventure PS2/GC/XB February 27th, 2013
Fury of the Furries Platformer Amiga/PC March 7th, 2013
Metal Slug 1st Mission Platform-Shooter Neo Geo Pocket Colour March 13th, 2013
Sweet Home (again) Survival Horror-RPG NES March 19th, 2013
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga RPG GBA July 28th, 2013
Viewtiful Joe Platformer-Beat-em-up GC/PS2 August 2nd, 2013
New Ghostbusters II Overhead-Action adventure NES August 9th, 2013
Shatterhand Platform-Action NES August 14th, 2013
Xexyz Action platform/Shooter NES August 23rd, 2013
Desert Strike Free roaming Shooter Various August 30th, 2013
Sigma Star Story RPG/Shooter GBA September 5th, 2013
Monster World IV Platformer/Adventure Mega Drive/Genesis/Virtual Console September 11th, 2013
Kirby Star Stacker Puzzle GB September 28th, 2013
Whip Rush Shooter Mega Drive/Genesis October 11th, 2013
Superfrog Platformer Amiga/PC November 17th, 2013
Secret of Evermore Action-RPG SNES November 24th, 2013
Lemmings Puzzle/Strategy Various December 2nd, 2013
James Pond II: Codename - Robocod & Cho Aniki Platformer / Shooter Various December 25th
Doom 64 FPS N64 January 1st, 2014
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Platform-Adventure GBA January 7th, 2014
Little Nemo: The Dream Master Platform NES January 16th, 2014
Turrican II - The Final Fight Platform-Shooter C64/Amiga January 22nd, 2014
Indiana Jone's Greatest Adventures Action Super Nintendo January 28th, 2014

GBAtemp Recommends!

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All topic from the original GBAtemp Recommends! series.
Game Genre Date
Golden Sun RPG October 22nd, 2008
Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hands Action RPG October 29th, 2008
MOTHER 3 RPG November 6th, 2008
Go! Go! Beckham! Adventure on Soccer Island Platformer November 12th, 2008
V-Rally 3 Racing November 19th, 2008
Sabre Wulf Platformer/Puzzle November 26th, 2008
Guru Logi Champ Puzzle December 3rd, 2008
Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure Beat 'em Up December 10th, 2008
Bionicle: Heroes Run-and-Gun Shooter December 17th, 2008
Gekido Advance: Kintaro's Revenge Scrolling Beat-em-up December 24th, 2008
Another World Adventure Platformer December 30th, 2008
Drill Dozer Action Platformer January 7th, 2009
Max Payne Advance Action Shooter January 14th, 2009
Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis Turn-Based Strategy January 21st, 2009
Mario Golf: Advance Tour Golf RPG January 28th, 2009
Racing Gears Advance Racing February 5th, 2009
Ninja Five-O Action February 10th, 2009
Blender Bros. Platformer/Action February 18th, 2009
Densetsu no Starfy (series) Action platformer February 27th, 2009
Defender of the Crown Strategy March 9th, 2009
Turbo Turtle Adventure Puzzle/Action March 11th, 2009
Kurukuru Kururin Puzzle/Action March 22nd, 2009
Karnaaj Rally Racing April 1st, 2009
Astro Boy: Omega Factor Action April 7th, 2009
ChuChu Rocket! Puzzle April 8th, 2009
Medal of Honor - Infiltrator! Action April 20th, 2009
Konami Krazy Racers Kart Racing May 7th, 2009
Blackthorne Action Platformer June 30th, 2009

Want to get involved?

If you have a passion for writing and a desire to recommend gaming software, then look no further. The GBAtemp Recommends Revival project is open to all of our community members. Getting in involved is easy, PM Another World and ask for details!