Grab your cards; it’s time to check out the best Yu-Gi-Oh GBA games of all time!
I could never look at a pack of cards the same way again after watching Yu-Gi-Oh for the first time. I wanted the jokers and hearts to be Dark Magicians and parts of Exodia: The Forbidden One.
While I was out buying and collecting Yu-Gi-Oh cards of my own, I was also feeding my craving by playing the fantastic video games that were dropping on my favourite Nintendo handhelds.
While the GBC had a couple of neat titles, the GBA played host to some of the very best games in the series.
And whether playing on the GBA or the backlit SP AG-101, they were a joy to behold.
Ok, even more so on the SP without the annoying GBA worm light, I have to admit.
So, let’s crack on with Egyptian God collecting and card wielding battles straight away, shall we? Check out the 10 best Yu-Gi-Oh GBA games on the console right here!
10. Yu-Gi-Oh! 7 Trials to Glory: World Championship Tournament 2005 (2004)
Yu-Gi-Oh! 7 Trials to Glory: World Championship Tournament 2005 kickstarts this list of the best Yu-Gi-Oh GBA games ever made.
It’s also given me a sore wrist just writing that out!
1,000 cards are available to pick from in this game, and they’ll all come in use as you move around a town where everyone wants to duel you.
You’re going to see the 2004 World Championship game further down this list for sure, and for all intense and purposes, the games are very similar.
There are some changes, however, including faster duelling and the ability to manage up to 20 decks.
The campaign mode is now a free-roaming mode that boasts similarities to the Battle City feel of the TV show.
And, there’s a list of cards that are forbidden that changes every week too. That should help to mix thing sup and keep your deck evolving.
9. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 6 Expert 2 (2001)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 6 Expert 2 is actually a little bit of a cheat entry.
This Japanese-only release title later went on to be modified into another title further down our list, though you’ll have to read on to find out which one.
Fans play single opponents and battle in tournaments that they find while roaming around the map screen,
Win cards by defeating opponents and get free cards from a duelling magazine.
Why don’t I live in this world full-time?
Play against Seto Kaiba, Rex Raptor, Tea Gardner, and many more memorable names as you move through the game. You can also unlock new duelists too!
8. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Duel Academy (2006)
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Duel Academy takes the 8th spot in this list of the best Yu-Gi-Oh GBA games, sticking closely to the post of GX variant of the popular Anime show.
As the title suggests, players are competing in a Duel Academy. The prize – become the King of Games.
Now, that’s a name I could get behind. Imagine if was the ‘Retro Dodo King of Games’ instead of Editor in Chief. I reckon I’d have that on a royal chain and wear it everywhere.
The concept of these games is fairly similar throughout, so you’re not going to be seeing much variation in the general gamestyle. You can however customise your character to help you get into the card-wielding mainframe.
Customise your character, get into the zone, and bring your card-wielding A-Game.
The most exciting thing about this game is the PDA system, a feature that Yu-Gi-Oh fans were over the moon about at the time.
This meant that you could avoid continuous card activation notifications while playing, keeping your blood pressure down and hair on your head instead of in tufts in your hands.
7. Yu-Gi-Oh! Ultimate Masters: World Championship Tournament 2006 (2006)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Ultimate Masters: World Championship Tournament 2006 has to be the longest GBA title I’ve ever written down.
Still, it’s all good for the word count, right?
As with the other best Yu-Gi-Oh GBA games in this list, the 2006 world championship tournament sees players both collecting cards and battling with them.
Make decks and battle monsters instead of human players. Yep, that’s a nice little twist, attaching the decks that have been built around each creature before delivering the final blow.
And, if things start to get a little too normal and you want a splash of the surreal, then you can battle yourself to see how good you really are.
Free Duel provides you with a more relaxing way to duel, bringing the traditional duelling stylings of the game for you to enjoy.
Still, it’s the themed challenges and duels that make this game so addictive. Plus, if you have a GBA Link Cable, then trading cards with other players keeps things interesting too!
6. Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef Of Destruction (2005)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Reshef Of Destruction deals its way into 6th place in our list of the best Yu-Gi-Oh GBA games of all time.
If you’re looking for a Yu-Gi-Oh game that feels a little more like the Pokemon adventures, then this title will be right up your street. It sees players working through Domino City on a quest to find Millennium Pieces.
Searchingfor Egyptian God cards, completing side quests… it’s the stuff dreams are made of.
Until you realise that this is one of the most difficult GBA games in existence, that is. Seriously, it’s one incredibly tough cookie to crack alright!
The explorative elements of this game keep you coming back for more. Between having the chance to move Yugi around and the individual cutscenes, there’s so much exciting gameplay grab your attention.
Stronger cards become available to collect as the game goes on, allowing you to hone your battle skills and create a more impressive deck as you progress.
Don’t forget how hard I said this game was though… maybe buy two or three GBAs in case you throw them against the wall.
5. Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004 (2004)
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2004 gives players a chance to actually feel like they were at the 2004 event.
All you’ll need to do is gel your hair up, grab your massive gold chain and card deck, and sit somewhere with your GBA.
The 2004 and 2006 games are incredibly similar. I’ve just ranked the 2004 title further down the list because, surprise surprise, I played it more due to the fact it came out before.
There are a whopping 1,100 cards for gamers to find and duel with. Think of all the different deck combinations you can make with those!
Making a different deck every time you beat the 25 opponents in this game helps to keep the magic alive every time you play too.
One thing I will say is that this game isn’t for beginners. You’ll beed to know a little about Yu-Gi-Oh rules and regs before jumping in. This is the championships, after all, so you’ll need to work up your craft a little until you get into the groove.
4. Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards (2002)
Yu-Gi-Oh! The Sacred Cards slams into 4th place in our best Yu-Gi-Oh GBA games list.
Like Reshef of Destruction, players move though a city collecting Egyptian God cards. This time, players have to complete missions in Battle City and find cards while battling foes.
That’s not the only thing this game shares with Reshef either. The Sacred Cards is another intensely challenging game that requires tonnes of skill, and it brings RPG-esque features to the GBA too.
It’s not enough to know what happens in Yu-Gi-Oh series 2; you need to have the kind of patience that Fire Emblem players exude in the middle of all-out warfare.
Alas, like many good things in life, this game is far too short. Everything about it is brilliant bar the amount of time it takes to complete.
Still, the graphics and animations are superb, as is the gameplay that is there. And with just shy of 1 million sales and sequel to keep the action going, it obviously kept the fans happy.
Just play it on repeat; get your money’s worth!
3. Yu-Gi-Oh! Eternal Duelist Soul (2001)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Eternal Duelist Soul takes action directly from the TV series. There’s no messing around; recreate the scenes that you saw on the TV on Saturday mornings in the palm of your hands.
If that doesn’t say ‘nostalgia’, then I don’t know what will!
Fans of the TV show will recognise tonnes of famous faces as they play. Unlock new foes to battle every time you defeat a different opponent and use epic cards that Yugi uses in the episodes.
The GBA game has something called a Game Calendar too. Certain events will only occur on specific days. with challengers appearing at specific times and decks having a limited-time use etc.
It’s a nice way of keeping things fresh and mixing things up a little, which is great when you’ve played it as many times as I have. And, with 800 cards available, it’s nice to have some deck restrictions to help you out!
2. Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters (2001)
Yu-Gi-Oh! Dungeon Dice Monsters is one of my all-time favourite GBA games, which could go some way as to explaining why it’s sitting at Number 2 in our best Yu-Gi-Oh GBA games list!
Remember the dice created by Duke Devin in the TV show? Well, this is a game based entirely around it.
Dice instead of cards… just when you thought this article couldn’t get any geekier!
The premise of this game is simple; instead of using cards, players roll dice to summon monsters.
Defeating monster lords never looked so good. In fact, I bet half of you didn’t even know that monster lords existed before this!
Players wield 15 different six-sided dice in order to win matches and become the Dice Master.
I think I once bought something called a Dice Master to cut up vegetables… but that’s another story for another time.
1. Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel (2003)
The people have spoken, the cards have been dealt, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Worldwide Edition: Stairway to the Destined Duel is officially the best Yu-Gi-Oh GBA game of all time!
It’s also the modified version of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters 6 Expert 2!
Fans of the Eternal Duelist Soul (and that should be all of you) will love this sequel.
We’re talking more strategy, more battles, and more masterful moments for you to lose your freakin’ mind over.
One thing I like about this game over its predecessor is that pace of the battles. Everything feels a lot more tense, the need to win exacerbated by the speed of the battle and the plot driving you forward.
Am I selling it to you?
Seriously, you’ll be hooked as soon as you start playing; the action doesn’t;t let up, and with over 1,000 cards to find and battle with while travelling through the Ghoul’s Pyramid, you won’t want to turn your GBA off.
And, there’s a way of collecting more cards by entering codewords found on actual Yu-Gi-Oh cards. Now that is a nice feature.
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.