Building off of this morning’s news that the DS Lite is being phased out, it’s also important to note the death of another generation of gaming: Game Boy Advance games. The DS Lite was the last system to support GBA games and it’s a shame to see such a wonderful collection of games go back into the vault.

From 2001 to 2005, the GBA transformed through three redesigns: Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP and Game Boy Micro. The latter killing off Game Boy Color game compatibility.

With the discontinuing of the DS Lite, the GBA gets the shaft as well. The DSi might have killed off GBA support in favor of a SD card slot and camera, but at least gamers who wanted to play GBA games could still pick up a DS Lite. But no more.

With the upcoming release of the Virtual Console on the 3DS that will support retro Game Boy and Game Boy Color games, it’s entirely possible that Nintendo might have plans for Game Boy Advance games to be turned into digital downloads, but for now, the era comes to close. Until we meet again GBA.

So tell us, what were your favorite GBA games? Let’s reminisce a little. I’ll never forget Golden Sun, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance and Mario Kart Advance or rare games like Ninja Five-O that received little to no love from the gaming world.

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