SNES vs. GBA: Graphics Comparison of All 48 SNES GBA Ports

This video shows off every Super Nintendo game ported to the Game Boy Advance and compares graphics and audio.

The Game Boy Advance is often called a ‘SNES you can carry in your pocket’. Everyone knows the handheld featured dozens of ports from the Super Nintendo. But how many SNES ports were there exactly on the GBA? As an avid retro gamer, I wanted to find out. I couldn’t find a single source that listed them all, however. So I set out to create my own list of SNES vs. GBA games and turn it into a video.

Before I could begin, I had to create some rules on which games to count and which to leave out:
-Naturally, I included games that were direct ports of SNES-only games.
-I also chose to include games that were a port of a multi-platform game that also appeared on the SNES, even if it didn’t use that version as a base (ex. Doom). I did this because these games are often counted as ports and can be compared 1:1 well in a video.
-I decided to not include games that differ completely in gameplay/level design (Super James Pond on SNES/James Pond 2 on GBA). Those are more like remakes than ports.

The SNES audio is on the left channel and the GBA audio is on the right channel. That way you can compare not just the graphics, but also the audio of both games.

Now that I’ve explained everything, let’s take a look at every SNES GBA port.

Click the timecode, if you want to skip to a certain game:
0:00 – Aero the Acro-Bat
0:13 – Angelique
0:23 – Blackthorne
0:33 – Breath of Fire
0:43 – Breath of Fire II
0:53 – Contra III
1:03 – Desert Strike
1:13 – Disney’s Aladdin
1:23 – Disney’s Magical Quest
1:33 – Disney’s Magical Quest 2
1:43 – Disney’s Magical Quest 3
1:53 – Donkey Kong Country
2:03 – Donkey Kong Country 2
2:13 – Donkey Kong Country 3
2:23 – Doom
2:33 – EarthBound
2:43 – Earthworm Jim
2:53 – Earthworm Jim 2
3:03 – Final Fantasy IV
3:13 – Final Fantasy V
3:23 – Final Fantasy VI
3:33 – Final Fight
3:43 – Ganbare Goemon
3:53 – Ganbare Goemon 2
4:03 – Kid Klown
4:13 – Legend of Zelda, The: A Link to the Past
4:23 – Lost Vikings, The
4:33 – Mega Man & Bass
4:43 – Metal Max 2
4:53 – Mortal Kombat 3
5:03 – Mr. Nutz
5:13 – Phalanx
5:23 – Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure
5:33 – Prehistorik Man
5:43 – R-Type III: The Third Lightning
5:53 – Rock n’ Roll Racing
6:03 – Shin Megami Tensei
6:13 – Shin Megami Tensei II
6:23 – SimCity 2000
6:33 – Smurfs, The
6:43 – Soccer Kid
6:53 – Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
7:03 – Super Mario Bros. 2
7:13 – Super Mario Bros. 3
7:23 – Super Mario World
7:33 – Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
7:43 – Tales of Phantasia
7:53 – Wolfenstein 3D

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  • What do you think is the best SNES port on the GBA?

    CaptRobau July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • I actually know when Mother 1+2 was released for PAL and NA. PAL 2019 NA 2019

    While not getting an official nintendo release, fans have managed to translate the game and bring it to america.

    ᴛʜᴇ sᴏᴠɪᴇᴛ ᴜɴɪᴏɴ July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • thanks for making this 🙂

    nicholascooney July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • 5:44 R-Type 3 is a great game of the SNES, then I see this port and I can't believe it. I imaginated something better.

    AdVENTure Dude July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • I never fully realized how bad the crammed visuals were…that explains why "Mystical Quest" was SO much harder….

    1981patx July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • For Everyone: Pls Search the Phalanx cover art in the snes, it's very bad LOL

    Brick Man July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • Thank you for this video, the most complete comparation found, you should do it with other consoles, I difinetly will share it

    Rafael Martinez July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • ❗Some SNES Games I have to wonder WHY were they ported…

    Leigh Dappa July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • great video, in romhacking i found some patches for enhance colors in gba and match snes colors.
    in 7:14 is swaped, the games are in wrong place

    yoshi3706 July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • Why all GBA games collors look washed out?

    Luciano Gertrudes July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • Gotta say that putting a different track in each ear channel was super annoying.

    Deses July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • When people say that the Switch is a port machine, remember that handhelds have always been port machines.

    THIS AIN'T A SCENE IT'S A GAH DAH ARH RAH July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • Great! However, your Super Mario All Stars / Super Mario Advance videos are swapped

    XXVII_27 July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • So which are the best snes games on GBA? Also are the y multiplayer?

    8wealthyone8 July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • Great video, really cool and informative. Well done dude and thank you. Might use this to make a collection on my EZ Flash Omega!

    Paul T July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply
  • This is a reupload, as I made some editing mistakes in the version that I uploaded first (wrong footage with wrong games). That of course couldn't stay up, so I had to fix and render again. Anyway, let me know if you like this video and if you want to see more like it.

    CaptRobau July 2, 2020 10:50 pm Reply

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