Category Archives: Nintendo

Pokémon Ruby Version, Game Boy Advance

Pokémon Ruby Version – released the same time as Pokémon Sapphire Version – was developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo in 2002 in Japan and 2003 everywhere else. It is known as a ‘third generation’ Pokémon game.

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WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames!, Game Boy Advance

This 2003 release from Nintendo is the first game in the WarioWare series. The WarioWare series is all about playing short minigames, that the player must complete in sequence, with the speed of the challenges increasing as the game progresses.

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! is known as “Minigame Mania” in PAL regions, but I’m sticking to the original title here.

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Mario Golf: Advance Tour, Game Boy Advance

Mario Golf: Advance Tour was released in 2004 and was developed by Camelot Software Planning for Nintendo.

It is similar in many ways to Mario Tennis: Power Tour – it’s like an RPG with golfing elements – and it is a lot of fun to play.

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Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Game Boy Advance

Mario vs. Donkey Kong was released for the Game Boy Advance in 2004. It’s a platform-based puzzle game, combining elements from the Mario and Donkey Kong series.

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Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Game Boy Advance

This handheld version of Mario Kart was developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo on the Game Boy Advance in 2001, and it is quite wonderful to play! Like pretty much every Mario Kart game ever made… What’s not to like about them?

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Metroid: Zero Mission, Game Boy Advance

There are two Metroid games on the Game Boy Advance. One is an original game, called Metroid Fusion, and there’s also this one: Metroid: Zero Mission, which is a remake of the original Metroid.

It was first released in 2004 and features modernised graphics and gameplay, but the same core gameplay as the 1986 original.

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Advance Wars, Game Boy Advance

Advance Wars is turn-based tactical war game developed by Intelligent Systems and was first published in North America on September 10th 2001.

As everyone knows: the following day the world witnessed the horrific attacks on the World Trade Centre, and this tragic event resulted in the delay of Advance Wars being released to the rest of the world.

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Game Boy Advance Special

The Nintendo Game Boy Advance is a 32-bit handheld video game console that was first launched in 2001 and went on to become a best-seller. Ultimately selling over 80 million physical units worldwide, until its discontinuation in 2010.

The GBA, as it is affectionately known, is renowned for being both versatile and powerful. In fact, many people refer to it as a “Super Nintendo in your hands” although the technical truth is a little more complicated than that.

It is, though, a very capable games machine and over its lifetime had a multitude of classic games released for it.

The Game Boy Advance screen resolution is only 240 x 160 pixels, with 32,000 colours available on-screen at once, but many developers managed to make the machine feel bigger than it actually was. Personally, I put the GBA up into my top five games console of all-time, because it has such a fantastic library of great games.

The GBA also has backwards compatibility with the original Game Boy, and Game Boy Color, so the choice of software available for the system is pretty mind-boggling.

The GBA also had a number of variations made during its lifetime, including the Game Boy Advance SP (SP meaning “Special”) which had a clamshell (or ‘laptop’ style) folding screen, and the Game Boy Micro (a smaller, lighter version of the GBA, but without the backward compatibility).

This week I’m going to be publishing grabs and write-ups of some of my favourite Game Boy Advance games.

Here’s a list of what was published:

Advance Wars
Metroid: Zero Mission
Defender of the Crown
Mario Kart: Super Circuit
The Pinball of the Dead
Car Battler Joe
Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
Castlevania: Harmony Of Dissonance
Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
Super Monkey Ball Jr.
Bruce Lee: Return of the Legend
Sabre Wulf
Mario vs. Donkey Kong
Mario Golf: Advance Tour
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames!

I hope you enjoy,
The King of Grabs

More: Game Boy Advance on Wikipedia

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Zoda’s Revenge: StarTropics II, NES

The 1994 sequel to StarTropics, Zoda’s Revenge again features the red-haired hero, Mike Jones, only this time he’s on a time-travelling adventure searching to find a series of puzzles shapes called “Tetrads”.

These Tetrads are actually a nod to Tetris, and in the Virtual Console re-release of StarTropics II their names have been changed to “Blocks”, probably to avoid any legal problems. But anyway, I digress…

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StarTropics, NES

StarTropics is an action adventure game released by Nintendo in 1990. It was developed in Japan, but was only ever intended for released in North America and Europe, which is kinda weird, but that was the plan all along apparently…

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