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.
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.
It was first released in 2004 and features modernised graphics and gameplay, but the same core gameplay as the 1986 original.
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.
Also known as “Metroid 4“, Metroid Fusion on the Game Boy Advance is the fourth episode in the famous run-and-gun series from Nintendo and was first released in 2002.
In this game the lead character, Samus Aran, goes up against a mysterious type of alien parasite – one that can (and does) mimic Samus herself, as well as various other creatures roaming the environment. If you kill a monster, it can be ressurrected by other parasites floating around, which adds a more strategic edge to the gameplay that is most welcome.
As well as having her usual abilities (arm canon, missiles, morph ball, etc.), Samus can now hang from platform edges, which is highly useful, and can also climb on overhead bars to bridge gaps.
Graphically, Metroid Fusion is gorgeous, with more colours available in this game, compared to Super Metroid, although the definition is not quite as crisp.
Overall, though, Metroid Fusion lives up to the other classics in the Metroid series and is still worth a play today, if you can find a copy.