GBA Reviews

Mega Man Zero 3 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Zero 3 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

(Mostly) Zero changes

After releasing the previous two Mega Man Zero titles and having them almost universally liked, it would've been crazy to end the series there; so, naturally, Capcom produced Mega Man Zero 3 for the Game Boy Advance. Just as before, the game follows the events of the previous instalments pretty directly. Picking up two months...

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Slightly less than super Ghouls ‘N Ghosts

Once upon a time when arcades were vibrant and 2D platform games were all the rage, Capcom struck gold with the original Ghosts 'N Goblins. The legendary tale of Sir Arthur and his quest to save Princess Prin Prin from demons was a huge success, but also notoriously difficult. Super tough from the off, in...

Mega Man Zero 2 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Zero 2 (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Zero times two

Just one year after Mega Man Zero, Inti Creates released a sequel for the Game Boy Advance spin-off. That might sound a bit quick, but Mega Man Zero 2 is no mindless cash-in. It took the sturdy foundation set by its predecessor and built upon it in impressive ways, while also smoothing out the rough edges. On top of that it wove an...

Fire Emblem (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Fire Emblem (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

So much to love Lyndis game

Before Fire Emblem: Awakening started the Year of Luigi off with a bang, there was a great deal of concern at Nintendo regarding its future viability as a franchise. Sales were at an all-time low, and series producer Hitoshi Yamagami was given an ultimatum: at least 250,000 copies of the latest entry needed to be sold in...

Mario Party Advance (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mario Party Advance (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Party of One

Given the palm-rending popularity of the Mario Party series on Nintendo 64, it was only a matter of time before Nintendo brought the festivities to a handheld venue, and in 2005 Mario Party Advance arrived to fulfil the dreams of on-the-go party people everywhere. Developed by the busy bees at Hudson Soft - best known as the house of...

F-Zero: GP Legend (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

F-Zero: GP Legend (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Dare you to blink

The F-Zero series has often dished out a steep challenge to players, and in GP Legend the uninitiated will be given no quarter unless they dig in their heels and learn the ropes. Players will be expected to tame every brutal hairpin, memorize each risky shortcut and etch sweet boosting spots into their brain if they are to succeed...

Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

A world in no need of change

Having Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World exist on the same Virtual Console as the original Super Mario World is like having two legit copies of the Mona Lisa hanging in the Louvre: each is fundamentally a masterpiece, and any attempt to compare the two is mostly going to come down to nitpicking about the way each...

Mega Man Zero (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Mega Man Zero (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

A side character gets a great spotlight

The Classic Mega Man Series was popular enough to warrant its own spin-off series, Mega Man X. That, in turn, proved strong enough for a spin-off series of its own, and in 2002 it arrived in the form of Mega Man Zero The Zero series spans four titles — all released exclusively for the Game Boy Advance —...

DK: King of Swing (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

DK: King of Swing (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Shouldering the effort

Between 1999's Donkey Kong 64 and 2010's Donkey Kong Country Returns, Nintendo's great ape served a cool-off period of sorts when it came to straight-up platforming adventures. He had no huge releases to his name, but that didn't mean he was on the backburner entirely. The 2000s were a time to utilise Donkey Kong as a...