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  • News Unseen 64 Spotlights Mythri, a Cancelled GBC/GBA Project

    Gone, but not forgotten

    It's interesting to see how far the indie development scene has come over the years. Nowadays, anybody with a laptop and some ambition can get a game out to the world, but it hasn't always been that way. Back in the day, there were far less channels to distribute games, and it was quite competitive within the few that were...

  • Retro Remember When Nintendo Ditched The Headphone Socket?

    Paving the way in more ways than one

    In case you missed it, Shigeru Miyamoto appeared on stage at Apple's 2016 conference yesterday to announce Super Mario Run, a brand-new Mario game for iOS. As if that wasn't shocking enough, Apple also revealed its new iPhone 7 which - as had been rumoured - does away with the traditional 3.5mm headphone socket...

August2016

  • Hardware Review Everdrive GBA X5

    ​Flash by name, flash by nature

    In the world of flash carts, one name stands out from the rest: Krikzz. This individual has produced a long line of carts for various retro systems, including the NES, SNES, Mega Drive / Genesis and N64. With each product the aim is simple - make the user experience as sea

  • Video Rare Reminisces on the Development of It's Mr. Pants

    "We decided to have a menagerie of animal and bird noises to reward you"

    Rare is a studio that's always been known for being one of the most prolific and beloved developers on Nintendo consoles during the 16 and 64 bit eras. Responsible for classics like the Donkey Kong Country series, Banjo-Kazooie, Goldeneye 007, and more, the studio's resume is...

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    Review Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team

    Pokécrawler: Red

    As well as the regular series of Pokémon RPGs, a number of spin-off games have appeared over the years. Developed by Chunsoft, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team arrived on the Game Boy Advance in 2006 and (like a number of the studio's titles) takes the form of a dungeon crawler that has you battling against numerous enemy...

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    Review Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Falzar / Gregar

    One last network battle

    Mega Man Battle Network 5 changed a few things around for this series, but was mostly quite similar to its predecessor. Deciding to go for one last hurrah on the Game Boy Advance, Capcom created a sixth Battle Network game. Don't expect any big surprises though; it's still quite similar to its peers. After spending the...

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    Review Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

    Tactical Fantasy Action

    It wasn't that long ago that things were going so well. With just one member of the opposing clan left against the three on your team, wrapping up this mission seemed to be straightforward enough. Then he took out your mighty Bangaa warrior and is now causing your sword guy plenty of trouble on account of the fact he returns...

January2016

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    Review Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3

    It's a'me, Mario 3! (again)

    We all know about Super Mario Bros. 3 for the NES. It was a fantastic game worthy of all the praise that it received, and that remains true to this day. So, this review won't discuss all the merits of the original game. Instead, it will focus on the unique features of Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3, released...

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    Review Drill Dozer

    Not likely to make you doze off

    Game Freak is a developer known for its work on titles such as Pokémon Red and Blue, Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon Black and White. It does occasionally put out games that don't feature the pocket monsters, however, and one of those is Drill Dozer, a Game Boy Advance action platformer set across six...

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    Review Game & Watch Gallery Advance

    Nintendo's Portable Hits: The Early Years

    In the 1980's (before the Game Boy was released), Nintendo's series of Game & Watch handhelds provided people with portable gaming excitement. As LCD games they provided a stripped down gaming experience that Cranky Kong would approve of - basic sounds, none of those pointless fancy graphics and only a...

December2015

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    Review Polarium Advance

    Black + white = fun exercise for the old grey matter

    Draw a line. OK, you'll have to give it a bit more thought than that as you won't be passing through all the squares on screen, but Polarium Advance is a simple game to play. Each puzzle consists of white and black tiles and once you've picked a start point you must draw a single line, moving...

  • News Final Fantasy VI Advance Arrives on the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan

    Will hopefully journey to the West

    Nintendo hardware may not be benefitting from all of the main-series Final Fantasy releases, but the recent arrival of Cloud in Super Smash Bros. and the upcoming release of Final Fantasy Explorers in the West are both indications of the solid relationship between Nintendo and Square Enix. Another small piece of...

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    Review Medabots AX: Metabee & Rokusho

    Medaboring

    The previous Medabots game was an RPG which had some cool ideas and stayed quite true to the source material, but ultimately was undermined by a handful of major annoyances. Medabots AX, strangely enough, was actually originally released shortly before it, but this time around has seen the light of day second. Surprisingly, this game is...

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    Review Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX

    Contra-ry to popular opinion...

    The Contra series of games includes some of the run-and-gun genre's greatest titles; along with the Metal Slug series you won't find a finer bunch of ridiculously tough, immaculately designed platform action experiences. We've already been blessed with a Wii U Virtual Console port of Konami's 1992 SNES masterpiece...

November2015

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    Review Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town

    Farm Fatale

    If you're familiar with the original Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town, released on the Wii U Virtual console earlier in 2015, then you know just about all there is to expect out of its follow-up, Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town. In fact, you should probably skim the review of the first title if you want a rundown of the...

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    Review Konami Krazy Racers

    Super Konami Kart

    Konami Krazy Racers (AKA Konami Wai Wai Racing Advance in Japan) is a largely forgotten Mario Kart clone that was also one of the original launch games for GBA. If you can imagine Mario Kart Super Circuit with Konami-themed characters and courses, you'll be on the right track with what to expect from this decent little kart racer...

October2015

  • Video Car Owners May Wince After Watching This Final Fight One Trailer

    "Oh my car!"

    Final Fight One launches on the North American eShop today, and to mark this occasion Nintendo has released a trailer for the game. As you'll know if you read our review, the GBA port of Capcom's seminal coin-op isn't quite perfect but is still worth a spin if you're a fan. The only part that could cause some upset is the bonus stage,...

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    Review Pocky & Rocky with Becky

    Plain & Repetitive with Boredom

    There's real promise behind Pocky & Rocky with Becky, far more than the unimaginative title might suggest. Bite-size levels quickly give way to intriguing boss battles, and speedy pacing helps hold your interest throughout the campaign. However, these positive aspects quickly fade in the face of bland enemies,...

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    Review Medabots: Metabee & Rokusho

    Meh-abots

    Medabots has always been a bit of an odd case. Clearly created to hitch a ride on the Pokémon hype train, it's a series about people who - instead of capturing and fighting with creatures - collect machine parts to build and fight with robots. Unlike Digimon, which was also similar in setup, Medabots never really seemed to catch on...

September2015

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    Review Mario vs. Donkey Kong

    Prophesizing the amiiboom

    Mario vs. Donkey Kong is interesting in that it's the only game in the Mario vs DK franchise (to date) that actually allows the player to control Mario; indeed this was originally planned to be a sequel to 1994's Donkey Kong on Game Boy, so arguably those two have more in common than the other games in the series. Mario vs...

August2015

  • News This Mario Kart XXL Game Boy Advance Prototype Looks... Interesting

    Best left on the cutting room floor

    If any company is currently the leading light in prioritising enjoyable gameplay over pushing technology it's Nintendo. A look at the current and upcoming sleight of games re-affirms that clever ideas, established gameplay and colourful visuals are the priority - in most cases - above pushing boundaries. Of...

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    Review Onimusha Tactics

    The Oni put the feud in feudal Japan

    Onimusha Tactics was originally released 12 years ago, in 2003, for the Game Boy Advance. Developed and produced by Capcom, the same company that made the Onimusha series on the PS2, Tactics's gameplay and individual story deviates from the originals but retains a similar plot (involving the Onimusha and battling...

July2015

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    Review Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

    Tending to the roots

    If you're a fan of the Harvest Moon series, you know that a faithful instalment will leave only two questions: who do I get to marry and just how much free time can I afford to sacrifice over the next month or two? Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town sticks closer to this original formula than some of its more modern cousins,...

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    Review Final Fight One

    Still the One?

    It's fair to say Capcom was on a roll in the late '80s and early '90s. During this period it pushed out some bona-fide classic pieces of software, including 1989's seminal coin-op brawler, Final Fight. Indisputably one of the finest side-scrolling beat-'em-ups ever created, it joined a rush of similar coin-guzzling titles including...

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    Review Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival

    Ryu on Wii U (again)

    1991's Street Fighter II is a game that got people very excited and led to a surge of interest in the fighting genre. It's also a game that got updated a lot — new moves, new characters, new speeds... — while being ported to numerous home consoles and computers. Several of those ports have seen a Virtual Console release...

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    Review Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising

    Just like a black hole, it'll suck up hours of your time

    With the first Advance Wars being a hit on the GBA not long after the system launched, it was no wonder that a sequel would eventually follow. Released about two years later, Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising feels very much like an expansion pack, but one that is still more than worth the...

June2015

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    Review WarioWare Twisted!

    A turn for the best

    Mario's diabolical, greedy and slightly-overweight rival Wario is a genius of sorts. After all, why bother with long games when you can make many quick-paced, five-second challenges? The third game in the WarioWare series, entitled WarioWare Twisted!, never made its way to Europe - which is a crying shame, as it's one of the most...

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    Review Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun & Blue Moon

    Nothin' but net

    In every long running game series, there's always "that" one game which greatly splits the fanbase. Usually due to a major overhaul of an aspect that flies in the face of series tradition, these black sheep games typically are wrongfully seen as a bad or disappointing release simply because they did something different. Mega Man...

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    Review Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts

    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...

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    Review Mega Man Zero 2

    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...

January2015

  • Retrospective The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap - A Decade On

    Caps off to The Minish

    Today marks an historic day. The tenth anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. Perhaps one of the most unappreciated and overshadowed chapters in the long and lucrative series - selling just over 1 million units since its release - it's also one of the most unique, quirky and charming Zelda titles to have been...

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    Review Fire Emblem

    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...

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    Review Mario Party 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...

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    Review F-Zero: GP Legend

    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...

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    Review Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World

    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...

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    Review Kuru Kuru Kururin

    Brill Brill Brilliant

    Kururin's siblings have wandered off and got themselves lost, and now he must hop into his Helirin (a spinning blade with a cockpit stuck in the middle) to fly around a number of worlds to rescue them. There are tutorial levels available in Kuru Kuru Kururin, but the game is straightforward enough even if the gameplay is quite...

December2014

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    Review DK: King of Swing

    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...

November2014

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    Review Mario Kart Super Circuit

    Good for another lap

    When the Nintendo 64 hit the market and suggested that 2D games had gone the way of the dodo, many of us that were fond of fancy sprite-work were forced to dust off elderly hardware to scratch our itch for the classic genres we held dear — until the Game Boy Advance came along, that is. Often reflected upon as the second...

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    Review Golden Sun: The Lost Age

    The Return of the Prodigal Sun

    Back in 2001 (2002 in Europe) some players were left feeling short-changed when Golden Sun reached its abrupt ending. Developer Camelot – perhaps better known for the Shining Force series – had to split the game into two parts due to the Game Boy Advance’s hardware limitations. Those who’d already invested in...

October2014

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    Review Namco Museum

    Does it deserve to be exhibited on your Wii U?

    Originally released for the Game Boy Advance in 2001, Namco Museum is part of a long-running series (which goes by the same name) that saw regular releases over a 15-year period all the way up until 2010. This game is a compilation, featuring five classic arcade games: Ms. PAC-MAN, Galaga, Galaxian,...

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    Review Klonoa: Empire of Dreams

    Wahoo!

    Starting life on the PlayStation in 1997, at a time when Super Mario 64 had just brought the gaming world triple-jumping headlong into the era of 3D platforming, Namco's Klonoa series has always done things differently. Klonoa's first outing, Klonoa: Door to Phantomile, was a pioneering foray into 2.5D, mixing polygonal backgrounds with...

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    Review Wario Land 4

    Someone should write a 600-page book about this game!

    Wario Land 4 has seen a revival of sorts lately. Although Wario's core platforming series has been overshadowed for years by the surrealist microgames of WarioWare, last December journalist Daniel Johnson published Game Design Companion: A Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4, a staggering 600-page...

April2014

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    Review Golden Sun

    Magic Hands Make Light Work

    The more formulaic counterpart to RPG oddball Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Golden Sun expands on proven genre archetypes to deliver an experience that both pays tribute to and refines the classic role-playing adventure. It also gives some Wii U owners, potentially, their first experience of a franchise that has a...

  • News Animal Crossing and Metroidvania GDC Talks Now Available For Your Viewing Pleasure

    New Leaf and Castlevania devs discuss the intricacies of game development

    Many of the presentations at last month's Game Developers Conference are now available to view for free on the GDC Vault website, including Animal Crossing: New Leaf producer Katsuya Eguchi and co-director Aya Kyogoku's "How to Turn a New Leaf at the Animal Crossing" and...

  • News Nintendo Shows Off Upcoming Golden Sun and F-Zero GBA Wii U Virtual Console Releases

    Next week's offerings on show

    The early Game Boy Advance releases on the Wii U Virtual Console seem to have been rather popular with keen download fans, and it's certainly helped that some of the finest games of the portable's entire library have already arrived. The initial confirmed lineup is into its latter half, however, and Nintendo has...

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    Review Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

    Kirbytroid

    For the most part, not much has changed about the Kirby series — many of its titles are fairly straightforward platformers in which your main ability is to suck up enemies and acquire their powers. It's not until somewhat recently that the development teams started trying different things, and one can certainly make a case saying that...

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    Review Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

    Double trouble

    Back in 2003, Nintendo had already released two excellent Mario RPGs; Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and Paper Mario. Rather than immediately making a Paper Mario sequel, the company decided to add a third completely different game to the line-up. While the previous games were developed by Squaresoft and Intelligent...

  • Weirdness LEGO, Game Boy Advance and Transformers Together at Last

    With instructions to build your own!

    New York Lego builder Baron von Brunk has already built a giant, working NES controller and a series of Nintendo console transformers like the N64 and the original Game Boy, which is currently a Lego CUUSOO submission. Now von Brunk assaults us with VANTAGE, a transfo

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    Review Metroid Fusion

    SA-Xcellent

    Released a full eight years after its phenomenal Super Nintendo predecessor, Super Metroid, Metroid Fusion is a well-paced, tense, atmospheric game and an oft-overlooked GBA classic. Players assume the role of Samus Aran, the legendary bounty hunter responsible for overturning the sinister designs of the Space Pirates and obliterating...

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    Review Advance Wars

    War has never been so much fun

    Mention Advance Wars to a seasoned gamer and they're almost guaranteed to have heard of it. One of the earliest major Game Boy Advance titles, it's now also one of the earliest titles from the handheld on the Wii U Virtual Console, giving veterans another chance to pick it up and newcomers an ideal opportunity to see...

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  • News Super Retro Trio Plays SNES, Genesis, NES and GBA Games

    The RetroN5 has a challenger

    It would seem that 2013 is going to be a big year for new gaming hardware — not only will we see the PlayStation 4 and Next Xbox, but we've got two new retro systems to look forward to as well. Hyperkin's RetroN 5 will be joined by the Retro-Bit Super Retro Trio, which plays SNES, Genesis / Mega Drive, NES and (with...

December2012

December2011

  • News 3DS Ambassador GBA Games Out Friday in Europe

    Good news, everyone

    After news of the Japanese 3DS Game Boy Advance Ambassador games we now have official confirmation from Nintendo Europe that the following games are on the way this week. SpotPass notifications through the 3DS Ambassador certificate are rolling out from today. From Friday 16th December 3DS Ambassadors in Europe will be able to...

  • News Nintendo UK Reconfirms GBA Ambassador Games for This Month

    It's all good

    After the GBA Ambassador games release date rumours of a delay, Nintendo UK has confirmed to Official Nintendo Magazine that the games are still on course to release this year. A spokesperson told the magazine's website: The forthcoming 10 GBA Virtual Console titles available for registrants of the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Programme,...

  • Rumour GBA Ambassador Games Delayed to 2012

    Ruh-roh

    Update: Nintendo UK has stated the 3DS GBA Ambassador games will still release this year. After the delay of the 3DS system update we've got another digital delay rumour: according to Nintendo Spain, the Game Boy Advance Ambassador games won't be available until 2012. The site says "disponibles a partir del

September2011

  • Feature Staff Memories of the Game Boy Advance

    Remembering the last ever Game Boy

    This week we have been celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Game Boy Advance. It was the last handheld of the Game Boy era, and is fondly remembered for vivid graphics, multiplayer gameplay and for the portable gaming experience that it offered. To round off our GBA celebrations, we’ve invited some of our...

  • Feature Remembering the Game Boy Advance

    The end of an era

    For many years, the Game Boy brand was as synonymous with Nintendo as Mario and, perhaps, it still is. Have you ever been playing on your DS or 3DS and had someone who’s not particularly games savvy refer to it as a Game Boy? After all, the Game Boy was a worldwide brand phenomenon, penetrating the public consciousness and...

  • Talking Point The Most Memorable Third Party Game Boy Advance Games

    We’re a bit late to the party

    Back in June, the Game Boy Advance was celebrating its 10 year anniversary. We’re sure there was a party, with lots of balloons and a GBA shaped cake, but we weren’t there. We were a bit tied up with the excitement of E3 and the unveiling of the Wii U, while also looking ahead to what was next for the 3DS. Now we...

  • Talking Point The Five Remaining GBA Ambassador Games

    What could they be?

    With the NES half of the Ambassador titles hitting the eShop last week, it's only a matter of time before the ten Game Boy Advance games launch. So far Nintendo has announced only half: Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi's Island, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, Mario vs. Donkey Kong and WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$...

July2011

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