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Vinny

@ReaderRagfish Unfortunately, it didn't sell very well. Even in Japan, it sold less than the GBA titles. It's a shame. The world needs more relaxing platformers set in the ocean.

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Vinny

@ReaderRagfish Definitely 3.

1 was originally going to be a GBC title (there's some footage of that version on YouTube), so it's a pretty short game overall (I beat it in 3 hours), there's only 8 levels. It also feels a bit unpolished. Starfy's speed and the scrolling feels kinda slow.

2 is really long, there are 11 worlds, each with... Many levels each.
There's more variety in terms of areas this time around and Starfy comes out of the water way more often. There's also vehicle sections now, like one where you have to dodge stuff with a surfboard.

My main issue with this one is that it starts feeling like it overstays its welcome by the later levels, where's way too many vehicle sections.
The soundtrack also sounded a bit too high pitched and repetitive for me:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Vrtkn5x4Ai0

Since the worlds are so long, you will be listening to them loop a lot.
Though I still liked 2 better than 1 overall.

But 3 is where it's at. It's not as long as 2, but now you can play as Starfy's sister, which can crawl through narrow spaces and wall jump, the soundtrack is great and there are great worlds such a haunted mansion that's partly underwater, of course and a very nice snowy mountain. The level design is very good and they toned down on the excessive use of vehicles, as 2 playable characters already made the gameplay more varied.

This time around, they improved the graphics, as now there's parallax scrolling. It looks very smooth.

One of the highlights of the game is the Wario cameo. You don't control him, but you help him get trough a level. It's amazing.

All of the starfy GBA titles came out 1 year apart form each other (2002, 2003, 2004), while 4 for the DS came out in 2006. The only Starfy title released in english was released in 2008 in Japan and 2009 for the rest of the world. Though it's not a numbered title in the Japanese version.

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Heavyarms55

Hey guys, which Harvest Moon on GBA should I pick up? Friends of Mineral Town, or More Friends of Mineral town?

For the time being I decided to pick up Final Fantasy 6, FF Tactics and Golden Sun. Also probably gonna replay Advance Wars 1 and 2 and Fire Emblem and FE Sacred Stones. Probably Pokemon too. I ended up ordering a modded GBA with an AGS 101 screen refurbished, with glass lens, and an new transparent shell and black buttons.

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Heavyarms55

@ReaderRagfish Thanks for the info. I actually bought them through Amazon. After my hassles with ebay - I got the GBA and an Everdrive 5 ordered both from highly rated sellers - I decided I didn't want to deal with ebay further. I was pleasantly surpised that more than a few GBA games are still on Amazon at decent prices. I suppose there is still some risk, but Amazon has a decent return policy if it comes to that.

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@ReaderRagfish Fire Emblem I already own. At worst I may need to replace the internal battery for saves, but even I should be able to do that.

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Heavyarms55

@ReaderRagfish Yeah, off of the top of my head, Pokemon Ruby Sapphire and Emerald were the only ones I recall.

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Dezzy

markgrynko1472 wrote:

@Dezzy Thinking of trying it out with all the good reviews I've seen. But one says it's kinda repetitive and short compared to previous GBA ones so, that's that.

It's no more repetitive than any other Zelda game really. Length-wise it's apparently the same as most of the 2D Zeldas. According to https://howlongtobeat.com/

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Eel

As far as I know there are some games that were released legitimately with battery saves OR sram. As in, you could find them with either.

From what I hear, Harvest Moon and the Final Fantasies are some of them.

About the Harvest Moons, yeah the main difference is that one has boys and the other has girls. However More Friends also has a better translation, extra events, a different """story""", etc.

And while it's a bit irrelevant for you, More Friends can only connect to Another Wonderful Life on the GameCube (the girl version of Wonderful Life).

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Dezzy

Is Zero Mission a completely identical remake of the original Metroid or is it just a loose copy like with Samus Returns?

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Eel

It's more like Samus Returns.

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Tyranexx

Dezzy wrote:

Is Zero Mission a completely identical remake of the original Metroid or is it just a loose copy like with Samus Returns?

It's more like a remaster and is definitely a lot like how Samus Returns is to Metroid II. Some of the areas are set up similarly, and you'll recognize some enemy types if you've played the original. However, it's basically a better retelling of the first game (and then some ).

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ogo79

all 3 castlevania gba games must be played and beat with full completion in order to stand in the circle of true vampire hunters.

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Ralizah

@ReaderRagfish Mediocre. The Dual-Setup System is kind of neat, as it allows you to combine various cards to create new magicks, but the game itself is pretty unremarkable, especially next to games like Aria of Sorrow, Order of Ecclesia, and Rondo of Blood (my personal favorite game in the series).

@Dezzy There are similarities in Zero Mission to the original Metroid, but also big differences. Like Samus Returns, it has enough changes to be its own sort of experience entirely.

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Eel

Though to be honest, being the first Metroid, any remake of that game will be very different.

It was definitely a product of it's time. You can't really remake it and leave it mostly the same as the original.

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Ralizah

Maybe, but it makes a lot of changes that wouldn't have been necessary in a remake. Like the entire last hour or so.

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Eel

Oh to be fair that's an addition. It's not like they removed the original ending of the game or anything.

Kinda like taking A Link To The Past and adding and extra sequence at the end to explain how the game connects with Link's Awakening.

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Vinny

ReaderRagfish wrote:

@ogo79 How's Circle of the Moon? I remember wanting it but I could never find a copy in stores. My only Castlevania experience is Simon's Quest and a little bit of the arcade version of the first game.

I'd say it's the worst of GBA castlevanias. It's way too dark, which was a big issue when it came out for the original GBA model. The card system wasn't that interesting imo.

Other than that, not a fan of the physics. Your character moves slowly and feels really heavy when jumping. It reminds me of the NES castlevanias, but those physics are really not suited for this kind of gameplay. Also, you get knocked back when you're hit, which is extremely annoying.
There are some card combinations that can improve your agility and remove the knockback, which is weird (and will also occupy your card slots, so you won't be able to use another combination). Did they make it so wonky on purpose so you could use cards just to fix in the first place?

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ogo79

ReaderRagfish wrote:

@ogo79 How's Circle of the Moon? I remember wanting it but I could never find a copy in stores. My only Castlevania experience is Simon's Quest and a little bit of the arcade version of the first game.

cotm is a good one. about that dark screen, it just happens on the original gba system. playing on wii vc is a blast. the only catch with that game is that its brutal, but great. just like the other 2 castlevania gba games. and the 3 ds castlevanias as well.

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ogo79

@ReaderRagfish
lol
it really is a good game man.

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Heavyarms55

I've been messing around with my newly modded GBA recently and it's a nice mix of Nostalgia and new experience. Because I never had a GBA with such a nice screen back in the day. I was pleased that my original copy of Advance Wars still holds my original save data. I actually finished a War Room mission that I probably started more than a decade ago!

I noticed that my copy of Fire Emblem had no save data at all. It was totally wiped. I started a new game and saved it, turned it off and on, and it was still there... but for how long. Anyone else run into this issue?

Also picked up an Everdrive 5 for the GBA. Mostly to play rom-hacks on an actual system. But the way it handles the real time clock is weird, so I am still messing with it. It's surreal though, to see something like Pokemon Liquid Crystal running on an actual GBA.

I also picked up a handful of "new" games. Golden Sun, Final Fantasy 6 and FF Tactics Advance, and all 3 Mother games.

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