Tag: Gba

  • Guide Best Game Boy Advance (GBA) Games

    The Top 50 GBA games ever, as ranked by you

    Today marks the 20th anniversary of the GBA's release in North America, so it's the perfect time to revisit this reader-ranked list of the 50 best Game Boy Advance games ever and see how it has changed since March. Remember, this is a dynamic list based on Nintendo Life readers' User Ratings, so it's open...

  • Random Check Out These "Mock-Ups" Of Game Boy Advance For Switch Online

    Please Nintendo, we're begging you!

    If you're like us, by now, you're probably missing Game Boy Advance games. Nintendo made them available during the Wii U generation on the eShop and also gave them to 3DS ambassadors in 2011. So, what about the Switch Online? Could we perhaps see them on this paid service one day? We're evidently not the only...

  • News Here's How The 'Blue' Switch Compares To The 'Purple' Game Boy Advance

    See, they ARE different after all!

    When Nintendo announced the new blue Switch Lite earlier this year, it triggered quite a bit of discussion online. Was it truly blue, or was it closer in hue to the purple GBA, or even the indigo GameCube? Perhaps it was 'Blurple' in your eyes; a halfway house between the two? Well, now the machine is actually...

  • News The Legendary Silver and Teal Game Boy Advance, From Space World 2000, Has Been Found

    Appears once in a blue moon

    Nintendo Space World events live on in gaming history, from a time when Nintendo would save some of its very biggest reveals for the show. It's also a collector's goldmine, with demos, hardware and more revealed at the show before disappearing into obscurity. One example is the Silver and Teal Game Boy Advance; it's from...

  • News Please Forgive Us, But We Can't Get Enough Of This Shameless Game Boy Micro Clone

    Say hello to the Waveshare GPM280

    Chinese-made handheld emulation devices aren't a new thing by any means, and each year countless new variants appear on the scene which do pretty much the same thing: play ROMs via emulation using cheap and readily available off-the-shelf components. However, the Waveshare GPM280 caught our eye recently, not for...

  • Hands On The EverDrive GBA X5 Mini Solves The Only Real Issue We Had With The Original

    Small but still mighty

    When we tested the original EverDrive GBA X5 flash cart back in 2016, we had plenty of good things to say about it, but the fact that it was bigger than your typical GBA cartridge was ever-so-slightly irksome. It meant that the cart protruded from the GBA's cartridge slot – a "first world problem" without a doubt, but one...

  • Poll Box Art Brawl #79 - Kuru Kuru Kururin

    Helirin on Earth

    Welcome back to Box Art Brawl, the series where we pit regional box art variants against one another in a fight for your vote. Last time, the turn-based battle between Super Mario RPG and Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Unnecessary Subtitle came to a head with North America ultimately walking away with 69% of the vote. Nice, indeed...

  • Guide Best Game Boy Advance RPGs

    Advance to portable adventure

    The SNES-like power of Nintendo’s GBA made it the perfect home for a fascinating collection of convenient ports of older favourites as well as enhanced remakes and all-new titles, running the gamut from colourful adventures to carefully woven tales of revenge and war. The list below represents what we think are some...

  • Random Thought Tenet Was Hard To Follow? Try Watching It On A Game Boy Advance

    "You have to start looking at the world in a new way"

    Christopher Nolan's movies have a reputation for being somewhat obtuse at times, and his latest magnum opus, Tenet, is no exception. A time-bending epic that befuddled and delighted audiences in almost equal measure last year, Tenet is available on streaming services and physical media – and...

  • Random You Know What Would Make Fire Emblem Even Better? The Gilmore Girls

    "If you're going to throw your life away he better have a motorcycle!"

    Fire Emblem x Gilmore Girls, you say? OK, we didn't realise we needed this, and it has to rank as one of the most inventive mods we've seen in a while. Dicey Dungeons artist Marlowe Dobbe – after binge-watching the American comedy series – decided to blend it with...

  • Feature Creating The Ultimate Game Boy

    "I don't like anything less than perfect and I am always striving for that"

    Nintendo's Game Boy family of consoles has, in total, sold around 200 million units during its lifespan, which stretched from the release of the original monochrome system in 1989 all the way up to 2005's Game Boy Micro, the final console to showcase the name. While...

  • Random It's Possible To Play PS5 (Or Any Other Console) Via Your GBA

    Hope you don't mind a resolution drop

    Whenever a new piece of technology arrives on the scene, there's always the temptation to push it in unexpected directions, and that's what YouTuber The Retro Future has done for the shiny new PlayStation 5. While this smart new console is technically capable of outputting an 8K signal, The Retro Future has...

  • Random Someone Found A Prototype Game Boy Advance In A Yahoo Japan Auction

    As part of a job lot, too

    Remember back when Nintendo lifted the lid on the Game Boy Advance all those years ago? It showed the system in two colourways which were never officially released, both of which had silver bodies. These 'prototype' models are something of a collector's item, and it turns out one of them has been sold via a Yahoo Auctions...

  • Guide How To Fit An IPS Screen To Your Game Boy Advance SP

    Take your GBA to the next level of brightness

    The Game Boy line of consoles may be old news to Nintendo, but that doesn't mean it isn't still evolving. Fan-made modifications are appearing all of the time which help augment and improve the tech which makes these handhelds tick, and one of the latest upgrades is a new IPS screen for the Game Boy...

  • News You Can Now Stream Songs From Pokémon Mystery Dungeon's OST For Free On YouTube

    A very welcome surprise

    In what is a very unusual move from The Pokémon Company, a selection of music from Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team has been shared to YouTube for free streaming. The uploads are almost certainly in place to celebrate the recent launch of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon:...

  • Random Hideo Kojima Wanted Konami's GBA Title Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand To Detect Garlic Breath

    Allowing players to fend off vampires

    The Game Boy Advance generation was a magnificent time for Nintendo in terms of first and third-party software releases. One of the quirkier and perhaps more innovative games released on the system during this period was Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand. It was developed and published by Konami and produced by...

  • Video Try to Remember these Top Ten Forgotten Mario Characters

    Can't do Mushbert-er than these

    Mario's had a lot of friends. So many in fact that you'd be pushed to remember every single one of them, and even then there's probably one or two you've just never even heard of. That's why we've teamed up with the excellent rabbidluigi so that we can collate the very finest of these Mario relics to put in front of...

  • Video The 26 Best Game Boy Advance Games of All Time

    Advance to the next level

    Every Nintendo system has its gems, but to say we were a bit spoilt with the Game Boy Advance is an understatement. Game after game after game kept being released, and there were so many incredible ones our original list was well over double the size of this one. For the sake of brevity and my own sanity, we cut it down...

  • News The Switch is Getting its First Game Boy Advance Port Soon

    Hopefully a sign of things to come?

    As of yet, Nintendo has yet to announce any plans for the Virtual Console on the Switch, making the chances of it ever appearing narrower by the day. Given that the Classic microconsoles are still in production and there’s a Netflix-like NES game collection that’ll come out with the online service next year,...

  • News Here's How ARMS Might Look On The Game Boy Advance


    We weren't sure what to make of ARMS when it was first revealed, but Nintendo's bold new IP turned out to be a pleasant surprise and every bit as colourful as Splatoon. The game makes great use of Joy-Con motion controls to let the player use their stretchy weaponised arms to punch, thump and knock-out opponents. However what if...

  • Video Did You Know Gaming Delves Into The History Of The Game Boy Advance

    Discover the mystery of Atlantis

    The Game Boy Advance was well received when launched way back in 2001. Fans of the classic Game Boy eagerly awaited this successor, which was rather like a juiced up Super Nintendo, as you could play that level of games on the go; Nintendo delivered the goods eventually. Our chums over at Did You Know Gaming? have...

  • News Nintendo's Response To Blind Rhythm Heaven Fan Will Warm Even The Coldest Of Hearts

    "I will always support you, Nintendo"

    Japanese boy Hibiki Sakai was diagnosed with retinoblastoma in both eyes at the age of one and a half, and following the surgical procedures necessary to save his life has been completely blind since the age of two. That hasn't stopped him indulging in many passions; he's a talented drummer and, like many...

  • News GBA Title Fullmetal Alchemist: Stray Rondo Gets Translated Into English

    ​Won't cost you an arm and a leg

    Hiromu Arakawa's Fullmetal Alchemist is the spectacular (and often tragic) tale of the Elric brothers Edward and Alphonse, who attempt to seek redemption in a fictional world where alchemy is very much a reality. The popularity of the series has ensured that it has been given the full works in terms of merchandise...

  • Rumour Mother 3 Will Be Unveiled for the Switch VC at the Switch Reveal Next Week

    Due out sometime in Q2

    Well, even a broken clock is right twice a day, eh? Many of you no doubt will recall rumours from last February in which Mother 3 was reported to be coming to the Wii U VC sometime in the then coming months. Several sources ended up backing this claim, yet 2016 has come and gone without so much as a whisper from Nintendo on...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Hardware Review EXEQ GameBox Game Boy Advance SP Clone

    AGS-101 screen quality on a budget - what's the catch?

    Love them or loathe them, clone consoles are very much here to stay. As existing hardware becomes harder to find or fails due to everyday use, the demand for replacement systems grows ever stronger, fuelled largely by the almost insatiable demands of a new generation of retro gaming enthusiasts...

  • News Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Treble Heading to the North American eShop This Week

    GBA and DS goodness

    Nintendo of America has confirmed that there's plenty of Pokémon goodness on the way in this week's Download Update on 23rd June; three releases are coming to the Wii U Virtual Console. The three games due will give Pokémon spin-off fans plenty to do, with a mix of GBA and DS gaming on the home console: Pokémon Mystery...

  • News Japanese GBA Exclusive Magical Vacation Now Playable In English

    Summer holiday

    Brownie Brown might sound like a delicious cookie, but for fans of Secret of Mana it translates into something even more delicious. The company - currently operating under the name 1-UP Studio - was setup by Nintendo from hand-picked ex-Square employees, namely folks that had worked on both Game Boy and SNES Mana titles. The first...

  • Video See the Super Mario e-Reader Levels You Never Played in Super Mario Advance 4

    33 'new' levels of delight

    Super Mario Advance 4 was a common enough game back in the day, but one area of this game was elusive to all but a handful of individuals who were of the importing nature. Now with the release of the game on the Wii U Virtual Console these exclusive levels are now available for all to play. Check out our video below where...

  • News The Game Boy Advance is Now 15 Years Old

    The last of an iconic family

    The Game Boy brand was one of the most powerful in gaming during the 1990s with the original system and its iterations. Though the Game Boy Color offered some enhanced power, it nevertheless took an exceptionally long time for a true successor (aside from the ill-fated Virtual Boy) to arrive. The Game Boy Advance made...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    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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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    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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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    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...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    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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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    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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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    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...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    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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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Medabots AX: Metabee & Rokusho


    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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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    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...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    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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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    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...

  • 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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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    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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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    Review Medabots: Metabee & Rokusho


    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...

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    Wii U eShop / GBA

    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...

  • 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...