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Old 03-29-2005, 02:12 PM   #1
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GBA games?

Do any of you guys have any GBA games you can recommend? I already have GT Advance, Sega Rally (I know, I know...), Tactics Ogre and Golden Sun. I've been looking at Warioware, but I'm afraid I'll beat it too quickly since the games all seem to go by so fast. I think I'm going to have a bunch of freetime this weekend, so I need something with a bit of staying power. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-29-2005, 02:15 PM   #2
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I think I'm going to have a bunch of freetime this weekend, so I need something with a bit of staying power. Any suggestions?
Ever try an older man? :D
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Old 03-29-2005, 02:19 PM   #3
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Hahaha, fortunately, I've never been that desperate for, er, "entertainment"...I think I'll stick with my GBA for this weekend as well. :p
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Old 03-29-2005, 02:26 PM   #4
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Final Fantasy Tactics Advanced.
Final Fantasy Dawn of Souls.
Kingdom Hearts: Chained Memories.
Advance Wars.
Metroid. (There are a bunch of them.)
Golden Sun 2. (Forgot the exact title.)
Castlevania. (There are a few of these too.)
Fire Emblem.
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Old 03-29-2005, 02:29 PM   #5
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How similar is Tactics Advance to the old Playstation Tactics? I loved that game, but Tactics Ogre even seemed too similar for my tastes...BTW - I got that song out of my friend if you're still interseted.
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Old 03-29-2005, 02:56 PM   #6
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It's pretty similar. I haven't played it myself, I only hear about it through people. They changed some menu item that makes it more difficult to toggle through, but overall it's pretty much the same. It has a new twist though. There are rules that you must abide by in the battle or your character gets carded and tossed out of this battle or a few battles or gets status ailments. It seems interesting to me.

Awesome. I'll snag it from you sometime. :D
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Old 03-29-2005, 10:57 PM   #7
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Zelda: Link to the Past and Zelda: Minish Cap could keep you busy for 40 hours a piece.
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How are those Zelda games for a quick pick up and play? I was thinking about them, but was afraid I might have to invest a bit too much time per sitting into them. I'm pretty sure I'm not going to spend a whole lot more than 20 minutes at a time playing which is why I was initially looking at Warioware (going to a race, going to be playing just in between races, etc.).
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Old 03-29-2005, 11:07 PM   #9
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what i would really suggest is get an EZFlasher Advance.. then download all your games off of usenet and load them to the GBA..
but that's only if you believe in "legal backups" of your games.
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Old 03-29-2005, 11:12 PM   #10
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How much is one of those? I don't use my GBA very often, so it isn't very hard for me to justify the very occasional $20-30 to grab myself a game before I go on a trip, but it does sound interesting.
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Ok! I know some stuff here! I play my GBA when I commute to work (on the train).

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Advance Wars (and sequel) - if you like TBS (turn based strategy) you won't get much better than these. I hear Fire Emblem is a spin off of this type of game.
Final Fantasy Tactics Advance - you can get a good 80 hours of game play on this, but it gets boring pretty fast when you reach that amount of time. You can beat the game much earlier than that but there's some extra missions you can do after you beat it.
Wario Ware - Have a short attention span? This game is very simple yet so damn addicting! This is like the best game to just play for a few minutes then shut off.
Zelda: A Link to the Past - the exact same thing as the one for the original Super Nintendo. If you haven't played it, then this should be fun (if you like that style). If you have played it, you might want to skip this since you've played it already.
Zelda: Minish Cap - I just finished this. Great game. As good if not better than A Link to the Past.
Pokemon: Ruby - Yes, I played this. It's actually pretty addicting. And no, I did not catch them all.
Boktai - A moderate recommendation here. It's actually pretty fun and it has a neat gimmick in the solar sensor. It's a bit similar to Metal Gear Solid but with vampires and stuff. The solar sensor is kinda neat but it restricts when you can play it.

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Sword of Mana - This game has potential but oh my does it have some serious design flaws. I'm at the last battle and I'm not going to finish it because of the most serious design flaw. This flaw would be that between the save point and the last battle there is a frickin' 10 minute cut scene which you CANNOT SKIP. And you're required to hit buttons to advance the cut scene. The final boss has an attack that can feasibly kill you in one swoop requiring you to go through this 10 minute cut scene again.
Pocky & Rocky & Becky Too - I played the Super Nintendo version on an emulator (Japanese only but it's simple enough to figure out) and it was a lot of fun. So I got the GBA version. Not only is a lot of the cool stuff in the game missing but you can actually beat the whole game in 10 minutes if you're good. It's more like an hour or two if you suck. Bah!
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Nice - thanks for the reviews, Spork...Looks like it's coming down to either Advance Wars or Warioware...It'll probably come down to whatever's cheapest, since I've heard that they're all great games from everyone I've talked to. I might even pick up Minish Cap sometime soon just because I really loved Link to the Past way back when.
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Oh, I forgot to add. Advance War 1&2. It's probaly the MUST HAVE for the gba. The most addicting game I've ever played on a portable game console. I always had it with me where ever I had to go somewhere there's waiting involved (airport, waiting for girlfriend, doctors, bus...etc.) and the time flew by like nothing. Definitely worth every penny. And if you've played Link to the Past back then, you'll probaly love it more now
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Hmmm...it seems Advance Wars is also the cheapest of the two, which is making it a very tempting prospect. How long do the rounds usually last? That's my only concern since I'm not sure how long I'll be able to play in one sitting.
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lol, it can last for over 2 hours or less then 10 minutes, depending how perfect you want play.
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Hmm, maybe I'll just buy both then :p I think I can swing $40 since I hardly ever buy GBA games.
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