Super Mario Advance

Super Mario Advance

I am sure that I am not the only one that was disappointing when it became apparent that this game is a remake and not something original. While it is nice that a new generation of games can experience this classic, it has had a previous re-release as well on the SNES, so most longtime Nintendo fans will already have played this game before at least once or twice.

Gameplay: It is a classic, but the impact is less if you have already played it before repeatedly.

Graphics: A nice colorful update to the original.

Sound: Not bad, but the new voices can be grating

Pinobee: Wings of Adventure

Pinobee: Wings of Adventure

Pinobee is a unique take on the platform genre but it is definitely a love it or hate it type of game. If you take your time and explore each level or play to see all the endings you will get value for your money, but if you are just going to race through the game you will be looking at the credits in about an hour’s time.

Gameplay: Very easy if you plan on just playing without exploring.

Graphics: Colorful and detailed.

Sound: Whimsical but ultimately a bit grating

ChuChu Rocket

ChuChu Rocket

If you missed out on this game back when it was released on the Sega Dreamcast then you owe it to yourself to check it out on the Gameboy Advance. While it is best suited for play with three other friends there is still plenty of things to keep fans of the single player mode occupied. With thousands of puzzles this is not a game you will finish any time soon.

Gameplay: If you are into fast paced puzzle games you will love this one.

Graphics: Very basic but then again, it dose not need to be any flashier.

Sound: Can become a bit repetitive after a while

Final Fight One

Final Fight One

The Gameboy Advance needs more original titles and less ports, but at least Final Fight One demonstrates how to do a port right. Based on the original 1989 Arcade title this brawler packs a lot of action and some pretty big sprites. It also includes the level that was cut from the SNES port of the game so fans finally have the full experience in the palm of their hands.

Gameplay: True to the Arcade so expect lots of action with little depth.

Graphics: Large sprites and colorful visuals.

Sound: Not bad considering the hardware

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

Circle Of The Moon is a great start to the series on Gameboy Advance and has plenty of fun to offer. There are some small annoyances that drag it down but nothing too serious and while it doesn’t eclipse Symphony Of The Night it is still a very worthy game.

Gameplay: Similar to Symphony Of The Night but a lot harder with some very unfair sections.

Graphics: Nice as far as Gameboy Advance games go but a bit dark and could do with more animations.

Sound: Does not disappoint

Advance Wars

Advance Wars

The Gameboy Advance is the last place I would have expected an engrossing, turn based war game, but once I started playing Advance Wars I was hooked. The visuals and audio is rather minimal, but the gameplay is addictive enough that you will hardly notice this. Even if you are not a fan of strategy games, this one might just change your mind.

Gameplay: Deeper than your average GBA game and incredibly addictive.

Graphics: Very minimal, but very cool unit designs.

Sound: Catchy but very repetitive

Super Dodge Ball Advance

Super Dodge Ball Advance

Super Dodge Ball Advance is a lot of fun at first but once you have won a few Championships and seen all the super moves there is not much left to do. Multi-player gives it some more longevity and if you have a game link cable with a friend to join in you can easily add another point or two to the score.

Gameplay: Fairly basic but fast paced and fun.

Graphics: Colorful and detailed 2d visuals.

Sound: Not the best I have heard but generally ok

Guilty Gear X Advance Edition

Guilty Gear X Advance Edition

I must admit that I had more fun that I expected with this port of the game. The visuals and sound let it down but the gameplay remains solid. It is a lot easier than the other versions which is bad if you are experienced with the game and good if you have struggled to get anywhere with the other games. Nevertheless fighting games on the go don’t get much better than this on GBA.

Gameplay: This actually comes close to the bigger versions except for the vastly reduced difficulty.

Graphics: Tiny characters and bland backgrounds but at least everything is recognizable.

Sound: As bad as you would expect from the Gameboy Advance

Warioware, Inc. Mega Microgame$!

Warioware, Inc. Mega Microgame$!

Wario Ware Inc, Mega Microgame$ is a fun diversion but not everybody is going to appreciate its madness. If you can live with a game where the visuals are retro to say the least and very little is required beyond pressing one or two buttons in a five second period then you’ll love it.

Gameplay: Five second bursts of fun.

Graphics: A interesting mixture of good and (intentionally) bad.

Sound: Sounds like getting mixed signals from two radio stations at times

X-Men: Reign Of Apocalypse

X-Men: Reign Of Apocalypse

X-Men: Reign Of Apocalypse does not stray very far from the traditional side scrolling beat ’em up roots. The visuals are pretty good, but the gameplay is very generic and combat can feel a bit stiff. It is not a terrible game, but the lack of depth will mean that once it is over you more than likely will not return to it.

Gameplay: Very limited.

Graphics: Bright, colorful and quite detailed.

Sound: The music is fine, but the sound effects repetitive