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Since: 2.1.02
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Got a Best Buy gift certificate for Christmas and came THIS CLOSE to buying a Game Boy Advance yesterday but backed out. I would have bought it, but it seemed there were no cool games.
The first problem: everyone had picked the shelves dry for Christmas, so there weren't many games anyhow. But it seemed everything was YuGiOh and other Japanese crap I don't understand. There was Metroid Fusion, but it just seems like Metroid Redux after playing Metroid Prime for a month. Zelda: Link to the Past was there, but I've beaten it a thousand times on SNES.
Another thing: I heard GBA is about to be obselete when Nintendo releases yet another incarnation. Is this true?
So my question: should I buy a GBA or wait? What games are cool? Wasn't there some bad-ass Castlevania game or something?




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Yeah, you should definately buy a GameBoy Advance. There's dozens of really great games that need to be played.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance, Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Advance Wars, Megaman Zero, Sonic Advance, Mario Advance, Yoshi's Island, Link to the Past (Which has a really cool 4-player game included), Fire Pro Wrestling, Tactics Ogre, Lunar Legend, Mario Kart Advance, F-Zero, Metroid Fusion (Which is probably the best 2D Metroid), are just a few of the great games for GBA.

I probably play my GameBoy Advance more than I play my Xbox and PS2 combined, and I play a hell of a lot of Smackdown 4 and Mechassault.



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Since: 2.1.02
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Lunar Legend? Is this a continuation of the awesome Lunar games Sega made? If so, I'm there. Is it out yet?




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I bought by GBA used... thought it was a better deal. I rarely play it, but it is great for long plane flights and things of that sort.
The other reason I got it was for the interaction aspect. Some games on the Gamecube have "special features" with the GBA, like Animal Crossing. I understand that Metroid Prime is supposed to give you another option when you link it with Metroid Fusion, but I could not tell you what, since I do not have either yet (damned Christmas B(*$%#*! Oh well, birthday coming up...)... The Zelda for the Gamecube is supposed to be the same way...



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Since: 12.3.02
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Plugging in Metroid Fusion to your Gamecube unlocks the NES version of Metroid on Metroid Prime and gives you a special suit of armor for Metroid Fusion.

I got one myself for Christmas. Looking forward to scoring the Phantasy Star Collection and the Zelda reissue next, as I just beat Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance and am nearing the end of Metroid Fusion.

As an aisde, I'm afraid Super Metroid still reigns as the best Metroid ever. Much as I like Fusion, I deeply resent the inability to go roaming wherever and whenever I want. Not having that freedom at all tinmes really hurts my enjoyment of the game--doesn't feel like Metroid anymore.

I should note: most of the revival titles have some jacked-up difficulty levels (especially Megaman Zero, which is brutal from the get-go) so novices need not apply.

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You should have bought those games maybe not for the enjoyment but for the hell of havin' them incase of a boring car ride. And besides Yu-gi-oh is actually pretty cool is you like card games.
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I'm very happy with Eternal Duelist's Soul; you compare Dark Duel Stories with it and EDS blows it out of the water.

I'm waiting for Tecmo to do a Super Bowl for GBA... and *that* will be the best-selling of all time.
To answer your revised GBA question -- yes, I'm sure there will be an advanced version, with backlight, IIRC. For the time being... I'm happy with what I have.





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The problem here is not that the GBA is gameless; it's that Best Buy's GBA selection sucks monkey rocks. Find an Electronics Boutique or something like it that provides actual shelf space for games, and look at what THEY have.

I am THIS CLOSE to picking up a Flash cartridge & linker for my wife's GBA -- not for pirating legit games, but for PocketNES. This would turn her GBA into a portable NES with hundreds of games, and would make her the envy of the neighborhood.



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Don't forget the NEW Hamtaro game or the 2 interlocking Zeldas. Though I'm buying the GC GBA player before the actual GBA.





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Since: 2.1.02
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Well, I took the plunge and got the GBA with Metroid Fusion. The game is great - it's the true sequel to Super Metroid, for those who love side-scrollers. The space station you explore is really cool and the plot is different from the usual "explore planet kill Ridley and metroids" kind of plot.
Can't wait to get Lunar Legend and Castlevania.
BTW, AngryJohnny, I already had the two Zeldas from my Game Boy Color. They are really good games and I would recommend them.




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