#1 Edited by gegnre (20 posts) -

I've been delving into some old school portable games lately, trying to expand my collection to the best of the best Nintendo portable carts. Let me know if anyone sees one of their faves as a glaring omission, or if you feel strongly one way or another about any of my choices.  Here's the list of what I currently have: 
  
Game Boy:

  • Kirby's Dreamland 2
  • Darkwing Duck
  • Pokemon (Blue)
 
Game Boy Color:
  • Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
  • Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
  • Zelda: Oracle of Ages
  
Game Boy Advance:
  • Zelda: Link to the Past/4 Swords
  • Zelda: Minish Cap
  • Advance Wars
  • Advance Wars: Black Hole Rising
  • Fire Emblem
  • Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones
  • Pokemon Leaf Green
  • Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
  • Golden Sun
  • Golden Sun: Lost Age
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Super Mario World 
*EDIT* Metroid Fusion 
             Metroid Zero Mission 
/EDIT /Stupidity
 
On my radar: 
[GB] 
Kirby's Dreamland 
Pokemon Yellow
 
[GBA]  
Riviera 
Castlevania: AoS 
Final Fantasy VI 
Ninja Five-O 
 
I'm open to all types of games!  I'd love to see what gems I am missing.
#2 Posted by BeachThunder (11932 posts) -

Why only Aria of Sorrow and not Circle of the Moon or Harmony of Dissonance?

#3 Posted by MetalGearGeorge (218 posts) -

The Boktai series was pretty good on the GBA. You should check it out.

#4 Edited by litrock (173 posts) -

All the Castlevania games should be on there. Also, if you're into importing, all the Densetsu no Stafy games. Also the lack of Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga is very distressing. I'd also recommend Drill Dozer and Wario Ware (and Wario Ware: Twisted) 
 
EDIT: Also, Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission. Both are must haves.

#6 Posted by JoeyIA (662 posts) -

Kid Dracula for GB!

#7 Posted by gegnre (20 posts) -
Thanks everyone, sorry if I'm coming off as a bag of annoying questions, but I have really grown to like portable gaming recently and want to have a good variety for upcoming travel. Here we go: 
 
@BeachThunder: 
I've heard Aria > Circle > Harmony, so I was just going off of that.  
 
 @MetalGearGeorge:   I have the opportunity to purchase both Boktai games on the cheap right now, what are they like? All I remember is they had the sweet light/time/day/night sensing thing about them. 
 
@litrock said:
" All the Castlevania games should be on there. Also, if you're into importing, all the Densetsu no Stafy games. Also the lack of Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga is very distressing. I'd also recommend Drill Dozer and Wario Ware (and Wario Ware: Twisted)  EDIT: Also, Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission. Both are must haves. "

I think importing may be a little beyond me for the moment, but I am interested in what those games are exactly? What's Drill Dozer like? PS - I am dumb and forgot I have both Metroid games... duhhhhh
 
 
Mario & Luigi RPGS have always been intriguing to me, but I think Seven Stars or Paper Mario might be a better place to start. Or would Superstar Sage be okay? 
 
And..... @JoeyIA: What's Kid Dracula like?
#8 Posted by litrock (173 posts) -
@gegnre: Superstar Saga is the first of the trilogy of Mario and Luigi games. It's a self-contained game, more or less. And plays quite a bit differently than Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario.  
 
Densetsu no Stafy is a series of adorable platformers by Tose. Also to their credit is Super Princess Peach and The Legend of Starfy (Densetsu 4 in Japan) for the DS. Both games are very good. They do way more, but those games all have a lot in common. If you were doing DS games, I'd say just get those two.  
 
As for Drill Dozer, it's a GBA game by Game Freak, who normally just does Pokemon. It's a platformer based around a drill you spin clockwise and counterclockwise with the shoulder buttons. Spin through blocks, spin against them to repel off of them. It's a really amazing little game.
#9 Edited by Noodles (539 posts) -

Final Fantasy Tactics: Advance. My personal favorite GBA game, along with Mario & Luigi.
 
EDIT:
Oh, you don't have Mario & Luigi. Get that shit.

#10 Posted by Noodles (539 posts) -
@gegnre said:
" Thanks everyone, sorry if I'm coming off as a bag of annoying questions, but I have really grown to like portable gaming recently and want to have a good variety for upcoming travel. Here we go: 
 
@BeachThunder: 
I've heard Aria > Circle > Harmony, so I was just going off of that.  
 
 @MetalGearGeorge:   I have the opportunity to purchase both Boktai games on the cheap right now, what are they like? All I remember is they had the sweet light/time/day/night sensing thing about them. 
 
@litrock said:
" All the Castlevania games should be on there. Also, if you're into importing, all the Densetsu no Stafy games. Also the lack of Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga is very distressing. I'd also recommend Drill Dozer and Wario Ware (and Wario Ware: Twisted)  EDIT: Also, Metroid Fusion and Metroid: Zero Mission. Both are must haves. "

I think importing may be a little beyond me for the moment, but I am interested in what those games are exactly? What's Drill Dozer like? PS - I am dumb and forgot I have both Metroid games... duhhhhh
 
 
Mario & Luigi RPGS have always been intriguing to me, but I think Seven Stars or Paper Mario might be a better place to start. Or would Superstar Sage be okay? 
 
And..... @JoeyIA: What's Kid Dracula like? "
Any place is a good place to start for the Mario RPGs, since they aren't really connected apart from a handful of cameos.
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#14 Posted by gegnre (20 posts) -
@litrock:    Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Partners in Time, & Bowser's Inside Story [Added to list] 
Drill Dozer [Will Try]  
 
@Noodles:  I think I'd like these better than Seven Stars & Paper. As for Tactics, should I play PSX Tactics/PSP War Lions first? 
 
@JoeyIA:  F**kin' awesome. Looks like Kirby + Castlevania with a twist of Kid Icarus.
  
Anyone have thoughts on Riviera or Ninja Five-O?
#15 Posted by gegnre (20 posts) -
@Chaser324: I've played Bubble Ghost and it was awesome! I wish Donkey Kong was the actual Donkey Kong arcade version... 
 
Aria & Circle [Added to the list] Anyone have a strong case for Harmony?  
 
Also, DS Castlevania games >/=/< GBA Castlevania games?
#16 Posted by KuribosShoe (640 posts) -

Final Fight One.  Everyone should own every version of Final Fight.

#17 Posted by Chaser324 (6542 posts) -
@gegnre: 
Harmony of Dissonance is completely skippable in my opinion. It's definitely the weakest of the GBA/DS Castlevania games. With regard to the Final Fantasy Tactics games, I would actually recommend playing the GBA or DS game first. The original is a bit more complex and difficult and might turn you off initially.
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#18 Edited by yakov456 (1908 posts) -

Regular gameboy. Some favorites were Motocross Maniacs, Super Mario Land 2, the first and second Castlevania games released on there, Tiny Toon Adventures. If I wasn't so old my brain could remember more but I'm drawing a blank.
 
Oh I just remembered, the first Ninja Turtles game on there, I loved that one.

#19 Posted by gegnre (20 posts) -
@Chaser324: Noted, HoD [Ignored]. How are FF: Dawn of Souls & FFVI? I want FFVI, but I want it to be *just* like FF III on SNES. 
 
@yakov456:
 Is Tiny Toon Adventure just like the 1st NES game?
#20 Posted by yakov456 (1908 posts) -
@gegnre said:

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@yakov456:
 Is Tiny Toon Adventure just like the 1st NES game? "

Honestly I'm not sure, but I remember liking it a lot. Here is some footage of it with a guy yelling in German. The only thing I understood was "what the fuck". This is actually kind of funny.
 
#21 Edited by Noodles (539 posts) -
@gegnre said:

" @litrock:    Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Partners in Time, & Bowser's Inside Story [Added to list] 
Drill Dozer [Will Try]  
 
@Noodles:  I think I'd like these better than Seven Stars & Paper. As for Tactics, should I play PSX Tactics/PSP War Lions first? 
 
@JoeyIA:  F**kin' awesome. Looks like Kirby + Castlevania with a twist of Kid Icarus.   Anyone have thoughts on Riviera or Ninja Five-O? "

I'm probably going to get shit for this, but I find Tactics Advance a more engaging game with a far better story. Not saying that I don't love the original Tactics, but Tactics Advance will always hold a special place in my heart. So I guess that I would say this: play Tactics Advance first, and if you like it go back to Tactics or the PSP remake.
 
On another note, Tactics A2 on DS is mediocre at best and can be skipped without regret.