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A Link Between Worlds successfully returns to what made the series famous. 0

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds marks a new beginning for the Zelda series. Or rather, it marks a return to what made the games great in the first place. Until now, the Zelda games followed the Ocarina of Time formula in that you could only complete dungeons in a specific order. And within those dungeons, you would get a special item that you needed to have in order to complete the dungeon. Oh, and we can't forget about the helper NPC that followed you everywhere, always pointing you...

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A unique entry into the classic Mega Man series. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************It’s been 5 years, but Mega Man is back in his purest form. Mega Man & Bass is the latest (and probably the last) game in the original Mega Man series. MM&B is a pretty important release for the GBA, because it’s one of those games that you hoped would make it to North America after reading about it (the game was released for the Super Famicom back in ’98). Now that MM&B has arriv...

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A great improvement over Harmony of Dissonance. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************After playing Harmony of Dissonance, I was quite disappointed how Konami was able to do almost everything backwards. HoD was largely unsatisfying, due to the lack of difficulty. HoD suffered from "Symphony of the Night syndrome," where your character got insanely powerful, while the enemies didn't get much stronger. CotM was perfectly consistent; weak enemies in old areas later changed to lar...

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A great sequel to a surprise hit. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************Everyone begged for it, and now we got it. The surprise GBA hit of 2001 received almost unanimous praise from every gamer who laid their eyes and hands upon it. Many still believe Advance Wars to be the best GBA game, even in the face of recent games such as Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. Perhaps the only game that could possibly be better than AW is its sequel. Well, the sequel’s here, and gue...

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The tutorial alone warrants a purchase. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************Before I begin this review, I must mention that VF4: Evolution is my first entry into the VF universe, so I’ll be writing this review from a newcomer’s perspective.I’ve always wanted to get into the Virtua Fighter games to see what all the fuss was about. Everyone who played the games raved about how great it was, but I never had a chance to play, because: 1) I didn’t frequent arcades; 2) I d...

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An OK attempt at taking the series into 3D space. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************Mega Man X7 marks the series’ first PS2 title, and like all the other MM titles that make their debut on a newer console, there are significant changes to the old formula. The biggest change is the addition of 3D gameplay. Now, I bet when you first heard this, you immediately thought of Mega Man Legends and groaned. All I can say is give X7 a chance.X7 has its fair share of both 2D and 3D sta...

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Better than the original in some ways, but not all. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************It's been almost six years since Konami dropped a huge bombshell and floored just about everyone with Metal Gear Solid for the PlayStation. It had gameplay innovation coming from all directions; it raised the bar for cinematics in a game, originally something that SquareSoft apparently excelled at; the voice acting was top-notch--perhaps the best in any video game in existence. No other game ...

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A great way for newcomers to see just what made Mega Man popular. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************Mega Man is video gaming’s “other” Mario. Like the fat plumber, he has starred in many games, he has been in several spin-offs, and he has made a good number of cameos. Just like Mario, Mega Man won’t die. One can be certain that the Blue Bomber would be mentioned among gaming’s greatest mascots. Why else would Capcom release Mega Man Anniversary Collection? They know he’s a legend, so why no...

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Combat is fast and furious, and it never lets up. 0

Namco’s Tales series is probably one of the better-known RPG series that isn’t Final Fantasy. Most players would assume that popular RPG series naturally go to the PS2. It must have been a surprise, then, to learn that Tales of Symphonia went to the GameCube instead (a PS2 version is apparently on the way). This is a very good thing, because the GC does not have a balanced library; you could count the number of GC RPGs on one hand. If you’re tired of looking for Skies of Arcadia Legends, then gi...

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Few games emphasize the "G" in RPG. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************Star Ocean: Till the End of Time (SO3 hereafter) is the third game in tri-Ace’s flagship series. tri-Ace (yes, the “t” is lowercase) is a relatively unknown developer, but with four games under their belt (Star Ocean: the Second Story, Valkyrie Profile, Star Ocean: Blue Sphere, and now SO3), they are making quite a name for themselves. The RPGs they have introduced to the genre thus far have ...

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Despite some flaws, it's the best in the series. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is quite possibly the best game in the entire series. It may not have the same impact the original MGS did back in 1998, but Snake Eater definitely excels in the areas that matter to most gamers.For starters, the infamous “Codec moments” have been reduced considerably. Even though there’s plenty of dialogue to endure in the first few hours, most of the radio ch...

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Dawn of Sorrow proves that 2D games have plenty of life. 0

NOTE: This review was written years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!******************Konami’s long-running Castlevania series has hardly missed a step. From its humble beginnings as a simple side-scroller, to a nonlinear action game with light RPG elements, and even some 3D incarnations here and there, Castlevania has a kind of “status” that’s attained only through years of successful releases. Dawn of Sorrow proves a number of things: 1) Konami’s still “got it”; 2) 2D games are...

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If only real court were more like these court battles! 0

NOTE: This review was written years ago, but it's never been posted on GB. Enjoy!*************Gyakuten Saiban is a court-battle adventure series for the Game Boy Advance which only Japanese gamers were given the privilege to enjoy. Having received none of these games in North America, Capcom saw potential in the Nintendo DS and how Gyakuten Saiban could work with it; they decided to take a chance by releasing the first game in the series to the North American audience and renaming it Phoenix Wri...

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Flagship is much more capable than this. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but I've uploaded it to GB. Enjoy!*************It’s been a long time, but the GBA finally gets its first original Zelda title. It seems that no Nintendo system is complete without the big N’s major franchises making an appearance. It was only a matter of time before Zelda’s turn came next. Unfortunately, Zelda: Minish Cap is one of the weaker Zelda games to come around in a while, thus it may not feel as satisfying as the previous games do.In Minish...

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Classic DQ gameplay + orchestrated music = perfect DQ game. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************Square Enix’s long-running RPG series Dragon Quest is about the only series that can stand toe-to-toe with that other famous series, Final Fantasy, in terms of popularity and sales. It’s well known, however, that Dragon Quest’s success isn’t as decorated in North America as it is in Japan. That didn’t stop Square Enix from trying, though, because they know that there’s a fairly large RPG audi...

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Innovation sometimes comes from the most unlikely source. 0

NOTE: this review was written years ago by me, so don't be alarmed when I make mention about things like the "upcoming third game" in the series. Enjoy!----Mega Man has seen many spin-off games, much like Nintendo's mustachioed plumber. The difference is that Mario has had more successful spin-off games, likely because Mario is a more recognizable character from one of the biggest developers in the world. The games weren't half-bad, either. Gamers who have played any Mega Man spin-off would like...

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Super Mario Sunshine is a game worthy of your time. 0

NOTE: this review was written years ago by me, but I thought I might share this review with GB. Enjoy!----It's been a long time, but it's finally here. One of the most anticipated GameCube games this year is finally out in stores, and that game is Super Mario Sunshine. Six years have passed since Mario's last big adventure, which was one hell of a time. It's now the year 2002, and the mustachioed one is once again doing what many wanted to see for quite a while: lots of running and jumping in ma...

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it succeeds in capturing the spirit of Ghosts n' Goblins. 0

NOTE: this review was written by me years ago. I thought I would post it here on GB. Enjoy!---If I could sum up this review in one sentence, it would be this: Maximo: Ghosts to Glory is basically what a next-gen Ghouls N’ Ghosts would be like. That’s my review, thanks for stopping by.Stupid intro aside, Maximo really would be the Ghouls N’ Ghosts of the next generation. In fact, Maximo pays homage to the classic Capcom platformer in several ways, right down to the plot. Make no mistake, though; ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Amazing music & story, broken mechanics. 0

NOTE: this review was written years ago by me, but has not been posted at Giant Bomb. So, enjoy!---Konami's Zone of the Enders: The Fist of Mars for the Game Boy Advance should not be confused with its PlayStation 2 big brother; they're similar in name only. Instead of an action game, Fist of Mars is a strategy game. The term "strategy" should be used loosely.Fist of Mars stars Cage Midwell, who resides on the space colony Bonaparte III. One fateful day, the Bonaparte III is under attack by a my...

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Don't classify this game as survival horror. 0

NOTE: this review was written by me years ago. This is my first time posting this review at Giant Bomb, so enjoy!---A long time has passed since gamers were waiting for the release of Eternal Darkness (ED)--since the days of the Nintendo 64, to be precise. When the game resurfaced as a 2002 title for the Nintendo GameCube, most gamers had all but forgotten about ED; the Sanity Meter was intriguing, but the game didn't look terribly exciting. Basically, there wasn't much hype surrounding ED. Comp...

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The flaws from LUCT are gone, making the experience better. 0

NOTE: this review was written by me years ago, but I'm uploading it (as well as many other reviews) to Giant Bomb. Enjoy!---It's nice to see more genres representing the Game Boy Advance, not to mention quality games within the genre. Strategy games were almost non-existent on the Game Boy Color (Warlocked! comes to mind), but it's a miracle to see more of them appearing on the 32-bit wonder. First gamers were given the excellent Advance Wars, the so-so Zone of Enders: Fist of Mars, and now stra...

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Combat takes getting used to, but the story will keep you going. 0

NOTE: this review was written years ago for GameSpot, but I decided to upload it to GB also. Enjoy!*************Konami’s Suikoden RPG series has been a hit in the hearts of many gamers. Its sales, however, tell a different story, especially for Suikoden II, whose timing couldn’t have been worse (it was released around the time Final Fantasy VIII hit store shelves). Fortunately for the fans, Konami realizes how much love the Suikoden series gets, even if they don’t sell a bazillion copies. And fo...

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It copies the SotN formula right down to its faults. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance is the third game in the CV series that plays more Metroid-ish than the classic side-scroller games of the 8-bit/16-bit era. Many gamers love Symphony of the Night, and it's likely that said gamers will equally love HoD. Why? Because HoD (more so than Circle of the Moon) plays more like SotN: excellent graphics and animation, two huge castles, big bosses, an...

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It sticks to what works, but now it's less punishing. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************Capcom’s Mega Man Zero series, unlike past Mega Man series, has been consistently strong, and without mentioning spoilers, is set to end on a high note. This would actually be a good thing, since history has shown that things tend to go wrong when Capcom approaches number six in any Mega Man series thus far (see Mega Man 6, Mega Man X6). Whether the Zero games will avoid that pitfall remains ...

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A top-notch combat system that needs to be used in a better game 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************Game Arts’ beloved Grandia series is back. Grandia is best known for its epic stories and combat system that truly requires strategy. Part three basically follows the same path as the last two games (I’m ignoring Grandia Xtreme here), but naturally improves on almost everything that made them great. Grandia III’s combat system reminds us just how shallow most other RPG combat systems seem. Bu...

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Fun, challenging gameplay + level editor = must-own. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************You probably noticed already, but Capcom has been revisiting many of their classic games lately and updating them for the current generation. Capcom has put more effort into some remakes more than others, but so far they have been generally good. However, the one game that has arguably been given the most attention and care is Mega Man Powered Up, which is a complete--and I mean COMPLETE--rem...

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A fine remake of one of the best SNES games ever produced. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************Capcom has been in “remake heaven” as of late. Maverick Hunter X is one of several series of games that Capcom decided to revisit for the benefit of old-school gamers, and possibly for those who missed out on a majority of Capcom’s great titles back in the 80s and 90s. Both MHX and Mega Man Powered Up are great games to play, but MMPU has more value and is generally a better game than MHX. MH...

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Fun while it lasts, but it's wasted potential. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************New Super Mario Bros. marks the return of Mario in a brand-new sidescroller, which is reminiscent of classic games such as Super Mario Bros. 1, 3, and Super Mario World. In fact, NSMB is basically a hybrid of the three games, with plenty of evidence to support that fact. NSMB adds its own quirks to the time-tested Mario formula, and while it’s not completely successful, it’s a fun ride while ...

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An amazing game for first-timers, a decent retread for others. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************When Valkyrie Profile was first released for the original PlayStation, it slipped through the cracks for a number of reasons: it was released at around the same time as the much-anticipated Chrono Cross; tri-Ace was still an unknown developer who had only one other PlayStation game to their credit; and Enix, who published VP, shipped a very small quantity of discs, well under 100,000. The lat...

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An RPG that demands skill from the player. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************It took several years, but Valkyrie Profile 2 is finally here. The original Valkyrie Profile was a game that boldly stood out from the crowd; nothing about the game was conventional. Valkyrie Profile 2, however, plays a bit more like a “traditional” RPG, but it still retains some of the features that made VP1 (and VP: Lenneth) unique, while greatly enhancing that game’s greatest asset: the co...

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If you're a fan of Hajime no Ippo, or boxing in general, dig in. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************Victorious Boxers 2: Fighting Spirit is a boxing game that’s based on the great manga/anime Hajime no Ippo (known as Fighting Spirit in North America). Although it’s the second game to have been released in the West, there are in fact several Hajime no Ippo games across several platforms, including a game that features a create-a-boxer mode, and even some boxers based on famous Punch Out char...

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Online Tetris Attack. Did that get your attention? 0

NOTE: This review was written by me years ago, but it's never been posted on GB, so enjoy!***************Planet Puzzle League (PPL hereafter) is the latest entry in the long-running Panel de Pon series (you know it as Tetris Attack/Pokemon Puzzle League), except once again anything associated with Panel de Pon was removed. This time, however, there are no personalities to be seen in Puzzle League. That fact might make PPL seem “lifeless” at first, but you'll quickly forget Yoshi and Pikachu once...

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The puzzles are some of the best in the series. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me over 10 years ago. I managed to dig it up from the void, and now I'm sharing it with the world!**************Zelda: Oracle of Ages is the latest Zelda adventure for the Game Boy Color, and is one of the two Oracle games released simultaneously. Don't confuse the Oracle games as being something like the Pokemon games; both Oracle games are totally different from each other, complete with their own seperate quests. Buying both games would not hurt one bit; in fa...

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A game worthy of the Zelda name. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me over 10 years ago. I managed to dig it up from the void, and now I'm sharing it with the world!***********A note for those of you who have read my Oracle of Ages review: the gameplay in Seasons is the same, but the storyline, characters, world, etc. are different. Oh, and Seasons is lighter on puzzles. There, now go play.Now, for the remaining readers, Zelda: Oracle of Seasons is one of the two Oracle games released simultaneously. Both games are independent o...

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An excellent remake of an already excellent game. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me over 10 years ago. I managed to dig it up from the void, and now I'm sharing it with the world!***********Like Dragon Warrior I & II before it, Dragon Warrior III for the Game Boy Color is a remake of the NES version. Let me tell you, what a remake. DWIII is so good, you wouldn't be making a bad purchase even if you've already played the NES version. There's just so much to the remake; the differences are more than aesthetic. DWIII is the last--or rather, ...

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An experimental game that gets it right for the most part. 0

NOTE: This review was written by me over 10 years ago. I managed to dig it up from the void, and now I'm sharing it with the world!*****************SquareSoft's Final Fantasy series is arguably the most popular RPG series of all time. RPG gamers have come to expect greatness from each and every new installment in the series; Final Fantasy IV with its now-standard Active Time Battle system; FFV with its improved Job system (it first appeared in the Japan-only Final Fantasy III for the NES); FFVI ...

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Fighting games don't get more pure than Final Showdown. 0

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown is a miracle in digital form. It's a game that never would've seen a North American release if it wasn't for the pleas of hardcore fans within the fighting game community: the group that Virtua Fighter strictly caters to. With its barebones package, VF5FS isn't likely to attract gamers who place large importance on single-player modes. A series like VF can only be appreciated by plumbing its depths, moreso than any other fighting games in existence.If you happen ...

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Simple and brilliantly designed, Pushmo offers tremendous value. 0

Have you ever played a game that's so simple in its design, yet it's brilliant and original? That's exactly what Pushmo is. Pushmo is an eShop puzzle game by Intelligent Systems, makers of the fine Advance Wars, Fire Emblem, and Paper Mario series, among other titles. In the game, you're tasked with rescuing little children from a set of blocks called Pushmo. The Pushmo appear as flat objects, but they are in fact 3D shapes; by pulling out these shapes, you create platforms that assist you in re...

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Yet another gem that's destined to be overlooked. 0

Adventure games for the DS have really come into their own. Game developers have shown repeatedly that the genre feels right at home on Nintendo's popular handheld. The nature of the genre allows designers to present their games in a way only the DS can permit, resulting in unique and memorable experiences. It's too bad, then, that the games that are most deserving of attention get lost in the shuffle, leaving things up to word-of-mouth or Internet forums to get unaware gamers to take notice. Su...

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It all depends on how you approach Darksiders as a game. 0

Darksiders is an interesting game from new developer Vigil Games. It takes elements from various popular games and wraps them around a story loosely based on events from the Bible. The game's graphics even resembles a certain world-renowned MMORPG. To its credit, Darksiders mostly succeeds in meshing these various gameplay elements together, but the best way to approach the game is to think of it as a more violent version of The Legend of Zelda. If you try to play the game with a...

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