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Re: Favorite GBA game

Post by icemann » Mon Apr 29, 2019 2:15 pm

Exactly. And many of the games have that "SNES look".

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Re: Favorite GBA game

Post by Megamixer » Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:50 pm

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Double Dragon Advance. Absolutely masterful update of the coin-op version, better than every single home port of the three 'proper' games, and one of the best belt-scrollers ever.
Always wanted to play that but whenever I was on the lookout for a copy, there were more fakes than legit carts, the latter being pretty pricey. If I ever get back into GBA gaming then it would be with a flashcart or something so I can play these games as I'm no longer interested in collecting physical stuff or having complete copies.

Metal Slug Advance deserves a shout for being a damn good, original entry in the series.
Spiderman: Mysterio's Menace is a class side-scrolling action game.
Spyro: Season of Ice is impressive for the GBA albeit at the expense of the isometric viewpoint making it difficult to judge heights of platforms.
Lady Sia is a beautiful 2D platformer that rarely gets mentioned.
Robot Wars Extreme Destruction is decent '3D' fun if you were a fan of the TV show.
Street Fighter Alpha 3 is a mind-blowing effort. Hard to recommend when there are much better versions but still, what an achievement.
Crash Bandicoot XS is a faithful recreation of the PS1 games.
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Re: Favorite GBA game

Post by ant512 » Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:31 pm

outdated_gamer wrote:
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It's actually more of a portable 3DO, technically speaking. But I know what you mean, it has a lot of games that are either from SNES or feautre SNES-like scrolling effects.
How so? Aside from the ARM CPU I don’t see that the GBA has much in common with the 3DO.

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Re: Favorite GBA game

Post by icemann » Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:29 am

You definitely could not do FMV on the GBA, unlike the 3DO (which had A LOT of FMV games).

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Re: Favorite GBA game

Post by Matt_B » Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:47 pm

icemann wrote:
Tue Apr 30, 2019 4:29 am
You definitely could not do FMV on the GBA, unlike the 3DO (which had A LOT of FMV games).
The hardware is entirely capable of playing FMV. However, the cost of cartridge storage is prohibitively high and few games used it for more than very short clips.

You can see some examples here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bd4dFneg4_o

There were also some films released on GBA cartridge, but they tend to look pretty awful because of the high compression levels required:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Boy_Advance_Video

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Re: Favorite GBA game

Post by outdated_gamer » Wed May 01, 2019 1:08 am

ant512 wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:31 pm
outdated_gamer wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:55 am
It's actually more of a portable 3DO, technically speaking. But I know what you mean, it has a lot of games that are either from SNES or feautre SNES-like scrolling effects.
How so? Aside from the ARM CPU I don’t see that the GBA has much in common with the 3DO.
I meant that more in the sense that GBA could output considerably better graphics than the SNES, including full 3D games without any add-on chips like the SNES needed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNuS14pIOz0

It's indeed the ARM CPU that made me do the comparison, although I'm aware that the GBA is hardly a "portable 3DO".

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Re: Favorite GBA game

Post by greenberet79 » Fri May 17, 2019 11:12 am

Toss up between Mario Kart Super Circuit and Total Soccer.

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Re: Favorite GBA game

Post by Sephiroth81 » Sun May 19, 2019 12:18 pm

outdated_gamer wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 1:08 am
ant512 wrote:
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:31 pm
outdated_gamer wrote:
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:55 am
It's actually more of a portable 3DO, technically speaking. But I know what you mean, it has a lot of games that are either from SNES or feautre SNES-like scrolling effects.
How so? Aside from the ARM CPU I don’t see that the GBA has much in common with the 3DO.
I meant that more in the sense that GBA could output considerably better graphics than the SNES, including full 3D games without any add-on chips like the SNES needed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNuS14pIOz0

It's indeed the ARM CPU that made me do the comparison, although I'm aware that the GBA is hardly a "portable 3DO".
Yeah, I often see the misconception that the GBA is some sort of technically inferior, but portable SNES when it was significantly more powerful than the stock SNES. The only downside was having two less buttons and a lower resolution output due to its portable screen. The reality is that the GBA was a far more capable machine with higher specs, which the SNES only matched with the Super FX 2 enhancement chip. The cart ROM sizes available to the GBA were significantly larger as well, meaning games could be bigger and more richly detailed (when developers bothered).

That said, there are quite a few inferior ports of SNES games on the GBA, so its no wonder that some people drew the conclusion it was a weaker machine. Ugh at Contra III on GBA.

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