User Reviews & Ratings

Average Score 7.6/10
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  • Rating:8
    Fast, furious, firecracker blasting capture the flag action.

    Pop Island

    Fast, furious, firecracker blasting capture the flag action.

    Pop Island is capture the flag at its best. You pick one of many various characters and barnstorm around the levels, jumping, picking up flags and shooting down members of the opposing teams with firecrackers. It's as si... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:3
    Not for fans of the Powerpuff Girls or anyone else for that matter.

    The Powerpuff Girls: Paint the Townsville Green

    Not for fans of the Powerpuff Girls or anyone else for that matter.

    Paint the Townsville Green is pretty much the definition of Game Boy shovelware. It is a bad game w/ well known characters tacked on to sell it. The graphics are good enough you can tell that it is indeed Buttercup y... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:6
    Bubble Bobble suffers in its translation to the small screen.

    Bubble Bobble

    Bubble Bobble suffers in its translation to the small screen.

    It is staggering how many adaptations of this game exist. It goes a long way to showing the enduring fun of controlling these two Bubble Bobbling monsters. The Game Boy version has its heart in the right place gets it ab... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:7.5
    A bite size hunk of Mario goodness that reveals the strengths and limitations of its system.

    Super Mario Land

    A bite size hunk of Mario goodness that reveals the strengths and limitations of its system.

    I recently bought an old DMG-01 Game Boy model (green screen) and tested out w/ my childhood favorite Super Mario Land. My reaction to this was as follows: Wheeeee! Its controls are utterly old school. Mario jumps, ru... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8
    Wario shares many qualities with his smaller cousin while adding his own dastardly personality to the mix.

    Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land

    Wario shares many qualities with his smaller cousin while adding his own dastardly personality to the mix.

    For the third installment of the Super Mario Land series, Nintendo took the unusual step of not including Mario. Instead we get the villain of Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Wario, who is sort of anti-Mario. His gre... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:6
    This game is a paradox, heavily flawed and yet still classic.

    Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

    This game is a paradox, heavily flawed and yet still classic.

    Zelda II is old enough and controversial enough that its reputation precedes it, specifically its reputation of being sort of an oddball in the Zelda series. And it is an oddball in the series. It adds a side scrolling a... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8
    Despite a kind of a whacked out difficulty curve, this is a lot of fun.

    Super Mario Land 2: 6 Tsu no Kinka

    Despite a kind of a whacked out difficulty curve, this is a lot of fun.

    We've all played Mario, right? You eat a mushroom to get big, jump in pipes, all that. You pretty much know what you're dealing with here: It's a Mario game; it's on Game Boy; it's green and it's pretty darn good. Gamepl... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:9
    3D platforming does not get much better.

    Daxter

    3D platforming does not get much better.

    Daxter is a 3D action platformer with heavy emphasis on the platforming elements. Even boss battles tend to be as focused on running and jumping as they are on combat. Gameplay is smooth and simple. Your main weapon init... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:5
    For Lunar fanatics only--and not even them really.

    Lunar Legend

    For Lunar fanatics only--and not even them really.

    I have been a fan of Lunar for about as long as a person could have been. I played the original titles on Sega-CD many years ago. I saw this while perusing GBA games at a local used store and couldn't resist. Now, I am w... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:10
    Probably the best the ghost of Zelda past has to offer.

    Zelda no Densetsu: Fushigi no Ki no Mi - Jikuu no Shou

    Probably the best the ghost of Zelda past has to offer.

    There is this and there is Oracle of Seasons. Oracle of Seasons is a fun game to be sure w/ it's hack 'em and slash 'em reflex tests but playing both side by side reveals which facet of Zelda really keeps us engrossed: t... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:2.5
    I am not sure this would be fun even if it did work like it was supposed to.

    Utsusu Made in Wario

    I am not sure this would be fun even if it did work like it was supposed to.

    Warioware titles, as a rule, are an absolute blast. They are simple and sweet but varied and require enough quick reflexes to engage anyone who wants a few (or more than a few) quick minutes of fun. This sort of game se... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8
    This is a simple, fun fighter, classic in execution with great graphics.

    Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition

    This is a simple, fun fighter, classic in execution with great graphics.

    There is something to be said for a fighters where you just fight. There is no story mode, few gimmicky special stages and even online play is limited to one on one battles with no long term consequences and rewards asid... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    Fast action and beautiful scenery set the stage for this Japanese epic.

    Oboro Muramasa

    Fast action and beautiful scenery set the stage for this Japanese epic.

    For some reason, everyone and their mother wants to call Muramasa Rebirth an RPG. I am not sure why this is exactly but, to me, this feels like pretty much a pure action game w/ some RPG elements laid on top of it. I am ... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:5.5
    Decent story, good concept, poor execution.

    Hotel Dusk: Room 215

    Decent story, good concept, poor execution.

    Have you ever wanted to spend a dozen or so hours to get through a comic book that would normally take you only an hour or two to fully absorb and appreciate? That's is how Hotel Dusk: Room 215 feels and that is unfortun... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8.5
    Lots of great puzzles and very few annoyances. If this had a stronger story, it would have been perfect.

    Layton Kyouju to Akuma no Hako

    Lots of great puzzles and very few annoyances. If this had a stronger story, it would have been perfect.

    This is my first Professor Layton game but I'd imagine it's pretty much the same as the others. A precocious boy and pretentious professor go around trying to solve a mystery and along the way their are puzzles. This goe... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8
    A fun and unique Mario romp.

    Super Mario Advance

    A fun and unique Mario romp.

    I came into playing this w/ a good deal of nostalgia for the NES original. I have to admit to being disappointed that it wasn't really a port of the NES game but pretty much a top down remake.That said, change isn't alwa... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:9
    Casual RPG fans need not apply.

    Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Soul Hackers

    Casual RPG fans need not apply.

    I have a confession: this is my first Shin Megami Tensei game. I had overlooked the series as a whole up to this point. In fact, I only bought this as something of an accident but I am really glad I did. The well-paced, ... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8
    A modern day setting and unusual combat mechanic belie a surprisingly straight-forward console RPG.

    Subarashiki Kono Sekai: It's A Wonderful World

    A modern day setting and unusual combat mechanic belie a surprisingly straight-forward console RPG.

    At the outset of The World Ends with You, the main character Neku is dropped into the Shibuya district of modern day Tokyo. His memory is entirely erased but he is reluctantly befriended by a fashionable young woman name... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8
    A great story presented w/ style in spades.

    Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

    A great story presented w/ style in spades.

    Getting killed is the first thing that happens to you in Ghost Story. It gets stranger from there--but only after a brief conversation w/ a desk lamp, of course. It is deep melodrama involving murder, time travel and int... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:9
    Great for both fans of the series and newcomers alike.

    Fire Emblem: Kakusei

    Great for both fans of the series and newcomers alike.

    If a franchise from a first party Nintendo developer can be classified as a cult favorite, Fire Emblem definitely qualifies. It doesn't have the broad polarity or cultural significance of, say, Final Fantasy but those wh... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8.5
    Klonoa is back on GBA for another slightly better Adventure.

    Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament

    Klonoa is back on GBA for another slightly better Adventure.

    Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament takes a lot from its predecessor. Once again, you play as Klonoa who must puzzle his way though numerous 2D levels in order to defeat evil and save his friends. Graphically, while the mai... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:9
    Fast and vicious, strange and surreal.

    Hotline Miami

    Fast and vicious, strange and surreal.

    Hotline Miami is a super violent top down action games with graphics done in a retro sixteen-bit style. Relentlessly pounding techno accompanies you as you endlessly slaughter Russian mobsters. It sounds like simple if b... Read Full Review

    1 of 1 users found the following review helpful
  • Rating:8.5
    Virtue's Last Reward never quite reaches the intensity of its predecessor but is still a necessary play for fans of 999.

    Kyokugen Dasshutsu ADV: Zennin Shiboudesu

    Virtue's Last Reward never quite reaches the intensity of its predecessor but is still a necessary play for fans of 999.

    Virtue's Last Reward features an extraordinarily convoluted plot. It's so convoluted, in fact, that it requires more than one timeline to fit all its incredible convolution. This is actually a compelling reason to play t... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:5
    Star Wars Trilogy does not live up to its promise of letting gamers play their way through the original movies.

    Star Wars Trilogy: Apprentice of the Force

    Star Wars Trilogy does not live up to its promise of letting gamers play their way through the original movies.

    Star Wars Trilogy is a decent looking GBA set in the Star Wars Universe. It offers up appealing digitized versions of songs from the original movies and holds the promise of letting gamers make their way through that epi... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:4
    Not completely worthless but good for about an hour worth of fun at the most.

    Quad Desert Fury

    Not completely worthless but good for about an hour worth of fun at the most.

    Quad Dessert Fury is a fast-paced checkpoint racer on the GBA. While it has many appealing features, especially graphically, lack of attention to detail across the board leaves it feeling half-finished and half-baked. ... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:9
    Adds just enough action to the console RPG format to up the fun level into the stratosphere.

    Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

    Adds just enough action to the console RPG format to up the fun level into the stratosphere.

    To be honest, I was skeptical of an RPG set in the Mario universe and for this reason I have avoided games like this and Paper Mario for quite a while. This was a mistake and I am willing to admit it. Mario and Luigi Sup... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:10
    A thrilling visual novel that tells a story that could only be told as a video game.

    Kyokugen Dasshutsu 9 Jikan 9 nin 9 no Tobira: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors

    A thrilling visual novel that tells a story that could only be told as a video game.

    999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors is a story first and foremost. It is a story presented as a video game but it is the suspenseful plot and the desire to learn more that will pull most players through it's series... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8
    The fidgety timing required to solve some puzzles diminishes what is otherwise and incredible platformer.

    Braid

    The fidgety timing required to solve some puzzles diminishes what is otherwise and incredible platformer.

    Braid is a beautiful game and a beautiful idea. It is the story of a young man, Tim, and his journey to find a beloved princess. The story is told in such a way that it could only have been told as a game and for this r... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8
    LBP Vita is beautiful and though its main story does not provide much challenge there is plenty to love here.

    LittleBigPlanet PS Vita

    LBP Vita is beautiful and though its main story does not provide much challenge there is plenty to love here.

    In Little Big Planet Vita you control Sackboy, a nondescript but completely customizable plush doll, through a series of beautifully presented worlds where he meets many charming and thoughtfully voiced characters. The m... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:9
    Super tough platforming that will leave you cursing but smiling the whole time.

    Super Meat Boy

    Super tough platforming that will leave you cursing but smiling the whole time.

    Meat Boy is a boy w/o skin. He looks about like a cube of stew meat with arms and legs. His girlfriend, Bandage Girl is kidnapped by Dr. Fetus--who is actually a fetus, in a jar... w/ a monacle--and Meat Boy must track h... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8
    Wario's second solo adventure brings some interesting changes to the series.

    Wario Land 2: Nusumareta Zaihou

    Wario's second solo adventure brings some interesting changes to the series.

    Wario is sort of a pro-wresting style heel. He's a bad guy but you like him anyway. His particular affliction in this life are frequent tangles w/ the equally bad Captain Syrup and her Black Sugar Gang who have once agai... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8
    Platforming meets Guitar Hero.

    Bit.Trip Runner

    Platforming meets Guitar Hero.

    Bit.Trip Runner is a platformer on the surface and something of a rhythm game at its core. The idea is as simple as can be--you run to the right avoiding obstacles--but the execution is charming and unique. For starte... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:5
    The concept behind Yoshi is solid but the execution is not quite there.

    Mario & Yoshi

    The concept behind Yoshi is solid but the execution is not quite there.

    Yoshi is a falling-blocks puzzle game developed by the creators of Pokemon for the original NES. It works on some levels but certain design decisions seriously limit re-playability. Gameplay is centered around four ki... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8.5
    This simple dungeon crawler compares favorably even to similar games on current generation handhelds.

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

    This simple dungeon crawler compares favorably even to similar games on current generation handhelds.

    It is a fact that both licensed games and the GBA version of multiplats meant for fifth and sixth generation home consoles tend to be rush jobs intended to eek just a few more dollars out of some intellectual property or... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:7.5
    Liberation Maiden is a great shooter but is ultimately truncated such that it feels like it's not a full game.

    Liberation Maiden

    Liberation Maiden is a great shooter but is ultimately truncated such that it feels like it's not a full game.

    If you like flying robot suits and blowing the crap out of things, Liberation Maiden is for you. It is a 3D shooter w/ open level design and an excuse plot so thin it's kind of baffling they bothered with one at all. ... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:9
    As far as combinations of music and games, this is as good as it gets.

    Sound Shapes

    As far as combinations of music and games, this is as good as it gets.

    From a personal standpoint, I was very excited to hear about Sound Shapes some time ago. It falls into the category of what people often call art game--typically the realm of indie developers--only Sound Shapes was publi... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:5
    Beautiful presentation and a few new concepts for the series save ACIII: Liberations from being a total disaster.

    Assassin's Creed III: Liberation

    Beautiful presentation and a few new concepts for the series save ACIII: Liberations from being a total disaster.

    There are many classic games built from the ground up for handhelds. There are at least an equal number of sloppy attempts to cram a home console experience onto a smaller which feel unsatisfying and half-baked. Assassin... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:8.5
    Klonoa's unique combination of platforming elements works just as well on the GBA as it does on home consoles.

    Kaze no Klonoa: Yumemiru Teikoku

    Klonoa's unique combination of platforming elements works just as well on the GBA as it does on home consoles.

    The Klonoa games are something of a rare beast, a unique but intuitive platforming experience that combines some of the best elements of genre classics while copying none of them wholesale. It works just as well as a pur... Read Full Review

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  • Rating:6
    This is a fun little music application but don't expect a full featured sequencer for your $0.79.

    Beats Trellis

    This is a fun little music application but don't expect a full featured sequencer for your $0.79.

    Even those w/ no musical experience can make some pretty cool sounding loops in Beats Trellis. It is a very simple setup and quite intuitive for beginners. The aim here was clearly to create a nifty little noisemaker rat... Read Full Review

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