Bruce Kroeze (invoke) wrote,
Bruce Kroeze

Gameboy Advance SP Review

I got my GameBoy Advance SP the day after they came out. While shopping for a few accessories for it, I overheard several people talking about not being able to find them in the mall, so evidently I lucked out in finding mine as quickly as I did.

The GBA SP is a $99 handheld gaming system. Its internals are exactly like an old-style gameboy, with the addition of a built-in light for the screen. Frankly, I don't know why they ever left that out. It is being (at least partially) marketed at adults, with a more stylish PDA-look and a flip up screen.

Before I got the system, I made sure that there were games available that I'd enjoy. Not that I don't like a good "thumb-masher" now and then, but if that were all the options available, I wouldn't have taken the plunge. I'm happy to say that I have found not just one but several games to enjoy on this peppy little toy. Since I was on vacation last week, I had many hours to get familiar with the best of my first game choices:
  • Advance Wars - A surprisingly tough and complex tactical wargame. This is the one I have spent the most time playing so far. It is by far my current favorite and I am really looking forward to its sequel, due out in a few months.
  • Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis - This is a mixed RPG/Tactical game. It has a solid and detailed plot with many options and complexities. It clearly has the most depth-of-plot and gameplay of anything I've tried so far. Too bad it is a bit slow to play.
  • Tekken - I got this fighting game to play against my son via gamelink cable. It is a difficult and hperactive title. So far, I'm stomping him, but he has more patience for practice than do I.
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - This is the first Zelda game I've played. It seems like I will probably enjoy it, but so far it is mostly shelved in favor of Advance Wars.

[cloned from The Pug's Eye]

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