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Metroid Fusion (Game Boy Advance)

Metroid Fusion review (GBA)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

There are certain gaming franchises that are legendary. The Mario games. The Final Fantasy games. The Zelda games. One such legendary series is the Metroid saga. Telling the tale of bounty hunter Samus Aran, the games formed an epic plot, as Samus battled the evil Metroids, sinister space pirates, and various creepy aliens. What is surprising about the success of the series, though, is that, up until late last year, there were only three games produced, the last of which appeared on the SNES nea...
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Pokémon: Ruby Version (Game Boy Advance)

Pokémon: Ruby Version review (GBA)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

It's fair to say that the Pokemon franchise revitalised the somewhat ailing Game Boy in the late 90s. As the kids were being seduced to Sony's grey box by Lara Croft's heaving jublies, Nintendo's pocket wonder was left in the cold. It had been a few years since any major Ninty franchise had appeared on the monochrome screens with any real degree of chart success - sure, Wario was still pottering around, but in all honesty, he was never as recognisable as Mario, who was too busy basking in his 3D...
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Sonic Advance 2 (Game Boy Advance)

Sonic Advance 2 review (GBA)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Hedgehogs are fairly misrepresented in the videogame world. Despite what Sega's top brass would have you believe, our spiky friends are not blue. And that's just for starters. The majority of them do not wear trainers. They tend to travel on four legs, not two. They can't jump. They don't like to go charging around the hillsides as if some little tyke has given them a bowl of caffine-laced milk. They aren't particularly adept at underwater activities. At least their 'roll into a ball attack', wh...
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Catwoman (Game Boy Color)

Catwoman review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

There is an unwritten rule that in general, villains are far more interesting than the heroes that inevitably defeat them. While in many cases this is true, I've always found the Batman villains to be a pretty dull bunch. There are one or two exceptions, but Catwoman is not one. Still, I bought Catwoman for the Game Boy Color quite soon after it was released after seeing it brand new for under ten pounds. It didn't change my view of the character one bit. It didn't change my view of gaming one b...
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Deja Vu I & II: The Casebooks of Ace Harding (Game Boy Color)

Deja Vu I & II: The Casebooks of Ace Harding review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Deja Vu appeared years ago and was a minor classic. Shortly after, Deja Vu 2 appeared. Now, thanks to the wonders of modern technology (and possibly voodoo magic - this I was unable to confirm) both games are available on one GBC cart. Therein lies not only the main selling point of the game, but also the main fault.
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Dragon Warrior Monsters (Game Boy Color)

Dragon Warrior Monsters review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Nintendo - a name synonymous with the video game industry. And with good reason, as they manage to make even the most downright odd gaming concepts work so well that the games instantly become legend - Mario, for example, revolutionised the platform genre (both in the 8-bit and the 64-bit eras) despite being a game about a fat plumber with porno-star facial hair. Similarly, Pokčmon managed to turn a simple, near plot-less, tamagotchi-inspired idea about raising monsters into the videogaming phen...
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Duke Nukem (Game Boy Color)

Duke Nukem review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

What can I say? This game is superb! I was lucky enough to get it for Christmas in 1999, and I still come back to play it every few weeks! Although it lacks the depth of Game Boy Color games such as Pokemon or the Zelda Oracle games, this is still way up there in the 'best Game Boy Color games' list. Read on as I try to explain why.
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Grand Theft Auto (Game Boy Color)

Grand Theft Auto review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Nintendo have gained a bit of a reputation over the years. Much as their fans try to deny it, the big 'N' have become known as a fairly 'kiddy' company. So it really is quite a surprise, then, to see Grand Theft Auto, arguably one of the more adult games out there, appear not only on a Nintendo machine, but on the Game Boy Color, a machine even more associated with the youngsters out there than it's N64 and Gamecube cousins. Just what in the name of Brooklyn Beckham were you thinking, Ninty?
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Harvest Moon GBC (Game Boy Color)

Harvest Moon GBC review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

... Okay, so it's hard to be truly enthusiastic about the arrival of the farming genre on Nintendo's second best handheld system. The prospect of a game that lets you get up early, feed animals (cows and chickens, by the way) and grow vegetables from the comfort of your favourite armchair didn't exactly get people breaking open their piggybank, or mugging old ladies on the street (you can't prove anything!). But it should have done. You see, behind the seemingly ridiculous premise, Harvest Moon ...
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Konami GB Collection Vol. 2 (Game Boy Color)

Konami GB Collection Vol. 2 review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Although as far as I am aware the four 'Konami collections' are unavailable in the US, here in the UK they received release just over a year ago. For all four the format was simple - Konami released four of it's classics on each cart. Each cart contained at least one of Konami's well-known shooters, and each one contained at least one... shall we say 'obscure' game. I'll give each game an individual mini-review here, and then give my view on the collection as a whole. Simple enough? Then on with...
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Men in Black: The Series (Game Boy Color)

Men in Black: The Series review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Men In Black was a slightly above average film. Dealing with the exploits of a secret team of officials whose job it is to deal with the aliens on Earth, it starred Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as Agents J and K. While it was hyped beyond belief when it came out, repeat viewing showed some pretty severe flaws in the movie, which was apparently based on a comic book series. Still, it was good enough to spawn a sequel (which was really poor, to be honest) and a cartoon show. And that cartoon spa...
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Montezuma's Return (Game Boy Color)

Montezuma's Return review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Montezuma's Return is a sequel to the ancient (and, frankly, forgotten) game Montezuma's Revenge (I can only assume that the programmers didn't know what this was slang for....). It is extremely unusual to see such an obscure game given a sequel, especially after so long, but if the finished product is this much fun, I hope it's an experiment that will be repeated soon. Take 2 also produced this game for the Game Boy Color, although it is the original Game Boy's edition of the game under the spo...
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Pokemon Gold Version (Game Boy Color)

Pokemon Gold Version review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

It seems that there was a time not to long ago when it was impossible to turn anywhere without seeing some form of (almost always crap) Pokemon merchandise. From lunch boxes to pyjamas to nail polish remover (hey, it's possible!) it seemed that there was nothing that wouldn't get one of the little buggers splashed all over it's packaging. For now, though, it appears that the craze has died away - the lil' children are now all obsessed with Harry Potter or somesuch, and Pokemon has slipped quietl...
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The Rugrats Movie (Game Boy Color)

The Rugrats Movie review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

There's seemingly an unwritten set of rules by which all licensed Game Boy Color games must follow. Rule one dictates that they must be platformers. Rule two states that they must have about as much substance and intelligence as Anna Nicole Smith. And rule three states that, if it's a children's franchise that is being ported, the game can feel free to be just about as dire as it wants. And if these rules are the factors that judge whether or not a licensed game is worth it's salt, then Rugrats:...
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Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (Game Boy Color)

Super Mario Bros. Deluxe review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

History is a tricky thing. Much like the plot lines in Dream Team, it has a habit of repeating itself. Back in the Eighties the release of Super Mario Bros. on the NES set a trend for platform games that is still in evidence today - the whole coin collecting thing, for example, or the various different types of power-ups that can be bestowed upon your platform star. Fast forward to the end of the Nineties. Nintendo re-release the game on the Game Boy Color, and in doing so see the start of anoth...
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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (Game Boy Color)

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages review (GBC)

Reviewed on March 07, 2004

Nintendo have had several best-selling franchises since the NES days. The most recognisable is almost certainly Pokčmon or Mario, but in terms of pure gaming genius, Zelda must surely top most people's list. For those not in the know, the Zelda series of adventure games was born on the humble NES, way back in the 1980s (remember them? No? Okay, now I feel old). The very first Legend Of Zelda was quickly followed by The Adventure Of Link, before the series flew it's NES coop. Since then it's appe...
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Star Fox Adventures (GameCube)

Star Fox Adventures review (GCN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

If you happen to be a fox, then you'd be forgiven for thinking that you've got it pretty bad right now. Being pursued by upper-class, horse-faced barbarians wearing gaudy, bull-enraging clothing who set the hounds on you for fun can't be great. But be grateful that you don't live in the future - here the foxes are obviously hunted so severely that they have to take to the stars in order to escape. Harsh.
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The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker review (GCN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

I've got a great idea for a game: you play as a young princess, and your goal is to eat loads of baked beans, sprouts and such. I call it Zelda: The Wind Maker..... Anyone?? Okay, that's it for the flatulence jokes in this review. I promise.
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Zoop (Genesis)

Zoop review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

It's always reassuring to know that the game developers are excited about their product. Their confidence that the game is good brings confidence to us, as consumers. Sometimes, though, developers get so excited that they stop seeming confident and start to delve into the realms of sheer barminess. Such over-eagerness is seen on the packaging of Zoop for the Sega Mega Drive. The back cover blurb promises ''brain-burning action'' and ''Intensifying gameplay''. Blimey! Furthermore, reading the ins...
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Two Crude Dudes (Genesis)

Two Crude Dudes review (GEN)

Reviewed on March 06, 2004

A fair few years ago now, a game appeared in the arcades and on the humble NES called 'Bad Dudes vs. Dragon Ninja'. It became something of a cult hit, not least because of the shockingly awful opening line, which asks if you are 'a bad enough dude' to rescue the President (or President Ronnie in the Arcade version) from the ninjas. Despite the fact that, although fun in small doses, Bad Dudes wasn't very good, it spawned a sequel. Well, half-sequel, really. Two Crude Dudes on the Sega Mega Drive...
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