Welcome back to another of my top 10 games on some system. I already tackled 3DS, DS and Game Boy, so now I am going to list my top 10 Game Boy Advance games. I only own 20 and have actually played 18 of them. The other 2 I will eventually get to. So which of these are my favorites? Let’s find out!
I refused to play this game for the longest time, just because I hated the art style so much. How did they turn Zero, who looked so awesome in the PS1 games, into this scrawny little girl?
But once I got over that, I regretted waiting to play it. The smooth, simultaneous buster and saber use I had always wished for in the X series was finally brought to reality! This is some of the finest gameplay in a sidescroller and actually has a pretty good story too.
I know, I know, you are getting sick of seeing these games now. But remember, I don’t have too many games, and these are really excellent. Again the third installment is an improvement over the other 2.
This is one of the best turn based RPG’s out there. People are always talking about the Final Fantasy series, but this game is easily better than all of those. It has some great gameplay mechanics and an awesome story, and wonderful level design. Tons of fun, it is.
Speaking of great turn based RPG’s, this is up there as one of the best. This was such a surprise when they announced it. I couldn’t wait to play it. When I finally did, I found they took all the great things from all the other Mario RPG’s and evolved them into a masterpiece. I was blown away by how good this game was, and seeing as all it’s sequels have made my other top 10 lists, it is a series that keeps going strong. In fact, they just released an updated version of this game for 3DS!
Just seeing this cover art brings me back to the first time I played it in real life. Like with Minish Cap, Nintendo proved Metroid is just as good on handhelds as consoles. This has excellent gameplay, and probably the best story in the series. It is also one of the more challenging games in the series too. Just awesome.
Damn. I mean damn. This game is so good. It is probably the best remake of all time. It takes Metroid to another level of awesome. This game really shows what the series is all about. Not only is this my favorite game on Game Boy Advance, but it’s probably up there in best games ever made.
Thanks for reading! If you have never played any of the games on this list, I highly recommend doing so. The Game Boy Advance is a great system, and these 10 games are gems among its great library.
To celebrate this exciting occasion, I am going to rank all of the mainline Super Mario games. There are far too many spin offs to include all of them. Unfortunately, this means RPG, the original Mario Bros, Mario Maker and Yoshi’s Island will not be included in this list, but oh well.
The very first handheld Mario game turned out to be a very short adventure, taking no longer than 20 minutes to beat. It is still a fun little game however.
Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels
Famicom, 1986 / SNES 1993
Originally called Super Mario Bros 2, it was somehow never released outside of Japan. Most people didn’t play it until it was called the “Lost Levels” which was added in Super Mario All-Starsseveral years later. It is very similar to it’s prequel and takes off right where it left off, making this game very infamous for it’s difficulty. I never put too much time into it to really say much about it, for it was so similar to the first game.
This is probably the most famous game of all time, and forever will be so. To this day, it is a fun enough game, but I was never that huge a fan of it due to it’s stiff jumping mechanic and constantly having to replay through the same levels to get to the warp pipes so you can continue where you left off.
This game really took the series in a whole new direction. Suddenly instead of jumping oneverything, you were throwing radishes at them. It’s a really bizarre game, but a lot of fun. The fact that there is 4 playable characters, all with unique traits, make this a very ambitious game for the time.
This was another twist for the beloved series, taking advantage of the 3D graphics to create a different adventure for Mario, combining elements from the side scrolling games with the 3D ones. While it is a fun game, I wished I was playing a regular 2D or 3D Mario most of the time.
A return to the side scrolling age after a decade of being in 3D was a most exciting concept. The only bad thing was that this meant it would be facing up against the last 2D Mario, Super Mario World. And it didn’t even come close, having focused more on keeping faithful to the original NES game, but with a ton of new features added to it.
This is also one of the most famous games ever made, responsible for ushering 3D games into the limelight in a good way. Though the game had a few flaws, it was still pretty amazing for the time. I never was too into it, however, for I felt it was far worse than some of the 2D games.
While this game was a huge improvement over the DS game, it still sorely fell behind some other 2D Marios, making me realize they weren’t even trying to create these side-scrollers like they used to. The “New” series seemed to be something completely different, and while not as good as some of the classics, they are still solid games.
This game is a lot of fun, especially compared to the previous two on this list. It was so satisfying to just run like crazy, collecting absurd amounts of coins, through some of the best platforming seen in years.
This is probably the most unique Mario game around. Cleaning graffiti with a water pack that has all sorts of different settings, while traversing through beautiful landscapes…just awesome. There was plenty of platforming challenges scattered throughout the game as well, making this a fantastic game all around.
Now this is what I’ve been waiting for. Amazing platforming chock full of secrets and challenge, new power ups and other ideas, all scattered throughout a massive world. This was the game I have been waiting for ever since they announced the “new” line of platformers back on DS.
This game was more than anyone could ever have expected at the time of its release. It completely blew every other platformer out of the water, and still does to most even today. It was such a vast improvement over it’s prequels, it’s amazing to think they are in the same series. A huge world, tons of new content, and unique items will keep this one in the record books forever. It is funny I have only ever beat the game twice, for as a small child, I played this game constantly, just goofing around on the many great stages.
The only reason this places lower than the first game is because this was not really the true game. The only reason this game exists is because there was so much that couldn’t fit into the first game, that Nintendo decided to just make another game to put it all in, which is great news for fans! It’s almost like the best DLC ever. So the whole central idea was not fresh at this point, but there were a ton of new ideas and planets to explore and items to grab that made this game stand out by itself.
This game is a masterpiece. It is probably one of the very few games I can say I could literally not put down. I was so amazed by how good it was, that in only 3 days I got every star and unlocked Luigi, only to immediately beat the game with every star with him too. No other game has had me play so much at one time, and do it over again with no time in between. The game is so unique and incredible, that I long to play it again…(Curse you backlog!)
This is probably the best platformer ever made, in my opinion. I spent my childhood uncovering every tiny little secret in this diverse, huge world. The game is so vast and just perfect. I absolutely love it and I can pick it up anytime and play through it, taking all the shortcuts to beat the game quickly, or slowly beat every level, and uncover all the secret paths and not stop until I beat Special Land and turn the world into that awesome weirdo place where the Koopas are Marios.
Here it is, the best Mario game ever made. I was rather disappointed when they announced the next 3D Mario would be in the same 2D/3D combined style like Super Mario 3D Land, seeing that I wasn’t all that impressed with that game.
But the second I played it, I was proven wrong. The new items, particularly the cat, is amazing, the fact that you can play as a variety of characters, each with unique traits, is even more amazing, the humongous world to explore is creative and diverse, and the gameplay is just simply solid. This game delivered everything I could have wanted for this style of game, and I love it to death.
There is plenty to do in the game, giving it some nice replay value too. I had long given up hope that they would ever top Super Mario World, but it seems any game with “world” in the title is destined for greatness.
And there you have it. That is all the mainline games, ranked from worst to best. They are all very good, memorable games, and there are tons of spin off or other series with Mario that are just as good, if not better. It is safe to say that the gaming industry would not be the same without this little fella, so my hat’s off to him. I can’t wait to see where Odyssey fits in this list!
A while back I listed my top 10 3DS games, so now I’m going to back up and give some love to its predecessor. I bought my DS very late in its lifespan. In fact, to my great annoyance, they announced the 3DS a few months after I bought it. So I don’t have all that many games for it, but I still managed to nab 37 games for the handheld system, but only played 26 of them. The rest I will get to some day. So of those 26 I have played, which are my 10 favorite? I will also be listing the developer and year they were made.
When they announced that for the first time in over a decade, Mario was going back to the side scrolling formula, I nearly crapped my pants. Super Mario Bros 3 and Super Mario World are two of my all time favorite games, and are much better than the two 3D Mario games that were out at the time. I was never more excited for a game at that point in my life. Until they announced the title. I very much dislike the title, and when I finally played the game, I was severely disappointed. I was expecting a sequel to Super Mario World, but instead got a major regression of the series, so that it is merely a vastly updated version of the original Super Mario Bros. Despite my disappointment, it is still quite a solid platformer.
Well, well, well, here is an instance where Sonic beats his ultimate rival. I first played this in the prime of bad 3D Sonic games, and I hadn’t played a handheld Sonic since the Gamegear, so I didn’t really know what to expect. But what I found was quite a pleasant surprise. This is a great platformer that really takes advantage of what made the Genesis games so fun, while giving them major updates.
To anyone who wanted to see Mario and Luigi team up with their newborn selves outside of a sports team or racing track finally got their wish with this game, and it did not disappoint. Hilarious storyline, fantastic and creative gameplay using both generations of brothers, it’s all here and it is wonderful.
The handheld games in this series are always trying out unique forms of gameplay and this one was no exception. It isn’t the best game in the series…far from it, but it is a really fun game nonetheless with a unique leveling system (if you can call it that) and it was the first game to actually advance the story past Kingdom Hearts II, which was the latest game, storywise, for half a decade.
Okay, okay, so this is technically two games, but since they are nearly the same game, I put them together.This duo is a remake of Gold and Silver, the first sequels in the Pokemon franchise. They also happened to be the last two games I played in the series, though I never owned them. I quickly lost interest in Pokemon after only owning and loving Red/Blue. I felt the series should have stayed with just 150 Pokemon and stopped following it soon after Gold and Silver came out. But then I decided, like 20 years later, to get back into it, and what a better place to start then with these two games? And boy was I glad I did!
These games are just like the Red and Blue versions I cherished so much…except better. More Pokemon are better, I soon found out. I love catching them all, and have put around 300-400 hours into both games collectively, catching all the Pokemon available to me, which is much more than the original Gold and Silver, since they added hundreds of Pokemon from the games that came out between the originals and these remakes. Because of these two, I am a Pokemon fan once more!
This game took the same mechanics and formula as Phantom Hourglass and managed to produce an immensely better game. Everything about it was so fun, especially riding around in a train. I very much enjoyed the story as well.
This turned the series into a mission based game, where you play as Sora’s Nobody, Roxas, carrying out missions for Organization XIII. It actually works pretty well for the setting and incredible storyline. It doesn’t advance the series at all, but instead bridges quite a few gaps, seeing as the game starts soon after Sora becomes a heartless in the first game, continues on during Chain of Memories and finally ends right when you wake up as Roxas in Kingdom Hearts II, thus finally answering that “wtf is going on?” question we all had the first time we played the second game. The game is also really, really fun, so thumbs up to that!
Ironically, this is the first game I played on my DS, so I guess it was all downhill after that. This game is just amazing. It is so creative, so entertaining, so unique, so unbelievably fun, that it completely destroys every other game on this list. Not only is this my favorite DS game, but it is one of my favorite games of all time. It’s that good.
Last April I wrote about my first impressions on the then brand spanking new “My Nintendo Accounts.” I spoke of how I was disappointed that it was far worse than its predecessor, Club Nintendo. I ended it with the hopes that maybe after some time the site would get better. And I am here today, after the site being live a whole year, to see if it has gotten better.
The quick answers…Is it better than a year ago?
Is it better than Club Nintendo?
In case you forgot, Club Nintendo was the companies old rewards program. Any digital purchase would earn you coins on your account, while physical copies of first party games and even some third party games gave you a code you could enter to earn coins. You had to fill out a bunch of fun surveys with each game you bought, as well as random ones every so often.
If you obtained 300 coins, you achieved “Gold Status,” while 600 coins netted you the mighty “Platinum Status.”
At the end of every year, (the sites year was from July 1- June 30) you got to choose a reward based on your status. There was a nice mixture of digital games and just some cool Nintendo related collectibles and such. Obviously the platinum rewards were much better than gold.
During the year, however, you were free to spend coins on other collectibles that were pretty nifty, as well as some Virtual Console games that changed monthly. Good games too. I got many a free game using my earned coins. The only trouble was that the games typically cost a hefty amount, but hey, I’d rather spend coins than dollars.
Another thing I should mention is that if you didn’t use the coins, they would eventually expire, though it took like 3-5 years, so I was never worried.
Now that you know all about Club Nintendo, let’s talk about the current My Nintendo Program.
As I said in my blog a year ago, you earn platinum points for doing basic things like signing onto the eShop every week and the like. There is a whole list of “missions” you can complete to earn coins.
Gold coins are better for some reason, and can be earned by purchasing DIGITAL GAMES ONLY!!! That is an enormous load of BS!! I prefer buying games physically, so unless something goes on sale for ridiculously cheap, which rarely to never happens, or I buy some indie games that don’t have physical releases, I will never get gold coins.
But why on Earth would I buy a digital game at full price when I can get the physical game for likely $20-$40’s cheaper on Amazon.com. Are gold coins really that much of an incentive to buy digitally so the developers can make more money? Well, honestly, not if you look at the rewards. The coins are essentially coupons.
For instance, I will tell you the software rewards right now. You can spend platinum points to save 20% on Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones, which I got for free with the Ambassador Program when 3DS quickly dropped its price…
Fossil Fighters: Frontier, whatever that is…
Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, a series I don’t like…
And Dr. Luigi and Game and Wario, BOTH IN WHICH I GOT FOR FREE FROM CLUB NINTENDO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now for gold coins, you can save a bigger 30% on some better games.
Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright, which I don’t want and if I did I would buy physically…
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, I already have…physically…
Kid Icarus: Uprising, I already have…
Kid Icarus, I already have…
Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters, I already have…
Mario Kart 8, I already have
Xenoblade Chronicles X, I already have…
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, I do want this game, so I might take advantage of this, but I can probably find it cheaper on Amazon even without 30% off…
The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, I have the original N64 game and don’t like to buy remakes…
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Seasons, have them both already…
Paper Mario, already own…
Rhythm Heaven Megamix, whatever that is…
and finally Chibi Robo: Zip Lash, which I already have.
So of all those games, there is one I might consider taking advantage of. And that is one more than usual. For just like with Club Nintendo, the rewards are always changing, but I think less frequently now. It is a nice way to promote some games I suppose, and I really shouldn’t be complaining about getting discounts on stuff, but I do have a right to complain when they used to give stuff away for practically free, no matter how you bought the product, and I can get coupons for my groceries by looking in a newspaper or whatever, so why should I have to buy digital versions of games just so I can get a small discount on games most people already own? And like a said last year, chances are, the games you would be buying to earn the coins are all the games that are discounted, so if you didn’t have any coins, you’d be screwed.
Now there is one last type of coin…the phone coins.
Last year, there was only one Nintendo mobile game, Miitomo. Now there are three. Each game has their own set of missions and rewards for you to earn and spend coins on. As I mentioned last year, the site is basically just a cheap way to promote their cell phone games, or at least it very much feels like it. These coins can also double as platinum coins, so that’s nice.
Aside from games, there are small rewards like 3DS themes and recently they added computer backgrounds…ohhhhhhhhhh!!!
So yeah, the benefits are simply not there. The only good thing is that the “rewards”don’t cost all that many coins. But then again, they might. That Tokyo Mirage Sessions discount costs 140 coins, which basically means I have to spend close to $140 dollars on eShop just to get one lousy discount. That’s 2 full priced Nintendo games and like a few indie games. F that!!! I can buy like 7 games on Amazon for that price.
Oh, and just like Club Nintendo, the coins expire. But instead of a hugely long time, the platinum ones expire in just 6 months, and my hard earned gold in just a year. I had almost 2000 platinum coins stock piled…I never spent a single one because the rewards stink…only to find 2/3 of them expired. I now only have 140 gold points, and many of them will soon expire, and who knows how many already did!?!? What is the point of making them expire anyway? It’s not costing anyone anything to have them there. It just doesn’t make sense. They just do it so you can’t stock pile coins and then utilize all the discounts at once…what cheap a-holes. So in fear of wasting the rest of my coins, I blew most of my platinum ones on some 3DS themes. I didn’t want them, but it’s better than just losing the coins. The gold I guess are just going to wither away.
The lack of a status stinks too. It was a smart business decision to make the consumer push for platinum status, because then we’d buy more games. I always made sure to get Platinum Status to get the cool reward at the end of the year. Now the only incentive to use the site is…I’m drawing a blank…maybe to have all your consoles linked to one site?
Bottom line…this “Rewards Program” is garbage. I would say only use it if you actively play the cell phone games, otherwise don’t waste your time. Unless you enjoy extra discounts and prefer digital games and somehow don’t have all these games. Then knock yourself out. But I personally feel like this is just a slap in the face after Club Nintendo. So my thoughts after one year, is the site has improved slightly, but it still is crap…just in case I didn’t get that across throughout the entire post.