Tag Archives: Game Boy Advance

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

Game: Fire Emblem (The Blazing Blade)
Start Date: April 30th, 2018
End Date: —
Videos: —

This game has been a long-time coming, for a number of reasons. Not only have I wanted this Let’s Play to happen for many years now, but it also speaks a lot for American gamers back in the early 2000s when Super Smash Bros. Melee came out and when Marth and Roy were finally introduced to North American gamers who had no idea where they came from. This brought Fire Emblem into the limelight, and a few years later, Intelligent Systems finally graced International audiences with the first worldwide released game of the series. This adventure follows the heroes of Eliwood, Hector and Lyn on their quest to save their land from an oncoming evil, in turn-based strategy game goodness!

As I said before, I can’t even begin to tell you guys how long I’ve been waiting to do this game. This is my favorite Fire Emblem game of all-time, one of my favorite video games of all-time, and after looking at the list of games I had not done for the channel yet, I knew that I couldn’t go another year without having this game covered. Because of this, I finally decided it was time to jump into action and get this beast of a project beginning! Let’s save Elibe everyone!

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Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Game: Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Start Date: January 1st, 2018
End Date: March 30th, 2018
Videos: 39

First we got Super Mario RPG, then we got Paper Mario, but in 2013, Alpha Dream had another idea when it decided to give us another Mario RPG, but this time on the Game Boy Advance. Little did we know, this was the start of a very well-established handheld franchise with great gameplay, a refreshing sense of humor, and some extremely memorable moments to come! So let’s take the series back to its roots and explore the Bean Bean Kingdom for all the laughs it has in store!

I was definitely not ready to continue with the Paper Mario series, knowing what title was next on the agenda, so I decided to mix it up a bit and start tackling the Mario & Luigi series, essentially giving me some more time to breathe before Sticker Star, and a title that is easily way more fun and interesting to me. Before Fire Emblem came out to America (finally) this game was easily my favorite title on the Game Boy Advance, and it’s not exactly hard to see why. So let’s take it all in, shall we?

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Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge

Game: Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty’s Revenge
Start Date: May 29th, 2017
End Date: June 15th, 2017
Videos: 8

The dynamic duo has returned, but this is definitely not the latest adventure the classic bear and bird team-up has had. In between their two N64 outings, Gruntilda and her minions were up to no good, even when Grunty was buried under a massive boulder. And now, before the events of Tooie unfold, the colorful cast returns for another mini-adventure on the GBA handheld. It’s the least Rareware could do, you know, considering the next console installment wasn’t going to be on any Nintendo system.

I wanted to do something short before getting into the marathon that will end up being Advance Wars: Dual Strike, and when I was looking through my pile of short projects to do, this was one that caught my eye. It had been awhile since I did Tooie, and who knows when I was going to get my hands on *sigh* Nuts & Bolts. This was a game I found enjoyable, albeit, not as enjoyable as the amazing games that preceded it. Still though, I think it’s worth checking out!

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Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

Game: Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Start Date: November 30th, 2015
Videos: 84

After Nintendo released Fire Emblem (7) to North American audiences, they seemed to understand that Fire Emblem was a series that quite a number of North American gamers wanted to be a part of, and they continued the tradition by bringing over Fire Emblem 8 as well, also known as Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. This tale follows the story of Eirika and Ephraim, two children who hail from an attacked and nearly-destroyed nation, trying to win back their lost homeland in addition to saving the land of Magvel itself from a dark power.

I’ve definitely gotten my feet wet with the Fire Emblem series before, and after taking on both Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn before; The Sacred Stones should be a cakewalk for me. This was the 3rd big-time RPG and/or strategy game I’ve done in a year though, so hopefully my fatigue doesn’t get to me!

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Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

Game: Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
Start Date: March 26th, 2015
Videos: 14

Meta Knight has gone missing in the Mirror World and Kirby has been split into 4 miniature copies. You know what this means? I think it means that it is time for a Kirby Metroidvania game! Let’s explore this world and restore the Magic Mirror back to normal!

I think it’s no surprise that I wanted Pokemon Gold to be my 100th project, but due to the vast number of issues during the previous year, that just wasn’t going to happen, especially while in the process of working on Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. So why not another Kirby game? Sounds good to me!

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Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Mario Kart: Super Circuit

Game: Mario Kart: Super Circuit
Start Date: December 27th, 2014
Videos: 10

Mario Kart had never been on handheld before, and with the rising popularity of the Game Boy Advance, a handheld installment was definitely not a shot in the dark. Although it would lack some of the more desirable features of a Mario Kart game, being on the Game Boy Advance and all, it still provided the basics of what makes Mario Kart…well…Mario Kart!

I had enjoyed going through the Mario Kart games in order, but that meant after Mario Kart 64, I would need to start taking on Super Circuit next. Although it is my least favorite game of the entire series, I can’t say too much negative about this game, because it was very limited on what it could accomplish as a Mario Kart game. The Game Boy Advance was cool and all, but it just couldn’t provide the core excellent multiplayer that we’ve come to love from the series.

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Mario Party Advance

Mario Party Advance

Game: Mario Party Advance
Start Date: March 2nd, 2014
Runtime: 6 hours
Videos: 16

Mario Party had been a clear success on consoles, but after awhile, the developers at Hudsonsoft wanted to take the series and move it on to the Game Boy Advance, which had been a huge financial success at the time. The results were quite…different, to say the least. Anyway, Shroom City has been attacked by Bowser and he has taken all of the world’s minigames and “gaddgets.” It’s up to Mario and his three closest friends to help solve the troubles of Shroom City.

With all of the console Mario Parties being completed at this point, I knew that at some time I would need to take a trip to the handheld games, and after almost a year of no Mario Party action on the channel, I decided to give Mario Party Advance a try. Although it’s very different from the traditional Mario Party formula, even moreso than Mario Party 9, it does have its own charm and I wanted to share it with you guys.

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Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising

Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising

Game: Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
Start Date: February 5th, 2013
Runtime: 44 hours
Videos: 84

After the events in Cosmo Land in the first Advance Wars game, Black Hole has returned, with new troops, new inventions, and new CO’s, all of which are ready to tear a hole through the territory of Macro Land. Orange Star, Blue Moon, Yellow Comet, and Green Earth will return to the scene once again to defend their homeland from this new evil that is in front of them.

I really love the Advance Wars series and after how well the first game went on my channel, I knew I definitely wanted to cover the second game of the series as well, considering it was my personal favorite of the series. While I felt the playthrough of the game was decent, a part of me also felt like the game went on a bit too long for my liking. I also covered the War Room maps for this game as well, which also contributed to the massive length.

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Advance Wars

Advance Wars

Game: Advance Wars
Start Date: February 1st, 2010
Runtime: 26 hours
Videos: 120

War is one of those things that you just can’t be happy about, but when you use easily disposable and recycled soldiers, it suddenly becomes a game of really intensive thinking and addictive gameplay. Something strange is going on in Cosmo Land, and when neighboring Blue Moon starts attacking the nation of Orange Star, it’s up to Andy and his friends, Max and Sami, to get to the bottom of this mysterious conflict and unravel the mysteries within.

After taking on the challenge of Fire Emblem back in 2009, I knew I wanted to cover its sister series, Advance Wars, as well. I knew this was going to be quite the undertaking, as Advance Wars is almost more complicated than Fire Emblem, but I was up to the task. This project features the entire Campaign Mode, including alternate paths/routes, and a run-through of all the War Room maps.

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Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

Game: Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Start Date: January 17th, 2010
Runtime: 10 hours
Videos: 65

The Mario series has come a very long way, and although his games started on arcade machines and the NES, this game showed us that Mario went on adventures even when he was a little baby! Even before they could be delivered to their parents, Baby Mario and Luigi were separated, with Mario ending up on the back of his future friend Yoshi while Luigi was captured by a koopa wizard named Kamek. It’s up to Yoshi to find and rescue Baby Luigi and and send the babies to a proper home so they could have a nice Italian upbringing.

This was the fifth “replay” project I did on my channel, as I had done some videos for the game at a prior date, but due to the bad (camcorder) quality of the project, with no commentary to boot, I decided to redo the project with a modern spin. The older videos are no longer available on my channel.

I normally did not like doing replays back-to-back, but due to the success of Kirby Super Star and people wanting more from the SNES era, I couldn’t ignore the demand for another high quality SNES game, and Yoshi’s Island was the perfect candidate! The project was quite a challenge to overcome, as getting 100% in this game is quite the daunting task, but when you stick a game from my childhood in front of my face, you are never going to hear any complaints from me!

This project also featured some content from the Game Boy Advance remake “Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island,” as I showcased the six bonus levels that were exclusive to only that port of the game. This content was shown later, long after the project was finished.

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