As I am catching up on some ame platforms I missed out on it I find that the GBA games are really great! As a whole the collection of games is more "diverse" than the games for other ystems were. By that I mean that not every game is the same but w/ different graphics.
For instance, the SNES was a great system, but 90% of its games were left tto right side scrollers in which you could not even go up a screen. If you climbed up or went down you always "warped" to a different part of the level (i.e. all the Mario games). Not much freedom of movement. That's why I like the Megadrive (Genesis) more now a day's. Take games like 'The Lion King' or 'jungle Book' for instance: in each level you can "wonder around". You could climb up and down, back and forth looking for the end boss and fifgt baddies on the way.
'Super Mario World' for the SNES. Jump 'n' run from left to right.
Or the humble Atari 2600 (my childhood\adolescence sysem, yep: I'm that
). It's graphics were so horribly bad that game developers could not steal the gameplay from another game and simply alter the graphics. Every game for the platform is had a creative new way of playing a game.
'Superman' for the Atari 2600. Arguably the worst graphics for an Atari game ever. But still gets a big laugh every time somebody sees it. Sill dunno what actually do in the game though.
I missed that creativity of finding something new in every game on Atari's successors. I didn't bother investing time or money in them. However, when the 3D games for the PC came I was hooked on gaming again.
But now I sort of rediscover the GBA because I'm searching for games for my Dingoo. And I'm surprised about how good and diverse the GBA games were. From classic Mario games and racing games (Mario Kart!) to 3D games like 'Asterix'. And 'Pirates of the Carribbean' is somewhat in between 3D and 2D. I even find its 'Prince of Persia The Sands of Time' way way way better than its big brother for PC and Gamecube. At the time I do not remember that much fuss about the GBA like about it's predecessor. That one was really over-hyped imho. But when I think of it now the GBA was a really good machine. Powerful enough to almost run real 3D games and small enough to really fit into your pocket. Hell, they even had a Schedule\Organizer cartridge for it! Some of my best Dingoo games are GBA games.
'Asterix' for the GBA 'Pirates of the Caribbean' for the GBA.
Today we have the N-DS and the PSP. Of those two I see the DS the most around here. And in my opinion most of its games are lame brain-trainers or kiddy Mario games which they might just as well have enjoyed on the GBA. And the PSP? A master of 3D power and widescreen beauty-ness, be it a bit big....
Do you too think that the GBA was a bit underrated? Was it realeased in a time that kids and grownups had grown tired of handhelds?