47 posts tagged gba
M2 behind the Wii U’s GBA Virtual Console ⊟
Well, this can only be good news. While Sega’s 3DS Virtual Console stuff has been the work of emulation masters M2, Nintendo has always done its own development for its own systems.
However, the GBA emulation on the Wii U is the work of M2 (who also made the recent Sega 3D Classics, as well as the Sega Vintage Collection on XBLA/PSN), which can only be good news!
And in true M2 tradition, the emulation sounds pretty excellent, with optional smoothing, multiple resolutions, and full scans of the original manuals.
Do this for 3DS next, M2! If anyone can, it’s you.
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Dreamy turn-based tactics game (mock-up) ⊟
Mentioning GBA classics like Final Fantasy Tactics Advance in the last TinyCast had me pining for another portable tactics game. We’ve had a couple amazing 3DS games like Fire Emblem: Awakening and Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars, but I miss commanding short, stout cartoonish troops on a battlefield.
I miss seeing games that look like this beautiful mock-up posted today by Jnkboy. It’s killing me that this is something I can’t play, that I can’t push these soldiers around the grid or roll that pair of dice. It’s killing me that this and Bookkeeper’s Garden aren’t more than dreams. Found via @expdotzine.
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Flushed: a zine about toilet gaming ⊟
It’s an unavoidable truth of the handheld gaming hobby: someone is playing DS/3DS/Vita/etc. on the toilet. I don’t want to hear about real people doing it, but I will happily read articles in a zine that I can pretend are 100% fictional accounts of hypothetical toilet gaming.
And that’s Flushed: an e-zine edited by Lana Polansky, Samantha Allen and Elizabeth Simins (who created the cover above) “exploring the beautiful intersection of videogames and toilets.”
You can get the zine at Gumroad for whatever price you’re willing to pay, and then read it anywhere. Even THERE, I guess. I guess.
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Doctor Popular’s chiptune album on a GBA cart ⊟
Through this Kickstarter, you can get Doctor Popular’s new album “Destroy All Presets” for any price as a download. Or, if you have $65 to put into it, you can get a custom copy of the GBA music/sound editor Nanoloop with DocPop’s tracks pre-loaded and remixable.
“These special carts will come preloaded with 10 of my tracks for you to play/remix as well as all the software you need to create your own chiptune music on your Game Boy Advance. Each cart comes with an instructable zine (and pdf) to get you started.”
The carts won’t be manufactured unless the Kickstarter goes through. At $2700 of its $6500 goal so far, I think it will! Who doesn’t want a musical doodad for their GBA?
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Here’s the cancelled GBA Shantae ⊟
WayForward is doing a marathon streaming event as its Shantae kickstarter closes. One of the games the developer played on the stream was… the unreleased, unfinished Game Boy Advance Shantae game! The archived video above includes a surprising amount of gameplay. So cool! So unusually open.
I heard there was going to be more unreleased stuff shown, but I’m not sure if it’s been streamed yet. The stream runs until 10am PDT, basically right now!!! (when the kickstarter ends!)
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Had no idea Magical Vacation looked this great ⊟
Thanks to Obscure Video Games for posting these GIFs to remind us about the Japan-only GBA RPG (its sequel, Magical Starsign, released in the West for DS)!
I’ve always heard from a few people that the series’ first game had the best Rhythm Tengoku/Heaven experience, which I can believe since the Japan-only GBA release is the only one you can play on a Micro.
So while it’s not a game that you don’t really need to understand the text to play, it’s nice that someone’s translated most of it to English seven years later. You can grab the Rhythm Heaven patch here — presuming you have a legally ripped ROM of the GBA game to apply the patch to.
The text in Rhythm Heaven is completely translated, but the graphics are still in Japanese — the translation team is seeking capable hackers and pixel artists to help them with those remaining updates.
Sharing handheld stickers
Just a reminder that you can get matching Tiny stickers for your portable game system of choice! And in case you were wondering, this cute scene comes from the Nokémon episode of Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day.
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Handhelds in Havana, Cuba
Cuba lifted its ban on consumer electronic sales in 2008, when Raul Castro took over as president in place of his ailing brother Fidel. Kids there can now play GBA SPs and other gaming handhelds (though, on an unrelated but odd note, they can’t listen to Reggaeton on the radio — the country recently banned Reggaeton music from its airwaves due to the genre’s often sexually aggressive themes).
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Cryptic tweets from Mother/Earthbound creator Shigesato Itoi about a new project he’s working on for the series. Earthbound Central, which translated and posted the tweets, warns fans not to get too hopeful, but I think it’s pretty clear that an enhanced port of Mother 3 is finally releasing in the West through the eShop.
There’s also an update for the fanmade Mother 3 GBA English patch on the way, though it may see a delay depending on whatever Itoi’s working on (Mother 3 on U.S. eShop).
Raised by Nintendo handhelds. This is what we’re about. Credit to illustrator/comic maker Afonso Ferreira for capturing the portable gamer’s life growing up (and Mario’s increasing annoyance as the years go by).
Every Japanese GBA game
Here’s what a complete Japanese GBA collection looks like, all 795 cartridges lined up and put up for auction. You could own this divine set for just $5,800!
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