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Classic NES Series for GBA

James reviews 8 games in one night oh my!

By James Stevenson     June 08, 2004


The classic NES version of SUPER MARIO BROS. comes to the GBA.
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Today Nintendo releases eight classic Nintendo games on the Game Boy Advance. Each game has been ported faithfully, along with new save features for the games. In addition to that, the games only run 20 bucks a piece, which is probably high, but for a game like ZELDA, it might be worth it for fans.


Without further ado, the games:


SUPER MARIO BROS.


The original NES pack-in classic returns, with a nice save feature for your high-scores on levels. Everything else plays wonderfully in this excellent platformer that has aged gracefully. Still, it's a bit weird to see mushrooms popping out of the question mark box without a pair of eyes on them. Still one of the best NES games ever, and perfect for the GBA.


GRADE: A-


THE LEGEND OF ZELDA


Another classic game that is timeless, THE LEGEND OF ZELDA starts off with the famous line, "It's too dangerous to go alone, take this." Link takes up his first sword, and ventures into a difficult, but rewarding game. Perhaps the game with the longest playtime of any released in this series, ZELDA not only features a long quest, but a Master Quest that doubles the length of the game.


GRADE: A


DONKEY KONG


The DONKEY KONG on the home consoles never featured all of the levels from the arcade game. Instead, only four levels were featured. The same olds true with this version of that game, and it's really a shame the time wasn't taken to make it arcade perfect. If you already have the E-READER cards or the ANIMAL CROSSING download, this might not be worth its time. Although, the ability to save high-scores probably would be nice to some gamers (though again, it's not arcade perfect).


GRADE: B-


EXCITEBIKE


If you haven't played this game, you need to. The game featured big tracks, jumps, engine heat, and a track editor. The only downfall was you couldn't save tracks the GBA fixes this. That alone is a great reason to pick this version up, and why it scores fairly highly.


GRADE: B+


ICE CLIMBERS


The

ICE CLIMBER.

two characters that have gained notoriety in SUPER SMASH BROS. MELEE had their humble beginnings in this game about scaling mountains. The platforming gameplay might remind you a bit of MARIO BROS. This is one of those games not a lot of people have played, so now is a great time to pick it up.


GRADE: B


Namco's PAC-MAN


It's a little hard to justify picking this up. It's been available for a long time, and even though this one is arcade perfect, it's easy to get elsewhere. 20 bucks isn't worth it.


GRADE: C


Namco's XEVIOUS: THE AVENGER


This is an awesome shooter. While it's fairly typical at first, when you realize that you have to drop bombs at ground targets, the gameplay picks up quickly. While there is no true ending to the game, XEVIOUS is a ton of fun and if you're looking for a GBA shooter, you can't go wrong by picking it up.


GRADE: B


Hudson's BOMBERMAN


Word of warning to anyone considering picking this up. There is no multiplayer in the original game. That should be enough to let you know this probably isn't the game for you. The levels are all random and enemies aren't too smart. The game just isn't that much fun to play and hasn't aged gracefully at all.


GRADE: D



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