Yay for Friday!
I hope everyone’s week went well! Today I’m sharing some of my favorite old games, ones that were for the GameBoy Advance system. That handheld console turned 15 years old this year!
5. Harvest Moon: (More) Friends of Mineral Town
This was my first foray into the Harvest Moon franchise, and I adored it. A friend gave me FoMT for Christmas, explaining that it was “much better than it sounded.” He and I had similar video game tastes, so I was happy with his recommendation (even if I was a little skeptical about the farming angle at first). Since then, I’ve played quite a few, but I tend to stick to the older ones for nostalgic purposes.
4. Sonic Battle
Before atrocities like Sonic Boom were a thought, there were some Sonic the Hedgehog games that I definitely enjoyed, and Sonic Battle was at the top of the list. With familiar characters and a new, adorable robot character, the levels consisted of duking it out with one another while the robot learned different fighting styles. As the robot Emerl, you could customize your moves however you wanted after mimicking the others. All sorts of customization could be had, and it had decent replay value for that feature alone.
3. The Legend of Zelda: the Minish Cap
Of course there’s a Zelda game on this list. There’s always a Zelda game on my favorites lists! This game was tons of fun, and Ezlo was amusing as a partner character. I have never actually fully beaten the game, unfortunately — I’ve been stuck on the final boss battle for years! Perhaps its high time to pick it up again…
2. Fire Emblem
The original Fire Emblem game, the first one brought over to North America, definitely earned a spot on this list. Although it wasn’t my first Fire Emblem game (that honor goes to Sacred Stones), it’s one of my favorite installments. I haven’t had the chance to finish it yet, though, considering the copy I have had never had a working save function. My parents were amazing enough to find a cartridge of the game, and I had gotten through Lyn’s story by always keeping my GameBoy Advance on the charger, but it’s been awhile since I was able to try again. I now have it on the Virtual Console, so it’s a game I need to get back to.
1. Pokemon Emerald
Why didn’t Emerald get a remake? It had been my favorite of the three Hoenn games, especially with the Battle Tents scattered throughout the region and the Rayquaza tie-in with the legendaries. Hoenn is home to some of my all-time favorite Pokemon, like Grovyle, Mightyena, Gardevoir, and Ninjask, and Emerald was a brilliant game to raise them in.
What are some of your favorite GameBoy Advance games?