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4:00 PM on 09.26.2012

100% Series Retrospective: Kingdom Hearts

[Read on for a description of every Kingdom Hearts game ever released in the US, and my completion of all of them in 2012.] So I kind of realized that I was powering through both the Resident Evil and Tony Hawk...

Chris Carter

12:30 PM on 09.12.2012

Game Boy Advance games may be coming to eShop

Despite bundling 10 Game Boy Advance titles for the 3DS Ambassador Program last year, Nintendo has announced no plans to officially bring GBA games to the eShop. NES titles were likewise part of the Ambassador package, but at...

Tony Ponce

6:00 PM on 04.29.2012

Some folks spent 5 years remaking Pokemon Crystal for GBA

Biggest question: why would anyone want to play a remake of Pokémon Crystal on the Game Boy Advance when HeartGold and SoulSilver already exist on the DS? A lot of reasons, it would seem. Pokémon Liquid Crystal...

Tony Ponce



The official Legend of Zelda timeline revealed photo
The official Legend of Zelda timeline revealed
by Jim Sterling

A few days ago, we told you that an official Zelda art book containing the definitive timeline for the series would be released. Well, with the book out in Japan, that timeline has been officially revealed. All the historic events and videogames have been reconciled, with various splits into alternative universes. It's pretty crazy. 

The existence of an official "timeline" has been a source of frantic debate among gamers. Some have claimed no such thing exists, and even among those that do, there has always been arguments over the sequence of events. No matter what happens, nobody can ever seem to agree. 

One would think that this timeline will put an end to one of the oddest gamer controversies around, but something tells me that many still won't be satisfied. 

In any case, you can view the chart (as seen on Zelda Universe) below. Don't read if you never want to know, obviously!

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4:30 PM on 12.19.2011

How to make GBA games on your 3DS not look like ass

It was really nice of Nintendo to give us Ambassadors all of these free GBA games, but man, they looked all stretched and washed out. I remember these games being beautiful. Is my memory fading, or is it the 3DS pulling some ...

Dale North



PSA: 3DS ambassador GBA games now downloadable! photo
PSA: 3DS ambassador GBA games now downloadable!
by Jim Sterling

If you are eligible for 3DS ambassador status, your ten free Game Boy Advance games are now available to download via the "redownload" section of your eShop menu. Yet again, it's a process of finding the games in your queue of previously downloaded titles, and obtaining them one by one, but it's worth it this time!

[Edit: As pointed out in comments, you can now queue up the downloads by clicking on each item, hitting the "download" button, then hitting the "download later" button and confirming. Once queued, you set the 3DS to sleep mode on the Home menu and they download. Still fiddly, but not quite as lengthy.]

The North American games are confirmed to be the same as those in Europe and Japan, meaning that titles like The Minish Cap, Wario Land 4, Fire Emblem and Kirby and the Amazing Mirror are on offer. Yet again, I am highly impressed that Nintendo put some high quality games out there, and didn't rely on obscure crap. 

Nintendo, you done good, son!

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3DS ambassador GBA games dated for December 16 photo
3DS ambassador GBA games dated for December 16
by Jim Sterling

Nintendo has finally dated the ten GBA games that so-called 3DS ambassadors will receive, and it's this Friday! On December 16, those who bought a 3DS before its big price drop will get ten free Game Boy Advance games, which is nice. 

Here's the full list of games for the Japanese ambassadors. We can expect them to mostly be the same:

  • F-Zero
  • Super Mario Advance 3
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
  • Fire Emblem Seima no Kouseki
  • Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
  • Mario Kart Advance
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Wario Land Advance
  • Made in Wario

I should point out that, so far, the Friday date has only been acknowledged by Nintendo Japan and Nintendo Europe. Again, one would assume that North America is to follow suite, but if there's any difference, we shall of course let you know. Either way, I'm impressed by the fact that Nintendo didn't just give out garbage for free. Those are some decent games!

Game Boy Advance 3DS Ambassador Program Begins on Friday [andriasang]

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3DS ambassador GBA games still arriving this year photo
3DS ambassador GBA games still arriving this year
by Jim Sterling

We are now in the final month of 2011, and some of you may be wondering whether you're getting your ten free Game Boy Advance games before the year is out. Nintendo has answered the question, confirming that 3DS early adopters will still be getting their freebies before 2012 rolls in.

 "The forthcoming 10 GBA Virtual Console titles available for registrants of the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Programme will be available before the end of December 2011," promised a representative. "We will make further announcements in due course."

The GBA games will include Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare, Inc.: Minigame Mania and Mario Vs. Donkey Kong, along with five others. 

Honestly, I'd managed to completely forget about them!

Nintendo: GBA Ambassador games are coming this year [ONM]

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It Came from Japan! Rhythm Tengoku photo
It Came from Japan! Rhythm Tengoku
by Allistair Pinsof

[It Came from Japan! is a series where I seek out and review the weirdest, most original and enjoyable titles that never left the Land of the Rising Sun.]

Japanese games often possess a delirious quality that leaves some people scratching their heads and others delighting in the madness. Rhythm Tengoku, filled with characters and personality that are uniquely Japanese, is one such game.

Yet, all the quirky characters and scenarios feel like they occupy a coherent world, one where the offbeat antics of the WarioWare series successfully merge with the rhythm genre to form a portable classic that never made it to the States. Although many have heard about it and may have played its sequels, it remains an obscure gem.

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7:00 PM on 08.01.2011

Two more 3DS Ambassador program games revealed

Of the twenty free games current 3DS owners are getting in exchange for having bought the system at full price, ten are NES titles, and the rest are Game Boy Advance games. Nintendo hasn't said what each individual "Ambassado...

Jordan Devore

3:15 PM on 07.12.2011

I really want this little tiny Space Invaders machine

So cute! I'm a sucker for miniature things, especially when they're somehow related to gaming. Space Invaders isn't my favorite retro game, but this little cab is so cute that I don't really care what they put on it or on it...

Dale North

4:40 PM on 04.29.2011

Get your Mother 1+2 fan translation while it's hot

Tomato has completed his translation of Mother 1+2 for Game Boy Advance, which should have a good number of you rejoicing. You can read all about the patch, and download it, by going to this page. The main focus here is Mothe...

Jordan Devore



The Memory Card .86: Death is final photo
The Memory Card .86: Death is final
by Chad Concelmo

We all know the way it works. You play through a level in a videogame, encounter an unexpectedly hard section, and your main character plummets into a bottomless pit ... or is singed by a giant dragon ... or is blown up by a nearby oil drum. Whatever the morbid descriptor, your character dies.

As unfortunate as this is, it doesn’t really matter in the long run. If you have another life, you can just try the level all over again. And in more recent games, you don’t even have to have another life -- you can just return to a close checkpoint and tackle the foreboding obstacles one more time!

This unrealistic take on life and death is nothing more than a videogame fantasy, but one that allows the player to fully enjoy the game and learn from their mistakes.

But one game changed this traditional depiction of videogame death forever. Fire Emblem on the Game Boy Advance (and originally as a Japan-only release on the NES!) didn’t offer players such a generous option when a character died. In fact, its main gameplay twist was downright tragic.

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7:30 PM on 01.26.2011

PlayStation Phone hands-on shows emulated PS1, GBA games

By now, it's safe to call the long-rumored PlayStation Phone one of the worst-kept secrets in the history of the tech/gaming world. Engadget posted photos of the Android-powered device three months ago, and since then, we've...

Samit Sarkar

6:00 PM on 01.15.2011

Mother 3 Adventure Time mash up gets me giddy

I'm currently planning an episode of Constructoid about constructive criticism for gaming's famous female protagonists. The idea is to talk about how they can be more effective and positive role models without alienating game...

Jonathan Holmes

9:20 AM on 01.07.2011

Iwata: GameCube could do 3D gaming

While Sony and various publishers talk up 3D gaming and declare it to be the future, Nintendo overlord Satoru Iwata claims that Nintendo was tinkering with it years ago, as far back as the GameCube. He says his company was wo...

Jim Sterling