Final Fantasy IV Review for the Nintendo GameBoy Advance, GBA

Note: The Story section of this review contains story spoilers.  Intro: The original game was published by square enix for the Super NES with an American Release in 1991 as Final Fantasy II, Final Fantasy IV Advance (for the Gameboy Advance). Playing FFIV again for the first time in a while, it seems I've forgotten a lot about the story.  The world we live in has moved on, and indeed, so has the game, with 3D graphics ports released for the Nintendo DS, mobile translation, and PC platforms (and updated 2D graphics for the PSP). Still, though the old 2D sprite's version shows its age in many ways, it's a game that any old-school Final Fantasy fans of the series or of RPG history should play, and it remains surprisingly fun years after its release. The Story: Fans of modern RPG storytelling owe a debt of gratitude to Final Fantasy IV....

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Golden Suns Storytelling Catastrophe, Makes it a Waste of Time?

Retro GBA RPG Golden Sun

My retro review of Golden Sun briefly touches on the game’s major storytelling blunder alongside consideration of other elements of the game, many of which are quite well done. Here, though, I want to spend more time analyzing what went so terribly wrong with Golden Sun’s storytelling, especially the ending.

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Game Boy Advance Final Fantasy VI Review - GBA

Final Fantasy VI GBA Review

Final Fantasy VI Intro:

I became a Final Fantasy fan in 1997 with FFVII, and have played every (non-MMO) game in the series since. I only just now went back to the game in the series most likely to give FFVII a run for its money as best Final Fantasy ever

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Golden Sun Review for The Nintendo Game Boy Advance, GBA

Golden Sun Game Boy Advance - Reivew

When I first got my Game Boy Advance in 2010, Golden Sun (2001) was one of my first games. My younger brother told me it was a GBA-exclusive RPG that I would really enjoy.

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Story and Gameplay that Build on Each Other Keep Fire Emblem Fun

 Fire Emblem Review GBA

The Intro:

Released fifteen + years ago, Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance has proven itself one of those rare games well able to stand the test of time. The graphics have been surpassed, of course, but Fire Emblem was never primarily about the graphics.

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Retro Review: Advance Wars Is as Accessible, Challenging, and Fun as Ever

Advance Wars Game Boy Advance

Advance Wars for the Game Boy Advance has an unusual release history. Originally intended as a Japanese exclusive because Nintendo didn’t think Westerners would be into turn-based strategy (TBS), this classic game eventually released first in North America…on September 10, 2001.

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Getting Lost all over Again, with Shining Force for the Game Boy Advance

Shining Force GBA Review 

The Intro:

Shining Force: Resurrection of the Dark Dragon has had a remarkably good shelf life. The 2004 Game Boy Advance strategy RPG is, in fact, itself a remake of a 1992 Sega Genesis game.  That adds new characters, battles, plot, and gameplay revisions, and since 2004,

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