Get that GBA on the NSO ASAP
If there’s one factor I’m going to miss when the Wii U and 3DS eShops lastly shut their doorways for good, it’s having the ability to really purchase the previous video games I bear in mind from my childhood from the Virtual Console. Nintendo has the richest again catalog of any developer within the trade at present and it’s only a disgrace that going ahead, the one manner we’d have the option to expertise a few of these titles is with Nintendo Switch Online. Don’t get me mistaken. I just like the service, and I believe the choice of NES and SNES titles is fairly stable. But contemplating how a lot of Nintendo’s historical past is tied to transportable gadgets which can be at the moment not obtainable on the subscription service, followers are lacking out on part of the corporate’s and the trade’s legacy.
That is likely to be altering, although. Recently, reports surfaced online that Nintendo’s emulator for the Game Boy Advance had leaked with a handful of notable titles leaking alongside it. Whether or not that is legit stays to be seen, but when that is what’s subsequent for the Nintendo Switch Online service, think about me excited (actually much more excited than I’m for these N64 video games it’s slowly including to the Expansion Pass tier). I needed to share my pleasure with the remainder of the writers right here at Destructoid, so I requested them to title the GBA title they’d most like to see seem on NSO ought to this leak show legit.
The primary GBA sport I’d love to play on my Nintendo Switch will at all times be Ninja Five-O. Developed by Hudson Soft and revealed by Konami, the motion platformer flew manner underneath the radar in 2003, releasing proper across the identical time as Golden Sun: The Lost Age and Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. Reviews have been nice however gross sales have been dismal. The sport light from the market as quietly because it got here in, solely to resurge in recognition when folks begin writing articles about one of the best GBA video games. Unfortunately, that surge was far too small to warrant a second printing of the sport, and costs for unique copies skyrocketed. I’ve by no means performed Ninja Five-O, however I’ve needed to for a few years due to all of the like it’s acquired from the fortunate few who did handle to give the sport an opportunity manner again when.
Here’s the catch, although. Ninja Five-O is without doubt one of the listed titles in the GBA Emulator leak, and it, together with just a few others, really has me considering this leak won’t be legit. Because it’s nearly too good for an obscure but beloved GBA sport that prices a fortune to buy as of late to seem on the record of suitable video games for this emulator. It’s totally potential, I’ll admit. After all, NSO has seen some pretty obscure games before. But I simply don’t suppose we’re that fortunate or that this timeline is that beneficiant. – CJ Andriessen
Nobody likes to be mistaken, however I’d like it if all the things I’ve heard over the past 5 years about Mother 3‘s chances of being brought overseas turned out to be outdated info. If you haven’t heard of the sport earlier than, nicely, you have a lot to catch up on. First launched in Japan 16 years in the past, Mother 3 is a comedic, tragic story. With heart-wrenching deaths, a number of gender-nonconforming characters, and messages of anti-capitalism and anti-television(!), an unaltered release of Mother 3 on the western Switch Online service would make sure to make headlines. Fans who have demanded it for years would go bananas. Others would demand boycotts of Nintendo for being (gasp!) “too woke.”
It’s exhausting to think about that Nintendo desires to take care of all this controversy, however once more, I’d love to be mistaken if it meant getting to play one of the best RPG of the GBA period on my Switch. – Jonathan Holmes
Gunstar Super Heroes
An oft-forgotten gem within the Treasure catalog, Gunstar Super Heroes (also called Gunstar Future Heroes) was launched on Game Boy Advance in 2005 and serves as a direct sequel to the beloved Sega Mega Drive basic of 1993. Once once more, the color-coded Team Gunstar goes into battle in opposition to the reformed “Empire”, on a mission to stop the resurrection of the terrifying overlord, Golden Silver.
Gunstar Super Heroes takes the explosive, pixelated, run ‘n’ gun chaos of its predecessor and scales it down to the hand-held console’s diminutive type. While the vast arsenal of weapons, inventive boss battles, and dynamic fight are all current and proper, Gunstar Super Heroes contains funky recent maneuvers, enjoyable new characters and executives, and even a brand new gender for protagonist Red — now a gun-toting gal.
While rated extremely by critics, even successful “Best GBA Game” at E3 2005, Gunstar Super Heroes didn’t, sadly, see gross sales success. And whereas it’s hardly a five-star launch, this pocket-sized blaster, very similar to all the Gunstar Heroes franchise, deserves higher than to languish within the “Where Are They Now?” file. – Chris Moyse
This is likely to be surprising to hear, however I’m simply now embarking on my Pokémon journey for the primary time as an grownup after I used to be banned from enjoying any of the video games as a child. There was plenty of debate amongst my Pokémon-loving pals about which sport I ought to begin with, however we lastly determined that LeafGreen was the most suitable choice — and I don’t suppose there may have been a more sensible choice.
As I’m enjoying it, I maintain imagining myself at 10 years previous, embarking on this journey for the primary time, and it guidelines. It could also be a easy sport, nevertheless it’s so nicely designed I discover its gameplay loop participating, entrancing even.
So, with as a lot enjoyable as I’ve been having, the one draw back is that as a result of I’m enjoying it on a ROM on my buddy’s pc, I can solely play it after I go over to his place. Having it on a handheld console wouldn’t solely be handy, however I believe it might even be one other wonderful means to emulate the unique LeafGreen expertise for myself, even when I missed that boat fifteen years in the past. I’d undoubtedly be trying ahead to the opposite video games on the leaked record that I haven’t performed but (of which there are various), however I believe I’d wanna begin with this one if it have been included. – Noelle Warner
Wario Land 4
Hand me a Nintendo Switch with Wario Land 4 loaded on it, and I’m going to play it — all of it. Right then and there. I’ll acquire each jewel and even do the baseball mini-game.
This ended up being the very first Game Boy Advance sport I used to be in a position to play, and it wowed me in individual. It felt like an enormous leap, visually. Heck, trying over random screenshots at present, the crisp, colourful, gnarly-looking pixel artwork holds up so nicely — the bosses and Wario transformations, particularly. I want extra video games regarded like this!
While I haven’t gone again to play the entire prior Wario video games (and I in all probability by no means will, if I’m being trustworthy), there’s one thing about Wario Land 4 that resonates with me to at the present time. It has that “Wow, that is instantly enjoyable” issue going for it, in addition to memorable artwork, animation, and music. Dashing into blocks and weirdos simply feels proper. And although the sport is accessible to me on Wii U and 3DS, it deserves a spot on Switch, too. – Jordan Devore
Super Robot Taisen: Original Generation 1 & 2
The GBA had an awesome many unforgettable video games however of all of them (besides possibly Final Fantasy Tactics Advance), I need to see Atlus’ ports of Super Robot Wars OG and OG2. Back then they have been so uncertain about its attraction within the west that they glided by the untranslated Super Robot Taisen title, even! I like Super Robot Wars, however even after the frankly miraculous abroad launch of Super Robot Wars 30, my favorites are nonetheless the “Original Generation” titles, which use the assorted game-exclusive characters and designs as the celebrities of their very own setting. So reasonably than a cool excuse to have Char from Gundam hang around with Shinji from Evangelion and what-have-you, I’ve at all times felt that the OG collection has operated underneath extra strain to stand by itself, with fascinating arcs and enjoyable characters that don’t lean on the intense model recognition a basic mecha will get you.
Of course, at this level, the perfect state of affairs could be for Bandai Namco to improve and port over the PS3-era Super Robot Wars OGS, but when we’re speaking GBA video games that exist and that I’d like to see extra folks play, these are those. – Josh Tolentino
Astro Boy: Omega Factor
Everything I’ve ever seen, watched, or learn associated to Astro Boy has been extraordinarily disjointed and peculiar, making it an ideal match for legendary developer Treasure (so wonderful, they’ve already been featured on this record with Gunstar Super Heroes). Astro Boy: Omega Factor was a straightforward title to overlook again in 2004, and the one motive I picked it out of a discount bin was its pedigree. It lives up to these papers by displaying off ridiculous assaults, over-the-top gameplay, and tight graphics. Frankly, I believe Treasure’s library ought to at all times be, er, treasured, so it might be nice to see this cult basic be given one other probability.
What are the probabilities somebody will work by means of all of the licensing wanted to make this occur? About as possible as somebody going to the trouble of re-releasing McDonald’s Treasure Land Adventure, it must be performed, however I’ll consider it after I see it. – Zoey Handley
Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand
There is not any scarcity of wonderful GBA video games that might go on right here as a result of the GBA is a fairly implausible little machine. It’s bought RPGs, platformers, and even a few of its combating video games ain’t half unhealthy. But if we’re doing a dream Switch Online lineup, I need to see some swings for the fences. Let’s the oft-forgotten Hideo Kojima handheld basic Boktai: The Sun Is in Your Hand.
Boktai infamously used a detector to seize daylight as a part of its core mechanic. So very similar to extremely two-screen Nintendo DS games, this makes it a bit extra of a conundrum to port-forward. But Boktai can be an fascinating piece of the Game Boy Advance’s library; it’s an motion RPG with some cool mechanics and an intriguing setting. The daylight isn’t only a gameplay function, however lore too. I’d love to see this persevere in some up to date manner to no less than showcase the stranger experiments within the GBA’s library. – Eric Van Allen
So many nice video games named above and so many extra that didn’t make the minimize, together with Drill Dozer, Golden Sun, and Kirby and the Amazing Mirror. But as Eric says, the GBA is a fairly implausible machine with a stable library of nice video games throughout a number of genres that I can’t wait to have very slowly rolled out onto the Nintendo Switch Online service. That’s our record. What are the video games you most need to see make an look?