Sega's Shinobi series makes its Game Boy Advance debut in this original adventure unrelated to 1989's Genesis game of the same name. As a ninja warrior skilled in the arts of...
Sega's Shinobi series makes its Game Boy Advance debut in this original adventure unrelated to 1989's Genesis game of the same name. As a ninja warrior skilled in the arts of stealth and combat, you begin a quest to recover five elemental swords needed to free the land from the curse of Goaku. Each sword can be found in five distinct lands, but in order to retrieve them, you must defeat their masters: Shogun warriors possessed with special powers. Once a sword has been released from its captor, you are free to wield it and tap into its unique abilities.<br><br>A total of 20 levels are available in the game, each offering both vertical and side-scrolling movement as well as various secrets. Fans of previous titles in the series will recognize a similar power-up system, which imbues the protagonist with magical powers. In addition to using sword attacks and shuriken throws, players can overcome adversity with the skills of decoy, stealth, spirit, double jump, and more. Each level also has secondary objectives that, when completed, award you with special bonuses. Less
Nintendo is offering classic, old-fashioned Mario platform action on a brand new system with Mario Advance. Produced for the Game Boy Advance, Mario Advance marks the first appearance of the...
Nintendo is offering classic, old-fashioned Mario platform action on a brand new system with Mario Advance. Produced for the Game Boy Advance, Mario Advance marks the first appearance of the Mario franchise on the 32-bit handheld system. The game is based on the classic Super Mario Bros. 2, first released for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Although characters and gameplay remain true to the original, the cartridge makes use of the increased technical abilities of the handheld Game Boy Advance over 1985's original 8-bit Nintendo console, featuring detailed graphics and more action.<br><br>Much of the action in Mario Advance concerns lifting items to throw at enemies or carry to a special location. Instead of hopping on a bad guy's head, for example, Mario may need to pull a turnip from the ground and throw it at a ShyGuy enemy to get him out of the way. Often, characters will need to carry a key from one part of the level to another. Players can choose to play as Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, or Toad. Each character has a different combination of strength and agility. The Princess can jump very high and float gracefully to the ground, but if she is carrying an item she moves much more slowly and cannot leap as far. Toad can't jump as far as the others, but he can carry items without any effect on his speed or leaping ability.<br><br>Going even further back in the characters' history, Mario Advance also features a multiplayer-compatible mini-game based on the original Mario Bros. arcade game. Players will have to hop their way to the top of the screen, quickly and carefully, avoiding turtle-like Koopas and other enemies. This enhanced version of the arcade game can be played in "Classic" or "Battle" modes. In all, Nintendo makes an effort to send their best characters ahead to welcome the handheld system to their product line. Less