The Console RPG Quest with Nintendo's most underrated handheld: the Game Boy Advance [download link here]!
Nadia and I return to the early days of the 2000s, when Nintendo was struggling mightily against Sony, but its handheld business was still exceptionally strong. The GBA tends to be overlooked over these days, mostly because its brief run is andwiched between the Game Boy and the Nintendo DS, but it had some some awesome RPGs.
In the course of our discussion, we delve into Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Fire Emblem, Pokemon Ruby, the Final Fantasy ports, and of course, the most beloved of them all—Golden Sun. We also talk about how the GBA served as a lovely last hurrah to the 16-bit era, how it differentiated itself from the SNES, and why it still holds up. Bonus: Another Track of the Week!
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The Console RPG Quest continues with an exploration of one of Nintendo's less popular handhelds. Regarded as a bit of a tweener in its day, trapped as it was between the Nintendo DS and Game Boy, it has grown in esteem as fans have come to better appreciate its beautiful graphics and large library. But what about its RPG legacy? Tune in and listen as Kat remember Pokemon Ruby, Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Mother 3, and all the rest of the most important RPGs on the GBA!
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