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I purchased a Platinum SP for my brother as a birthday gift not long ago. The few hours I've spent playing Yoshi's Island on it have been tremendously fun.

 

I am tempted to get one for myself.

 

With the two new colours to choose from and an already impressive library of games, I'm thinking why not? I don't really go on long trips, and I don't really have times where I need a portable.

 

In fact, I can't justify it at all.

 

The times I'll be playing it, I'll be at home. :roll:

 

But playing multiplayer will be pretty cool, me thinks.

 

Some questions: Do games require 2 copies of the title to play multiplayer? If this is the case, the Gameboy is out of the question. I'm not buying two titles of every game just to pay 2 player.

 

Any other thoughts?

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Do games require 2 copies of the title to play multiplayer?

 

 

Most of the time I do believe they require 2 carts. Though to be honest I do not have much experience with multi-play on the GBA. Someone with a tad more experience may want to chime in to give you a solid answer.

 

An alternative to you dilemma may be to go out and get a Gamecube player *IF* you have a Gamecube. Of course if you don't then forget I said anything :D

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GB Player's a good alternative indeed, though you miss out on any Cube-GBA link-up bonuses like Animal Island or unlocking the original Metroid ;).

 

Link play really depends on the cart, far as I can tell. Some games can play off one cart for multi-player, others require multiple cartridges. Some games don't require the cart but will only let you play limited versions of the full multi-player experience.

 

Yadda yadda ;).

 

I think the games justify the system more than the system's portability does, but that's just me :P. I love 2D RPGs so there you go.

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I play my GBA at home often. In fact just last night I played a bit of Pokemon pinball before going to sleep.

 

But the thing is a god-send while I'm on my way to work, makes the time fly by.

 

In fact, any time you have to wait in line (before a movie, at the bank, etc) it's great to have something with you to distract you from the tedium.

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Thanks for the replies, guys!

 

Adamsappel,

 

Those links were invaluable!

 

As for helping me convince myself to get one, I'm still on the fence. I don't have a 'Cube, so GB Player isn't an option. My commute to work is 10 mins, commute to University campus is just 15 and both times I'm almost always driving. It might be a tad difficult driving and playing GBA at the same time.

 

Pharmboy, for me it's the 2D platformers that do the trick. Especially ones with a quick rhythm like Yoshi's Island.

 

Arg. I'm just dreaming here. I don't even have enough time to play with the PS2, the X-Brick and the Home Theater. Let alone study. And this doesn't even count Internet time. :?

 

Thanks for hearing me vent. :lol:

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It might be a tad difficult driving and playing GBA at the same time.

 

Here at LCVG we don't truck with that kind of defeatist attitude, mister ;).

 

Know what you mean though Sam, 2D platformers are fun too. I'm strangely looking forward to getting a copy of the old NES Kirby title too. But in the end you gotta do what's best for you.

 

I'm in university too, so I empathize :P.

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Some questions: Do games require 2 copies of the title to play multiplayer? If this is the case, the Gameboy is out of the question. I'm not buying two titles of every game just to pay 2 player.

 

It depends on the game.

 

I would say to get it. I usually play mine in bed right before I go to sleep. To me that is more than worth it. It's got some really great exculsive games. Cheap price and good games....what's not to love!

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In fact, any time you have to wait in line (before a movie, at the bank, etc) it's great to have something with you to distract you from the tedium.

 

I agree! Now that it's backlit, it's great to have at the movies. Especially during the ever-increasingly frequent commercials. :x

 

Also, it can be handy to have if you have a significant other. I've gotten through most of the Castlevanias and Golden Suns in the Target cafeteria while my wife was shopping... :D

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Originally posted by Pharmboy@Sep 9 2003, 06:05 AM

It might be a tad difficult driving and playing GBA at the same time.

 

Here at LCVG we don't truck with that kind of defeatist attitude, mister ;).

Crap, does this mean I've got to disconnect my Xbox from my truck?

 

And to stay on topic, if I didn't have my GBA SP, I would have quit my job long ago ;)

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What are you working on specifically?

 

Large amounts of debt ;). Seriously though, I'm on my second "undergrad" degree. I already have an advanced major in biology and am now on the last year of my degree in.... dun-dun-dun... pharmacy. Hence the 'Pharmboy' moniker.

 

So much for my secret origin :P.

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Originally posted by Pharmboy@Sep 9 2003, 05:58 PM

What are you working on specifically?

 

Large amounts of debt ;). Seriously though, I'm on my second "undergrad" degree. I already have an advanced major in biology and am now on the last year of my degree in.... dun-dun-dun... pharmacy. Hence the 'Pharmboy' moniker.

 

So much for my secret origin :P.

Ah, cool. Very clever. :D

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The new SPs came in today and I just happened to have a shift for work at EB. My coworker DrunkOM thinks the red is a bit of a flamer but I disagree. It looks really hot. Looks like a trendy-ass MiniDisc or MP3 player. Too sweet.

 

Arr... the temptation is growing stronger. I feel compelled to join the dark side.

 

Now the question becomes, if I lose my cool and decide to plunk down the $150CDN for the GBA, should I just spend another 50 and get a 'Cube? Better yet, should I spent another 70 and get the Mario Sunshine bundle (also comes with a 59 Block Memory Card)?

 

Resistance is futile, indeed.

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Mario Sunshine is not the game I would recommend anybody have as their sole Cube game. I personally like Mario Sunshine, but it's far from perfect, and the camera is a mini-game in and of itself. In the bad way :P.

 

I'd suggest picking up either Zelda (if you're a fan of the series especially) or the superlative Metroid Prime. ;)

 

That's IF you go the Cube route. Gotta remember there's rumors of a price drop coming too.

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That's IF you go the Cube route. Gotta remember there's rumors of a price drop coming too.

 

Right. Plus I'm really interested in the free Zelda pak.

 

The 'Cube can wait.

 

I doubt there'll be a price drop for the GBA SP anytime in the near future, so no sleep lost over that.

 

Got a break from classes so I'm gonna head down to the store to poke around...

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Got a break from classes so I'm gonna head down to the store to poke around...

 

Yeah, "poke around" I think that's what I said before I walked out with the PS2 and 3 games...oh, and the Xbox...yep, and the Cube...oh yeah, the SP...you got me, the 4 games I bought last week...yeah, I'm just poking around.

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