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GB/GBC/GBA Collecting Thread

Drago

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Ordered WarioWare Twisted the other day, cart only.

The original GBA game has become one of my all time favorite handheld games as I have been playing it for the last few months. So I'm pretty hyped.
 

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Interesting pick-up I saw in the main thread

Interestingly, the manual says that the Visteon GBA is compatible with GB/GBC carts, but the cartridge slot is keyed the same way that the DS and GB Micro are, so that you can't fit a GB game in.

I'm tempted to fit a bare board GB game in and see if it runs.

And further pics if anyone is interested:

Took apart the controller. It's wireless, but it's wireless by IR. So you need to maintain a line of sight. It's pretty responsive, and I haven't noticed any major lag, fwiw.



The unit has SVideo out, but no cables were supplied, not even a power supply. Odd. According to the manual, both the video out cables and power supply were "optional accessories," pretty much meaning that if you wanted them, you had to pay extra. I was able to source a power supply from an identical Visteon DVD Player (model XV101, it's the same unit, minus the GBA slot), but I can't find a video cord.

I do have a cord that that does composite over a headphone style jack, but it wasn't compatible with this (it fit in, just didn't display any picture).
 

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I completely forgot that there was a Zone of the Enders on GBA. I'm not familiar with it at all...is it worth picking up? I am a mecha fan in general, though I've not played the PS2 ZoE's yet (I have the HD collection on PS3).
 

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It's a different style of game (strategy instead of action like the console ones). I recall it being released to little fanfare and got pretty average reviews so I never bothered with it.
 

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I have it, but haven't gotten very far into it. If I remember correctly it's an SRPG but the combat sequences are "real-time" and rely on you targeting the enemy in your crosshairs (almost lightgun style). The better you do, the more damage you deal.

I think.

It's been a while.
 

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I'm going to be picking up the ZoE HD version for PS3 when I pick one up in the Fall. Excited to dip into the ZoE universe.

I was tempted to pick up the PS2 version and get it running on emulator, but Konami patches ZoE2 to run at 1080p/60fps so I don't see the point.
 

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Just finished Wind Waker (the first LoZ game that I bothered going pass the title screen) and it looks like Minish Cap for the GBA will be my next LoZ game because it just looks so damn interesting.

Should I also try out four swords?
 

cafemomo

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Just got FFVI Advance in the mail the other day (my fourth GBA cart overall) and I think I'm ready to take the plunge and buy a Micro. One thing I'm not clear on though: are GBA Micro systems region locked? Can I buy a Japanese system and still play my US carts?
All handhelds prior to the 3DS are region free
 

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Has anyone played Yoshi's Topsy Turvy? Not sure what it was called outside Europe, but it was one of those bigger carts like Waroware Twisted. I'm wondering if it's worth hunting down.
 

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Just got FFVI Advance in the mail the other day (my fourth GBA cart overall) and I think I'm ready to take the plunge and buy a Micro. One thing I'm not clear on though: are GBA Micro systems region locked? Can I buy a Japanese system and still play my US carts?

Welcome to one of the most underrated consoles of all time.
 

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Just finished Wind Waker (the first LoZ game that I bothered going pass the title screen) and it looks like Minish Cap for the GBA will be my next LoZ game because it just looks so damn interesting.

Should I also try out four swords?


Minish cap is excellent! One of the best games on the system.

Four swords is good too, but Four Sword Adventures on cube is better.
 

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Ordered WarioWare Twisted the other day, cart only.

The original GBA game has become one of my all time favorite handheld games as I have been playing it for the last few months. So I'm pretty hyped.

Twisted is great, a ton of content, super polished, and the controls feel very organic. You're in for a treat.
 
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All handhelds prior to the 3DS are region free
No, the DSi is also region-locked. DSi-only, DSi-enhanced, and DSiWare games are all region locked, though original DS games that do not have DSi enhancements will play on any DSi or 3DS. The TurboExpress and Sega Nomad are region-locked as well, of course.

And while no handheld that isn't a handheldized console released before the DSi has region locking, plenty of them do have regions, just not locking. That is, systems like the Game Gear have a region in each system, so that games with multiple region versions in the cart can display the English version on a Western system and the Japanese version in a Japanese system. The PSP is similar; it's region-locked for movies, I believe, but not games.?
 

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No, the DSi is also region-locked. DSi-only, DSi-enhanced, and DSiWare games are all region locked, though original DS games that do not have DSi enhancements will play on any DSi or 3DS. The TurboExpress and Sega Nomad are region-locked as well, of course.

And while no handheld that isn't a handheldized console released before the DSi has region locking, plenty of them do have regions, just not locking. That is, systems like the Game Gear have a region in each system, so that games with multiple region versions in the cart can display the English version on a Western system and the Japanese version in a Japanese system. The PSP is similar; it's region-locked for movies, I believe, but not games.?

PSN is also region locked. Even worse, it's sometimes country-locked. Especially shitty if your retail games is from a different region/country [the latter depends on if there's a different version] than your account if you want DLC. Not sure how XBLM works in that regard.
 

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No, the DSi is also region-locked. DSi-only, DSi-enhanced, and DSiWare games are all region locked, though original DS games that do not have DSi enhancements will play on any DSi or 3DS. The TurboExpress and Sega Nomad are region-locked as well, of course.

And while no handheld that isn't a handheldized console released before the DSi has region locking, plenty of them do have regions, just not locking. That is, systems like the Game Gear have a region in each system, so that games with multiple region versions in the cart can display the English version on a Western system and the Japanese version in a Japanese system. The PSP is similar; it's region-locked for movies, I believe, but not games.?

PSN is also region locked. Even worse, it's sometimes country-locked. Especially shitty if your retail games is from a different region/country [the latter depends on if there's a different version] than your account if you want DLC. Not sure how XBLM works in that regard.

Region locking is gross and completely anti-consumer.
 

Peagles

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EZ-Flash IVs seem to be being manufactured again! They're a little more expensive but not too ridiculous. I'm thinking of picking up a couple more for future safekeeping.
 

Drago

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Twisted is great, a ton of content, super polished, and the controls feel very organic. You're in for a treat.
Oh yes I was. :D

I got it last Wednesday and I can barely put it down. I think I like it even more than the original, which is extremely high praise.

It's possibly the most fun I've ever had with a game, really. It's amazing.
 

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Bought a Pearl Blue Used 101 SP with a perfectly scratch free screen for $25 last week...

...best value "console" purchase yet!!!

Screen looks amazing! :)

Playing Sigma Star Saga for the first time since 2004/5/6??? lol. :)
 
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PSN is also region locked. Even worse, it's sometimes country-locked. Especially shitty if your retail games is from a different region/country [the latter depends on if there's a different version] than your account if you want DLC. Not sure how XBLM works in that regard.

Oh, PSN on the PSP, yes... can you just make accounts for other regions though, to get around it, or not?
 

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Oh, PSN on the PSP, yes... can you just make accounts for other regions though, to get around it, or not?

Of course you can. But it's a hassle and brings with it its own problems. For example when certain DLC also gets locked to that specific account. Happened with AssCreed Revelations, for example. I have a US account as my main, live in Germany but import from the UK so my codes for extra stuff that were in the box had to be redeemed with my UK account and for that game they locked some of it to the PSN ID itself (who knows why) and thus parts of it were unavailable to me in the game unless I played on the UK account which in turn would lock me out of trophies for my main account.

Another issue is when you don't know that DLC is country-locked. The infamous example being Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. Namco Bandai Europe was so nice to me, they allowed me to pay TWICE for their DLC since they were incapable of fixing their own screw-up even though I provided proof of purchase of the DLC. Situation: There was a Germany-exclusive "Collector's Edition" of the game with a Soundtrack and Artbook. That version had the PEGI and USK logos on it, something SKUs only do when they are for the whole European market. So, I assume PEGI logo = compatible with the UK store when I wanted to by the DLC for the game later on. Guess what, it wasn't. The UK version had different BLES ID codes and thus wasn't compatible with the Euro/German version. So I buy the DLC, it doesn't work and now I paid 10 EUR or whatever the conversion rate was at the time for something I can't use unless I buy another copy (UK ver) of the game or buy the DLC again in the proper store (did not have a German account at that time since it simply wasn't necessary and I'm always wary of DLC content not supporting English language options if bought in a non-English store).

See the kinds of issues digital stores on supposedly "region free" systems can bring with themselves? I guess it's a non issue in the US where everything is just a uniform pile of all the stuff you'd want anyway unlike Europe where you have to deal with tons of different versions, languages, possible content differences due to censorship and all-over-the-place pricing.

And don't get me started on XBLA and it's IP-locked store access. Unless you use a VPN proxy server to cheat the system, you're shit out of luck if you wanted to buy stuff like Dead Rising Case Zero on XBLA. Digital future is beautiful.

But sorry for the long, mostly off-topic rant.
 

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From what I read when I originally purchased the EVIV, using adapters doesn't always work optimally, or at all for that matter.

Your mileage may very of course, but I ran into that line of thinking multiple times.

I was forced to use a micro-SD with a mini-SD adapter. It works okay. Was a little fiddly and the build quality of the EZ Flash isn't that great so taking the card out can be a hassle but ultimately it works. Maybe there are issues if you have a cheap no-name card or something.

edit: Aw crap, and now I'm double posting. Sorry.
 

plc268

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From what I read when I originally purchased the EVIV, using adapters doesn't always work optimally, or at all for that matter.

Your mileage may very of course, but I ran into that line of thinking multiple times.

Adapters work fine from my experience, and when I was trying to set an EZ4 up over a year ago, it was suggested that I go microsd with a minisd adapter because it's easier removing the microsd card than it is the mini sd.

But anyway, if you go for the one in the link I posted, you'll be fine.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181207476712

This one certainly isn't a book and ended for $72. Probably cheap due to obscurity?


That's auction I won.
 

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Its almost impossible to get those microSDs out of there.
I think it has gotten much easier over time. I basically just used the thing to play Mother 3 with an English patch. Never got through it, not a big fan of the battle system and the slow pacing.
 

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EZ-Flash IVs seem to be being manufactured again! They're a little more expensive but not too ridiculous. I'm thinking of picking up a couple more for future safekeeping.

Nice. I've still got my old EZ Flash II here. Never used it after getting a Supercard with the mini SD though.
 

Captain N

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I've been looking up retro games for years on ebay and I just now created myself an account. Its time I start collecting. Looking through Gameboy CIB titles and ran across one I thought I'd share here. eBay
 

baphomet

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I've been looking up retro games for years on ebay and I just now created myself an account. Its time I start collecting. Looking through Gameboy CIB titles and ran across one I thought I'd share here. eBay

What an awful game. I got it as a gift from someone. If you dont know what to do its basically impossible. I played it enough to be able to beat it though.

Im going to pick up one of those EZ Flash carts.