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By Cyril Lachel     |   Posted on April 30, 2001   |   Episode 7 (Show Archive)  

WALL OF TEXT EXPLAINED: What you're looking at is an episode of Countdown w/ Defunct Games published before 2006. As you can tell, something has gone horribly awry. I won't bore you with the technical details, but it has to do with the old layout being incompatible with the new. Eventually, we would like to retrofit these old episodes of Countdown, but that will require a significant amount of time. As Defunct Games has only a limited staff, we aren't sure when we'll have the chance to fix this article. If you absolutely need to know what this article said, get a hold of us on Twitter or leave a message in the comment section below. Sorry for the inconvenience. I hope you will enjoy the episodes created post-2006.

#5 It's Hard to See Even in Direct Sunlight Nintendo said there would be no need for backlighting. Well, they were wrong. For even in direct lighting, it's hard to see exactly what is going on. It seems as if the protective cover is either tinted, or the brightness is too low. Either way, you can't really see it, and it's really annoying. #4 Still Only Two Face Buttons! Alright, perhaps there are four buttons, but really, would it have made the size of the system THAT much larger for a third, or fourth button? The buttons on top won't work for games like Street Fighter II, and don't even get me started on how much I hated using the top buttons on the Super NES version. If this is going to be a next generation system, I personally feel it should have a lot more buttons. #3 Now the WonderSwan will Never See the Light of Day in the U.S. The WonderSwan may never be released? And that is just the start of it? That's right! Even though the WonderSwan sold out in Japan, if the sales don't hold up, which with the release of the Game Boy Advance seems more and more likely every day now, who's to say Bandai won't shift their attention away from the United States. What's more, Nintendo seems dead against Square ever working with them again, and so the WonderSwan may be the only system to see the Final Fantasy games. And even though I would agree that the Game Boy Advance is better for playing the original Game Boy games, it leaves little room for competition in the future. #2 It's Hard on the Hands Unlike the Neo Geo Pocket Color, the Game Boy Advance cramps up my hand, feels all wrong, and has it's top buttons in the wrong spot. At first I figured it was just me, perhaps I'm not used to holding something so small . but after the rest of my friends started complaining about hand cramps only minutes after starting. The buttons on the top are often held down by complete accident, only because the buttons are far too low. The system just doesn't feel well put together, and since some of the games are so much fun, it's shame it couldn't be more comfortable. #1 Nintendo Only Working on Remakes! Don't get me wrong, I love F-Zero on the Game Boy Advance, heck, I even look forward to the update to Mario Kart. But there's a growing trend here that is, at least in my opinion, a little disturbing. Super Mario USA and F-Zero, Mario Kart, and now news that the Zelda game coming could be a remake of the ORIGINAL LEGEND OF ZELDA?!? And the next Mario game is planned to be a remake of the Super NES Mario Land. What is going on here. If the only new software we get is from Sega, I'm just going to SCREAM!!! Question: Now come on, what's with all this negativity? Is there anything you actually like about the GameBoy Advance, or is it all doom and gloom?? Oh sure, it sounds like I hate my GameBoy Advance, but that's far from true. I wish that Nintendo did not have a monopoly on the hand held market, but being as there is nothing I can do about it, I will just have to make do with the best the system has to offer. I'm a huge fan of Tactics Ogre, which introduces a multiplayer aspect to this genre of games. Both CastleVania's offered on the system are unbelievable, and how can you forget the fantastic Advance Wars?? So far Nintendo has done nothing but port Super NES games, but with a new Metroid on the way one can only hope the tides are turning. The system is far from perfect, but offers enough good software to keep even the most hard core gamer satisfied.


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