Fun and games
inc./GAME FREAK inc. © 2000 Nintendo/INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS
There's a new handheld game console in
town. It's called the Game Boy Advance (approximately JY9800 plus tax),
but unfortunately it won't be in stores until next year. On March 21, Kyoto-based game
mavens, Nintendo, will release the new version of its popular system, sure to impress
handheld game players and have other game makers shaking in their circuit boxes.
The reason for the delay? The current model, Game Boy Color, is too popular. Some of the
parts for Game Boy Color are also used in Game Boy Advance, and its prevalence among
gamesters means a monopoly on the components.
Game Boy Advance, originally meant to be sold in the Japanese market in August, will be
able to run the thousands of existing games for Game Boy Color and the original Game Boy.
There will also be games created that will only work on the Game Boy Advance, such as the
eagerly anticipated Mario Kart Advance.
Game Boy Advance will not disappoint-features include a new horizontal configuration, a
screen size increase of 50 percent, a screen resolution increase of 60 percent, a screen
capable of displaying 32,000 colors simultaneously, and its processor runs 17 times faster
than that of the Game Boy Color. There's also PCM stereo sound playback for great audio, a
special cable to allow four people to play at the same time, and connections for a color
camera and color printer, all in a nice 140g package.
© 2000 Nintendo
While you're waiting for the Game Boy
Advance to be released, try a new game that is maximized for Game Boy Color but is also
backwards compatible with Game Boy Pocket and Game Boy. Pokemon Puzzle League GB (Japanese
title: Pokemon de Panepon, JY3800) was released in Japan last week, and will not be on the
shelves in the US until February of next year.
The game is based on the same engine and mechanics as the previously released "Yoshi
no Panepon" (US title: Tetris Attack). There are six single player game modes and
three different two-player modes. Use your favorite Pokemon character from Pokemon Gold
and Silver in this easy to understand, yet difficult to master block stacking puzzle game
to match three blocks of the same color in a vertical or horizontal row. They will
disappear, you'll get points, and all of the blocks above will fall down to fill in the
gaps. The more blocks you can get to match and fall in sequence (a 'combo"), the more
points you'll get-and the more neutral blocks your opponent will receive. The main point
of the game is to defeat all trainers to acquire their badges in order to become the
Pokemon Puzzle Master. Sound like fun?
Melanie C. Redmond