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Sonic Advance

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Game Boy Advance
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N-Gage
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As close to the original Sonic games besides the original games! Game Boy Advance MasterMegid (897)

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Game Boy Advance 17 4.0
N-Gage 5 3.0
Combined MobyScore 22 3.7


The Press Says

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Game Boy AdvanceIGN
Now, the GBA's Sonic Advance doesn't have these little hidden tokens to collect, but it makes up for it by hiding the super secret bonus world somewhere deep in each level...which means, if you simply blast through the game, you'll never gain access to the special worlds, and you'll never find the Chaos Emeralds, and you'll never finish the game with the best ending. Exploration is a good thing, people, and it's what makes Sonic better on the Game Boy Advance than on the Genesis. Add to this the ability to play as four distinctly different characters, and you've got yourself a game that you can play over and over well after you've completed all the levels the first time.
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Game Boy AdvanceCubed3
A wonderful asset to you GBA library. Sonic fans everywhere rejoiced when this game was release, Mario fans fainted. Sonic's debut on a Nintendo system couldn't have hoped for much more, if you like Sonic you'll like this, if you don't you wont.
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Game Boy AdvanceGamereactor (Sweden)
Men på det hela taget är detta ett av de bästa spelen som hittills nått Nintendos nya spelgosse. Jag älskar de nya miljöerna. Speciellt plus för snö och isbanan som i mina ögon är bland det bästa någonsin i ett Sonic-spel. Självklart är den första zonen i klassisk "green hill"-stil. Och det kan ju aldrig bli gammalt eller fel. Fienderna kan ibland vara så små att de knappt går att se. Ett gott betyg till upplösningen på den bärbara krabaten, men frustrerande om man susar fram i högsta fart. Något man gör allt som oftast gör i Sonic Advance. Men då coh då varvas farten med precisionshopp och passager som kräver lite tankemöda. Välbalanserat.
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Game Boy AdvanceGaming Target
Sonic Adventure 2: Battle for GameCube, also released in February, sports one of the key GameCube special features, the GameCube/Game Boy Advance connectivity. With the cable, players can take part in a variety of chao races, memory puzzles, and other mini-games. Sending the chao between GameCube and Game Boy Advance works in vein to what Dreamcast and it’s VMU Memory card did.
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Game Boy AdvanceGameSpy
Sonic Advance is everything that a side-scrolling platform loving fan could ask for. It's got all the great, tried and true, fast-paced Sonic action of the old Genesis series, looks fine, plays excellently, and offers some fun multiplayer action. The ability to link to the GameCube is a nice, if limited addition, and without a doubt, Sonic fans will love the Advance rendition.
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Game Boy AdvanceNetjak
All in all, Sonic Advance is a fun trip down memory lane for the old-school Genesis gamers. It may be worthwhile to wait for the price to come down, unless you're also planning on buying Sonic Adventure 2 Battle for GameCube, as there will be some interconnectivity between those two games via the soon-to-be-released GBA Link Cable. Other than that, though, while this is an excellent 2D Sonic game, being able to save after every level, while having its advantages, also detracts from the replay value dramatically, and the extra characters really aren't different enough to make up for that. My advice is to rent first, and see if Sonic Advance has enough old-school gaming goodness to be worth your $40.
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Game Boy AdvanceGame Informer Magazine
Sega has struggled in bringing its blue icon to the three-dimensional world of the next-generation systems; Sonic Advance might be a good argument for the fact that the Sonic franchise belongs in 2D. This all-new GBA adventure is – amazingly – graphically superior to any of Sonic’s Genesis adventures, and adds a ton of replay value with no less than four playable characters (Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy) who each have their own unique moves and abilities. To sweeten the pot even further, you can link four GBAs together for multiplayer, and even grow Chaos to import into the GameCube for use in Sonic Adventure 2 Battle. It’s too bad the single-player mode is a bit short, or this would have been darn near perfect.
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Game Boy AdvanceDefunct Games
If there's one thing Sega knows, it's how to get the most out of a Sonic game. And while Sonic Advance is far from perfect, at least it's not a remake of a decade old title. This gives me great hope that there is still a future for 2D platformers, and as long as I can go to sleep knowing that I should be able to wake up in a good mood.
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Game Boy AdvanceSegaFan.com
A los que juegan por primera vez a un Sonic con Game Boy les recomiendo encarecidamente que busquen las roms de Megadrive y las prueben. Los demás sacarán sus propias conclusiones como yo he hecho y decidirán si es suficiente un buen refrito como Sonic Advance o si lo que quieren es un Sonic innovador que rompa moldes. Yo prefiero lo segundo. Pero hasta que llegue, Sonic Advance es un excelente pasatiempo.
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Game Boy AdvanceNintendo Life
If in 1991 you were to tell a gamer that SEGA's prized Sonic the Hedgehog would spin onto a Nintendo handheld in 2002, it is possible they would burn you at the stake as a blasphemer. It is this historical turning of the tide that makes Sonic Advance such a potent retro title, but it is the way in which it maintains the classic feel of 2D Sonic platform game design that will keep you coming back for more. By incorporating four controllable characters, Dimps and the Sonic Team allow players to progress on their own terms. You can be slow and steady, scouring each level for seven Chaos Emeralds, or fast and impulsive, rushing to the final X-Zone. There is an enjoyable vibrancy to the backgrounds, as well as charming animation and audio that flows well alongside the classics of the series. Add multiplayer to the mix, as well as the Tiny Chao Garden that links to the Gamecube, and Sonic Advance is a treat for Nintendo and SEGA fans alike.
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Game Boy AdvanceNintendo Life
If in 1991 you were to tell a gamer that SEGA's prized Sonic the Hedgehog would spin onto a Nintendo handheld in 2002, it is possible they would burn you at the stake as a blasphemer. It is this historical turning of the tide that makes Sonic Advance such a potent retro title, but it is the way in which it maintains the classic feel of 2D Sonic platform game design that will keep you coming back for more. By incorporating four controllable characters, Dimps and the Sonic Team allow players to progress on their own terms. You can be slow and steady, scouring each level for seven Chaos Emeralds, or fast and impulsive, rushing to the final X-Zone. There is an enjoyable vibrancy to the backgrounds, as well as charming animation and audio that flows well alongside the classics of the series. Add multiplayer to the mix, as well as the Tiny Chao Garden that links to the Gamecube, and Sonic Advance is a treat for Nintendo and SEGA fans alike.
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Game Boy AdvanceJeuxvideo.com
Sonic signe une apparition plus que réussie sur Gameboy Advance. Le jeu reste dans la tradition des premiers épisodes sur SMS et Megadrive, mais le soft est inédit et permet d'incarner quatre personnages différents. Les modes de jeu proposés en multijoueur sont particulièrement variés. Un titre à ne pas rater sur GBA.
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Game Boy AdvanceUOL Jogos
Sonic Advance é um grande presente para quem tem saudades da fase clássica de Sonic, mas com algumas modernizações bem-vindas. O único problema é que, como os jogos da época, seu design supõe que você pode vencer todas as fases em uma única jogada - efetivamente encurtando a experiência. Mas se você é daqueles que quer pegar todos os segredos, vai suar para conseguir todas as Chaos Emeralds.
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Game Boy AdvanceThunderbolt Games
All in all, Sonic Advance is a fabulous game that successfully delivers some of the most enjoyable 2D gameplay on the GameBoy Advance. The mixture of blazing speed and platforming elements makes it even more entertaining then the blue hedgehog’s past Genesis offerings, but the game’s short quest mode is a big letdown. The chao raising and link-up multiplayer modes are valiant attempts at bolstering the game’s lasting appeal, but what’s really needed is a longer single player quest mode. If you are getting tired of Nintendo’s constant milking of old SNES Mario rehashes, then you will probably be ecstatic to actually be getting an all-new Sonic game for the GBA. So is it worthy of your hard-earned cash despite the short single player? Absolutely. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the best Sonic game to be released in the past eight years would you?
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Game Boy AdvanceGamePro (US)
Sonic Advance a simple, tried-and-true blast from the past, faithfully recapturing the hog’s legacy and reigning in just enough characters and elements from the new to satiate anyone craving more from their marsupials than just movin to the right at really high speeds.
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Game Boy AdvanceGameSpot
Since its debut in 1989, Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog series has seen some of the finest monuments of 2D platforming ever produced. However, as games shifted their emphasis to polygonal graphics and 3D gameplay, it began to appear that Sonic's 2D days were behind him. But, while 2D may be disappearing on home consoles, sprites can be found alive and well in the portable market, thanks to Nintendo's Game Boy Advance--a sprite powerhouse that has quickly become the new home of 2D gaming. Thanks to the 2D renaissance brought about by the capable little system, Sonic is able to put on his best sprites for one more spin dash down the 2D highway in Sonic Advance. While the game is slightly flawed due to some imbalances in its gameplay, it's ultimately a satisfying experience thanks to a mix of classic Sonic 2D gameplay, a familiar cast of characters, and new technology.
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Game Boy AdvanceGame Critics
This game managed to do something its 3-D counterparts never could: catch my interest and hold on to it. I spent a lot of time simply looking around each level, experimenting with each character and attempting to find the various chao emeralds. Overall, Sonic Advance is a fun title that does a good job of bringing the little blue hedgehog back in the 2-D world. It’s good to know that, with a soon to be released collection on GameCube and a sequel in the works, this won’t be 2-D Sonic’s last adventure.
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N-GageDigital Press - Classic Video Games
t's not hard to figure out that this is a Sonic entry far better played on the Game Boy Advance. If that's not an option, and the technical hurdles don't bother you, this is one of Nokia's easiest sells for their console. It would have been nice to a see a completely new adventure for different hardware, but if we're going to get ports, this is (almost) the way to do them.
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Game Boy AdvanceThe Video Game Critic
I do like the stage select feature that lets you bypass those you've completed. The well-orchestrated background tunes range from the mysterious, grinding jams of the Secret Base stage, to the tranquil, peaceful melodies of the Ice Mountain Zone. Extra modes include a two-player race mode and a time trial mode. Although the time trial saves the best times, it inexplicably does not save your initials. Sonic Advance has its share of issues, but it still feels good to see the hedgehog back in 2D.
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N-GageJeuxvideo.com
On attendait beaucoup plus de ce Sonic N. Le bilan est moyen et c'est d'autant plus dommage que le jeu en lui-même est réussi. En fait les griefs qu'on évoquera concernent le N-Gage, notamment des soucis de visibilité dus à la taille de l'écran ou à une croix directionnelle un peu rigide qui empêche un confort total. Pour finir on se demandera où sont passés le mode multijoueur ainsi que le jardin des chaos qui étaient présents dans Sonic Advance ?!
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N-GageAll Game Guide
There are a total of ten areas in the game, with each of SonicN's five zones consisting of two levels apiece. The game can be played in a standard mode or a time attack mode, with the latter having players race against the clock. During the action two buttons are used, one to jump and the other to make use of a character's special movement or attack. Players also have the option to view the game using a widescreen setting that adds black bars to the top and bottom of the N-Gage's vertical screen.
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N-GageIGN
Sonic N is a great game that ultimately may be impossible to fully enjoy with the limitations of the N-Gage's screen ratio. And Sonic N strangely ignores the N-Gage's connectivity capabilities by omitting any online or multiplayer modes (lets see, Tomb Raider shadow racing or Sonic shadow racing?). To top it all off, the N-Gage version of Sonic is outshined in graphics and sound by the Game Boy Advance (with its less powerful hardware!) version. What you're left with is a limited port of a fun game that's worth a rental, but not more.
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N-GageGameSpy
Lack of multiplayer aside, Sonic N is a solid addition to this series' canon and a decent single-player experience for the handheld. While the 2D design is quite limited -- especially when compared to the similar 3D release, Pandemonium -- it's got enough replay value and spiffy level designs to warrant a look-see, and is easily one of the most solid single-player experiences to launch this new platform.
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N-GageDefunct Games
Sonic N is a great game that ultimately may be impossible to fully enjoy with the limitations of the N-Gage's screen ratio. And Sonic N strangely ignores the N-Gage's connectivity capabilities by omitting any online or multiplayer modes (let’s see, Tomb Raider shadow racing or Sonic shadow racing?). To top it all off, the N-Gage version of Sonic is outshined in graphics and sound by the Game Boy Advance (with its less powerful hardware!) version. So if you own an N-Gage (and not a GBA) then be sure to pick this up if you can find it cheap.
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N-GageGameSpot
Somewhere deep down, there's a good game buried underneath SonicN's multiple technical gaffes, but it's buried too deep to find. Considering that a much better version of this exact same game exists elsewhere, there's no real reason that you should have to suffer through SonicN's poor frame rate, menial sound quality, and irritating display modes. Unless you're an absolute diehard Sonic fan who doesn't own a GBA, there's absolutely no reason to play SonicN.
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N-GageSuper Play
Visst var Sonic Advance ett bra spel, men efter plattformshoppandet har mycket gått förlorat. Ett köp enkom för Sonicälskande spelare.