12 July 2007
The tricky thing with Nintendo homebrew, is that it can be such a faff getting it up and running. So hurrah for Mathew Carr, who has commissioned 150 GBA cartridges for his Blast Arena Advance game and is selling them at cost, which means about a fiver including postage if you're in the UK.
The game has great presentation and fabulous music, and a simple look and feel. Like the best retro games, there's no pretence at a story line: you're a white square, you have to collect the yellow squares while dodging the debris from explosions (moving dots). The movement is extremely smooth, and the inertia and momentum make the game challenging. Here's a video of it from Youtube:
For a game of this quality, a fiver is a bargain and you're buying an extreme rarity at the same time. I recommend you snap one up, before they all go.
When they sell out, you'll still be able to download the game for free but you'll need to tinker with your homebrew kit to get it working. For plug and play, buying the cartridge is the only way.