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Friday, May 14, 2004

Well it is time for the final day of my E3 coverage.

Even though I'm done, there still might be more. I have invited, SMBhq founder, Kyle Orland (who is actually attending E3) to post a few few hand thoughts on the show. So, we will just see if he pops up (even if he doesn't pop up here, you could always read his thoughts in his own blog)

Well enough talk. Let's get onto the GBA games.

Mario Golf: Advance Tour

Just like the N64 version of Mario Golf, Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour has a companion coming out for GBA.

Official Nintendo Description: Take on the role of golf students Neil or Ella and enter a world of crazy golf courses and minigame challenges like Club Slots and Go-Go Gates. You'll have to work your hardest if you want to earn the right to challenge the golfing residents of the Mushroom Kingdom.

  • Crazy Courses: From deserts to forests to tropical beaches, you'll have to challenge many courses to earn a trip to the Mushroom Kingdom

  • Earn custom clubs and help your character improve his or her golf game

  • Get experience points and improve your skills

  • Play singles or doubles tournaments

  • Get connected! Link up with Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour on the Nintendo GameCube to unlock features and transfer your characters

Pick up the latest golfing news in the clubhouse, practice your skills in head-to-head challenge matches, and ultimately try to become the champ of all the country clubs! The residents of the Mushroom Kingdom take on only the very best.

SK's Thoughts: I always thought that the Gameboy editions of Mario sports games really do nothing but create new characters that could be brought to it's companion game (Mario is only in like 3 of the 12 screenshots below). However the minigames sound neat.


Mario Party Advance

You can now party in the palm of your hands.

Official Nintendo Description:Mario Party Advance takes all the fun of the home console game and puts it in your hands. All-new mini-games and a host of Professor E. Gadd's incredible Gaddgets -- unique trinkets, toys, detectors and tricks like the Lip Disguise-o-matic that let you play tricks on your friends, test your compatibility and much more.

Discover the 60 mini-games as you play through the single-player game boards. Earn coins as you play the mini-games, use those coins to unlock Gaddgets, and link up with your friends to duke it out in a two-player battle game, or trade Gaddgets, mini-games and coins to share the party fun.

With Mario Party Advance life is a party. Go live it!

SK's Thoughts: This is one of those surprise E3 games that you really just have to love. Who would have thought Nintendo was going to bring the Mario Party games to the GBA? Too bad it's only going to be two players.


Mario Pinball

Go flippy for Mario Pinball.

Official Nintendo Description:When Bowser kidnaps Peach and escapes to another dimension, a scientist uses his Spherifier to transform Mario into a ball and fires him after the fiend with his Super Cannon!


  • Play through the varied worlds of the Mushroom Kingdom

  • Collect Star Keys, defeat enemies, buy special items, and rack up the points as you rebound through dangerous locales full of familiar enemies

  • Single-screen, 3-D isometric view

Bottom Line
Lightning-fast action, crazy pinball worlds, and Mario. What's not to love?

SK's Thoughts: Another surprise E3 game. This game has awesome graphics for a GBA game. Also, who DOESN'T like Pinball?


Mario Vs Donkey Kong

The most classic videogame rivalry returns!

Official Nintendo Description:After years of apparent good will, Mario and Donkey Kong are at it again -- this time on Game Boy Advance! Donkey Kong has stolen all the Mini-Mario toys from the Mario Toy Co., and now it's up to Mario to hunt down his long-time nemesis and retrieve the pilfered goods. He'll have to race through confounding levels, finding keys and releasing Mini Marios, before time runs out. Along the way he'll master new moves in order to scale the puzzling heights of six action-packed worlds!


  • Leap, climb, and battle through increasingly difficult levels as you use switches, conveyor belts, hammers and other tools to save the day.

  • A unique mix of action and puzzle gameplay elements will challenge your brain as well as your reflexes!

  • Shy Guys, Piranha Plants, Bob-ombs, and other classic Mushroom Kingdom baddies stand between Mario and his goal.

  • Before battling Donkey Kong at the end of each world, you'll have to collect all the Mini-Marios and lead them to safety.

Mario has always been more athletic than his somewhat portly appearance would have you believe, but he really struts his stuff in Mario vs. Donkey Kong. Mario backflips high into the air, walks on his hands, and even spins on gymnastics bars. You'll have to master all of Mario's new moves to save all of the Mini-Mario toys.

Once you've collected all of the Mini-Mario toys in a world, you then have to lead them into a toy box in a follow-the-leader game. The Mini-Marios will follow big Mario anywhere -- even if it means falling to their demise. Safely guiding them into the toy box is a tough task which will require you to overcome both action and puzzle challenges.

Even with the Mini-Marios safely tucked away, Mario's mission in each world is not done until he goes toe-to-toe with Donkey Kong. The big ape may not be the smartest enemy Mario's ever faced, but he sure is strong!

Bottom Line

Mario vs. Donkey Kong perfectly blends action and brain-teasing elements into a unique title that's a great choice for gamers on the go. Increasingly difficult challenges will put even the most advanced gamers to the test, and there is enough replay value packed in to keep you coming back for more. The classic confrontation begins on May 24!

SK's Thoughts: 10 years ago, the Gameboy version of Donkey Kong reinvented the original arcade classic into a full fledged 96-level platform game. Now, with the release of Mario Vs. Donkey Kong, the gameplay is kicked up one more notch, and that's nothing but a good thing.


And that is E3 2004. Hopefully you will enjoy the games when they come out. You should expect Mario Vs. Donkey Kong in about 2 weeks.

For the rest of the release dates, make sure to check out the scroller.

- Report By Sean Kelly at 10:51 AM

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