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Could someone explain how the GBA will interface with the GC?


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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   James D S

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Posted October 23 2001 - 02:54 PM

I'm curious.

Does it allow you to play GBA games on your TV? (This would be great)

Does it allow for extra in-game options, like GC-only quests?

Can it perform similiarly to the VMU for the DC with sports games? (Another great feature)

I can't seem to find hard info on how the two will interact.

Can anyone help me out?

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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   BrianB

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Posted October 23 2001 - 03:49 PM

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Does it allow you to play GBA games on your TV? (This would be great)

Nope - there are third party solutions for this due to be launched 'soon'.

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Does it allow for extra in-game options, like GC-only quests?

That's the plan...

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Can it perform similiarly to the VMU for the DC with sports games? (Another great feature)

That's the plan...

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I can't seem to find hard info on how the two will interact.

That's the problem - to be honest, noone knows. Nintendo were slow to send out info on hard details on this to some developers.

The biggest problem is the difference in controls - a GBA has fewer keys etc. To me, this suggests link-up games will be 'gimmicky' games - like the Kirby one demonstrated. It looked fun, and was fundamentally based around the gimmick of the tilting sensor cart... A game like NFL2K2 would be restricting its controls purely to use the screen as a display for calls...

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#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Michael St. Clair

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Posted October 23 2001 - 04:00 PM

No analog controls, screw it.

The VMU is the idea that everyone should have stolen. The ability to have a user interface that is hidden from your opponents is great! But it's not worth giving up analog control to do it.

#4 of 7 OFFLINE   James D S

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Posted October 23 2001 - 04:09 PM

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The VMU is the idea that everyone should have stolen.
No joke.

Since Microsoft went out of their way to emulate (isn't that a banned word around here. Posted Image ) the Dreamcast controller, I wish they'd have thought to incorporate this feature as well. Very helpful and very useful...

#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Dave F

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Posted October 23 2001 - 04:34 PM

After playing the GBA, I can't understand why anyone would want to use it as a console controller. It's uncomfortable as hell, has less buttons, no analog joystick, and you wouldn't be able to see the GBA screen!

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#6 of 7 OFFLINE   James D S

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Posted October 23 2001 - 05:34 PM

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After playing the GBA, I can't understand why anyone would want to use it as a console controller.
Yep. It would be great if it allowed for a controller pass-thru, so you could have your private play screen and the superior controller, but I'm sure that won't happen.

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#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Morgan Jolley

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Posted October 24 2001 - 05:47 AM

I didn't like the VMU much. The tiny black and white screen was hard to see stuff for making plays in football games (not my game, my brother's) and it weighed the controller down.

I don't think every single GCN game will use the GBA, so it doesn't really matter that much.

That thing so you can play GBA on your TV, well so far it requires you to open your GBA (thus voiding the warranty) and connect a thing to the motherboard at the right spot. I don't think it will be that popular.


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