DS or GBA? Which handheld do you think was better overall?

#81Rurouni720(Topic Creator)Posted 12/31/2012 6:39:36 PM(edited)
paralyzed21 posted...
gba was far better. only good thing ds had that gba didnt was layton.

You must have not looked @ the DS library if you really believe that, in regards to what good things the DS had over the GBA. :)

Vyers posted...
To me, the GBA was better for people who like Nintendo games than the DS was. The DS had a really poor showing from Nintendo for its three NES main franchises - Metroid, Mario, and Zelda.

You gotta admit though, the Kirby and Sonic games were no slouch on the DS. Especially Kirby Canvas Curse.
#82Devil_wings00Posted 12/31/2012 6:40:29 PM
GBA SP was probably my favorite handheld of all time. It was pocket sized had a lot of old SNES classics remade for it (also the only console to receive a proper English release of FFV, that I know of) and a great selection of new games. All that said if you had a DS lite or earlier you got the best of both worlds.

Still have my SP classic Nintendo edition (looks like an old NES controller) sitting in my desk.
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#83Lelouch71Posted 12/31/2012 6:51:09 PM
I like the DS better. GBA was alright but there were more games on the DS that interest me.
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#84StephenYap3Posted 12/31/2012 6:53:15 PM
Vyers posted...
StephenYap3 posted...
GBA. The DS has better hardware, yes. But it's games? I didn't find them to be as magical compared to the other handhelds.

A good question is, how old were you when you played the GBA? :v The younger you are, the more magical games are going to feel.

I was 11 when I got the GBA, back in 2002. As for the DS, I got it in 2005.

And if magic is not the reason for the GBA being better than the DS, then I think it's because compared to the GBA's library, the DS' library didn't strike me as "Wow! That was awesome!"

The GBA had Pokemon FRLG, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3, Mother 3, WarioWare Inc: Mega Microgame$, Wario Land 4, Metroid: Zero Mission, and a few others that I forgot.

The DS had WarioWare D.I.Y., New Super Mario Bros, Pokemon Heart Gold, Kirby Mass Attack, and The Legendary Starfy. Unlike the other portables, even though these games I have are excellent, they just don't capture me as much as the other portable Nintendo systems.
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#85FefnirOmega13Posted 12/31/2012 6:53:55 PM
The DS, easily.
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#86xXDeadWulfXxPosted 12/31/2012 6:54:56 PM
DS, way more better titles.
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#87Pawkie07Posted 12/31/2012 7:01:13 PM
#88evisceratorXPosted 12/31/2012 7:07:16 PM
GBA. It seemed like games were a lot more focused on gameplay rather than gimmicks like with the DS. Granted there were a lot of ports, but almost every original game I played on the GBA was exactly that. Original.
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#89Rurouni720(Topic Creator)Posted 12/31/2012 7:18:19 PM
Pawkie07 posted...

Does not count in this topic. :P
#90IHeartMetroidPosted 12/31/2012 7:47:29 PM
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say... equal.

I put them both on equal footing.