For these videos I played most of the games on the Gamecube's Game Boy Player. I really hate that Nintendo didn't put in an option to remove that annoying "Z Button: Options" message in the top right corner.

Final Fight One
Video length: See below
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Difficulty level: 2 out of 5

These two characters can be unlocked by defeating a certain amount of enemies. They're both really powerful, and make the game a lot easier to play through than using any of the standard three characters. Visit my Final Fight site here.

I did better with Cody as the game gave me a lot of extra life items throughout the game. I've never gotten so many before.


Alpha Cody playthrough (48:12)
Alpha Guy playthrough (55:54)



OutRun
Video length: See below
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Difficulty level: 1 out of 5

Playthroughs of the version included on SEGA Arcade Gallery. This version of the game is much easier than all other versions, as you can have several crashes and still have plenty of time to spare. There is no options menu either, so you can't change any settings.


Goal A playthrough (8:44)
Goal B playthrough (8:21)
Goal C playthrough (8:23)
Goal D playthrough (8:33)
Goal E playthrough (8:31)



SEGA Rally Championship
Video length: See times on playlist
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Difficulty level: 4 out of 5

Playthrough of every cup in the game. The main sticking point for this game is the graphics. I guess technically it's impressive, yet it doesn't look very good. The graphics are very pixelated and blocky, if you're playing this on an actual GBA it's not as bad, but playing this on a TV is awful. It actually gave me a headache to just look at sometimes, and it can be difficult to even tell when some turns are on some of the desert stages.

The only cup I was struggling to consistently win on was the last one, but if you bother to make some adjustments to your car before each race, it makes it much easier.





Street Fighter Alpha 3 Upper
Video length: 16:09
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Difficulty level: 2 out of 5

I always thought this port was over-rated, mainly due to a bad design choice with the controls. Rather than have the tap lightly or firmly for the jab/strong punch and kicks, that was featured in Turbo Revival, you have this awkward system where you have to press two buttons at the same time -a pain to do with the Game Boy Advance, I'm afraid.

Anyway, here's a playthrough with Akuma. Whilst the default controls aren't too good, they did at least add a feature that lets you do super combos with ease (such as left, right, fierce punch + roundhouse kick to do Akuma's raging demon).




Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
Video length: 23:59
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Difficulty level: 4 out of 5

Playthrough with Donovan. The GBA version of this game features the extras from the Playstation/Saturn ports, but there are some noticeable animation frame cuts on the character sprites and slowdown during gameplay. The port tends to suffer from slowdown when a lot of gems are broken, plus has some other little odd quirks. For example, the announcer calls out certain characters by their Japanese names, eg, calling Hsien Ko "Lei Lei". Akuma's default outfit in this port was originally his 2P color in the arcade version.





Super Street Fighter II Turbo Revival
Video length: 19:43
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Difficulty level: 2 out of 5

Playthrough with Balrog. As I've said before, this is a very lousy Street Fighter game, which has a lot of issues and glitches. I'm using the version released for the Wii U virtual console, purely because it fixes a glitch where the game would crash when fighting Akuma.

This version has a simpler control option, which lets you use special moves and super combos much more easily -with Balrog, you don't have to charge any of his dashing punch special moves, you can just press left, right and a punch button.





Tekken Advance
Video length: 11:14
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Difficulty level: 2 out of 5

Playthrough with Nina. The GBA version of Tekken swaps polygons for sprites, and the controls have been simplified -there's only one button for punch and one for kick, along with a button for throws. This makes doing the 10 hit combos much easier.