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  • Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway (Game Boy Advance)


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    Source: Nintendo Power Advance – Issue Number 4

    Mario Kart has just about perfected the kart racing genre of video games. So much so that you rarely see competitors these days. Which is a shame really because as good as the Mario Kart series is, it would seem to me that there is plenty of room for some unique variations and even improvements. There have been a number of competitors in the past and while some are better than others, few come close to Mario Kart.

    Shrek Swamp Kart Speedway is one of those games that doesn’t come close. This game was released on the Game Boy Advance in 2002. It’s based on a movie license (Shrek) so that’s a clue right away that it probably won’t be all that great. It tries to stick very close to the Mario Kart formula being a virtual rip-off of Mario Kart: Super Circuit which was also released for the Game Boy Advance and was the first handheld Mario Kart. However, it just doesn’t execute very well. The graphics are not as good, the controls are not as good, the music is not as good and the sound effects are not as good. The tracks aren’t as well designed either for that matter and there are fewer of them. I suppose that if you are looking for a bad rip-off of Mario Kart with a Shrek license slapped on then this is the game for you.

    This game has never been re-released and given the Shrek license and being a mediocre game at best I’m sure it never will be. You’ll have to track down an original on eBay or elsewhere (which is pretty easy to do) or resort to emulation. Those looking for a good alternative to Mario Kart should probably look elsewhere though. Mario Kart: Super Circuit is a much better choice for the Game Boy Advance, even if you really, really love Shrek.

    The ad above is from issue number four of Nintendo Power Advance.




  • Spy Hunter

    ‘Spy Hunter’

    [PS2 / XBOX / GCN / GBA]
    [USA] [MAGAZINE] [2002]

    • GamePro, May 2002 (#164)
    • Midway attempts to breathe new life into the classic arcade staple, retooling it as a third-person-shooter-slash-driving game

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    The original Spy Hunter was one of my favorite games on the Commodore 64 so I was pretty excited when this remake came out. The original Spy Hunter was released as an arcade game by Bally/Midway in 1983 with ports to various game systems and computers (including the Commodore 64) soon to follow. The new Spy Hunter was released in 2001 by Midway for the Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube and Game Boy Advance so pretty much every system out at the time. I had the GameCube version but I don’t think there were any significant differences between the different ports.

    The new Spy Hunter had the same basic theme as the original but obviously with much more advanced graphics and a 3D third person point of view instead of the directly overhead 2D viewpoint of the original. Overall, I would say they did a pretty good job updating the game yet keeping the original spirit intact. The music is similar, the weapons are the same, and they added a third mode for the vehicle. In the original your car could transform into a boat when appropriate but the new game adds motorcycle to the list as well.

    A sequel of sorts, Spy Hunter: Nowhere to Run was released for the Xbox and PS2 in 2006. It starred Dwayne Johnson (aka “The Rock”) and was supposed to be based on the movie of the same name. Plans for a movie based on Spy Hunter go all the way back to 2003 but the movie has been in development hell going through multiple writers, scripts, directors and actors but development has been continuing. The last update I saw was November 2015 so who knows…

    Another remake was done in 2012 for the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS. I’m not familiar with that one but it did get positive reviews.

    The above ad is from the May 2002 issue of GamePro.





  • Nintendo Power, March 1995

    Nintendo Power, March 1995