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Super Dodge Ball Advance

Preview By: Chris Lee

Developer:   Atlus
Publisher:   Atlus
Genre:   Sports
Est. Release:   June 11, 2001
Posted:   4-6-01

Without a doubt one of my favorite games of all time would have to be Super Dodgeball on the NES. It was almost like a super advanced pong to the extreme. What you had was two teams of six, throwing a dodgeball at each other at what seemed like speeds in excess of 90 miles an hour. Well now Atlus has decided to bring us the classic schoolyard sport back in new form with Super Dodgeball for Gameboy Advance.

This is how the old NES game was played, imagine a volleyball court without the net. Each team has six players to deploy three on the inside square and three on the outside boundaries of the opponents side. The objective is to eliminate the three players directly across from you by throwing the dodgeball and basically, knocking them out. That would be cool enough if it wasn't for the fact that the game is "extreme". You see each player has his own attributes and style. On the offensive side of things you could dish out some pretty impressive throws. Back in the day on the NES the lead player for the US team was Sam. Ol' Sam could throw the ball hard enough normally but if you got up the speed he could throw so hard that the ball would turn into a disc, slashing anyone in it's path. That's why it was important to know how to play defense. On the defensive side of things you could dodge, jump and even attempt to catch the ball, of course it's hard to do that when a delayed missile is being thrown at you. But that was the fun of dodgeball, it was almost sadistic, throw a spherical object at someone at high speeds until they.....uh......died basically. See, defeated teams would turn into little angels and float upwards until they disappeared, evil and yet satisfying.

The GBA game has the same setup but has 4 players in each square, over 50 special throws and combo attacks among other things spice up the mix. The game includes:

  • Over 50 Super Throws
  • Nine World-Class Teams
  • Customize Your Own Team
  • Link Play for Person to Person Action

Super Dodgeball is a launch title for the US, and I predict it will be a huge hit. If you've played the original I know you're almost drooling with anticipation like me. If you've never played it, then I recommend you give it a shot at launch. Until then take a look at a few videos care of Atlus Japan.

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