Excerpt: Astro Boy has been praised by reviewers since its release in 2003. Another gem from Treasure, Astro Boy proves there is still some enjoyment to find in the 2D action gaming arena. A shooter/platformer in the vein of Gunstar Heroes, Astro Boy brings Osamu Tezuka's world reknowned character to life on...
Pros: ups: Character building, Tezuka's famous characters, art, colorful, well animated.
Cons: downs: Some US gamers won't be familiar with the source material.
Excerpt: The PlayStation 2 version of Astro Boy showed us exactly what most gamers expect from a licensed game: unfinished, glitchy, uninspired - just downright poor . Now we face the GBA game with the same air of trepidation, but we look at the game's box and what do we see?
Excerpt: To tell you the truth, I had never seen anything branded with Astro Boy until a few years ago. Even now, I really know nothing about the series except that it’s a Japanese cartoon starring a robotic, young looking boy called, Astro Boy.
Summary: Treasure is famed for its highly impressive work on a number of games over the past two decades, especially in the space shooter and side-scrolling platform genres. Be it games like Guardian Heroes, Ikaruga or even Wario World, the expertise found within the team is immense.
Excerpt: Soon after turning the power on, I'm bombarded by trademarks. Licensed by Nintendo. Sony Pictures Consumer Products. Sony Pictures Television. Tezuka Productions. Presented by SEGA. Created by Hitmaker. In cooperation with Treasure Video Games.
Excerpt: Unless you've been around awhile, grandpa, or you are really into this whole "Japan" thing, you might have no idea who Astro Boy is or why he's getting two games (as well as anime and manga revivals) here in the United States.
Conclusion: Don't worry though, Treasure has left behind plenty of reason to replay and experience these wonderful boss fights again. You'd want to play through again even without all the nifty unlockable extras that are available; the game is that good.