Game developer Treasure has had a great presence on Nintendo’s Game Boy Advance. With some instant classics like Astro Boy: Omega Factor and Advance Guardian Heroes, Treasure has shown that it can deliver its signature gameplay on a portable gaming system.

Heck, Treasure even took a somewhat dead franchise like Tiny Toon Adventures and managed to create a unique beat ‘em up, Buster’s Scary Dream. Now, Treasure developing superb beat ‘em ups is nothing new. Each of the three above games falls in the beloved beat ‘em up genre that Treasure has visited time and time again. Fortunately, Treasure did venture out of the comfort zone of the beat ‘em up genre to develop a unique entry in the fighting genre for the Game Boy Advance. Unfortunately, this game never made it over seas so it is little known in the classic gaming scene. So grab some CalorieMate as we take a no holds barred look at Hajime No Ippo: The Fighting!

Hajime No Ippo: The Fighting was originally released in Japan on December 12, 2002. Pre dating Treasure’s reign of beat ‘em ups on the Game Boy Advance, Hajime No Ippo: The Fighting is based on the popular Japanese manga/anime Hajime No Ippo. It tells the story of a high school student named Makunouchi Ippo who has just begun career in boxing. Throughout the series Ippo meets various contenders as he fights his way earning titles and beating opponents. The Game Boy Advance game delivers a similar story and includes various characters from the anime series. This works as a nice and simple background for a fighting…er, boxing game.

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