''Car Battler Joe'' is an obscure UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance ActionRPG developed by Ancient (also responsible for ''VideoGame/BeyondOasis'') and published in the U.S. by Creator/{{Natsume}}. It was also released on the UsefulNotes/WiiU Virtual Console in 2015.

The plot is fairly standard--you, Joe, must find your missing father by traveling the wastelands and dropping off cargo between towns, entering tournaments along the way.

What makes the game unique is the action-oriented battle system and the sheer amount of customization available--there are over ''3 million'' part combinations. All cars have weapons attached, used with the GBA's shoulder buttons, and you can employ both those and traps to wreck your opponents' cars.

!!This game provides examples of:

* ActionRPG
* AdjectiveNounFred
* AncestralWeapon: Joe's G-COM that weaponizes his car was a gift from his father.
* CollisionDamage: Only in the first battle, though, as you're using a regular car.
* CoolCar: Every car in the game.
* ChainsawGood: A couple weapons are saws of various types.
* DisappearedDad
* EasingIntoTheAdventure
* FieryRedhead: Joe.
* GuideDangIt: Playing without the instruction manual can be difficult as many items have short labels, and unless you're familiar with cars, some terms may be confusing.
* HelloInsertNameHere: This goes for Joe and Pal.
* HeroicMime: Pal speaks for Joe.
* TheHerosBirthday: The game begins on Joe's [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday sixteenth]] birthday.
* InTheBlood: "You're pretty good at this, kid! Must be your father's genes..."
* JustAKid
* JustifiedTutorial: Joe's never driven a weaponized car before. Thankfully, they're also skippable.
* LikeFatherLikeSon
* MechaGame
* RobotBuddy: The aptly-named Pal.
* SavePoint: Various Link Points, which also double as an in-game library.
* SeriousBusiness: Justified since cars are used to get around.
* [[SpiritualSuccessor Spiritual]] [[TransAtlanticEquivalent Trans-Pacific Equivalent:]] To the Apple II game "Autoduel" (the video game version of the RPG "Car Wars").
* VehicularCombat
* WeaponizedCar: Every car in the game.