Car Battler Joe
is an obscure Game Boy Advance Action RPG
developed by Ancient (also responsible for Beyond Oasis
) and published in the U.S. by Natsume
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.
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