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The Underrated RPG You Probably Never Played On The Game Boy Advance

Lauded gaming personality Hideo Kojima is associated with a number of beloved IPs. The former Konami developer is credited with creating the Metal Gear Solid franchise, plus his name is attached to Zone of the EndersCastlevania: Lords of Shadow, and Death Stranding. Most gamers have dabbled in at least one of those projects at one point or another, but only the most hardcore fanatics likely know about one of his lesser known releases.


During the Game Boy Advance's heyday, Nintendo's handheld machine played host to a strong lineup of roleplaying games. Some of the quality titles that graced it include Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the Golden Sun series, Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald, and Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis. However, one RPG that launched on the Game Boy Advance came from the mind of Hideo Kojima himself. Despite this, it largely flew under the radar.

That game is Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand.

Boktai is a unique portable action RPG that relies on real sunlight

Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand first released in 2003. Published and developed by Konami, Boktai puts players in the role of a young hero named Django. As the son of a vampire hunter, Django follows in his ancestors' footsteps by setting out to eliminate the dark threats plaguing the city of San Miguel and save humanity from the dark matter that's responsible for turning them into monsters with the use of his Gun Del Sol armament.


In order to take down the demons within Boktai, players are tasked with utilizing the solar sensor attached to the actual game cartridge. Like the name suggests, the sensor is capable of registering sunlight. Gamers can choose to play Boktai outside during the daytime or play it underneath a strong light source in order to charge the Gun Del Sol. The Gun Del Sol uses solar energy to purify zombies, ghosts, and the rest of the game's horror-tinged creatures and could be upgraded over time and utilize different elemental properties. It all sounds wonderfully Kojima.