• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Feb 8, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
Buy On
  1. The game has a very cool Anime feel to it and a pretty good sense of humor as well.
  2. It's definitely a neat little game, but there's nothing about it that demands an immediate purchase. It has no real replay value, and the trading/collecting aspect isn't compelling.
  3. The game's main drawback is its length. Though it's a fun ride, it's easily finished in a few hours, and it doesn't really follow its own storyline really well. Not to mention the incomplete nature of the game: instead of a payoff, it's obvious that there's a sequel in the works.
  4. While the spirits are varied enough to keep any serious collector hunting and combining for a long time, the uninspired battle system and the complete lack of battle effects make the game feel like more like collecting for the sake of collecting.
  5. Dances between likeable and overwhelmingly dull.
  6. 60
    Not only a clone of another game but it fails to come close to the standard set by the Pokemon series. If you have played every monster, capsule, and card game on the market and still crave a Pokemon style RPG, Shaman King might provide some enjoyment.
  7. It isn't as comprehensive or glamorous as any of Nintendo's Pokémon games, but fans of the show will still probably enjoy it a great deal, since it will let them gather and build their own set of fighting spirits while also experiencing firsthand many of the stories told in the show.
  8. Unless you have some little relative who is just begging and begging and begging and begging you to get this for them then I'd say stay way from it.
  9. With gameplay stuck in a mid-90's fad that was in itself considered arcane by any gamer's standards at the height of its popularity, Legacy of the Spirits troubles me with its thrown-together, "let's take advantage of a passing craze before it completely dies" feel.
  10. 60
    It's kid-friendly and quirky at the same time, extending its appeal to pretty far reaches. Legacy of the Spirits may not be the king of GBA role-playing games, but it still deserves to hold court.
  11. Honestly, this is the worst GBA role-playing game this reviewer has ever played. While it tries to rival one of the best, it fails miserably, and in every respect.
  12. Nintendo Power
    A lot of story and dialogue leads to little action at the beginning, but it heats up if you stick with it. [May 2005, p.92]
  13. Cheat Code Central
    A collecting RPG in the tradition of Pokemon - shamefully so. But instead of expanding on this style of gameplay that's already been done to death, The Shaman King sees fit to simplify it so that it offers a challenge akin to turning a water faucet on and off.

Awards & Rankings

#27 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2005
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sandra
    Jun 17, 2005
    Annoyingly short with a storyline that leaves you dangling at the end.
  2. Toaman1994
    Feb 27, 2005
    Nice game, but sort of puzzling.
  3. Amanderhugandkiss
    Feb 14, 2005
    This is a good rpg game.