Car Battler Joe is an entertaining RPG by Natsume for the Gameboy Advance. Like the old PC game Autoduel, it features a person engaging in battle on the roadways of the future. It also has a collectibility thing going on, as you try to get all the different car parts in the game. Sort of like Pokemon if Mad Max was the trainer. :)
The cast of characters:
Joe Todoroki: The hero of the story, Joe is a 16-year-old who finds out that his family is part of the elite group known as Car Battlers. He drives an A-type Panther. Pal: Joe's G-Com.
Pal hooks up to Joe's gun vehicle to enable weapons firing. Pal also does most of the talking for Joe.
Jim Todoroki: Joe's father, who has been missing for 12 years. Where's my child support money? He drives a modified A-type Panther.
Wanna: Joe's mother, who is strangely supportive of her missing husband and his dangerous lifestyle. She's quite a mechanic also.
Takah: Owner of the Padorko weapon shop. He provides much assistance to Joe.
Marion: A young girl that Joe transports to a mountain village. What is it with this game and abandoned children?
Harry: A former Grand Prix champion that now lives in seclusion.
Shirley Dohmo: Leader of the Dohmo Family gang. She drives a modified C-type Eagle.
Casey: Another member of the Dohmos, he worships Shirley.
Ken Kaido: A young man who is your rival, and claims to have trained with none other than your father! He drives a modified D-type Tiger.
Sho Kaido: Leader of the Red Guns gang. A mysterious Robin Hood-like character. Drives a modified A-type Tiger.
Ryu Mossoud: Leader of the Empire gang. Reportedly his gang has uncovered some ancient technology which has made them the most feared Car Battlers on the road.