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The Old Grey Brick, She Ain't What She Used To Be - A Game Boy Thread

Mightyblue

aggro table, shmaggro table
(He/Him/His)
I got a copy of the NES Classics Zelda for basically free nearly twenty years ago and I don't think I've booted it up once? It's just been rattling around in my gaming junk drawer since I got it.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I'd like to scoop up more of them because they're dirt-cheap these days (usually $5-15 CAD); but yeah, they're objectively like the worst way to play any of those games.

As an added bonus, they're like the only GBA titles that have technical difficulties on an IPS-modded screen due to the way that sprite flicker works in those titles. Good thing they look nice on my Famicom micro!
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I might just have bad roms (and haven't bothered to get good ones because I don't care) but my Everdrive GBA doesn't like the NES Classic titles, either. IIRC they won't even boot and hardlock the system...
 

Daikaiju

Rated Ages 6+
(He, Him)
I liked the Classics releases for the reprint manuals. Kinda wish they'd gone the extra step the Japanese release got.
 
Only Classics title I ever shelled out for was a JP copy of Nazo no Murasamejo.

Given their tendency to revisit their own IP and essential ties to weeaboo culture in the US, it's a wonder Nintendo's never really revisited it.

If someone said to you, "hey, Nintendo is making a sequel to one of their old, obscure games- its a samurai action game, with aliens" wouldn't that automatically sound cool?
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
I'll start off with GBA because they were easier to get to than my GB/GBC games... and is a bit smaller collection.



Yeah, I might have a problem. I can explain, though! See, while stuff like NES and SNES prices were sky high, a lot of handheld stuff stayed pretty reasonable, so I've been chipping at the margins through portable stuff. Several of the duplicates were games and prices just too good to pass up. Several were from a game store closing and knocking 75% off the values, and a few others (like another copy of Astro Boy) were a hole-in-the-wall pawn shop find.

Not pictured: boxes for about a third of these, and sealed copies of Final Fight One and Super Dodge Ball Advance. Also not pictured: really scratched up (on the outside) GBA AGS-101, white OG GBA, and Famicom Micro.
 
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MetManMas

DNM-123
(He, him)
It's portable NES goodness, which at the time was otherwise impossible.

I wouldn't go after them now!
Basically this. The squished resolution of the Game Boy Advance wasn't the ideal way to play NES games, but this was a time when the best option for portable NES play was an emulator on a big bulky laptop. We were still years away from mobile phones being a viable gaming platform and it'd be even longer until Nintendo would have a handheld that could actually do handle NES resolution.

Personally I didn't buy many NES Classics carts (basically just the Zeldas and Castlevania), but I did get decent mileage out of the eReader (those cards got pretty cheap) and the downloadable NES game feature in Animal Crossing back in the day.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I am peanut butter and jealous of everyone's copies of Astro Boy. Some of y'all may remember that I have kind of a thing for Tezuka and that game is pretty expensive on the aftermarket now.

Bee tee dubs @Sarge how is Lady Sia? I've heard that game is better than one would expect.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Treasure are insane. Gunstar Super Heroes is for the GBA what the original was for the Mega Drive / Genesis. Such a shame they don't seem to be a going concern any more.

Also, good lord Sarge. Serious library envy here 😮
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
The only legit carts I have anymore are a complete in box copy of Tactics Ogre, and a complete in box copy of the Japanese version of Pokemon Pinball GBA for whatever reason. Anyone want to buy either? lol
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
@Tegan: I actually haven't put much time into Lady Sia, but it is indeed better than you'd think.

@Phantoon: I think I buy too much stuff. :p And there's still more I'd like. Seriously, I'd love to add the Starfy games. I also want Double Dragon Advance something fierce. And don't get me started on not buying Ninja Five-O back in the day...

I agree about Gunstar Super Heroes. I actually didn't like it much at first, but once I adjusted, yes, it's absolutely outstanding. Just... that overhead stage on Hard is, well, hard.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
Welp, here's the GB/C collection, along with the systems I mentioned earlier. Toldja the GBA SP was in sketchy shape. Inside is beautiful, though!



Also, the bottom right corner is a wacky 7-in-1 pirate cart I found a while back. It has "Street Fighter III" (aka Raging Fighter/Outburst), Mickey Mouse IV (released here as The Real Ghostbusters), Zen: The Intergalactic Ninja, Tumble Pop, Lethal Weapon, TaleSpin, and Milon's Secret Castle. And the yellow thing attached to the Kirby Tilt 'N' Tumble cart is a backup device that doubles as a handy reorienting device to use with the GBA SP. :)
 
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Phantoon

I cuss you bad
And don't get me started on not buying Ninja Five-O back in the day...
That one snuck up on me, I don't think I saw so much as a single review of it back in the day. Guess it didn't help it was called Ninja Cop here either.

That's a great Game Boy collection, I'll have to show mine off. Power Quest is a really fun game, quite ambitious too.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
I'm sorry, WHAT?
It's true! On top of that, it was a Garfield game in Europe!


@Phantoon: Please do! This gave me an excuse to stop putting off cataloging my stuff - I should probably look at getting insurance on my collection given how much is worth a sizable chunk of change on other systems. I probably need to bite the bullet and bring down all the NES stuff next...

Power Quest really is a ton of fun. I remember emulating it back in the GBC days before I got my GBA, and thinking, man, this is actually a very fluid fighter, especially for a 8-bit system. Definitely one of those games I wish more people knew about (kinda like One Must Fall 2097 on PC).
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I think I buy too much stuff. :p And there's still more I'd like. Seriously, I'd love to add the Starfy games.
Hey, not to encourage bad habits or anything, but I literally payed twenty-five bucks for all three Starfy games. They're super common and dirt cheap in Japan and it's not difficult to find bundles on eBay with all three. Even getting them shipped from Hokkaido was only another eight bucks. Import titles in general seem to be surprisingly affordable since -to my understanding- the hyper-inflated video game aftermarket is strictly a western thing.
I'm sorry, WHAT?
@madhair60 did a whole thing about it in one of his videos!
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
Hey, not to encourage bad habits or anything, but I literally payed twenty-five bucks for all three Starfy games. They're super common and dirt cheap in Japan and it's not difficult to find bundles on eBay with all three. Even getting them shipped from Hokkaido was only another eight bucks. Import titles in general seem to be surprisingly affordable since -to my understanding- the hyper-inflated video game aftermarket is strictly a western thing.
That's not bad at all. When I looked the other day, it seemed like everything was like $20-25 for a single cart at minimum. I'd absolutely buy all of them for $25! I know I've done pretty decently importing Super Famicom games cheaply, so I definitely know you can get games from over there at not too much a premium. (There's always exceptions, though - a few SFC RPGs cost a lot of money!)

Oh, wait, I see a cart-only set on there for $40. That's not tooooo bad.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I'm considering figuring out a way to buy off of Yahoo Auctions Japan because I want a copy of Guru Logi Champ and the three copies currently on eBay are obscenely expensive.
 

lincolnic

can stop, will stop
(he/him)
I don't have a lot to add to this thread since I'm pretty sure what Game Boy cartridges I had are hiding in my parents' house somewhere, but I just wanted to say that seeing everyone's collections is giving me some real excellent nostalgia.
 

Mr. Sensible

Pitch and Putt Duffer
Oh yeah, let's do this!


Mostly second-hand stuff in my collection, including Game & Watch Gallery 1-4, an import copy of Rhythm Tengoku, and two (!) copies of Pokémon Emerald. Also I have to admit that arranging original Game Boy carts in a tight grid is oddly satisfying.
 

Riot.EXE

Fighting Game Enthusiast
(He/Him)
@Tegan: I actually haven't put much time into Lady Sia, but it is indeed better than you'd think.

@Phantoon: I think I buy too much stuff. :p And there's still more I'd like. Seriously, I'd love to add the Starfy games. I also want Double Dragon Advance something fierce. And don't get me started on not buying Ninja Five-O back in the day...

I agree about Gunstar Super Heroes. I actually didn't like it much at first, but once I adjusted, yes, it's absolutely outstanding. Just... that overhead stage on Hard is, well, hard.
The overhead stage in Gunstar Super Heroes is literally the worst thing about that game.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad


Not in shot (in the loft somewhere): two Game Boy Classics and a Game Boy Pocket.

Edit: and Mega Man, Pokémon TCG, Pokémon Pinball, Game Boy Camera and Perfect Dark. Whoops.
 
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Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Welp, here's the GB/C collection, along with the systems I mentioned earlier. Toldja the GBA SP was in sketchy shape. Inside is beautiful, though!



Also, the bottom right corner is a wacky 7-in-1 pirate cart I found a while back. It has "Street Fighter III" (aka Raging Fighter/Outburst), Mickey Mouse IV (released here as The Real Ghostbusters), Zen: The Intergalactic Ninja, Tumble Pop, Lethal Weapon, TaleSpin, and Milon's Secret Castle. And the yellow thing attached to the Kirby Tilt 'N' Tumble cart is a backup device that doubles as a handy reorienting device to use with the GBA SP. :)
If you don't have one already, you need to get yourself a backlit GBC for Kirby Tilt 'N' Tumble - it's a joy to play when you can actually see the dumb screen.

Loving all these pictures, btw. Makes part of me wish I was still collecting (but I won't go back - I was spending too much money on games and then not playing them).
 
I had the original Game Boy and Super Game Boy back in their time. It was neat being able to save Final Fantasy Legend 3 and Zelda Link's Awakening at any time on one device, move the cartridge to the other device and pick up where I left off right away. I guess that kind of quality of life feature is common on modern platforms but in 1994 it felt superb. And as a kid my parents would take me a bunch of places I didn't care about so it was nice to be able to lose myself wherever in near-NES-quality gaming.

I haven't owned any other handhelds since. It's partly because I feel that most handheld gaming is just console gaming years late. It's also partly because, as an adult, when I'm outside the home I want to pay attention to my surroundings and not lose myself too much in distractions. Part of that may just come from the need to drive myself places. I envy people who can ride mass transit everywhere!
 

Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
I love handhelds, and I almost never take them out of the house. They just have nice games and they’re nice little devices.
 
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