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

muteKi

say "fish don't exist" to my face, motherfucker
It's true! On top of that, it was a Garfield game in Europe!
I'm kind of tripping here that the article mentions this but doesn't actually contextualize it as an example of the sort of licensing stuff that kemco did with the crazy castle series which my understanding is what this game REALLY is
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
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.
That's what I'm using that game saver device for. It flips the orientation in my backlit SP, and it makes things sooooo much nicer than my old GBA. I almost bought one of those GB Boy Colour clones until I stumbled across the AGS-101 I have now.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I love handhelds, and I almost never take them out of the house. They just have nice games and they’re nice little devices.
Yeah, this is largely how I use my Gameboys. When I'm playing on a handheld, ideally I like to just lay on the couch all snuggled up. Sometimes I'll even play Switch games this way. Maybe it's because I'm nearsighted?
 

q 3

Posts: 181,942
(they/them)
same, I think one reason I prefer handhelds is that at the end of the day I just want to take my glasses off, whereas playing something on the TV feels like a special occasion that requires a reservation and a dress code and I'm just not up for it most of the time
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
I find myself wanting to play handheld games on a big screen, and console games on a handheld. Basically, I want to be able to play anything anywhere I dang well please.

On that note, someone get me a portable PS2, stat.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I'd love to play the Switch portably, but my Joycons drift bad. I should try Nintendo repair again, see if they'll actually fix them this time rather than recalibrate them and tell me to turn off other nearby devices (lol fat chance). Until then, my Pro Controller works fine.

I prefer portables, though. It's nice to play in different rooms or on the go.
 
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Mr. Sensible

Pitch and Putt Duffer
I also enjoy handhelds, but over the last several years my hands have become far less tolerant of portable consoles, especially heftier systems like my 3DS XL. Wide-format portables like the AGB-001 don't bother me so much, but I can't play my GBA SP for more than twenty or thirty minutes before it gets uncomfortable. This is probably the main reason why I've drifted more towards playing handheld games on my TV when possible, and things like Swiss/GBI on the Game Boy Player or the GBA Consolizer are nice options for doing just that.
 

Mr. Sensible

Pitch and Putt Duffer
GBI (Game Boy Interface) is a very impressive piece of homebrew, and I'm going to geek out about it for a minute because it's just that awesome. It essentially acts as a replacement for the Game Boy Player's default software, which sadly does a piss-poor job at upscaling those chunky GB/GBC/GBA pixels. But how do you load homebrew software onto your GameCube? There are a couple of methods, but I went with an SD Media Launcher since it's relatively cheap and doesn't require any hardware modification. You'll also need to get the GC homebrew utility Swiss onto your SD card so you can actually run the GBI software. It can be somewhat fiddly to get working since there's multiple versions of GBI to consider, but there's plenty of YT videos that demonstrate the necessary steps.

Once you get it all set up, GBI's 240p video output is incredibly sharp. There was actually an update a year or two ago that fixed an issue I was having with color-bleed from red tones in GBA titles, and I don't have any other complaints about how it looks. The difference between GBI and the output from OEM Game Boy Player software is like night and day.

Obviously GC component cables are a very nice, albeit exorbitantly priced accessory for this setup. GBI still looks really good via s-video, so maybe go with the cheaper cabling option instead if you'd rather not drop $200-300 on a component cable.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Or, if you have the right model of Gamecube with a digital output port, this works very well. It's what I use and wasn't too expensive at about $50 shipped to the US.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I've almost pulled the trigger on a Pokémon Mini so, so many times. There is indeed a really nice backlighting kit!



And, perhaps inexplicably to some, a flash cart.

 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
And, perhaps inexplicably to some, a flash cart.
Now that looks interesting. Pokemon Tetris is really good but insanely rare and there's even a bit of homebrew.

I've ordered some replacement shoulder buttons for my SP. They've been broken for years, I can't wait to finally fix them. That SP and me have been through a lot together.
 

Vidfamne

BB (10) > 3^^^3
Being a pointlessly Pokémon-themed Game Boy that could only run yet another retread of Tetris and Pinball, the Mini cannot have been anything but blatant self-parody.

I have further evidence for this. Pokémon Channel, a "game" designed solely to normalize children's already-disheartening competence at wasting their youth to dog-shit screen-staring (and coax their parents into paying for rare blocks of data, i.e. Jirachi), featured a Pokemon Mini "emulator" with the exclusive (!) title Snorlax's Lunchtime. Quick, press A when the food appears before your paws. But don't eat Pikachu.

After the release of Channel, its developers immediately announced their next title: an Amiga II port of Desert Bus in which you could optionally switch to a PICO-8 emulator running a snow-clone of that deliberately insipid aubergine game in Yume Nikki. (The bus would still veer to the right while you were being kept busy, of course.)

e: "Amiga II" -- lol k
 
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Ixo

"This is not my beautiful forum!" - David Byrne
(Hi Guy)
What I lack in variety, I make up for in cardboard.

 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
@Mr. Sensible: I need to get something like SD Media Launcher. As it is... I'm actually using Twilight Princess as my boot game. Yep. I used a modded Wii to get the files on a memory card. I prefer to run the low-latency version of GBI, myself (I think they call that something different now, though?). And I definitely agree that S-Video looks just fine - I honestly don't think that you get a massive boost going up to component, especially for 240p content like this.

@Ixo: Aw, heck yeah, some Dragon Quest goodness. Sadly, the only DQ I have the box/manual for in my GB collection is Dragon Warrior III. I bought it (along with Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons) from a Blockbuster many moons ago when they experimented renting out portable stuff.
 

Mr. Sensible

Pitch and Putt Duffer
Wow, I don't think I've ever seen GB Tetris as its own separate retail release before! I would think Game Boy has to be one of the toughest systems for collecting in-box games. I didn't keep any of mine, at least.
 

Riot.EXE

Fighting Game Enthusiast
(He/Him)
I've almost pulled the trigger on a Pokémon Mini so, so many times. There is indeed a really nice backlighting kit!



And, perhaps inexplicably to some, a flash cart.

I didn't even know this thing existed...like, WHY, THOUGH!?!
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
The best thing about the Pokémon Mini is that it came in three colours based on everyone' favourite Pokémon: Chikorita Green, Wooper Blue, and Smoochum Purple.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I mean Wooper is obviously the best choice of the three, but it's such a weird selection. Why only one starter? Why are the colour choices all lumped together on one side of a colour wheel? Who likes Smoochum?
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
I mean Wooper is obviously the best choice of the three, but it's such a weird selection. Why only one starter? Why are the colour choices all lumped together on one side of a colour wheel? Who likes Smoochum?
Smoochum's mum

It's about the colours rather than the pokémon. Pink, green and blue. They wanted pastel and gen 2 as that was the new hotness. Wooper is cuter than Totodile, Cyndaquil isn't red. I guess?
 
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