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

madhair60

Video games
I bought this



I can post pics of the rest of my meagre-ass collection if anyone is interested.
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
My sister had a Gameboy which eventually became mine and Tiny Toons was one of the few games she had for it. I remember liking those Tiny Toons platformers.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
h e l l y e s

Did you backlight it yourself? I have a GBC I wanna do work on and I wanna know how the process differs. Is that an IPS or TFT?

Pokémon TCG protip: get a Hitmonchan. Use it to get three more Hitmonchans. Construct a deck entirely around getting out your Hitmonchans. Win every time.
 

madhair60

Video games
h e l l y e s

Did you backlight it yourself? I have a GBC I wanna do work on and I wanna know how the process differs. Is that an IPS or TFT?

Pokémon TCG protip: get a Hitmonchan. Use it to get three more Hitmonchans. Construct a deck entirely around getting out your Hitmonchans. Win every time.

It's an IPS, I bought it from a UK-based website called Game Boy Shack (who I can heartily recommend). I don't really DO original hardware but I just found myself longing for the GBC form factor and absolutely none of the alternatives like Bit Boy were getting the job done. Anyway here's my carts. I've been on a bit of an eBay tear though most of these are from years ago. The only thing that bums me out is the battery died in Puzzle Challenge, so I'll need to either buy a copy or replace it.

 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
holy shit Kid Dracula

Also, I will be the first to admit that I was unaware that Alfred Chicken had a sequel.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Oh man, Monster Max! I really enjoyed it on original hardware, but for some weird reason the graphics don't work on my MiSTer at all. As in, they're displayed right but making them bigger than a Game Boy screen makes them hard to parse. I need to find that old cart, Jon Ritman was incredible for isometric games.

@madhair60 it's really easy to swap batteries, just buy the ones with tabs and solder them in properly. I hate soldering but it's dead easy on the batteries, it's huge blobs - you don't need to be accurate. The only sticking point is make damn sure you get the polarity right, they're often tabbed the opposite way round. If you're stuck I can recommend the right ones from a British website, I'm about to do it myself and I did the homework already.
 

Beowulf

Let the Mystery Be
(He/Him)
Pokémon TCG protip: get a Hitmonchan. Use it to get three more Hitmonchans. Construct a deck entirely around getting out your Hitmonchans. Win every time.

I suspect my son's deck that contains nothing but Zygarde would give that a run for its money.

I should probably lay out my full collection and post photos too, shouldn't I? I haven't purchased a Game Boy cart in 20 years, but everything I collected since 1991 is still on the shelf.
 

madhair60

Video games
holy shit Kid Dracula

I got that very cheap, maybe £5? Several years ago. I got very lucky. I used to have a lot more GB and GBC games but sold them. Slightly regret it, but I'm rebuying most of the cheaper ones. No way I'm getting the Mega Man games again though, lol.

Also, I will be the first to admit that I was unaware that Alfred Chicken had a sequel.

It's actually just a colour remake of the original, with a few tweaks. The SNES game is the "sequel".
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
I got that very cheap, maybe £5? Several years ago. I got very lucky.
I am peanut butter and jealous.

These days I wish I had kept more of my childhood GBA collection; I had some good shit that took me years to re-acquire. Still haven't recovered Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland and I loved that game.


The Christmas that I got it, I asked my parents for a Glacier GBA and Pokémon Crystal, because Zellers had a bundle and I knew I wanted to finally own a Pokémon game. Instead, I got the GBA and... a Harry Potter game. I just know some Zellers clerk talked them into getting a GBA game instead of a GBC one and man has that decision has only gotten retroactively worse over the years.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
It was fine; I just meant in the sense that my feelings on Harry Potter have only gotten more and more bitter over time.

Also that game had a fairly dark colour pallet and looked *terrible* on the original, unbacklit GBA.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
Man, I would love to get my hands on a Kid Dracula cart. Awesome stuff. Also, I still wonder why it didn't end up on Castlevania: Anniversary Collection. I mean, you've got the NES version on there already, and you're already doing GB emulation. Seems like a real missed opportunity.
 

madhair60

Video games
I mean, I won't go on about it, but I'd happily trade Kid Drac for something more desirable to me. I like the game but there's stuff I'd probably want more? PM me I guess.
 

madhair60

Video games
There's a tiny hair and a dead pixel/dust under my screen. Would it be petty to return this and ask for it to be fixed? It is literally all I can look at when I try to play it.
 

muteKi

say "fish don't exist" to my face, motherfucker
h e l l y e s

Did you backlight it yourself? I have a GBC I wanna do work on and I wanna know how the process differs. Is that an IPS or TFT?

Pokémon TCG protip: get a Hitmonchan. Use it to get three more Hitmonchans. Construct a deck entirely around getting out your Hitmonchans. Win every time.

There are like 2-3 guys in the game with decks of mostly fighting-resistant Pokemon, but my deck of Hitmonchan, Rapidash, and Scyther was still mostly able to shut it out -- it just took a lot longer to do so.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
There are like 2-3 guys in the game with decks of mostly fighting-resistant Pokemon, but my deck of Hitmonchan, Rapidash, and Scyther was still mostly able to shut it out -- it just took a lot longer to do so.
My backups were Scyther and Kangaskhan. Kangaskhan can tank hits while getting your Hitmonchans ready faster with Fetch, and then Comet Punch can clean shop when you need it to.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
I took my SP apart and fixed the shoulder buttons, both of which were dead. I put it back together and the B button and Up are now a bit iffy, taking a firmer press than usual to activate. It's weird, all of the face buttons were initially not great, but over time they're all getting better. No idea what's going on there, on another Game Boy I'd suspect that the board needed a clean but there's actual switches on the board. Anyway, assuming I can get that working it'll be the next Game Boy to mod, I'm thinking I'll go see-thru on it.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I took my SP apart and fixed the shoulder buttons, both of which were dead. I put it back together and the B button and Up are now a bit iffy, taking a firmer press than usual to activate. It's weird, all of the face buttons were initially not great, but over time they're all getting better. No idea what's going on there, on another Game Boy I'd suspect that the board needed a clean but there's actual switches on the board. Anyway, assuming I can get that working it'll be the next Game Boy to mod, I'm thinking I'll go see-thru on it.

I haven't had issues with an SP specifically (and it's been a few months since I've opened one up) but can you get some rubbing alcohol in the switches? For the GBA Mightyblue gave me, getting a bunch of rubbing alcohol in the power switch and then gently flipping the switch back and forth fixed the issue I had where the battery light kept blinking red and green, so if that's something you can do with the SP that might be good, assuming it's not a deeper issue...
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
I had a go with isopropyl alcohol. I also tightened up the board in case it was a bit loose. I wonder if the membranes need replacing, if their nubbins (or those on the buttons) aren't pressing firmly enough on the switches?

I've got to say, the original screen on the SP is shocking. The frontlight is terrible and there's what looks like interlacing (or some other horizontal artifacting) on it. Having updated my original GBA the difference is night and day.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Just hang on to those original rubber pads - every replacement I've used for every type of system have been crap. Those can be washed with a small amount of dish soap and water, and cleaning them sometimes makes a huge difference.

And yeah, the frontlight on the original SP was terrible, but we all loved it at the time because we could see! lol
 
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