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

Ixo

"This is not my beautiful forum!" - David Byrne
(Hi Guy)
Rearranged a bit after a new addition



 

Kishi

Little Waves
(They/Them)
Staff member
Moderator
A visceral reminder they were selling that 1989-looking thing well into the '90s.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
Been playing the fan translation of Pokémon Picross for GBC on my 3DS and it's so wild how complete and legitimately good this game is. Like there's so much good work put into this game and it's bananas that nobody got to see it for more than twenty years. On top of the puzzles being excellent; there's brand-new full-colour sprites for every first-gen Pokémon (and a bunch of items, this being the retroactive origin of a number of item designs), the stage backgrounds are absolutely gorgeous, it has Game Boy Printer compatibility, and the music fuckin' slaps.


I'd really like to pick up the inevitable repro cart of this so I can try it on original hardware.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
Very much so. Main menu options are "Tutorial," "Easy Picross," "Pokémon Picross," and "Pokédex"; the text boxes that pop up when you start a puzzle are "Par Time" and then "Use Hint? Yes/No;" and your pause menu is "Give Up," "Save," "BGM" (this is also how you switch your partner Pokémon, which are gradually unlocked throughout the story), and "Hint (-5)." That's pretty much all you need to know.
 

Red Silvers

Pokemon Red w/ 1 Nidoran
I know it's not Game Boy but I've been playing the Mario Picross they added to the SNES Online recently and I can definitely say I love me some Picross.
 

madhair60

Video games
My Game Boy experience has gone HORRIBLY WRONG and now I have no Game Boy and the Game Boy man has stopped replying to my emails.

HOORAY FOR NOTHING
 

madhair60

Video games
What happened, madhair? Did it stop working?

I mentioned before it had dead pixel/guff under the screen, and the dude told me to send it back so I did, and now my emails aren't being returned.

...Is what I would have said before this morning, when my emails were, in fact, returned. So I could be blissfully back in Game Boy World sooner rather than later. I hope.

Can anyone recommend a flash cart for a decent price, if such a thing exists? I'd like to play the Mega Man games prior to pricily re-buying them.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Phew, that's a relief! The Everdrives seem like a good choice, with good compatibility and decent speed. They are expensive, however. Generally I think the X3 is the simpler model, and the X5 has extra bells and whistles. I'll be getting an X5 mini for my GBA.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
@madhair60 - The EZ Flash Omega is half the price of the Everdrive GBA X5 mini, and while I understand the latter is the better of the two, apparently the only difference is slight load time when booting a game on the Omega. I've not used an Omega myself and love my Everdrive, but from what I hear it's decent.

I do have an EZ Flash Jr, which is a flash cart that plays GB/GBC games, and it works very well, so I'm sure the Omega is fine since it's made by the same people.
 

madhair60

Video games
@madhair60 - The EZ Flash Omega is half the price of the Everdrive GBA X5 mini, and while I understand the latter is the better of the two, apparently the only difference is slight load time when booting a game on the Omega. I've not used an Omega myself and love my Everdrive, but from what I hear it's decent.

I do have an EZ Flash Jr, which is a flash cart that plays GB/GBC games, and it works very well, so I'm sure the Omega is fine since it's made by the same people.
Mm, I'm looking for something for GB/GBC only at the moment, so I guess I need a Jr?
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Mm, I'm looking for something for GB/GBC only at the moment, so I guess I need a Jr?

Duh, I forgot you have a GBC. Yeah, you want a Jr - mine works very well, has real time clock, and most importantly Pokemon Puzzle League actually runs on it (it doesn't run in emulation mode on the GBA everdrive - it's super slow and has graphical glitches).

And yeah, it's still way, way cheaper than the Everdrive equivalent.
 

Beowulf

Let the Mystery Be
(He/Him)
So, I've been replaying Wario Land 3 on my RG350 (Gambette is actually a really good emulator, if you aren't going for original hardware) and it got me thinking about how short and non-notable the Game Boy Color era was. I mean, I feel like there are only a handful of particularly good games exclusively for the GBC, and all of them are first-party Nintendo titles (Wario Land 3 and Oracle of Ages/Seasons). Then you've got some re-releases from other systems, a Pokemon generation totally overshadowed by its remake, and a lot of media tie-in games. What am I missing?
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
So, I've been replaying Wario Land 3 on my RG350 (Gambette is actually a really good emulator, if you aren't going for original hardware) and it got me thinking about how short and non-notable the Game Boy Color era was. I mean, I feel like there are only a handful of particularly good games exclusively for the GBC, and all of them are first-party Nintendo titles (Wario Land 3 and Oracle of Ages/Seasons). Then you've got some re-releases from other systems, a Pokemon generation totally overshadowed by its remake, and a lot of media tie-in games. What am I missing?
I honestly don't think you're wrong. The Game Boy Color lineup, for the most part, was pretty weak. There are some notable third-party gems like Metal Gear Solid or Shantae, but much of the stuff outside Nintendo's output was re-releases or ports (Dragon Warrior III is great!) and a crapton of licensed games of questionable quality.

Also, agreed with Gambatte, it's a very good GB/C emulator.
 

Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
GBC is like the prototype for DSi or “New” 3DS. It has exclusive games, but it’s not really a different generation.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
I'd argue that. As a result of the Game Boy Colour the Game Boy got a real shot in the arm and got some late games that were pretty great. Nobody sane is making games for a system that came out in 1989 in 1999 without the Game Boy Colour being around.

So while they weren't exclusive stuff like James Bond 007, Mega Man Xtreme and Power Quest wouldn't have existed if the GBC wasn't a thing. Wikipedia lists 915 games which were colour enhanced. And don't forget exclusive stuff like R-Type DX, Stranded Kids, Street Fighter Alpha, Resident Evil Gaiden and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. There were probably more exclusives than you think.

The Game Boy Colour's main issue is that it wasn't around for very long. While it was around it burned really bright.

EDIT: it seems the NES had 715 licensed games, which is interesting to compare to the number above
 
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madhair60

Video games
If the magazines were anything to go by at the time, there were absolutely reams and reams of licensed games padding out the library.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
If the magazines were anything to go by at the time, there were absolutely reams and reams of licensed games padding out the library.

Yes, but that's true for most of the old generations, and licensed games aren't required by law to be crap. Some are actually fun! Two of those in my post above are licensed games.

Looking through the list there's more and more good games sticking out. Dragon Warrior Monsters. Bionic Commando: Elite Forces. Blaster Master Overdrive. I think the GBC is horribly underrated. Comparing it to DSi exclusive games (which were 366 releases, 5 physical) seems deeply unhistorical.
 

FelixSH

(He/Him)
Wasn't the Daikatana GB game also a GBC exclusive? That one was good, unlike the FPS-one (which I never played, so my judgement is based on popular opinion).

There were also two(?) decently fun Looney Tunes games, with a top-down view, where you collected and switched between them, to use there abilities. Sort of a top-down Zelda-like, I think. It's a long time since I played at least one of them, it was fun.
 

madhair60

Video games
Believe me when I say I ain't knocking licensed games. Just challenging the idea that the library was limited.

I bought those Martian Alert/Revenge carts the other day, very cheap. Fun stuff.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Maybe we should do recommendations. I remember being absolutely shocked at the quality of Metal Gear Solid, it's an amazing game.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I prefer Pokemon Crystal to the DS remakes, too. Hell, I think I prefer Gold and Silver to them as well.
 
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