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

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I never really clicked with Wario Land 3, I could never work out where I was supposed to go next.
It's pseudo-open world - as you unlock treasure chests and open abilities/key items, the world slowly opens up, but yeah, as the game goes on, it becomes a little more difficult to figure out where to go. It's not a game that plays well if you take long breaks, because though it does tell you where to go the moment you unlock a new ability or key item, it only shows you the once, so if you forget which levels you're to go to next, you're kind of screwed. Still... I absolutely adore it. It and Wario Land 1 are my favorites in the series.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Newly finished Gameboys!







So, I wish the white GBC and GBC IPS v4 lens had been in stock, because the smoky black GBC shell is a bit underwhelming. It's not ugly or anything, but for all the work I did on it, I wish it were a little... flashier. Oh well! It still looks alright.

Quite happy with how the DMG turned out. I probably won't always go with a red image while playing, but it does look nice. Am thinking about asking retromodding for a replacement screen lens, as there's a scratch on it, near the left middle...
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I do want to put in a good word for Retromodding.com, who replied to my email within a half hour about my scratched DMG lens to inform me they were sending another free of charge, which has been shipped already. Good customer service, that.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
I actually like the muted tone on the smoke black one. Great stuff! And of course, the screen looks amazing.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
That V4 looks pretty sharp; I'm gonna be ordering parts to refurb my own GBC in the next week or two so I'm glad to see how nicely the smoky black looks.

In other news, I beat The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons! 🥳

Pretty wild to think that there's been multiple Zelda games that I've just never really had the opportunity to try until now.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Ooh, I hope you're moving onto Ages next. I appear to be in the minority on this, but I prefer it of the two Oracle games (though both are great).
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
Ages is in the mail; I'm supposed to receive it tomorrow. I wanted to finish up Seasons before then.
 

Patrick

Magic-User
(He/Him)
Ooh, I hope you're moving onto Ages next. I appear to be in the minority on this, but I prefer it of the two Oracle games (though both are great).

I prefer Ages as well, but yes indeed, both are great.
Me three! I think Ages was more puzzley? It’s been a while, but I remember liking Ages a lot even though Seasons was more popular.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
Yep, you remember correctly. Ages was more puzzle-oriented, Seasons a bit more toward action.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
That GBC screen looks amazing, that's definitely going on the project list. Very nice work, Kazin!

I have to vote for Seasons as the best, the season gimmick is more interesting than time travel, which is more often a light world / dark world thing. They're both exceptional games, Capcom did a hell of a job on them.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
The reason I got the new DMG is because there is a vertical line on my childhood, backlit/biverted DMG that I cannot get rid of, to the point that I think I singed the cable trying to fix it. It's still pretty playable since it is the second line from the left, so it's not like it's right down the middle or anything, but it is very annoying and sad because I worked extremely hard on that Gameboy and aesthetically it rules (it's the blue/white one I posted somewhere upthread). Because of the above DMG IPS, I do have an extra OEM screen now, which I may backlight at some point, but ugh, that process is such a huge, huge pain, so who knows if/when that'll be lol.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
The DMG is worth doing even without that. I've played through Link's Awakening, and stuff like spotting the two pixels which indicate there's a Keese on a wall is horrible on the original screen. I think at some level I thought the DX version was easier, but it turns out that it's mainly easier because it's much clearer what's going on on a Color.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Yeah, I just ordered a backlight kit for the DMG as well as the Cleanjuice drop in battery with a battery cover that should match my blue DMG that has a USB-C hole in it, because why not. If it gets here by the weekend, maybe I'll try to backlight that OEM screen I have. Definitely a weekend project, though, as it takes hours to get that stupid reflective bit off, ugh.
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
I'll be interested to hear about the process. Somewhere around I have my original Game Boy lurking and it might be something to try.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I'll be interested to hear about the process. Somewhere around I have my original Game Boy lurking and it might be something to try.
Make sure to bivert it too - luckily I won't have to redo that bit as I'll just reuse the original bivert I did months ago, but the whole process is a bit intense. The GBC I just did this past weekend is the only project to rival the DMG bivert/backlight I did in July or whenever it was in terms of difficulty, and because it takes so long and you run the risk of damaging the cable as you clean the reflective bit off during the backlighting process, it's a bit dodgy. I'd say the bivert/backlight process remains the most difficult mod I've done. I recommend it, though - I absolutely adore the results, when not dealing with vertical lines - but having that red DMG with IPS screen as a backup in case I screw up the ribbon cable will be nice to know. At least the backlight and bivert modules are extremely cheap (I believe you can get both for about $20 shipped, no idea what it'd be in the UK though).
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
Wooooooow.

As for batteries, there's a mix of SRAM and EEPROM/Flash in that batch. (I checked out of curiosity.) SRAM is in the Final Fantasy and Fire Emblem games, MMBN2, and Riviera. (And obviously, the GB/C games.)
 

Mightyblue

aggro table, shmaggro table
(He/Him/His)
Huzzah! I think I played Ages/Seasons to about 100% completion + link both ways, so uh, yeah, that's probably my only extant crazy gamer feat still in that pile. I liked to delete old files and start over fresh for most games back when I did most of my gaming on a GBA/DS Phat.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Go with Oracle of Ages, play Sonic Advance when you're not in a Zelda mood, and then Minish Cap imo.

Nice haul though! Way to save them boxes, MB
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
Had to put the original dpads back in both the DMG and GBC. The repros can literally push all four directions at once. Dammit.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
That's probably the issue, but to the naked eye they're identical. With the OEM pieces in, the difference is immediately noticeable.
 

Aleryn

Gravity is overrated.
A lotta people didn't like Sword of Mana. I never could relate. Still to this day love the remake. Only issue I ever had was occasionally getting lost, but can't remember if it was 1:1 to the originals critical path.

Also played that version of Final Fantasy V til the wheels fell off, and still want to go through it again. And again... and...
 

Phantoon

I cuss you bad
Yeah, Sword of Mana is a much better game than I was ever lead to believe. The maps can be pretty confusing at times (and I remember rolling my eyes at the sudden sorrow over killing a guy who was such an evil edgelord he called himself Dark Lord) but otherwise it was a good time.
 
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