GB Studio — Build Your Own Game Boy ROMs

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Last week was the Game Boy’s 30th anniversary of its release in Japan, prompting me to realize that I’m almost as old as the handheld. It’s amazing seeing how far video games, Nintendo in particular, have come since then!

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My first handheld was the Game Boy Color and, admittedly, it was years before I realized that there had been a Game Boy that had been released before the color version. There are plenty of games that I probably missed out on, but with the wonders of technology nowadays, there’s plenty of ways that I can probably relive them. Through the use of emulators and ROMs, as well as some of the Virtual Console systems that Nintendo has done, it’s possible for retro games to live again.

Speaking of ROMs, however, there is an interesting little program that I discovered called GB Studio. This program allows you to create your own Game Boy ROMs that you can then export to play, no programming skills required. You can create your own graphics for the games, as long as they are PNG files, and music is provided courtesy of GBT Player. The article also mentions that you can play the game on mobile as well as the 30-year-old Game Boy if you still have one around.

It’s fascinating to me all the tools and programs that are available, and the knowledge and timing that some folks have, for people to create their own ROMs and hacks of video games. What kind of games would I create if I could, I wonder? It’s one small reason as to why Game Dev Tycoon is high on my list of favorite games.

What kind of Game Boy games would you make? Have you tried out GB Studio? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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