Friday Favorites: Game Boy Color Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday everyone!

Being the 30th anniversary of the Game Boy, this week I dug into my bucket of handheld games from ages ago to find my modest collection of Game Boy Color games. Here are some of my favorites!

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Disney’s Tarzan

When my parents — rather, =the Easter Bunny — surprised me with a Game Boy Color Easter morning ages ago, one of the games that game with the handheld was Disney’s Tarzan, most likely because Disney was a familiar company to my parents at the beginning of their video game shopping days. I remember the game to be fun, something shiny and new, but I did not get too far. Still, it was a game I appreciated when I was breaking in my Game Boy Color.

Pokemon Puzzle Challenge

Much like Pokemon Puzzle League for the Nintendo 64 released around the same time, Pokemon Puzzle Challenge was based off of Panel de Pon, but with Pokemon characters, particular characters from the second generation of the game franchise. It was fun and a little addicting with the puzzles, and it was charming to use Pokemon from the Johto region. It was a go-to game whenever I wanted to kill some time.

The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

The Oracle duo of the handheld Legend of Zelda games were fun games with unique mechanics. I think I prefer the Ages game over the Seasons, finding it fun how the game’s landscapes and settings changed between the past and present. And you can’t go wrong with the Legend of Zelda franchise!

Pokemon Crystal

All of the core Pokemon games hold a special place in my heart, especially the few from the first couple of generations. Pokemon Yellow came with my Game Boy Color, but I believe Pokemon Crystal surpasses it on my favorites list. The more colors, the animated sprites, the fact that you could play as a female trainer, just a new world to explore was fantastic to me.

Honorable Mention: Rugrats Totally Angelica

I don’t remember when I got this game, nor do I remember much about it. Looking up the game now, I’m realizing that I completely missed the point of it. Supposedly, as Angelica, you played mini games in the mall to win clothes and accessories to then complete an outfit for a fashion show. I have a few vague memories of a couple of mini games, but not much more than that. It’s probably one of the more random games I have in my collection!

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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.

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Monday Memories: Red, Blue, and Yellow

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

Today brings us back with another Monday Memories, this one dedicated to the Gameboy Color Pokemon games: Red, Blue, and Yellow. These games were introduced to me by a couple of close friends of mine from a couple of decades ago…

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Way back in elementary school, I was friends with a pair of twins.

Hanging out at their house, they had a Nintendo 64 hooked up to a little television in their parents’ bedroom. Thinking back on it now, I wonder if the parents had the console there due to being sure the kids wouldn’t spend too much time playing, but I also don’t remember them having any other television. That could also be due to our days — when not playing video games — being spent playing school, pool days in the summer, walking their dog, but I digress.

It was due to these friends that I was introduced to games such as Mario Golf, Mario Tennis, and Pokemon Snap, along with Pokemon Red and Blue for the Gameboy Color. I was just beginning to get interested in Pokemon, not really understanding the games themselves, but knowing that there was a cartoon and fun little cards that apparently had more of a purpose than just being pretty. I got suckered into the casual fun of taking pictures of Pokemon in Pokemon Snap and started asking for a Gameboy Color from the Easter Bunny with the Pokemon games.

The next time I had a play date with the twins, I just remember excitedly showing up at their house with my own copy of the games and Prima’s Official Strategy Guide for Pokemon Yellow. My friends were impressed, claiming that the Pokemon Yellow version was the “rarer” game (which, years later, doesn’t make sense but, hey, we were in elementary school). We spent much of that day with each of us on our respective Gameboy Colors, with each twin playing either Red or Blue and me playing Yellow.

While I unfortunately haven’t been in touch with these old friends in years — since they moved away before we even reached middle school — I do credit them as part of the reason why I enjoyed the Let’s Go titles when they came out for the Nintendo Switch. The nostalgia alone of seeing and hearing Pikachu by my character’s side throws me back to those times when I was sandwiched between my friends on the floor of their living room as we cheered each other on in battles.

I do wonder occasionally how they are doing. I hope they are doing well and, maybe, if they also have the Let’s Go Pokemon titles that they’re marveling at the evolution (pun intended) of the games as well as share this bittersweet feeling about a dissipating friendship as I do.

Do you have any old friends that you connected with over video games that you may not see as much now? Let me know in the comments below! If you liked this post, please share it around.

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Flashback Friday: Beauty and the Beast – A Board Game Adventure

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday, everyone!

February is almost gone, another month down from the year. I hope everyone had a great February and that you’re all looking forward to what March will bring!

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Beauty and the Beast is one of the most popular Disney movies. While dogsitting this past week, one of the go-to Netflix movies I would stick on for background noise while playing with the puppy (and writing during the few times the puppy napped) was the live-action Beauty and the Beast movie with Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Bard, and a bunch of other big name actors. It’s not my favorite adaptation of the movie, but I didn’t find it bad. Seeing the movie again reminded me of one of my first Gameboy Color games.

Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure was released in October 1999. It was like an extremely watered down version of Mario Party but with the characters from Beauty and the Beast. You pick a character and race around the board, occasionally landing on mini game spaces. There were only ten mini games, such as helping Lumiere avoid water drops or finding Chip among identical teacups. One of the selling points was that up to four players can play by passing around the system, “no cable link required!” There was also a Story Mode, where you would race Gaston in each of the boards.

Considering I got this game the same time I got Pokemon Yellow, Blue, and Red, I don’t believe I played it too often. I do remember having a fun time when I did play it. The mini games got stale after a little while — really, there were only so many times you can play as Beast hopping and ducking from wolves — but the game itself wasn’t a bad way to pass the time.

Have you played Beauty and the Beast: A Board Game Adventure? What did you think of it?

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Throwback Thursday: How I Got My Pokemon Blue Game

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

With the announcement of Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee! it’s got me thinking about the original Kanto games that game out in the 90s.

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I didn’t officially start my Pokemon journey until Johto because I was pretty young with Red, Blue, and Yellow came out. The first time I played Kanto was when FireRed and LeafGreen came out, though I had played Yellow and Blue later in life.

I still don’t have Pokemon Red – it’s the last game I need in order to complete my full Pokemon games collection. However, the Gameboy Color games are pretty hard to come by these days.

I ended up getting Pokemon Blue on a whim on day years ago. I was searching eBay (I have no idea why) and I noticed there was Pokemon Blue on auction for a dollar – and there was only 10 minutes left of the auction.

I immediately texted my friend, who I knew had an eBay buyers account, and she let me sign into it so I could give it a go.

Once I was on, I set up a bid and waited. I constantly refreshed the page, but I realized if people hadn’t bid on it yet, who would?

People who wait until others bid on it first because, apparently, people like to wait until the last possible minute to bid so they can get it. Clever, definitely.

Let me tell you – those 10 minutes were the most stressful of my life. I ended up in a bidding war with one other person. For 10 minutes, I upped my bid just just a little bit every few seconds as the other person wasn’t letting up.

I won, needless to say. I remember I refreshed the page when the timer ticked to zero and the other guy’s username was still the latest bid. I’m not sure how I won, but I somehow managed to get my latest bid in right before the end.

I ended up getting Pokemon Blue for $8.00. That’s it.

And it still works.

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I’m Missing One Pokemon Game

Happy Tuesday!

There are a million Pokemon games out there and I have just about all of them. Sure, I’m missing a few side games here and there, but as for the main games, I have them all.Except one.

Except one.

I didn’t start playing the Pokemon games myself until the Johto region. When the Kanto region came out I was too young to play the games properly.

I watched the anime, of course, and I watched Kris play through her Red, Blue, and Yellow games. Yet, I still didn’t fully understand the concept. Even when I started playing Johto I had no idea what I was doing.

But that’s where I started and that’s when I began my Pokemon collection. Gold, Silver, and Crystal.

It wasn’t until many years later that I realized I had never played the original games. I ended up getting a hold of Yellow through the Internet. I won a bidding war on Ebay for Blue and got it for $8.

But no Red.

Red has been on my Amazon wishlist for years now. It’s never available (or the price is $600). I’ve checked Ebay here and there, but have never gone for it because I know it probably doesn’t work anymore.

Technically, I do have Red. I downloaded the virtual console along with Blue and Yellow onto my 3DS.

Still, I just want the cartridge for my collection. I mean, I gotta catch ’em all.

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Flashback Friday: Legend of Zelda Oracle Series

Double Jump Kris Mii The end of June means half of 2017 is over already… How crazy is that?

This Friday showcases a pair of Legend of Zelda games that were originally released  for the Game Boy Color with a unique connection, Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons.

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Released for the Game Boy Color handheld in 2001, the Oracle Series were a pair of games with parallel plots that gave Link the ability to control the element the game was named after, either the Ages or the Seasons. In Ages, Link travels back and forth in time, his actions in the past affecting the future in different ways, while in Seasons, Link controls the Seasons, allowing him to solve puzzles on this quest. Originally, a third installment — Oracle of Secrets — was going to be included that starred the third Hyrule goddess Farore, but she was instead included in both games to aid the player with linking the other two via passwords.

Both games were well received by fans and critics, with Oracle of Seasons scoring slightly higher than its Ages counterpart. According to the timeline of Hyrule Historia, the events of Seasons happen before Ages as well.

Each game starts off with Link meeting a performer, either Nayru or Din, before the performer is kidnapped by the villain of the game, Veran or Onox respectively. The performer is revealed to be the Oracle whose abilities the villain wishes to use for her or his own powers. Link embarks on a quest to save the Oracle, utilizing time-travel and the seasons to his advantage in order to rescue Nayru or Din.

The Oracle Series resembles Link’s Awakening in graphics and many game mechanics. Controls are similar, and even some of the sprites from Link’s Awakening are reused in the Oracle Series. Like many games in the franchise, the Oracle Series each have eight dungeons and a large over-world map to explore.

While the Oracle Series are each a full game in their own right, but the pair are marketed to be two halves of the same whole. Upon completing one of the games, the ending will reveal that there is a larger evil at play, hinting that the player should link the two games in order to play through the linear plot of the series. Linking the two completed games will give the player the extended ending and a battle with the true villain.

The Oracle Series were released on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2013, and I almost immediately downloaded them. I had never gotten a chance to finish the original games. Unfortunately, I had seemed to have gotten a glitched copy of Oracle of Ages that did not allow me to progress through the eighth dungeon. Perhaps with the Virtual Console copies, I can finally see that extended ending for myself!

 

Have you ever played the Oracle Series? What did you think of them?

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