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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