Somewhat Random – Game Boy Collection

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Another week means another portion of my collection is unveiled. This week I’ll be looking at my Game Boy stuff. As you can see above, I own the Kiwi Green Game Boy Color, and it’s awesome. Out of all the colors, I really think the Kiwi Green is among the best of them. I’ve also been teasing the game that made me buy a Super Game Boy, so let’s get right to the games.

Yes, the game that convinced me to buy a Super Game Boy is indeed Tamagotchi. It’s not a good game by any means, but Nintendo Power convinced me otherwise. I also really wanted a Tamagotchi, but there were none around town, so I had to settle for the next best thing.

Super Mario Land is one of the best Game Boy games to have in any GB collection. The same can be said for Wario Land 2. Though both are platformers, there are two completely different experiences to be had in each package.

Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge is another awesome Game Boy title to own. It mixes bosses from the NES Mega Man and Mega Man 2 games together to create an interesting package. This trend would continue in later Mega Man Game Boy games, until they ran out of NES games when making Mega Man 5.

I’ve been a huge wrestling fan for a long, long time. Pretty much just as long as I’ve been playing video games. I passed WWF King of The Ring at a bargain store, so I had to own it. At the time, I didn’t own a wrestling game, so this was a must for me. Most 2D wrestling games are pretty crappy, this one is no different. WWF Wrestlemania 2000 is a different story. I wanted WWF Wrestlemania 2000 for the N64, but received this because the N64 game could not be found around here. Both this game and the Game Boy Color were Christmas gifts.

Metal Gear Solid for the Game Boy Color is one of the best video games of all time. Konami faithfully recreated the gameplay from the PlayStation game in a 2D setting. It also harkens back to the original Metal Gear games with its overhead style. Overall, any Game Boy Color owner should track down this game. I don’t really have anything to say about Conker’s Pocket Tales other than that it’s not an exciting game.

What can I say about the Pokemon series that hasn’t already been said. Any Game Boy collection needs a Pokemon Red, or Pokemon Blue cart.

Last, but not least, here are all the Game Boy Zelda games that I own. Link’s Awakening DX is one of the best Zelda games ever, and even one of the best Game Boy Color games. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages are both unique Zelda experiences. One focuses on the puzzle aspect, while the other focuses on combat. Both games can be linked together to form one big adventure, which was a good reason to own both games.

Well, I’m not completely finished here yet, because I’m going to include my Game Boy Advance stuff. This is a cart that I picked up during a 2 for $15 deal at a local flea market. It combines Sonic Advance with Sonic Pinball Party. The Sonic Advance series was the only way to get a classic Sonic experience in the modern market. Sonic Pinball Party is just a SEGA themed pinball game that features not only Sonic characters, but characters from NiGHTS into Dream and Samba de Amgio.

After Super Mario RPG and Paper Mario, Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga is another great Mario RPG game. Players control Mario and Luigi in active battles somewhat similiar to both Paper Mario and Super Mario RPG. I also remember this game being really fun when navigating its world maps. There are Bros. Moves that can be learned that not only help you in battles, but also when solving puzzles outside of battle.

Finally, the rest of my Game Boy Zelda collection. Classic NES Series: The Legend of Zelda was the other game I picked up in that 2 for $15 deal. A Link to the Past was a must to add to my collection and it features some changes from the original SNES cart. Classic NES Series: Zelda II The Adventure of Link was a Christmas gift from my brother, and a highly underrated Zelda game in my opinion. Last is The Minish Cap, one of my personal favourite Zelda games. It is the last 2D overhead Zelda game to be released. I love this style of Zelda and feel that nothing in the market currently fills the void. I would love to see another 2D style Zelda, but feel that it would be best as a downloadable title.

My Game Boy collection is strange because I owned a Super Game Boy first. For years I would just play Game Boy games on my Super Nintendo and didn’t bat an eyelash. It’s a collection that I would love to keep building. I need to add Tetris, Metroid II, Super Mario Land II, Castlevania games, more Mega Man stuff, Final Fantasy games, and other gems that escape me at the moment.

Next week I will have a look at some of my Nintendo 64 stuff.

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  • Robert

    I’m trying to remember what I had for my original Game Boy and I still wish I could find it. Obviously there was tetris and believe I had Super Mario Land, but I don’t remember what else…

    As I mentioned on twitter that’s a nice Zelda collection and I wish I had those in _any_ form. A 3DS virtual console release of the Oracle games along with Minish Cap for us non-ambassadors would be huge! I’m at a complete loss as to why they haven’t released more.

    But back to LTTP/4 Swords, that’s a pretty cool version from what I hear. I read about some of the differences and most of them seem good. Maybe except for the grunt sound link makes when swinging the sword like in 4Swords. I did find it slightly annoying at times in 4 Swords Anniversary Ed, but for the most part it was ok.

    I’d also agree with you on Link’s Awakening DX. It’s one heck of a game and not to mention a ton of content for a GB. I need to pick it up again and see if I remember anything from where I left off. I really like the formula and LA’s oddball characters and side quests have been alot of fun.

    This is probably a dumb question, but what do you play the GBA games on? Do you have a Game Boy Player for the GameCube? I was thinking that only GB/GBC games worked on your GameBoy Color or the Super Game Boy for the SNES.

    • Mini Fortress

      I really need to add more games like Tetris. Game Boy games are pretty cheap to come by, so it’s easy to start collecting games for the handheld.

      I’d say we’ll definitely see all the Game Boy Zelda titles on VC, but if the Nintendo Download continues with short bursts of good, but long droughts of bad, it could be some time before that happens.

      The grunts are definitely a little annoying, but if you’re used to Ocarina and pretty much every Zelda game, the grunts are passable. The most notable changes are the Four Swords game and a puzzle change in the Dark World Level 6 dungeon.

      Love the addition of the color dungeon in LA DX. Adds a good reason to check out the game again and it’s quite fun. There are some unique elements within the dungeon as well.

      Not a stupid question at all. I I play all my GBA games on my Nintendo DS phat and everything else on the Game Boy Color. I could have grouped the GBA stuff in with my DS stuff, but I’ve got enough DS stuff to make a full post on.

      • Robert

        That’s right, I forgot the original DS played GBA games. Initially I saw that feature I wondered why you would want that. Then I started looking more into GBA games and the lightbulb turned on. :)

        Their VC release schedule leaves alot on the table and makes me worry a bit for the Wii U’s VC.

        • Mini Fortress

          I just picked up my DS Phat yesterday after months and months of playing the 3DS and, wow, what a difference. The thing is so clunky lol. I’m honestly thinking about investing in a GBA SP.