While researching a potential upcoming project, I've been on the lookout for games on the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color that I haven't played or have only taken a quick look at before.
However, morbid curiosity has also led me to think about some of the worst Game Boy games. I do like to suffer!
So I thought I'd kick this party off right here with a straw poll of sorts. Please pick out your best and worst Game Boy and Game Boy Color games, first or third party, in no particular order. I will keep a rated tally in this first post based on how many votes each game has received.
You can vote for as many games as you like. I expect the Top 10 to be mostly games I've played, so please share any obscure or unappreciated gems as well.
BEST Balloon Kid (1) Donkey Kong (1) For the Frog the Bell Tolls (1) The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (1) Mole Mania (2) Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow (2) Wario Land 2 (1) Warlocked (1)
WORST Alleyway (1) Castlevania: The Adventure (1) Donkey Kong Land (2) Fist of the North Star (1) Garfield Labyrinth (1) Radar Mission (1) The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Juggernauts (1)
Note: I've thrown 5 of my own options each as well Best: Donkey Kong, Link's Awakening, Mole Mania, Pokemon, Wario Land 2 Worst: Castlevania: The Adventure, Donkey Kong Land, Fist of the North Star, Garfield Labyrinth, Bart vs. the Juggernauts
Last Edit: Nov 20, 2012 15:54:36 GMT -5 by Fryguy64
Best Balloon Kid (Love this game, so fun) Mole Mania (Good puzzle game, but you already knew that) For the Frog a Bell Tolls (Such good writing) Pokemon (Red/Yellow/Blue) (Can't go wrong with any of these) Warlocked (Awesome wizard classes)
Worst Alleyway (Not bad, but kind of plain) Radar Mission Donkey Kong Land (I don't even like DKC, why this?)
Post by 8bitretroshit on Nov 21, 2012 3:12:16 GMT -5
Not a whole lot of gameboy games I really loathe. And I just wanted to write quick explanations, but ofcourse I ended up with a big wall of text. ANYWAY
Best Super Mario Land 2 - Awesome variation of creative worlds and enemies in this one Mole Mania - Yeah, you know. Good puzzler with some fun action/bosses thrown in Metroid II - Love the eerie background noise and the sudden metroid battles actually spooked me a few times Balloon Kid - Oddly relaxing. Well, until you get to the cave stage anyway PKMN Gold/Silver - Because it's the better of the two (RBY is pretty much unplayable to me nowadays) and being able to revisit most of Kanto blew me away back then Adventure Island - I liked how you could select a dino buddy pre-stage, kinda like Mario 3's item system Ducktales 1&2 - Apparently they're NES ports actually, but they're just as awesome in black and green. Tiny Toons Babs' Big Break - Slow and easy, but they did a good job of cramming a lot of Tiny Toons characters in. Some fun little details in there too, like player/enemies being covered in soot when passing through the tunnel in the train level Trip World - Similar to Kirby's Dreamland, only even shorter and easier. Most of the enemies don't even hurt you unless you attack first. Still I really dig the huge variation of 'enemies' and the details they put in the levels/animations Kid Dracula - Fun platformer featuring the usual crazy Konami bosses. And I just love that silly chiptune Golliwog's Cakewalk from stage 2
Worst Bubble Bobble - Not necessarily bad, but the zoomed in camera is annoying and the game lacks a two player mode. There are better ports of this game. TMNT: Fall of the Foot Clan - I know they're turtles but good god, they move so slow Dukes of Hazzard - What the.. these aren't the duke boys I know!! Powerpuff Girls - Game has three versions. Three different versions of shit
Post by nocturnal YL on Nov 21, 2012 4:09:39 GMT -5
Unfortunately, I wasn't particularly active in the Game Boy era. I wasn't much of a fan of portable gaming until the DS. That said, I do have my tops and worsts.
Best (in no particular order)
Super Mario Land Solid platformer; too bad I didn' get to really appreciate SML2 (I played only with emulation) and I felt that 16*16 sprites aren't meant for the original GB. Thus SML1 gets my vote here. Donkey Kong Another solid platformer, and DK94 is way longer than SML1. Game & Watch Gallery Gallery 1 gets my vote. I've played all 4 G&W Gallery, and my preference is 4>1>2>3. 4 because it has 20 games included, and 1 is because it has Oil Panic. Modern Oil Panic is my favourite G&W Gallery games so far. Kirby Tilt'n'Tumble Innovative gameplay! Why did you cancel its sequel, Nintendo? Tetris More difficult than modern Tetris games (thanks, The Tetris Company) while not being a graphically crippled game like its NES counterpart. Mario Tennis That's before I hated Mario Tennis passionately since the GBA version. Now I hope Camelot would make more Mario Golf and forget about Mario Tennis.
Game Boy Gallery (EU) Not to be confused with Game Boy Gallery 1~3 (JP) and Game Boy Gallery 2~4 (AU). Unlike the main Game & Watch Gallery, this game is a disgrace to Game & Watch. It looks like an unlicensed homebrew compilation of G&W games, does not save, and managed to offer less than the original games.
Fun Fact about Garfield Labyrinth: In the US, it was re-skinned as "The Real Ghostbusters". In Japan, it was originally released as "Mickey Mouse 4: The Magical Labyrinth" (which is itself tied to the Crazy Castle series but that's a whole 'nother topic).
Last Edit: Nov 21, 2012 4:27:56 GMT -5 by Manspeed
Fighting Simulator 2-in-1: Flying Warriors is part of the Hiryu no Ken / Flying Dragon series by Culture Brain. There are even more Hiryu no Ken (and Hammerin' Harry) games on Game Boy and Game Boy Color than this.
nocturnal YL: …Drat, I lost a few days of captured game footage thanks to my HDMI recorder corrupting the microSD card's filesystem.
Nov 16, 2023 13:41:01 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I just realised that I haven't made a proper post for more than a month. I was either busy at work and thus didn't want to make long posts, or I was busy playing… well, you know. Time spent on playing games is time not spent on talking about games.
Nov 19, 2023 12:14:24 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: I was thinking how I considered the original Donkey Kong Country to be a generic Super Mario Bros clone with fancy graphics, but SMB Wonder only just caught up to the level of quality that DKC Tropical Freeze gave us almost a decade ago.
Nov 20, 2023 14:57:21 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: This is surprising. I see DKC as the least Mario-like platformer to feature a Mario character. The Wario Land games still feature Mario-style blocks and pipes, for example, while DKC lacks many Mario elements.
Nov 21, 2023 8:16:55 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: True that DKC lacks a lot of specific Mario-like details, but it has the basic gameplay in that you run, jump, and defeat enemies by landing on them. I didn't see it as having much more than this, thus why I considered it generic.
Nov 21, 2023 9:27:07 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: Yeah, psychologically there is a 'first example' thing. When something new is released and is thought to be innovative, and becomes popular it can lead to comparing newer games to be like it (so we have newer genres like "Metroidvania").
Nov 24, 2023 18:28:16 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: I find it interesting with platformers, it's less often that we regard platform games after Mario as "Mario-like". On this note, I also find it interesting how certain genres are treated differently.
Nov 24, 2023 18:29:32 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: In addition to the "platform" (rather than Mario-like) and Metroidvania examples (incidentally there were games like Metroid and Castlevania before their release), some games are seen as "rip-offs" if people think they're too similar.
Nov 24, 2023 18:31:26 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: An example is how some people treat Fossil Fighters, Robopon, Yo-Kai Watch as Pokémon 'rip-offs' or clones, and the 'monster-battling' genre is often seen as less 'mainstream' than something like 'platformer'.
Nov 24, 2023 18:32:39 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: Also on that note, often people on databases, wikis, etc. stick to only a few genre labels like "platform", "arcade", "fighting", "racing" etc. but there are many more ways to describe a game.
Nov 24, 2023 18:35:03 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: The developers may choose to advertise their game using their own genre, so for instance Starfy was given the label "marine action" in Japan rather than "platformer". I think in essence these don't exist in isolation though.
Nov 24, 2023 18:36:28 GMT -5
Evie ❤✿: It also reminds me of how there was apparently a debate on whether NES The Legend of Zelda is an adventure game or RPG (or something like that).
Nov 24, 2023 18:37:27 GMT -5
Nester the Lark: Happy 6th anniversary to my favorite RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles 2!
Nov 30, 2023 20:54:33 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: The Super Mario Bros. Wonder speedruns don't feel much like Mario speedruns. Any% takes more than 80 minutes, and features slow Wonder Seed segments and a lot of loading time. They're rather boring to watch compared to even the New SMB games.
Dec 2, 2023 6:08:10 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I've got a lot of Nintendo Switch demos that I haven't got to play. At this rate I'll never clear my backlog even if I don't buy anything.
Dec 2, 2023 10:36:45 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: I've finally finished Ciel nosurge DX. Its end is directly connected to the beginning of Ion's part in Ar nosurge DX, which means I'll have to play through that to experience the whole story.
Dec 2, 2023 12:45:14 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Going through everything takes more time than finishing an entire quadrilogy in the Atelier series. I think it'll be another few months before I even touch another game.
Dec 2, 2023 12:46:32 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Also, this is of no use to most people reading this, but Surge Concerto confusingly has save data bonus that goes both ways. To experience the story in chronological order, do Sekai Link in Ar nosurge DX as soon as possible, then play Ciel nosurge DX.
Dec 2, 2023 13:05:55 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: Any advice you find online about needing to advance Ar nosurge's story to a certain point does not apply to the DX version. Just make the save data and leave it behind to avoid Ciel nosurge spoilers and not understanding Ar nosurge's story.
Dec 2, 2023 13:07:17 GMT -5
nocturnal YL: (By the way, the PS3 and PS Vita versions of Ar nosurge is available in English, but not Ciel nosurge. The DX version is entirely Japan-only. I have much to complain when it comes to localisation for both Gust and the whole of KOEI TECMO GAMES.)
Dec 2, 2023 13:12:43 GMT -5