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Skeletos311
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(04-21-2017, 03:45 PM)
Released on April 21 1989 in Japan. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Boy

Want to read about a bunch of GB games? Check out Game Boy World. http://www.gameboyworld.com/



I got mine for Christmas in 1990 with Tetris. I thought Tetris was really lame and got Super Mario Land the next day. I actually learned to like Tetris, but GB was all about Super Mario Land when I got it.

I played a lot GBized versions of NES games on it, like Double Dragon and Mega Man. One crappy Ninja Turtle game, Fall of the Foot Clan. Japanese games brought over using the name of more popular series, like Ninja Gaiden and Final Fantasy Adventure. My first Kirby game, Kirby's Dream Land 2. I played my first Pokemon on it, Pokemon Red. And of course, my favorite GB game of all time, Zelda Link's Awakening.
Any Questions
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(04-21-2017, 03:46 PM)
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Who remembers the Tetris rave tune?

https://youtu.be/GofSPu_cM_4

There we are
Sushigod7
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(04-21-2017, 03:47 PM)
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Got the same two games for Christmas that launch it was mind blowing to have Mario on the go as a kid. Good times! I feel old now as well lol.
sixteen-bit
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(04-21-2017, 03:48 PM)
Happy anniversary.

Still salty Mole Mania never got a DS sequel. Woulda been perfect with the 2 screen setup.
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(04-21-2017, 03:48 PM)
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Even though this is the Japanese Annviersary, I gotta say Kirby's Dream Land and the OG Tetris on GB are some of my favorite games of all time still.
Majine
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(04-21-2017, 03:49 PM)
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Links Awakening is a masterpiece that's not brought up often enough in "Best Zeldas" discussions.
ugly
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(04-21-2017, 03:50 PM)
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Originally Posted by Majine

Links Awakening is a masterpiece that's not brought up often enough in "Best Zeldas" discussions.

Except on GAF where it's brought up all the time

and rightly so, being the best videogame ever created
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Trago
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(04-21-2017, 03:52 PM)
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Nintendo, ahead of the curve when it came to mobile gaming.

Tetris on the go was perfection. Also Pokémon.
Sectorseven
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(04-21-2017, 03:53 PM)
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Originally Posted by Majine

Links Awakening is a masterpiece that's not brought up often enough in "Best Zeldas" discussions.

A great game, but it hasn't aged well in some regards. Too much item swapping, especially with things that could be passive abilities like the power bracelet. Also, those annoyingly long text boxes whenever you get a power up or key. They make me actively avoid picking those things up.
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(04-21-2017, 03:54 PM)
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Ban Puncher
The Console Industry:
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(04-21-2017, 03:54 PM)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F4gG7rXw1s
BumRush
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(04-21-2017, 03:55 PM)
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As a 5 year old (and for the few subsequent years) I remember thinking it couldn't get much better than that...
Pinky
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(04-21-2017, 03:56 PM)
Happy Anniversary, little guy!
MrS
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(04-21-2017, 03:57 PM)
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The GOAT handheld.
AuthenticM
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(04-21-2017, 03:58 PM)
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Originally Posted by ugly

This is the gameboy's best game.
RoadHazard
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(04-21-2017, 03:58 PM)
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Was the first gaming device I ever owned. Memories.
Knurek
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(04-21-2017, 03:58 PM)
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Say, you want to relive those precious bleeps and bloops?
I got you covered, fam.

Sapiens
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(04-21-2017, 03:58 PM)
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Pure brilliance.
Stopdoor
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(04-21-2017, 03:59 PM)
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Originally Posted by Sectorseven

A great game, but it hasn't aged well in some regards. Too much item swapping, especially with things that could be passive abilities like the power bracelet. Also, those annoyingly long text boxes whenever you get a power up or key. They make me actively avoid picking those things up.

Yeah, I really don't get the people singing "best game ever" with Link's Awakening. Like, yeah, it's pretty great, but the constant item swapping for basic tools is constantly annoying.
silverhick
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(04-21-2017, 04:01 PM)
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Still remember the day I walked up to the Nintendo kiosk in the mall and the attendant was playing Super Mario on this device I had never seen before. He showed it to me and I was absolutely blown away. Gotta love the days before the internet and month's long anticipation. Got mine for Christmas later that year.
SG-17
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(04-21-2017, 04:02 PM)
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I got my first Game Boy on its 10th anniversary. I got the Special Pikachu Edition bundle for Christmas 1999.
random25
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(04-21-2017, 04:03 PM)
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Originally Posted by Ban Puncher

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F4gG7rXw1s

Anon still in trauma after all these years.
calc84maniac
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(04-21-2017, 04:06 PM)
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Originally Posted by Sectorseven

A great game, but it hasn't aged well in some regards. Too much item swapping, especially with things that could be passive abilities like the power bracelet. Also, those annoyingly long text boxes whenever you get a power up or key. They make me actively avoid picking those things up.

I'm pretty sure you can skip the power-up text box instantly with B, but yeah, the long text for the compass is annoying. At least that's only once per dungeon.
Baron Von Beans
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(04-21-2017, 04:06 PM)
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You watch your mouth! That TMNT game was the best only thing available on the go at the time! Dang hard to play, and even harder to see sometime. Still have fond memories of the game.
jeremy1456
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(04-21-2017, 04:06 PM)
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Originally Posted by Stopdoor

Yeah, I really don't get the people singing "best game ever" with Link's Awakening. Like, yeah, it's pretty great, but the constant item swapping for basic tools is constantly annoying.

Not to mention the highly segmented world map that feels like it was designed by someone who just didn't care.

Worst overworld in the entire series. Such a disappointment after A Link to the Past.
Unicorn
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(04-21-2017, 04:10 PM)
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Over decade reign. Fucking I remember having to play pokemon silver on my brick because I lost my GBC. When I got another for my bday my shiny gyrados was a marvel. Fuck, the colors period were a marvel.
sixteen-bit
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(04-21-2017, 04:11 PM)

Originally Posted by Majine

Links Awakening is a masterpiece that's not brought up often enough in "Best Zeldas" discussions.

Still my favorite one from an aesthetic standpoint
Blackpuppy
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(04-21-2017, 04:11 PM)
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Growing up, my family was very lower middle class, and with 5 kids, Christmas was always great but we were never spoiled, so to speak.

I begged my mother for a Gameboy when they first came out and every time she replied with: "No! They're too expensive!" But being 7 or 8, I was tenacious and kept begging her.

Come Christmas morning, I opened a package and to my utter surprise there it was: that glowing pink, blue neon with grey trim box. A Gameboy! I didn't get anything else that year but I assured them that I didn't care and played Tetris all day long.

I still have that thing in storage.
SpartanSlayer117
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(04-21-2017, 04:12 PM)
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Played Pokemon Red on it, still have the damn thing. Long live GB.
NotSelf
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(04-21-2017, 04:13 PM)
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I remember cutting class in high school just to play metroid 2. I would go to the mall and just sit on some display sofa to play the game.
idonteven
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(04-21-2017, 04:18 PM)
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the tank
supermarioworldE
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(04-21-2017, 04:21 PM)
Growing up so late in the Gameboy's life, I didnt have a chance to play many games outside of Pokemon Gen 1 and Gen 2. It's funny looking back on how many batteries I wasted and how I'd keep the lights in my bedroom on all night just to see what the fuck was happening on the screen. Handhelds have come so far since then, but I will always appreciate the Gameboy for introducing me to handheld gaming and the Pokemon franchise.
Trunx28
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(04-21-2017, 04:34 PM)
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aw man, this little man has a golden place in my heart.

Saw it on tv commercials and suddenly two of my classmates had one, playing by the bus station in the morning on our way to school. That night I even dreamed of it .. Of course my parents were against it. "You'll drop it into one corner of your room after a few months." Little did they know .. One of the classmates sold me his GB later on for cheap with a terribly scratched display which I replaced a few months later. Got 5 games for starters: Tetris, Spiderman, Tennis, Roger Rabbit and Bugs Bunnys Crazy Castle. Loved the last one, especially the ending .. "You are a good player. Game Over."

The Game Boy was my first step into console gaming. My next games where Mario Land 2 and Links Awakening. I played them to death, I think I still know all the little secrets ..

List time? List time!

1. Links Awakening and Donkey Kong 94 share this place
2. Mario Land 2
3. Tennis
4. Metroid 2
5. Super RC Pro AM
6. F1 Race
7. The Jungle Book
8. Mortal Kombat 2
9. Bugs Bunnys Crazy Castle
10. Donkey Kong Land
bionic77
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(04-21-2017, 04:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by DECK'ARD

I remember feeling hype as fuck when I saw that ending.

Took me more than a month to get it.

I think you had to clear like 200 lines or something to get the big rocket right?
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(04-21-2017, 04:36 PM)
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Originally Posted by bionic77

I remember feeling hype as fuck when I saw that ending.

Took me more than a month to get it.

I think you had to clear like 200 lines or something to get the big rocket right?

Or beat B mode at maximum level and difficulty.
Rhomega Beta
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(04-21-2017, 04:39 PM)
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How I got started on gaming. Don't know what my first game was.

The Amazing Spider-Man (vanished)
Baseball
Cosmo Tank
Deadheat Scramble
Double Dragon
Golf
Qix
Quarth
Paperboy (vanished)
Red & Stimpy: Space Cadet Adventures
SolarStriker
Star Trek: 25th Anniversary
Super Mario Land
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan
Tennis
Tetris (2x)
Wheel of Fortune
maxcriden
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(04-21-2017, 04:40 PM)
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For a good read on the history of the Game Boy and especially Tetris, Game Over: Press Start to Continue is a classic nonfiction book about the history of Nintendo and a very good read from what I remember.
bionic77
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(04-21-2017, 05:05 PM)
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Originally Posted by Man God

Or beat B mode at maximum level and difficulty.

Its been so long I don't even remember the other modes.
mindatlarge
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(04-21-2017, 05:09 PM)
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Never owned the original growing up, most of my money as a kid went to the NES. I did borrow one from a friend along with a TMNT game but it wasn't until the Game Boy Color that I owned one.
XaosWolf
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(04-21-2017, 05:12 PM)
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Mario Land and Pokémon Blue were my games. They were pretty much all I had during my stint with the original GB. (Only one of us had Tetris for some reason)

Now I have a bunch of games and a backlight all on my original unit. Probably the oldest thing I own.

STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHERE MY POKÉMON BLUE IS
emilioasis
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(04-21-2017, 05:20 PM)
my first dedicated gaming device. Still got it... I remember my mom and dad asking me if they could use it to play Tetris.
Lights and Waves
(04-21-2017, 05:22 PM)
Gameboy Classic Edition would sell like a wildfire.

Backlit screen + USB charging + 30 games = $$$
XaosWolf
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(04-21-2017, 05:36 PM)
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Originally Posted by Lights and Waves

Gameboy Classic Edition would sell like a wildfire.

Backlit screen + USB charging + 30 games = $$$

I just want a version of Tetris on my Gameboy but updated with the modern ruleset. (option of both classic and modern rules of course)
kamikazekoala
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(04-21-2017, 05:39 PM)
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I really liked the three Turtles games on it. They were good fun.

The third is even a mix between Metroid and Turtles.
Lights and Waves
(04-21-2017, 05:41 PM)

Originally Posted by XaosWolf

I just want a version of Tetris on my Gameboy but updated with the modern ruleset. (option of both classic and modern rules of course)

There are modern rules for Tetris?
RAIDEN1
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(04-21-2017, 05:44 PM)
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Many pretenders to the throne came, and died subsequently, the only competitor who really gave it a run for it's money in some respects was Sega, but even then the gulf was tooo huge...
MetalSlug
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(04-21-2017, 05:44 PM)
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I got my Gameboy in 1995/6.

Sadly I don't seem to have any of my games anymore. Still have the system though.
Sectorseven
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(04-21-2017, 05:51 PM)
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Originally Posted by kamikazekoala

I really liked the three Turtles games on it. They were good fun.

The third is even a mix between Metroid and Turtles.

They had sweet looking box art.

BriGuy
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(04-21-2017, 05:52 PM)
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I think I got mine in 90 or 91. Played the shit out of Tetris, SML and Metroid 2. I have no proof, but I think Gameboy was responsible for my poor eyesight.

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