- Jul 31, 2021
It's a debate that's been raging for years now. The question of whether the Game Boy Color is the true successor to the Game Boy, or if it's pretty much just a souped up Game Boy, akin to the DSi or New 3DS XL. Many people believe the latter, and that the GBA was the first true successor to the Game Boy. Nintendo themselves always lump them together, and if you look up the best selling systems, you'll usually see Game Boy as the third best selling system with original GB and GBC sales figures combined. Furthermore, any list of best Game Boy games you find on the internet usually includes both GB and GBC games.
But I think that's a load of horse shit. While it's true that a lot of GBC games can be played on the original, there are also a lot of GBC games that can ONLY be played on Game Boy Color (like Mario Tennis, Pokemon Crystal, or the Zelda Oracle games). In addition, the GBC actually used more powerful hardware than the OG. It wasn't just the addition of color, quite a few games would literally not be possible on original Game Boy. It isn't like PS4 to PS4 Pro, it's a genuine leap forward. The above video does a good job of explaining this.
Anyways, what is your position? Obviously, I believe the GBC is a true successor and not just an upgraded version.