182 posts tagged game boy
If Shovel Knight was released for Game Boy ⊟
… it would probably look a lot like this mock-up from Johan Vinet. You know what a Game Boy is, right? It’s one of those old things that looks like an iPhone case.
Kids react to Game Boy ⊟
You can watch kids giving their impressions on the antiquated handheld right after the break. It’s what you’d expect — young’ns flabbergasted by the old tech and surprised it was ever able to find success.
Even going into it expecting the worst, I wasn’t prepared for how much it would hurt when one of the teens dismisses the Game Boy with “It’s not like there’s going to be any amazing games on it.” Had to walk a few circles around the room, fists clenched and muttering to no one in particular, before I could convince myself not to tool up and roll out.
The video (GIF is via Fried Rice Sunday, by the way):
Support the Parishverse of game history projects ⊟
USGamer EIC and personal hero Jeremy Parish has launched a Patreon to help support his multifarious side projects, including Metroidvania.net, the Anatomy of Games series, and Game Boy World, in which he plans to play, discuss, and produce a video about every Game Boy game. “The costs for producing these sites are mounting, so I’d like for them to become self-sustaining,” Parish said on the Patreon page. “I’m not aiming to get rich off these projects. I have a day job!”
Not only are all these projects deeply worthy, on a personal level I know exactly what it’s like to want to write about games as a hobby when you’re not at your day job of writing about games. If not for that very specific kind of insanity, there’d be no Tiny Cartridge. Although, even though I always thought of myself as a hard worker and a prolific writer when I was at Joystiq (and here), Jeremy’s output has always been beyond what I could even imagine writing. How does he do it? Well, now, with your help.
Oh hey, and if you still have some money you want to put towards video game websites, there’s always Club Tiny. <3
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Retro Waterproof Case for PS Vita ⊟
Hey, this makes your Vita look like a Game Boy! It also makes it… waterproof…
It’s $13.99 from Play-Asia, if you want to play some Spelunky in a nice bath and oh man I was joking but actually that sounds really great.
Two great tastes that taste great together ⊟
Put this in my hands/mouth, please. This is perfect now that summer is coming up and it’s getting warmer, though to be honest any time is perfect for playing Game Boy and eating ice cream sandwiches. Shout-outs to Mike Bautista for this illustration — follow his tumblr and read his Motherworld comics here.
Review: Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge ⊟
[Guest writer Mohammed Taher, president of Brave Wave Productions, super Mega Man fan, and Club Tiny contributor, offered us this review of the first Game Boy Mega Man game, now available on 3DS Virtual Console. Naturally, his review gives special attention to the music!]
Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge came out in 1991 and is the first entry in the portable series, out roughly four years after the original Mega Man on the NES. I favor the Japanese title Rockman World, as it draws a clear line between the console and handheld entries, so I’ll be using it throughout this compact review.
For the uninitiated, the gimmick in Rockman World games is to mix up two classic games’ bosses, a theme that reoccurs up until Rockman World 5, which introduces totally new bosses and stage themes (but that’s a story for another time). So, Rockman World 1 brings four bosses from Mega Man 1 (Cut Man, Elec Man, Fire Man, Ice Man) and four others from Mega Man 2 (Quick, Flash, Bubble, Heat). It’s an interesting formula, which Capcom revisited with the Mega Drive game in a different form.
I count myself as a die-hard Classic Mega Man fan, but always focused on the NES entries and somehow forgot that the series has a number of good games on Game Boy. I played Rockman World 1 for the first time when it came out on 3DS eShop a few years ago, and it almost put me off from playing the rest of the portable games.
It’s really not good.
I’d learn Shogi for this Game Boy board ⊟
I don’t know how to play Shogi, but I’d love to have an excuse to have this Game Boy-themed board by den in my house. Unfortunately, it’s sold out – and would have cost over $1200 were it in stock.
den is a pretty dang cool shop, though! With some much more affordable items! Via miki800.
This custom Pokemon Red/Blue Game Boy ⊟
Vadu Amka done did it again. After changing the game (boy) with his Zelda mod last month — and other legendary Zelda-themed systems — the Belgian artist produced this amazing custom system. Apparently there are one or two Easter eggs with the mod. Via Old Game Boy!
Zelda-themed “brick” Game Boy ⊟
So not only is this (via Miki800) the “brick” style Game Boy, but artist Vadu Amka put a brick texture on the console with resin. I love the ivy crawling up the Game Boy wall, and the Triforce scratched into it.
TinyCast 030 - Stolen Youth
Tiny Cartridge • TinyCast
TinyCast 30! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the “compact video game system”, we talk about our favorite Game Boy releases, as well as the trauma we suffered because of the handheld. We also discuss Meiji-era Ace Attorney, Bust a Groove, and Mario Golf!
Happy 25th Birthday, Game Boy ⊟
What a great system you were. This artwork from Eliran Cohen reminds me so much of my experience with the Game Boy, absolutely immersed in whatever I was playing, no matter where I was.
If you haven’t read it yet, USgamer published a wonderful article celebrating the Game Boy, which JC and I contributed to. Here’s a scrap I wrote for it:
My memories playing Game Boy remain vivid, and remembering them now, you couldn’t have them with a home console. Backtracking around Metroid II during a long, turbulent flight over the Pacific. Having my mind blown when I first started Final Fantasy Adventure in the back of my aunt’s Monte Carlo, when your hero gets thrown off the cliff. Jumping through Elec Man’s stage in Dr. Wily’s Revenge, in between eating chicken nuggets at a Chinese food restaurant while my mom gossiped with her friends.
I still return to Link’s Awakening every few years, spending an afternoon by a window. I’m always trying to recapture the days I’d explore Koholint Island, hiding under the dinner table, hidden so no one could bother me and break the immersion but peeking out just enough so the sun could still warm my skin. If I could still fit in them, I’d probably try playing games in a laundry hamper again, too.
Feel free to share your Game Boy memories and birthday wishes!
SEE ALSO More handholding posts (our handheld gamer photo series)
Before the 3DS Game Card Case… ⊟
We carried our portable games around like this. Or we just left those plastic cartridges loose in our bags. How did you carry yours around?
It’s rad that we can now fit 18 3DS games in a slightly larger space than what we’d need to hold four Game Boy cartridges back in the day. Props to Kombat Kat for the pic.