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More on the world of handheld games

March 3, 2009 - Matt Phillips
So, you've got a nifty new new Nintendo DS. It's great, and it can play all the Gameboy Advance games, but don't scrap the Advance just yet. There are a ton of great games out there for the Gameboy and Gameboy Color, and that shiny new DS can't play them. There are so many titles that were released for the Gameboy Color that many people don't even know what is available. My favorite games are the ones that are updates or recreations of original Nintendo games.

Super Mario DX is a faithful re creation of the original Super Mario Brothers game with all the same levels and secrets. The new game offers bonuses and rewards for defeating certain enemies and extra challenges. This game was perfect to show off the Gameboy Color at its introduction. It even has Gameboy Printer options.

Another great line of games available for Gameboy Color is Dragon Warrior. The Dragon Warrior series (Dragon Quest in Japan) was a groundbreaking role playing game primarily on the Nintendo Entertainment System (Famicom). The Gameboy Color Saw the release of Dragon Warrior 1&2 (also playable on the original Gameboy!), Dragon Warrior 3, and a number of Pokemon-like games developed for the Gameboy Color. Dragon Warrior 1 & 2 is great because it has 2 games in one. DW 1 was one of my favorite games on the NES when I was young, but I never had the chance to play 2, 3 or 4. I was incredibly pleased when I found the Gameboy versions. DG 1 actually has better graphics than the original. The gameplay for the sequels is far deeper than the first game. DG 3 has a complex, well conceived story with customizable characters to play. These games are well worth getting an old Gameboy Color or Advance, if you don't already have one.

There are literally thousands of games available for the Gameboy, some are bad, some are good, some are real gems. The Zelda games are gems. The original Gameboy Zelda game (Link's Awakening) was great in black & white, but when the Color version was released with an added level, it really became a gem. The Gameboy Color also saw the Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons. These Zelda games could be played together with items traded from one game to the other. This is a neat feature, but the games are so well written and involved that they shine in and of themselves.

The great thing about handheld games is they go where you go. The games don't have to be incredibly detailed because the screen is so small. It is a great way to enjoy the 8-Bit experience. Some of the Gameboy Color games offer hours upon hours of entertainment. Not only that, but the games are so inexpensive. I would suggest to anyone who loves games to take a second look at the old Gameboy, it is the most successful handheld system for a reason, the games.


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