Advantages Large selection of games
Disadvantages Black and white graphics.
Note this review covers only the black and white Gameboy, now superceded by the Gameboy Advance system, but I think you'll learn a lot
about the Gameboy itself and why it became so popular in the 1990's.
Sega of Japan (not the US Sega) actually released a couple of portable consoles before the game gear came out. Then later of course came, those cheap, but mildly entertaining Tiger games that cost like $10 at the supermarket.However, those consoles were mainly designed for 7yr olds not mature gamers who expect more from their games, than just a couple of dots on the screen.
One of the great features of the Gameboy (which
is also available on the Gameboy Color and Gameboy Advance) is it's link feature which allows to play with or against a friend. This is very popular among the Pokemon games, where you choose among man characters. Nowadays, the multiplayer aspect of games is just as important as single player aspect as you can see.
It used double A batteries, and optional
battery pack. The console though wasn't designed with productivity in mind and so you had to buy batteries every 2 weeks or month to play youre favorite games (what a nag).
ControlThe control of the Console itself, did copy
Graphic and Sound CapabilitiesNow here's the biggest con of the console, and
You remember the first tv that were sold back
in the 50s? Those old black and white sets (
Gasp what an ugly thought).
It's basically like a monochrome display panel
that is incapable of displaying color. There was very little graphics too use in most games and it made playing these games a bit of a bummer.
It basically was a poor designed graphic model.
Why Nintendo didn't spend good money to include True Color Graphics on this portable system is anyone's guess.
For the most part many games used more cartoonish looking fat characters in order to make them easier on the eyes and to supplement the limited graphics.Sound
The sound was ok. In some cases, just hearing the sound intro for some of thes games was enough for gamers. However, no stereo or fm quality and you can forget about CD quality.Games -The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Depending on whether you had a US or Japanese gameboy system, meant all the difference between playing a sucky game or a good game. Also not knowing about the large varieties of games limited your gaming pleasure.
There were many ok games released in the US,
however, their were even better games released in Japan. Unfortunately, the gameboy was incapable of playing import games.
Tetris: One of the first games released for
both the US and Japanese gameboy.
A couple of the games, were made for a mature
audience while others were made for kids.
In Japan , Tetris was popular but it wasn't the
sole success of the Gameboy as some people will tell you (those people don't do their homework).
In fact, if you played this game right now, you would have no idea that it's made by a great
Final Fantasy series: The original Final Fantasy series on the old gameboy featured the most ugly graphics I have ever seen. The characters look like midgets in the game, and the sound is utterly terrible. However it took a cartoonish like quality that appealed to gamers so give it a look.
I have mixed emotions when it comes to Pokemon. Pokemon actually started out as a cartoon in Asia, before it made it's made it's US debut. Bad critics say that Pokemon is overrated, but it's not. In fact, copy cat games have been made that use elements of Pokemon
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Just like
the Pokemon games, the creator of the
Turtles has laughed all the way to the bank with
this series. The TMNT series is one of a few series that has looked good across all platforms.
From the Arcade, to the Nes, to the Genesis and
SuperNes, and Gameboy versions, these games
should give the kids plenty of hours of fun.
Zelda series - Like the Final Fantasy series the graphics for the Gameboy weren't that great but
for nostalgic rpg purposes give it a look.
Overall, the old Gameboy is not entirely out of date, there are some great games out there that bring back great memories.You can probably pick up a Gameboy from Ebay or an old used store for $10 way cheap considering the $90 price tag it had when it was first released.There are some decent games for it, and
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