Sunday, October 5, 2014

Gameboy/GBC Collection

All my 'Boys

      For my first real blog entry we are going to focus on one of my favorite little collections, the Gameboy Original and Gameboy Color Collection. Totaling in at 33 carts the GB/GBC collection by and far the largest of my pre-2000 handheld collections. This collection grows at the alarming rate of aboutone new cart per week (I may have a problem...) and ever since I got my Gameboy Pocket in May with eight games total the thirst for more Gameboy games has grown...
      Now I was going to do a brief look at all the games you know what...that might take a while so for now we will focus on what I think are best out my collection today with a short little sentence or two. I'll be starting at the top clear GBC carts and working all the way down to the bottom. Also for your connivence I'll be providing a rough estimate of what the carts are worth (usually around what I paid for them so please feel free too correct me if I'm way off!) so with out any further ado lets get rolling!

  1. Dragon Warrior III--GBC Only--2001: First up is one of my favorite non-Pokémon RPGs on the GBC, Dragon Warrior III. A port of the NES title with some of the elements from the Super Famicom remake thrown in for good measure. A brilliant little JRPG and one of Enix's best. Price runs today north of $20.
  2. Toki Tori--GBC Only--2001: A very late GBC release by the excellent minds at Two Tribes. An excellent little puzzle game and the definition of a hidden gem. Also available on the 3DS eShop for $4, cart runs around $10.
  3. Mario Golf--GBC Only--1999: A very, very good golf title with RPG elements blended in, an Eagle for sure ;) Also available on the 3DS eShop for $5, cart can run north of $10-$15.
  4.  Xtreme Sports--GBC Only--2000: Last GBC only game for now, a hidden gem made by Wayforward (Shantae, ring a bell now???) one of their earlier works a very fun little game that is totally Xtreme!!!!!!! Also on the 3DS eShop for $5 and the cart also runs about $5
  5. Pokemon Pinball--Black Cart (enhanced on the GBC)--1999: It's Pokémon and pinball with a rumble feature built in!!!! What more do you need? Still while the physics are a little off, it is still a great pinball and Pokémon game. Price runs about $10 on up
  6. Pokémon Special Yellow Version--Pokémon Cart (AKA Black Cart)--1999: easily the best Gen. I Pokémon title, Yellow follows a storyline closer to that of the anime, while adding more improvements to make the definitive Gen. I Pokémon game. Price runs north of $25
  7. Pokémon Gold--Pokémon Cart--2000: Ah Gen. II, Gold here is my latest addition to my collection, I just picked it up yesterday. My only experiences of Gen. II thus come from SoulSilver the Gen. IV remakes of Gold and Silver. Still from the little I've played on my GBC today, wowza. Might be a new favorite Gameboy game!!!!!!! Price usually is at $25 to $35
  8. Tetris--Gray Cart--1989: The original Tetris. A simple yet brilliant game that propelled the Gameboy towards success. Due to a vast amount of carts sold prices are usually $5, as well as only $4 on the 3DS eShop.
  9. Revenge of the Gator--Gray Cart--1989: I love RotG!!!! Developed by HAL Laboratory, Revenge of the Gator is a pinball game with a Gator twist. It plays smoothly and quality shines through the whole package, one of my personal favorite. Also on the eShop for $4 and cart prices are usually right around $5 to $6
  10. Kirby's Dreamland--Gray Cart--1991: Ugh there are sooooooooooooo many games I'd love to talk about, but for now I can't; one day though hopefully all these games will be reviewed. Ahem. Anyway Kirby's Dreamland is another HAL developed game and it is full of charm and cuteness overload. Another fave. Also on the eShop for $4, cart is a little higher right around $8 to $13
  11. Catrap--Gray Cart--1990: As we wind down here I want point out another criminally unrated Gameboy game, Catrap. Catrap is very forward thinking for its time with a rewind and fast foreword features and 100 levels of puzzle mania its up there as one of the best hidden gems on the Gameboy. It has since gained more attention due to a 3DS eShop release at $3(!!!!!) the cart runs itself now above $20
  12. King of Fighters '95--Gray Cart (the weird looking one near the bottom)--1997: If you think pleasant thoughts about the original Gameboy and fighting games clearly you've never played one (shudders). However while most Gameboy fighting games are pretty bad, KoF is simply amazing. Graphically it looks great, large roster, and above all solid controls. A great little fighter. I got mine for $5, however the price appears to run closer to $15
  13. Track and Field--Gray Cart--1992: Another interesting little Gameboy to conclude things with. Track and Field is a very, very popular arcade game from Konami, the NES version is the most well know. However it did get a Gameboy port just in time for the 1992 Summer Olympics and you know what? It is really, really addictive. I for one am liking a lot more than I thought I would. At just under $5 it is well worth taking the plunge 
Woah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There we are ladies and gents wow and to think I though of doing all 33??? Well there is a small sample of what to expect from this little blog, you'll be seeing a lot of Gameboy and Gameboy Color as I keep this page rolling. Don't think thats all though!!! I got a pile of Genesis (Sega Nomad :), Atari Lynx and Neo Geo Pocket games I'll be showing off and let me tell you there's a lot more where that comes from

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