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Best Game Boy games of all time

See which of the Game Boy's 800+ releases came out on top

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  • GameManiac - April 27, 2012 11:09 a.m.

    I'm not surprised to see Pokemon Red/Blue be #1 on this list. Not in the least. Everything about the game is undeniably true, especially how it doubled the Game Boy's lifespan. I recall hearing about the series for the first time through a copy of Pokemon Blue that my nextdoor neighbor let me borrow. I took to the concept immediately and put in hundreds of hours into it. That, complimented with the anime (most kids back then watched it religiously), and the card game (still collecting cards as they come!), and Pokemon became a permanent lifestyle for me.
  • ViolentLee - April 19, 2012 5:14 p.m.

    Mario's Picross is one of my all-time favorites. I played the VC version on my 3DS for over 26 hours -- more than any other game on the console. DW III and Zelda: Oracles/Ages were also epic portable titles.
  • machupichu1992 - April 17, 2012 10:29 a.m.

    What's the "I killed it, might as well eat it." one at the end? Slide 27.
  • llost - April 19, 2012 8:14 a.m.

    it's called Survival Kids, #21 on the following site: http://satoshimatrix.wordpress.com/2011/04/21/top-25-gameboygameboy-color-games/
  • machupichu1992 - April 19, 2012 9:31 a.m.

    Thanks!
  • SentientSquidMachine - April 17, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Gameboy, maybe its nostalgia but I remember that game being amazing when I was 6.
  • The_Boz - April 17, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    I never really liked Nintendo, found their market to be immature as it still currently is, but I do see the Gameboy as one of the most important console releases of the past couple of decades. The Gameboy popularised hand helds and even though there were many advanced alternatives that came and went, it was this machine that kept the appeal in the technology. Gameboy Tetris is one of the most remembered images I have from when I was much younger. Also, does Charmander (No.26 Pokeman Red/Blue) have breasts?
  • AuthorityFigure - April 17, 2012 6:37 a.m.

    If Pokemon really was so good, it wouldn't need so many updates. This is why I think it only belongs on the list once.
  • CitizenWolfie - April 17, 2012 2:30 a.m.

    Some real good memories there. Super Mario Land 2, the Zelda games, Tetris, Donkey Kong, Pokemon Red/Blue, all of em total classics. Although I agree with a lot of your list, I'm disappointed that you have two pinball games but not Kirby's Pinball Adventure (I think that's what it was called). I thought the multi-layered pinball tables and boss battles were a great spin on the usual game.
  • bahcmf21 - April 16, 2012 9:20 p.m.

    I absolutely loved the Pokemon Cards game for GBC. It was a different take on the Pokemon formula; it was fresh enough while still retaining a good amount of familiarity.
  • minigamer83 - April 16, 2012 8:46 p.m.

    Link's Awakening is the best game for GameBoy, I still have it and I will for the rest of my life.
  • Person5 - April 16, 2012 7:29 p.m.

    Gen 2 of Pokemon is actually my favorite gen just barely beating gen 1, it was far more advanced and one could argue twice as big (seeing as there were two regions)which is something I wish they would bring back into current pokemon games(that being multiple regions in one game) Wario Land 3 is quite possibly my favorite GB game ever made though, I played through it far too many times to count, trying to get map pieces or the treasure of every level and also get the alternate routes in some levels. I also loved Pokemon Pinball, even if it had a huge cartridge
  • BladedFalcon - April 16, 2012 7:17 p.m.

    Can't really argue with neither Pokemon or tetris, both games were played the shit out of me in my original gameboy. I'd would have preferred to see silver further into the list though, since I think the game did make a HUGE step over the first one, and even though it might have not been the original, it even let you return to the entire land of the first one all over again! Anyway, props for mentioning Metal Gear Solid for the GBC, also loved the crap out of that game, specially so because it was a pain in the ass for me to find it down here in Mex, but boy was it worth it XD Lastly, I know it probably was never gonna be on this list because it's a port from the much superior SNES version, but after the pokemon and tetris games, "Contra III: The alien Wars" Was the game I played and enjoyed the most in my GB XD
  • jackthemenace - April 17, 2012 7:59 a.m.

    I'll agree with G/S/C, I think it should've been further up teh list- they were amazing game,s and perfectly recaptured the feel of the originals, but managed to add so much more. AND they didn't skimp out on the content; like Falcon already said, they included the entirety of Kanto in the game as well, something none of the other games have done since (Bar HG/SS), and is something I'd love to see happen. I'd never even heard of the GBC MGS title, but it's something I'd definitely like to get my hands on- as soon as I finish the original MG and MG2, that is. The only things I'd have liked to have seen on the list were whatever Turok game it was I used to play on my Game Boy- I have no idea which one it was, I just know I loved it, despite being about 6- and the Pokemon Trading Card game, if not just for it's music; I much preferred it to Pokemon Pinball at the very least :P
  • SillyPigeon - April 16, 2012 4:54 p.m.

    Mario Golf is superior to Mario Tennis. Mario Tennis has a sweet spot that spoils the game, while Mario Golf is all about skill & learning how to play every hole on every course. There is no satisfaction in winning easily at tennis but in golf there is always the challenge of improving on your personal best and playing the exact shot you intended. Mario Golf is the better game.
  • Moondoggie1157 - April 16, 2012 4:46 p.m.

    Pokemon Blue (yea, I was "that guy"), Pokemon Silver, Oracle of Seasons, and Wario 3... All great games, happe to see them mentioned! You can't out do Pokemon, I'm sorry, you just cant.
  • slimjim441 - April 16, 2012 4:30 p.m.

    Slightly disappointed to not see the Wily's Revenge on the list. The GB Mega Man games were a blast. Hurray for Pokemon though. Nothing beats the awesomeness that is GB Pokemon games.
  • D0CCON - April 16, 2012 4:04 p.m.

    Nostalgia be damned. Pokemon Red and Blue were great (yellow was my first videogame ever), but silver and gold kicked its ass. No jump from one generation to another brought so many changes and the second gen remains my favorite one to this day (and yes, I still go back to play it, it's not even nostalgia. And I mean the GB version, not Heartgold/Soulsilver).
  • BackwaterRifle - April 16, 2012 5:33 p.m.

    I started with Gold, then got Sapphire for the GBA, and now while 3rd gen remains my all time favorite, 2nd gen tends to switch beck and forth between the first generation as my 2nd least favorite, with 4th gen in dead last.
  • BladedFalcon - April 16, 2012 7:11 p.m.

    I do have to admit Silver impacted me way more when i played it, specially once you find out that you can *gasp!* head back to Kanto! XD I mean, that alone made it feel to me like the game was actually two games back then! XD And really, second gen truly remains my favorite gen to this day.

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