These legendary Game Boy games you may have forgotten

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If we have fun today making demakes of great games like the Elden Ring Game Boy version, the Nintendo console had its share of legendary titles back then. Besides Tetris, Pokémon, Super Mario Land, Donkey Kong and other Metroids that everyone knows, there are cult games that have fallen into oblivion for many players. We offer you a throwback to the past with this non-exhaustive list of Game Boy games you may not remember.

Many Game Boy classics are actually sequels to hit games released on the NES. This is especially the case with Metroid II: Return of Samus, a sequel to Metroid (1986), but also a game that has lost its fame over the years: Balloon Kid. It was in 1991 that this portable sequel to Balloon Fight (1984) was released. You play as Alice, a young girl who must find her brother. The latter, attached to helium balloons, disappeared into the sky. Alice will therefore do the same to propel herself into the air and find Jim. The game consisted of pressing the A key to keep Alice in the air while trying to pick up the balloons after Jim. Balloon Kid even had a two-player mode that pitted Alice against her rival Samm.


World Cup 98 (1998)

This one has a somewhat special aura. It is actually the first official game of EA Sport. It was in 1997 that the Electronic Arts brand received the exclusive license for the World Cup from FIFA. The following year, the publisher decided to release World Cup 98, a 3D game which had the advantage of arriving just before the World Cup. Despite its shortcomings, the title therefore benefits from today’s football craze and is found in many homes. The game was of course also released on PlayStation, PC and Nintendo 64, but many of you probably discovered it on Game Boy. Maybe you even played there during the famous final between France and Brazil.

These legendary Game Boy games you may have forgotten

Of course, Mario isn’t really a forgotten license. But of all the games released on the Game Boy, there is one that has stuck in the past: Dr. Mario. At the mention of this name memories undoubtedly come to mind. You must have spent many hours on this game, right? Or maybe you know the crazy music ad that aired in Quebec at the time? Or the various more modern versions released specifically on the Wii? In any case, Dr. Mario an iconic console game. Created by the father of the console, it’s the eighth best-selling title on the Game Boy, just that. In terms of gameplay, it was one of the first Match 4 type puzzle games of which there are hundreds today.

These legendary Game Boy games you may have forgotten

While this name may mean nothing to you, the franchise to which it belongs will no doubt sound more familiar to your ears. Dynablaster is actually the name of the European version of the first Game Boy game from the Bomberman license. It is thanks to him that the players of the portable console could finally discover the addictive gameplay of the series. If the latter was considered a must in video games for a long time, it has recently lost its splendor. If Super Bomberman R hasn’t met with the expected success, Super Bomberman R 2, announced during the last Nintendo Direct, might be able to restore the franchise to its former glory.

These legendary Game Boy games you may have forgotten

Gargoyle’s Quest is a somewhat unusual sequel to the well-known arcade platformer: Ghosts ‘n Goblins. In this Game Boy exclusive, you play as the antagonist of the 1985 game, namely Firebrand (or Red Arremer in the Japanese version). For its game, Capcom was largely inspired by Zelda II and its hybrid gameplay that mixed stages of 2D action and top-down exploration. And it works, as the game even manages to sell consoles. Building on its success, this spin-off spawned a brief second license that ended four years later with Demon’s Crest. The Ghosts ‘n Goblins series lasted until 2010 before it, in turn, fell into oblivion.

These legendary Game Boy games you may have forgotten

If we don’t want to talk about the iconic Castlevania here, vampires are still welcome. We have indeed chosen to evoke the parody version of Castlevania, which is not known today. It was Konami who embarked on this project, trying to develop another vampire game, less serious than those that presented the bloody hunts of the Belmont family. As the name suggests, Kid Dracula immerses us in the skin of the son of the famous count as imagined by Bram Stoker. Aside from its well-thought-out humorous winks, Kid Dracula was a great game that will have marked the childhood of many a young gamer.

These legendary Game Boy games you may have forgotten

Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (1992)

We’re back on a sequel to an NES game with Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters. This action and platformer offered a complete adventure that quickly elevated it to the rank of classic. As a result, the game and the Kid Icarus license still retain a certain aura today, even for those who have never played it. In fact, if you’re a Super Smash Bros player, you probably know the hero from Kid Icarus, who is none other than Pit. Little additional anecdote: it’s one of the only Nintendo games that hasn’t been released in Japan.

These legendary Game Boy games you may have forgotten

There was a time when the games regularly had a different name depending on the geographical area. If the game that interests us today was called King of the Zoo in Europe, its American name will certainly be more familiar to you: Penguin Wars. It is actually under this title that the arcade game that inspired the game on the Game Boy was also known. King of the Zoo invited you to play a rather special sport and was one of those fun games that you could spend hours on without getting bored. Note that the license is not completely dead, as a remake on Nintendo Switch was born in 2017 (2019 for Europe), of course under the name Penguin Wars.

These legendary Game Boy games you may have forgotten

As for Dynablaster, the name of this game is definitely unknown to you. And yet it is part of a very popular universe, Final Fantasy. The game was also called Final Fantasy Adventure in the US. Conceived as a spin-off from Square Enix’s franchise, Mystic Quest was a 2D action RPG that put you in the role of a former slave on an adventure to save the great Mana Tree. If this name means something to you, it’s not for nothing. Mystic Quest is actually the father of Secret of Mana and other Sword of Mana. As such, it is a staple of the genre, sadly all too often forgotten.

These legendary Game Boy games you may have forgotten

We end with a game that has unfortunately been forgotten. And yet it is one of the most outstanding role-playing games on the Nintendo console. If the reviews were quite mixed when it was released, this first person game was the childhood of many players. Today, rather a title for insiders, it has kept a certain aura with them, more so than the first opus released in 1991. This is also why it was he who made himself available on the Nintendo 3DS in 2012, not its predecessor.

These legendary Game Boy games you may have forgotten

And you? What forgotten games marked your sessions on the Game Boy?

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