8 Best Game Boy Games of All Time

The first portable console (to be good), the Game Boy saw the beginnings of some legendary Nintendo franchises and some great lesser-known titles.

Back in 1989, the idea that something could run games that were good on such a small amount of money seemed like a dream come true. The Game Boy surpassed all those expectations, opening people’s eyes to handheld gaming, starting a progression that would eventually culminate in the Nintendo Switch nearly 30 years later; a console that is both a handheld and a home system.

The Game Boy wasn’t just a measly prototype or emerging technology, though, it has some damn brilliant games worth replaying. From the first games in iconic franchises to some obscure entries in well-known series, the Game Boy has it all.

Pokemon Gold & Silver

Sure, Pokemon Red & Blue are iconic games that started the most profitable franchise in gaming history, but since the Generation 2 games have all the Kanto in them, they win by default. The only time a new generation has served as a direct sequel to the previous one was originally slated to be the last Pokemon games ever. We’re afraid to think what a horrible world that would have been, but thankfully they were overwhelmingly successful and the series lives on to this day.


What else is there to say about Tetris? It feels like ‘the’ video game; the game that everyone knows and inherently understands. Depending on what sources you believe, it still holds the title of best-selling video game ever (sorry Minecraft), and it will last in one form or another until the heat-death of the universe – as long as that shape consists of four squares.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

As we continue our mission to use these retro console listings to talk about every Zelda game ever made, this game is in a unique position having been recently remade for Switch. The original is just as good as the remake and was the kind of adventure Link would experience in his 2D era. It may have been slightly surpassed by A Link to the Past, but the innovation on display for such a limited console is commendable.

Donkey Kong

Despite what the name might suggest, this isn’t just a port of the arcade game. At least this feels more like the final version of Donkey Kong. There are more levels, better jumping mechanics and a good difficulty setting to make things more fun. It’s the perfect upgrade to a legendary arcade game that you can now take anywhere.

Wario Blast: With Bomberman

As the first Bomberman game to be released in the west, Nintendo made the wise decision to put Wario’s name and face on it so that it sold well. This series has always been a lot of fun to play against friends, and even if the AI ​​is a bit stupid, there is a long single player campaign with surprisingly difficult bosses in the late game. If you’ve never played a Bomberman game, this is a good place to start.

Harvest Moon GB

As mobile game developers would eventually learn, a device you can carry in your pocket is the perfect place for games about simple busy work that you should come back to every day. While mobile games would use this for sinister purposes, Harvest Moon GB just does it for the sake of enjoyable gameplay. It’s the perfect thing to take with you when you go away for a bit. Assuming you could find something out of the sun so you could see the screen.

Metroid II: Return of Samus

This Metroid game may not have reached the legendary status of Super Metroid or Metroid Prime, but if you’re a fan of the series, it’s worth checking out. It was eventually remade for the 3DS under the name Metroid: Samus Returns. It’s nothing stunning, but it’s certainly better at capturing the fundamental Metroid experience than many of the later games.

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

The Super Mario Land games are very interesting. The first is a standard Mario platformer, but the sequel, 6 Golden Coins, switches to a more zoomed in perspective with slightly different platform mechanics. The third and best game, Wario Land, sees you playing the villain on his quest to get as much money as possible and ask a ghost to give him a mansion. It’s a surprisingly deep game with hidden levels, powerups and even collectibles. It could easily be one of the best 2D Mario games ever.

Written by Ryan Woodrow on behalf of GLHF

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