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GameGirl

Nostalgia time! Every Game Boy start screen


Nearly 3 hours
Oct 07
// Steven Hansen
I haven't finished the video yet, so sorry if at the 2 hour and 12 minute mark it baits and switches to a stupid argument on whether or not certain foodstuffs count as sandwiches, or just a bunch of music videos of lil Frank...
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Xtreme Sports

Celebrate Y2K all over again with WayForward's first GBC game


Extreme Sports coming to the 3DS Virtual Console next week
Aug 02
// Jonathan Holmes
Late last year, we were lucky to have industry legend and founding member of WayForward Matt Bozon on Sup Holmes. That's where I heard about Xtreme Sports, WayForward's first Gameboy Color game. It sounded like a cross betwe...
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Just what is Tien doing with Chiaotzu, though?!
We're back with a whole new arc of hanging out and talking about Dragon Ball. We've jumped into the GameBoy Advance title, Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure, one of the best Dragon Ball games out there. In this episode, we beat up boar bandits, fall down holes, and have uncomfortable conversations about Yamcha and Tien's relationships with their small companions.

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Sup Holmes

This is why you can't touch Barbie


Sup Holmes returns with Ludam Dare's Mike Kasprzk
Jun 07
// Jonathan Holmes
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last week on Sup Holmes, we met Mike Kasprzk (...

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Twitch Plays Pokemon

Twitch Plays Pokemon got out of Rock Tunnel: A summary


Possibly quicker than I did....
Feb 20
// Steven Hansen
When I picked up Pokemon Red, I went to Rock Tunnel without Flash. I tried to make it through in the pitch black. Then I tried to get back out. Then I decided the only way out of the darkness was to plunge forward, wholly an...
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First titles announced
We heard last year that Game Boy Advance titles would be coming to Virtual Console, and now Nintendo is just about ready to kick that program off. In today's Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata said that we would be seeing the firs...

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Joylancer

Joylancer demo is up, brings back 'JOY AND FEELINGS'


Motorcycle drill-lance shoryuken
Feb 09
// Jonathan Holmes
Though the game is still in development, Joylancer is shaping up to be a product worthy of sitting alongside Drill Dozer, Shovel Knight, and all of the other "your weapon is your means of transport" 2D action platformers tha...
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Game Debate to the Death! Favorite Pokémon game?


Gotta vote them all!
Oct 01
// Tom Fronczak
Have you survived the release of Grand Theft Auto V? Good! Out of over 1,400 total votes, here are the top three results from our last poll: (41.92%) GTA San Andreas: 594 votes -- winner! (34.65%) GTA Vice City: 491 votes (1...
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Shantae release date get

WayForward: Shantae dances to Nintendo 3DS on June 20


Prepare for platforming paradise!
May 21
// Kyle MacGregor
The original Shantae is coming to Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console on June 20, WayForward has announced. Originally released in the dying days of the Game Boy Color, the acclaimed platformer managed to garner a pair of seque...
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Harvest Moon 3DS eShop

Harvest Moon GBC takes root on 3DS eShop this week


Portable potatoes
May 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Harvest Moon for the Game Boy Color is coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop in North America this week, Natsume has announced. The second title in the prolific farming sim role-playing game series, Harvest Moon GB was initia...
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Shantae on 3DS VC

WayForward to bring Shantae to Nintendo 3DS in June


Get hype!
Apr 28
// Kyle MacGregor
One of the rare gems of the Game Boy Color era is making a return on Nintendo 3DS. WayForward has announced that the original Shantae is set to arrive on Virtual Console in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand at...
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Console chimera

18 different gaming consoles combined into one system


The ultimate mod
Apr 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Modder Bacteria spent over three years and over $1,000 to merge 18 different consoles into one giant box. It contains circuitry from 15 different systems, works with one master controller, a single power supply, and a single...

My ultimate gaming tradition of Old School Day

Mar 10 // Taylor Stein
Gaming celebration with a personal twist The trip down retro lane is a cherished monthly spectacle among my siblings and I. Every few weeks we put our adult lives on hold to relive the games from our youth. If there is any day that we truly unite as a family, it's while bonding over the classics. As painfully sappy as that sounds, videogames have always acted as a supernatural Band-Aid, mending all pissed off sentiments and sibling-based grudges.While we each were transformed into instant videogame buffs through the allure of the NES, many of our greatest memories reside with the N64. During our version of Old School Day, we welcome the titles that have contributed to the process of shaping us into the people we are today. Super Mario 64, Goldeneye, Star Fox, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Smash Bros., Pokemon Stadium, Rampage, Banjo-Kazooie and Yoshi's Story just to name a few, form the framework of the evening. Those titles served as the backbone of my childhood so it's rather fitting. Each time we get together, we sprinkle in a few different games, maximizing the fun output while minimizing the risk of getting bored through repetition, if that's even possible.Over the course of two to six hours of pizza-induced noshing, old school gaming, and admittedly potent languor, we've typically covered the spectrum of emotions from anger-filled multiplayer sessions, to heartwarming regard in response to a favorite cut scene. In diplomatic fashion, we take turns choosing the next entrant to revitalize our nostalgia, but in reality, any choice is a good one when you're playing favorite games amongst family and friends. Old School Day rocks! Still not convinced? With the next generation of consoles on the horizon, you may be hesitant to turn back the hands of time, to accept the glory of Old School Day. There's no way that earlier generations can compete from a graphical standpoint and not all of the oldies were auditory masterpieces, yet despite these technological inferiorities, the games that defined past generations exude a certain charm that often propels them into superior status. Reliving them for yourself is almost certain to conjure up sentiments such as, "Why don't they make games like this anymore?" rather than, "Yikes, I'll stick with the Xbox." Purchasing the titles through XBLA or PSN is technically a viable option, but summoning the warm feelings of familiarity is that much better in its authentic form. Re-experiencing the definitive moments of a simpler time, a period when eating vegetables and finishing homework were the main opponents of happiness, is satisfying on multiple levels. For one, rekindling ancient memories is enormously rewarding. Exploring old saved files and realizing that wow, I can't believe I actually collected all of those stars, puzzle pieces, coins, or heart pieces is always a heart-warming, ego-boosting find. I recall loading up my saved game from Harvest Moon 64. . . I had ten in-game years worth of gameplay on one file. That's more virtual years than I had spent on Earth at that time; how much would that achievement/trophy be worth? Equally as shocking is the realization that some aspects of older gaming were much more difficult than memory would serve. Conker's Pocket Tales on Gameboy Color was one such instance of perplexity. While I nearly finished the game as a kid and don't recall any Ninja Gaiden-like frustrations, with all my might I can barely get past the first level to this day. I must have had the child-like reflexes of a ninja or at least that's what I keep telling myself. Conker-based inadequacies aside, dusting off your Atari 2600, Dreamcast, or other old console is guaranteed to fulfill your sense of humor as well. Things that were badass in the 1980s or 1990s are often hilarious now. Turok 64 death screams are absolutely priceless, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater has musical accoutrements that will transport you into the late '90s punk scene, and Gex 64 makes in-game references to the X-Files, Poltergeist, and Full House. Who needs a time machine when a gateway to your childhood is right within reach? The essence of forgotten trends and declining fads aids in sweetening any excursion into the past of gaming through hands-on reminiscence and a healthy dose of gut-busting laughter. Beyond the arenas of personal achievement, hilarity, and frustration, hopping on the symbolic DeLorean in the name of Old School Day allows us to respect the pioneers within the industry, those instances of brilliance that set in motion what we now take for granted as technological commodities. Videogames as a medium have come so very far. What started as a hodgepodge of pixels and simplicity has evolved into visual, narrative-driven masterpieces easily on par with cinema. Gaming may have been an obscure hobby decades ago, but whether you adhere to the pastime personally or not, it is impossible to ignore its significance on an economic, cultural, and political scale. The current discussions about videogames and gun control are a testament to that. The industry boasts a powerful presence within the global landscape but also within my own life. I adopted Old School Day as reminder of why I became a gamer in the first place: the fun times with friends and family, the lessons learned from macho protagonists, the ability to step into the shoes of countless characters, and the satisfaction felt from saving the world, galaxy, or universe. If you find yourself in a place of gaming stagnancy, my hope is that after reading this, you'll incorporate a bit of Old School Day into your life and join me in celebrating retro gaming on a regular basis.What are your favorite older games? Do you ever take a break from new releases to play titles from the past?[Note: If you own Pokémon Stadium 2, follow my instructions without restraint for guaranteed laughs. Visit the mini games section and select Streaming Stampede. Make sure to play with the company of an easy or normal com and watch the stupidity ensue. Enjoy!] Image Sources: [1][2][3][4][5]
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Screw beer pong, hand me that controller
Gamers are a diverse breed. From PC aficionados and console fanatics, to retro devotees and casual admirers, there is no one-size-fits-all model of videogame hobbyist. Though we possess many differences, like game preferences...

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Zelda Seasons/Ages

Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Ages coming to eShop [Update]


Game Boy Color classics coming to Virtual Console
Feb 21
// Kyle MacGregor
[Update: As noted by Joystiq, Eiji Aonuma has taken to the Miiverse and confirmed that the titles will be see an international release. "The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons/Oracle of Ages will be released for Vir...
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Resident Evil Game Boy Color's fundraiser is complete


Feb 06
// Chris Carter
Remember that fundraiser involving Resident Evil 1's nearly finished Game Boy Color conversion? Well, the $2,000 goal was met, and the cart has finally been released to the public. Keep in mind that the game is only 90% compl...
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Metroid II on Japanese 3DS store tomorrow, kind of want


Sep 28
// Conrad Zimmerman
It's been a considerable time since I played Metroid II: Return of Samus. It was my favorite Metroid game growing up, not least of which because it was the only one I owned as a child and my copy was lost somewhere in on...
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New book PIXELGALAXY collects Game Boy art and essays


Aug 18
// Joseph Leray
"PIXELGALAXY is a book all about the Nintendo Game Boy and the pixel graphics. It includes its secret of success, an overview of the top games and takes a closer look at the graphics," writes Sergio Ingravalle, the book'...
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The Pokemon Center suffers a communication error


Aug 04
// Jim Sterling
If you've listened to Podtoid and my stories about "The Flat In Bromley" where people would watch Mad Max while coming from an ecstasy binge, then that's all the backstory you need to this video.
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Game Boy Zelda precursor about frogs gets fan translation


Jul 12
// Jonathan Holmes
For those of you who've never heard of the game, For the Frog the Bell Tolls is a Game Boy title from 1992 that never left Japan. It was created by members of the teams that brought us Super Metroid, The Legend of Zelda: Lin...

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