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The Future of 8-Bit Gaming

Back in 1989, Nintendo released Game Boy (an 8-Bit, hand-held game system). It was an instant hit with games like Tetris, Super Mario Land, Final Fantasy Legend, Dr. Mario, Operation C, Castlevania Adventure, F-1 Race, and so on. Up until 1994, Nintendo released hit games such as Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins, Metroid II: Return of Samus, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, Kirby's Dream Land, and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.

In June 1994, Nintendo released the Super Game Boy adaptor. This adaptor lets you play Game Boy games on your Super NES. In the first time since 1989, players got to play their Game Boy games in color! Many hit games took advantage of Super Game Boy's color abilities, like the Donkey Kong Land trilogy, Donkey Kong, Tetris Attack, Killer Instinct, Wario Land II, Kirby's Dream Land 2, and James Bond 007. (Of course, the downside to this "color" for Game Boy games was that you can't play your Super NES "on-the-go".)

Then in September 1996, Nintendo released Game Boy Pocket (a smaller version of Game Boy with a black-and-white screen). This new version of Game Boy was another hit. In addition to the graphics being clearer and sharper, movement on-screen was not blurred anymore.

And now, here we are: October 1998. One month away from Nintendo's release of Game Boy Color. Unlike Game Boy (which can only have 4 on-screen colors at once out of a palette of only 4 colors), Game Boy Color can display up to 56 on-screen colors at once out of a palette of 32,000 colors. Wow! What a difference. Super Game Boy can only handle around 10 on-screen colors at once. So Game Boy Color is even better than that, too. And by the way, some people are thinking that Game Boy Color is 16-Bit or 32-Bit. But it's not. It's the same as regular Game Boy: 8-Bit. Didn't think you'd still be playing an 8-Bit system, did you?

Take a look at some of the Game Boy Color games below. Remember, you can still play "regular" Game Boy games on Game Boy Color. If you want to keep up with news on upcoming Game Boy and Game Boy Color games, be sure to stop by the Game Boy Section.

First off, let's take a look at some older games that Nintendo and other companies are making "colorized".

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
GENRE: Adventure
This game has always been most people's favorite. And now, Nintendo is going to be releasing a Game Boy Color version of the original game. Also, Nintendo has announced that this color version of the original game will feature new graphics (that were not in the original game) and a whole new dungeon and possibly new characters and enemies. How the storyline of the game will be affected by this is not yet known. But you can be assured by one thing: the game will be longer. And that's what RPGers like the most. Take a look at these pictures.

Wario Land II
GENRE: Action / Adventure
This is Nintendo's newest "regular" Game Boy game. The color added to this game greatly enhances the overall graphics of the game. Check out these pictures.

Metroid II: Return of Samus
GENRE: Action / Adventure
This is one of the greatest Game Boy games ever. And now it's in color!

Kirby's Dream Land 2
GENRE: Action / Adventure
This is Kirby's major Game Boy game. It resembles Kirby's Adventure, for the NES, more than Kirby's Dream Land, for Game Boy.

Pictures are from Nintendo and EAGB.

Also, look for these other colorized games:

  • Batman (Sunsoft)
  • Batman: Return of the Joker (Sunsoft)
  • Daffy Duck (Sunsoft)
  • Gremlins 2 (Sunsoft)
  • Harvest Moon GB (Natsume)
  • Legend of the River King GB (Natsume)
  • Looney Tunes (Sunsoft)
  • Speedy Gonzalez (Sunsoft)
  • Tazmania (Sunsoft)
  • 6 more unknown games from Nintendo

Check PART 2 for information on games made especially for Game Boy Color.

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