These legendary Game Boy games that you may have forgotten

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

Many Game Boy classics are actually sequels to 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 notoriety over the years: Balloon Kid. In 1991 this mobile sequel to Balloon Fight (1984) was released. You play as Alice, a young girl who must find her brother. The latter, associated with helium balloons, disappeared into the sky. So Alice will 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 she was trying to catch the balloons that Jim had left there. Balloon Kid had a two-player mode that pitted Alice against her rival Samm.


World Cup 98 (1998)

This one has a somewhat special aura. It’s already the first official EA Sport game. In 1997 the Electronic Arts brand acquired the exclusive license for the FIFA World Cup™ from FIFA. The following year, the publisher decided to launch World Cup 98, a 3D game with access just before the World Cup. Despite its flaws, the title capitalizes on the football frenzy of the moment and is in many homes. Of course, the game was also released on PlayStation, PC, and Nintendo 64, but many of you may have discovered it on the Game Boy. Perhaps you were playing there during the famous final match between France and Brazil.

These legendary Game Boy games that you may have forgotten

Of course, Mario isn’t really a forgotten license. But among all the games released on the Game Boy, there is one stuck in the past: Dr. Mario. At the mention of this name, memories undoubtedly come to mind. You probably 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 recent versions released especially on the Wii? Anyway, Dr. Mario is 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 puzzle games, of which today there are hundreds.

These legendary Game Boy games that you may have forgotten

While that name might not mean anything to you, the franchise it belongs to will undoubtedly sound more familiar to your ears. Dynablaster is actually the name given to the European version of the first Game Boy under the Bomberman license. Thanks to him, mobile console players were finally able to discover the addictive gameplay of this series. If the latter has long been considered a must-have in video games, it has lost its luster lately. If Super Bomberman R does not achieve the expected success, perhaps Super Bomberman R 2, which was announced during the recent Nintendo Direct, can restore the franchise to its former glory.

These legendary Game Boy games that you may have forgotten

Gargoyle’s Quest is a rather unusual sequel to the well-known platform game for arcade players: Ghosts ‘n Goblins. In this Game Boy exclusive, you play the antagonist of the 1985 game, Firebrand (or Red Arremer in the Japanese version). For its game, Capcom was largely inspired by Zelda II and its hybrid gameplay stages blending 2D action and exploration from above. And it’s been in business since the game even managed to sell consoles. Building on its success, this spin-off spawned a short second license that ended four years later with the Devil’s Logo. The Ghosts ‘n Goblins franchise ran until 2010 before it, in turn, fell into oblivion.

These legendary Game Boy games that you may have forgotten

If we’re not talking about the famous Castlevania here, vampires are still welcome. We have already chosen to conjure up the parody version of Castlevania, unknown today. It was Konami who embarked on this project, seeking to develop another vampire game, less dangerous than the one that offers the bloody hunts of the Belmont family. As its name suggests, Kid Dracula immerses us in the skin of the famous Count’s son imagined by Bram Stoker. Combined with well-thought-out humorous winks, Kid Dracula was a fine game that would mark the childhoods of many young players.

These legendary Game Boy games that you may have forgotten

Kid Icarus: About Legends and Monsters (1992)

We’re back for the NES sequel with Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters. This action and platform game offered a complete adventure that quickly elevated it to the status of a 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 are a Super Smash Bros. player, you probably know the hero Kid Icarus who is none other than Pit. A little extra anecdote: It’s one of the only Nintendo games that hasn’t been released in Japan.

These legendary Game Boy games that you may have forgotten

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

These legendary Game Boy games that you may have forgotten

For Dynablaster, the name of this game is definitely unknown to you. However, it is part of a very famous world, the Final Fantasy world. The game was also called Final Fantasy Adventure in the United States. Envisioned as part of the Square Enix franchise, Mystic Quest is a 2D action RPG that puts you in the role of an ex-slave on an adventure to save a mighty mana tree. If this name means something to you, it’s not for nothing. Mystic Quest is actually the father of the other Secret of Mana and Sword of Mana. As such, it is a staple of the genre, which is unfortunately often forgotten.

These legendary Game Boy games that you may have forgotten

We end up with a game that has unfortunately been forgotten. However, it is one of the most unique role-playing games on the Nintendo console. If the reviews were somewhat mixed upon its release, this first-person game was the childhood of many players. Today it is a title for insiders, it has retained a certain aura with them, more so than the first opus released in 1991. It is also why it was he who made himself available on the Nintendo 3DS in 2012, not its predecessor.

These legendary Game Boy games that you may have forgotten

And you? What forgotten games have marked your Game Boy sessions?

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