The 3 Best Titles For Nintendo Gameboy

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The Gameboy, first released in 1989 by Nintendo, was a revolution in gaming. For the first time, a handheld device was available that could play games on the go — something that had never been done before. It provided hours of entertainment to children and adults alike, and opened up the world of video games to a much wider audience than ever before. The Gameboy was an instant success. It sold over 118 million units worldwide over its lifespan and was the best selling handheld console of all time until it was surpassed by the Nintendo DS in 2009. Its popularity spawned dozens of spinoff consoles and games, but there are three that stand out among the rest.

The Three Best Games for the Gameboy The three best games for the Gameboy in my opinion are Pokémon Red and Blue (let’s count these as one), The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and Super Mario Land. All three of these games provide players with hours of entertainment, as well as unforgettable experiences and adventure that couldn’t have been replicated on any other console or device at the time. Let’s take a look at each game in more detail to see what makes them so special.

Pokemon Red and Blue

Released in 1996, Pokémon Red and Blue were two of the most popular games for the Gameboy. These games built the foundation for what would go on to be the highest grossing video game series of all time (Pokémon). The plot follows a young Pokémon trainer as they travel around the world catching, training, and battling wild Pokémon in an effort to become the greatest Pokémon Master of all time. Along their journey they must also face off against Team Rocket, an evil organization bent on stealing rare Pokémon for their own nefarious purposes. Both games were highly enjoyable for a variety of reasons. The story is engaging and filled with interesting characters that players can connect with along their journey. The gameplay is simple but rewarding, as players must strategically battle wild Pokémon to progress through the game, while making decisions on which Pokémon to train and level up. The game also has a high replay value as there are hundreds of different types of Pokémon creatures to catch and train — some more powerful than others. Finally, and arguably one of the greatest co-op implementations of all time, players could link up with friends to trade and battle their Pokémon against each other in a exciting multiplayer experience using the revolutionary link cable system.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening was released in 1993 and is considered one of the best games ever made for the Gameboy. The plot follows Link as he attempts to rescue Princess Zelda from an evil sorcerer known as Ganon after being accidentally transported to an alternate version of Hyrule known as Koholint Island. This game stands out from the rest due to its unique art style and soundtrack, which sets it apart from other titles in the series. The gameplay is also top notch, allowing players to explore every corner of Koholint Island while also engaging in thrilling battles with dangerous monsters. With plenty of secrets to uncover and puzzles to solve along your quest, this game will keep you occupied for hours on end.

Super Mario Land

Finally, Super Mario Land was released in 1989 alongside the launch of the Gameboy itself — making it one of the very first titles available for Nintendo’s new handheld device. This game follows Mario as he sets off on an epic quest to save Princess Daisy from Tatanga — an alien that has invaded her kingdom using his armies of robots and monsters. Super Mario Land is an enjoyable experience due to its classic side-scrolling platformer gameplay — something that had never been done before on a handheld device at this time. Players must traverse through challenging levels while avoiding enemies and obstacles and collecting coins along their way. There are also bonus levels that can be unlocked by finding hidden coins throughout each stage — giving players another goal to work towards during their playthroughs.

Whether you’re a fan of old school gaming or just looking for something new to try out on your Gameboy, these three classic titles have something for everyone — making them some of the best games available for Nintendo’s classic handheld device. Pokemon Red and Blue provide an engaging story full of interesting characters and unique creatures to collect, The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening offers an unforgettable adventure through an alternate version Hyrule, and Super Mario Land is classic platformer fun at its finest. Besides these three classic titles there are plenty more great games available for the Gameboy — including Tetris, Donkey Kong Land 2, Kirby’s Dreamland 2 — just to name a few, and I will be covering them in future articles!



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