Ishidō: The Way of Stones

August 2, 1990

An adaptation of a Macintosh board game involving matching tiles, slightly compromised by Game Boy’s lack of color and overabundance of puzzlers.

Trump Boy

March 29, 1990

Where SD Gundam was offensively awful, Trump Boy is merely unremarkable in every way. A quick and dirty compilation of four different real-world card games, it lacks any bells or whistles to speak of. Better than a kick to the teeth, but much less memorable.

Taikyoku Renju

February 23, 1990

Towa Chiki’s games typically fell somewhere between “bad” and “dreadful,” but even they had to do something right on occasion. Taikyoku Renju is a nice little adaptation of the Japanese go variant gomoku renju, and it’s good! It even has an English language option, bizarrely enough. Worth hunting down.

Othello

February 9, 1990

A video adaptation of Pressman’s reversi board game. While Acclaim published the NES game on which this rendition was based in the U.S., the Game Boy release was only ever sold in Japan and Europe (where it was published as a Nintendo first-party title).

Hero Shuugou! Pinball Party

January 12, 1990

An uninspiring Japan-only pinball game whose main claim to fame is that it features some obscure Jaleco characters in extremely minor cameo roles.

Battleship

December 22, 1989

  A popular trick among Western video game publishers during the late ’80s and early ’90s in particular was to buy up a popular license — whether for a toy, a film, a TV series, or some other more esoteric media property — and attach it to an existing Japanese game. Given that Japan entered the NES […]

Shogi

December 19, 1989

Shogi was the third Game Boy release to revolve around an endemic Japanese pastime, and the third Game Boy release never to see a release in the West. It’s almost like there’s a pattern evolving, or something. As we venture further into the Game Boy’s life, the disparity between Japanese and Western releases will grow considerably; […]