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ZOIDS: ZOID Densetsu

Based on the toyline, Zoids Densetsu fails to live up the standard of even that middling property; it was, by far, the worst Game Boy release to that point.

Card Game

So, yeah. It’s a card game.

Cosmo Tank

A game that brushed with greatness but didn’t quite make the connection. Cosmo Tank spans planets, genres, and play modes—it’s incredibly ambitious, and almost a masterpiece.

Catrap

Despite sharing a great deal in common with previous Game Boy puzzlers, Catrap stands out in a crowded field thanks to its innovative, player-friendly rewind feature.

Ultraman Club: Teki Kaijuu o Hakken Seyo!

Ultraman’s debut on Game Boy bears a suspicious similarity to Gundam’s first portable outing. Except instead of taking the form of a brain-dead fighter, it’s more of a…

Ayakashi no Shiro

The first of approximately half a dozen first-person RPGs ever to appear on Game Boy, Ayakashi no Shiro plays by the rules laid down by Wizardry but switches…

Heavyweight Championship Boxing

Game Boy’s first boxing title takes a lot of inspiration from Punch-Out!!… and then just keeps adding stuff and adding stuff, until it collapses into a heap of…

Lock ’N Chase

Data East arrives on Game Boy by dipping back into its vast arcade archives. But this is no rehash—Lock ’N Chase plays more like a sequel than a…

Gargoyle’s Quest

At long last, Capcom makes its debut on Game Boy, and that game—an RPG-inspired Ghosts ’N Goblins spin-off—raises the bar for quality on the platform.

Mercenary Force

Designed by the creators of Deadly Towers, crafted in the image of Bokosuka Wars and King’s Knight, Mercenary Force should by all accounts have been awful. But no,…

Snoopy’s Magic Show

Like so many licensed kids’ games of the ’80s and ’90s, Snoopy’s Magic Show had basically nothing at all to do with Peanuts: A generic action-puzzler. Always remember:…

Soccer Mania

A startlingly wretched take on soccer (the other football) whose only interesting points are its bizarrely huge sprites and the fact that it may have been produced by…

Popeye

Nintendo’s Popeye was a memorable but slightly subpar action game from the golden days of the arcade. Despite its deficiencies, it blew away this sad take on the license…

Daedalian Opus

Dear Vic Tokai, if you have to include an IPA pronunciation guide for your game’s title on the box, maybe use a different name? Especially when that cumbersome…

Blodia

Based on Diablo—no, not THAT Diablo. Blodia draws its track-arranging concept from a 1983 ColecoVision game which in turn probably took cues from Konami’s Loco-Motion. Whatever its heritage… it’s…

Dead Heat Scramble

An interesting, albeit failed, attempt to find a workable format for racing within the cramped confines of the Game Boy hardware. This top-down offroad-ish game doesn’t quite pull…

Ninja Boy

The first portable entry in Culture Brain’s long-running Chinese Land franchise, Ninja Boy is also the worst entry in the series. Don’t be fooled by those big, appealing…

SD Lupin III: Kinko Yaburi Daisakusen

The classic manga and anime comes to Game Boy in the form of… a generic, by-the-numbers puzzler. Because that’s precisely what one of the most beloved (and stylish!)…

Batman: The Video Game

Game Boy’s first tie-in to a Western comic (and movie) property came to us in care of the hottest comic and movie property of the time: Tim Burton’s ultra-stylish…

Cyraid

Featuring a profound lack of brick-headed silver space faces and more than enough surreality to make up for it, Cyraid turns out to be a ladder-kicking platform puzzler……

Qix

Nintendo and Minakuchi Engineering take Taito’s arcade classic under their first-party week to embellish it with multiplayer mechanics and Mario dressed as random ethnic stereotypes.

Serpent

A curious sci-fi reimagining of the game more commonly known as Snake, Taxan’s Serpent takes the venerable arcade classic Blockade and adds special attacks (as well as some sort of…

NFL Football

Game Boy’s first American football release, and its first U.S.-only release. Coincidence? Naw. Konami clings to the outer edges of competence by a thread with this one — it’s…

Penguin Wars

A head-to-head competitive dodgeball game featuring cute animals, because why not? This is a two-player port of a single-player arcade game, and also the Penguin-kun Wars series’ sole journey…