June 15, 1990
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.
May 26, 1990
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 primitive proto-Pokémon.
April 20, 1990
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 by Sigma Enterprises.
March 16, 1990
A pretty solid port of Konami’s oddball shooter/puzzle arcade hybrid, which boasts some serious creative talent (seriously, it’s like the entire future Treasure team). Although this conversion loses the cooperative play feature, it’s otherwise quite faithful. Not a masterpiece, but an interesting novelty to be sure.
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.
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).