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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…

Space Invaders

A bare-bones but admirably faithful rendition of the arcade classic. While Taito made some compromises in order to squeeze the game into the tiny handheld, they did so…

Trump Boy

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…

SD Gundam: SD Sengokuden: Kunitori Monogatari

  Game Boy gets its first strategy game and its first Gundam game… and Kunitori Monogatari is pretty lousy at being either. Rather than depicting a cool Gundam, this…

Flappy Special

  Another old-school PC conversion. Another Soukoban variant. DB-Soft and Victor definitely were not on a mission to radically change the way we thinking about Game Boy software…

Penguin Land

A real rarity: A Sega game on Game Boy. Pony Canyon converted a computer port of an old Sega arcade game to Game Boy. Sneaky! A fundamentally good game…

Flipull

Game Boy gets a port of Taito’s arcade game Plotting… under a different title for some reason. Popular in Japan and Europe, Flipull only ever came to the…

Quarth

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…

Bases Loaded for Game Boy

  Bases Loaded for Game Boy isn’t actually Bases Loaded, although it is for Game Boy. The popularity of the Bases Loaded name in the U.S. evidently prompted…

Nemesis

Fans of Gradius might not recognize the name, but they’ll certainly recognize the style and rules of Nemesis. This vertical shooter set a high bar on the Game…

Taikyoku Renju

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…

Othello

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…

Solar Striker

Game Boy’s first vertical shoot-em-up. Simple and clean, Solar Striker may not impress these days, but that’s by design: What seems painfully limited in 2015 made for a…

Heiankyo Alien

The oldest game ever to appear on the original Game Boy, Heiankyo Alien faithfully adapts the classic PC trap-’em-up by the same name as well as introducing a visually…

World Bowling

The first of what would be many bowling-based games by developer Athena, World Bowling for Game Boy was a nice try… but you can tell this is a…

Hero Shuugou! Pinball Party

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

Wizards & Warriors X: Fortress of Fear

The first Western-developed game for Game Boy… and the first Game Boy release never to reach Japan… and the first game of the ’90s! Fortress of Fear had…