Ultraman Club: Teki Kaijuu o Hakken Seyo!

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.

Heavyweight Championship Boxing

May 18, 1990

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 overcomplicated design. There’s merit here, sadly spoiled by a lack of restraint.

Bases Loaded for Game Boy

March 15, 1990

  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 Jaleco to rename its Little League sim Baseball Kids, though this portable baseball title is much less progressive than the NES game whose identity it lifted.

Master Karateka

December 28, 1989

Master Karateka The final Game Boy release for 1989 was also, fittingly, one of the final games released in the 1980s. In many ways, it makes for a neat summary of how games had changed over the course of the decade. Master Karateka offered gamers a conversion of a classic, American-developed 1984 PC action game to Nintendo’s Japanese […]

Malibu Beach Volleyball

October 31, 1989

Volleyball is one of the worst possible sports you can turn into a video game. That’s probably why there are so few of them; to the best of my reckoning, this is the only one that ever appeared on the original Game Boy. As a sport, volleyball comes in a few different forms: Either the standard […]

Hyper Lode Runner: The Labyrinth of Doom

September 21, 1989

How circular gaming has become. Over the past couple of decades, portable and PC gaming have essentially existed on opposite ends of the medium’s total spectrum; handheld systems lend themselves to low-power, efficient game design, whereas PC developers typically revel in the format’s raw power, sometimes designing games that demand so much processing muscle that […]