Would Game Boy have sold more during the 80’s?

There is no doubt that Game Boy and the Game Boy Color are two of the most popular handheld game systems of all time.  Most of the games that were featured on handheld game consoles including the Pokémon series, Zelda: Link’s Awakening were amazing.  The Pokémon series looked like it could have worked out well on the NES back in the 80’s considering the fact that various versions of the game such as red, blue and yellow were a major success.


When it comes down to handheld game systems Game Boy and Game Boy Color had games that like Pokémon that highly resembled the graphics of the 8 bit NES which as popular back in the 80’s.  Even though, the original Game Boy was released back in 1989, there are some who believe that the console would have sold more if it was released shortly after the NES first appeared in the summer of 1983. Even though, Game Boy had Star out with black and white graphics before Game Color was released in 1998 it still could have blown up in terms of sales back in the 80’s.  

Should Zelda: Oracle of Ages have been on the Ninendo Gamecube?

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When it comes down to the Legend of Zelda series Nintendo has produced many great titles for various game consoles over the past three decades.  Generally, when it comes down to choosing between old school titles from the 80’s-00’s and modern games its difficult for people to decide which one is the best overall in the series.  The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons may not be considered the best game in the entire series but it was definitely one that was fun to play for the Game Boy Color back in the early 00’s.  Even though, Zelda Oracle of Seasons was a 8 bit title for the Game Boy Advance it was still a considered a popular game along with Zelda: Oracle of Ages.

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Looking back of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages some people would probably agree that having both games on the Nintendo GameCube or even playable on the Wii through Virtual Console would have been cool back in the 00’s.   For the Nintendo Gamecube we had games such as the Legend of Zelda Wind Waker which was probably one of the most popular games in the series during the early 00’s.  But it would have been great to have Oracle of Seasons on the Nintendo Gamecube with the same exact graphics and gameplay as well.  Both Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Ages could have been released as a two for one bundle at a very expensive price similar to hos the Sonic the Hedgehog Mega Collection was back in the day.

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Even though, Zelda Oracle of Seasons was released for the Game Boy Advance it still managed to sell over a million units worldwide along with Oracle of Ages. If both Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Age was released for the NES back in the early 90’s it probably would have done much better than it done for the Game Color.  Seeing both Zelda games as 3D titles would have been interesting as well but at the same time the old school 8 bit appeal would have been lost in the process.

Could Wario easily replace Bowser as Mario’s main nemesis?

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When we thing about Wario playing the role as Mario’s arch-nemesis one of the first games that comes to mind is Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins which was released in the early 90’s for the original Game Boy handheld console.  In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Wario  was a different type of villain and did not seem as menacing as Bowser.  Instead of kidnapping Mario’s girlfriend Princess Peach Wario took control of his castle because he wanted to be like him very badly.   Unfortunately, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, was really the only game where Wario got to play a big role in the Super Mario series as the main antagonist of any title.  If Wario remained a villain longer than he did back in the early 90’s he could have proven to be a more interesting but not necessarily formidable foe.

While the boss battle with Wario in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins was rather difficult some might argue that constantly fighting Bowser in multiple games had become repetitive.    As great as Bowser was in being the main antagonist of the Super Mario series many believe that Wario had just as much potential.   If Wario was utilized as the main antagonist in Super Mario games on consoles such as the  Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64, GameCube and the Wii he could have became more popular.   But one the other hand if Wario was constantly the main villain of the Super Mario series he probably would not have own video games.  While some people look at Wario as a second rate ripoff of Mario others see him as a character with the potential to be a great villain in the series.  Despite, playing a big role in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins it would be hard to say on whether or not he could replace the likes of Bowser as the main villain of the Super Mario series altogether.

 

Retro Games- Pokemon Gold & Silver: (1999)

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When it comes down to gaming there is nothing like the classics especially during the late 90’s and early 00’s.  Shortly after the releases of Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow Game Freak had went on to develop more titles for handheld consoles such as Game Boy and Game Boy Color.   Pokemon Gold & Silver was first released in Japan in late 1999 prior to being available in countries such as America in the year 2000.  The great thing about Pokemon Gold & Silver was the fact that the games themselves were not radically different from Red, Blue and Yellow.  In Pokemon Gold & Silver people had to progress throughout the game to earn various badges along with battling the Elite Four towards the end of the game.  Pokemon Gold & Silver introduces some new gym leaders to this game including Faulkner, Bugsy, Whitney, Morty, Chuck, Jasmine and Oryxes.   Along with having new gym leaders in Pokemon Gold & Silver both games saw the return of some old ones such as Brock, Misty, Lt. Surge, Erika, Sabrina and Blaine from Red, Blue and Yellow.  Also, during the beginning of both games players have the option of choosing what type of Pokemon they want to start off with.  Similar to Red & Blue the Silver and Gold versions of Pokemon give players an option to choose between fire, water, and a grass type Pokemon.

Whatever type of Pokemon one chooses to start off with in the game will play a significant role in determining what type of strategies they will use to defeat each gym leader especially towards the beginning of the game.  Since players have less Pokemon in the beginning of the game when they participate in gym battles they have to capture certain types of creatures to have a successful chance on defeating the leaders along with their associates.  Capturing other Pokemon and leveling them up before gym battles are always helpful especially if one is knowledgeable about their strengths and weaknesses in relation to what type of creatures they are dealing with. Some people might argue that the beginning of Pokemon Silver and Gold is not as difficult as Red, Blue or especially Yellow since the first three gym leaders utilize flying, bug and normal type creatures.  Whether a player chooses Chikorita, Cyndaquil or Totodile in the beginning of the game is not as much of a big deal since none of them are necessarily weak against flying, bug or normal type Pokemon.

It was usually tougher in Pokemon Yellow since players had to start of with Pikachu and catch other Pokemon to battle rock type creatures in the very beginning. Also, in Pokemon Red & Blue Pokemon most people were tempted to select Squirtle or Bulbasaur in the beginning since Charmandaer would have had a tough time dealing with rock and water type Pokemon during the first two gym battles.   When it comes down to gym battles in Pokemon Gold and Sliver there are at least fifteen different leaders that people must battle along with dueling the champion in the end.  Even though, players have their plates full with seemingly endless gym battles they also have to deal with Team Rocket as well.   The adventure that players experience in Pokemon Gold & Sliver along with having the opportunity to catch legendary Pokemon such as Raikou, Entei, and Suicune makes both games seem unforgettable.   When it came down to games for handheld consoles in the late 90’s and the early 00’s many people consider them to be classics to this very day.  The original Gold & Sliver Pokemon games were both so good that some people would probably prefer them over HeartGold and SoulSilver for the Nintendo DS.  Anyone who was a true fan of Pokemon back then realize how great both games were along with the fact that Game Freak exceeded their expectations in terms of developing successful sequels to the Red, Blue and Yellow versions of this title.

 

Classic Gaming- Pokemon Red & Blue: (1996)

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There were so many cool things that came out of the 90’s when it came down to gaming.  One of the most memorable gaming titles from the 90’s decade was the Pokémon series which was developed by Game Freak for the Game Boy handheld console and released in Japan in 1996.  Pokémon Red & Blue was not released in America until 1998 and after it came out many people were very excited about both games along with the Green and Yellow version of this title.  While each version of Pokémon was different in some way they were all very similar and just as difficult if you were a first time in this game.  One of the coolest things about this game is the fact that you can play as your own character as opposed to the television series where Ash Ketchum is the main character.  Along with having your their own characters players have the opportunity to choose what type of Pokémon they want have.  The options players had in terms of Pokémon included  Bulbasaur, Charmander and a Squirtle.  As players progress throughout the game they have the opportunity to earn various badges from many different gym leaders.

One of the more realistic aspects of this game included the level up system used for the Pokemon in this game.  If one leveled their Pokémon up to a certain level some of them can eventually evolve into stronger creatures while others required specials to evolve such as Pikachu and Clafairy.   Along with battling gym leaders players will often encounter Team Rocket on different occasions while traveling to various different cities in the game.  As exciting as the in game battles in Pokémon are things start to become more challenging as players get closer to the Elite Four near the end of the game.  If players have caught enough Pokémon and developed special strategies on how to defeat their opponents then taking on the Elite Four is probably not much of a problem for them.  Despite, the level of difficulty Pokémon Red & Blue might present for some people its still a fun game to play that would allow you to get many hours of gameplay.  The save feature in Pokémon was great because it allowed players to save their progress anytime in the game.  When it comes down to classic titles for the original Game Boy Pokémon Red & Blue is considered to be an instant classic that many people enjoyed during the late 90’s when the series as a whole became very popular.

Classic Gaming- The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening: (1993)

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The Legend of Zelda series is probably among the best that Nintendo has ever produced in terms of video games.  The first two Zelda games for the Nintendo Entertainment System were not only exciting but very difficult as well.  The 8-bit enjoyment many people received from the first two Zelda games were followed by “Link to the Past” released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1993.  While “Link to the Past” was considered to be one of the best 2D games for the SNES this title had also been released months after Link’s Awakening during the summer of 1993.  When Link’s Awakening was released for Game Boy many people were generally impressed by various features of the game including the intro, gameplay along with the story of this game.  One of the cool things about Link’s Awakening includes the fact that the story of this game takes place after The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages & Seasons which was not released until 2001.

The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages & Seasons were both released for the Game Boy Color a few years before that Link’s Awakening received a color remake for that same handheld console in 1998.   This game required players to collect the eight instruments of  Sirens from various dungeons in order to awaken the Wind Fish on top of Mt. Tamaranch. In some ways this game is  reminiscent of Zelda II  where players have to gather various crystals as Link and restore them to six different palaces before awakening Princess Zelda.  The main differences between Link’s Awakening and Zelda II is the plot and the gameplay since this title is more like the original 1986 game.  Not only is Link’s Awakening an exciting adventure but it features the appearances of enemy characters from some of the previous Mario games.  This game also includes characters like Yoshi along with chain chomp who are seen towards the beginning of the game but they are both harmless.  You also encounter various enemies from Mario Bros 2 that you have the ability to destroy using the Link’s sword.

One of the many things about Link’a Awakening that stands out includes the fact that the background resembled some of the Pokemon games that were released in the late 90’s.  Some of the towns in the game looked similar to something you would see in a Pokemon game along with a few soundtracks such as “Nave Village” which sounded like a BGM that you would also hear from one of the many titles in that series.  Link’s Awakening also included some special cutscenes during the end of the game along with the one with Marin  towards the beginning which added to the quality of this title considering the fact that it was originally released for Game Boy in the early 90’s.  As you progress throughout Link’s Awakening the game slowly becomes more difficult opposed to the prequel where everything seems tough from beginning to end.  In Link’s Awakening there were many tough stages and some would argue that levels 5, 6 and 7 were among the hardest.

In terms of bosses the nightmare fighters were really difficult and many would say that Moldom and Dethl were among the toughest.  However, despite the amount of difficultly that most people have with nightmare bosses some would argue that the first two bosses in the game were unusually challenging.  Link’s Awakening also featured a pretty good BGM with soundtracks such as Fairy Mountain, Ballad of the Wind Fish, and Mt. Tamaranch  which was possibly one of the best remixes of the overworld theme ever.  Many people who know about Link’s Awakening would agree that it is among one of the best Game Boy games to be released during the 1990’s.   Not only did the quality exceed the expectations of many people but Link’s Awakening was just as exciting as the first two Zelda games especially the Game Boy Color version.  Ever since the release of both versions of Link’s Awakening the game had received praise from publications such as Nintendo Power, IGN and Electronic Gaming Monthly for being one of the best action adventure titles that one can play on a handheld console.  When it comes down to Zelda games Link’s Awakening was  one of the best 2D titles to be released in the 90’s along with Link to the Past.

Gaming Consoles- Game Boy: (1989)

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We all remember when Nintendo had produced the original Game Boy console in 1989.  Nintendo is considered to be one of the most innovative gaming companies of all time because they always found a way to reinvent themselves with a new product or game that was highly in demand.  In the 1980’s the Nintendo Entertainment System was a very popular home based console that provided different types of gameplay that was not seen in many arcades especially when it came to platform & RPG games. The success the that the Nintendo Entertainment System received since its release is unfathomable considering the fact that it sold millions around the world and is considered to be one of the best game consoles of all time.  A couple of years following the release of the Nintendo Entertainment System a handheld game console was developed by Nintendo which was just as fun.  When Nintendo had released the original Game Boy handheld console many people loved the product because it allowed people to play their games anywhere they went.

Game Boy was also convenient because it utilized either AA or AAA batteries depending on what model you used.  The controls for Game Boy were similar to that of the NES because it included a directional pad along with and A & B button.  The controls for Game Boy also featured a select & start button along with additional features that made this hand console stand out.  Some of the additional features Game Boy had included was the universal serial bus (USB) link cable that would allow multiplayer gameplay on one game.  Game Boy was so popular that it sold at least one million units in America within a month due to its excellent features along with gameplay that highly resembles that of the NES. One of the original games for the Nintendo Game Boy included the famous puzzle game known as Tetris which was considered to be the best selling game for that console with over 30 million units worldwide.

As time progressed during the 1990’s games such as Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow became extremely popular and generated sales in the millions since their respective releases.  Along with having so many great titles such as the Pokemon series, Zelda Link’s Awakening, and Dr. Mario Nintendo had created an add on for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System entitled Super Game Boy released in 1994.  The Super Game Boy was worth approximately $60 following its initial release and made anyone who was a hardcore Nintendo fan want to purchase the product if they already owned an SNES game system.  Many people would agree that Nintendo’s Game Boy was a huge improvement from their preceding handheld console known as Game & Watch which was released in 1980.  Also, the Game Boy handheld console was proof among many other things that Nintendo had always found a way to reinvent themselves along with keeping the masses interested in their products.  The development of Game Boy definitely created some competition with the likes of Sega Game Gear and Atari Lynx in the early 90’s which made the gaming experience exciting for everyone.  It has been over 25 years since Game Boy was released by Nintendo and even though it was a long time ago this handheld console is recognized as one of the most influential game systems of all time.