Which of the retro Game Boy models is your favorite?
>Original Game Boy
Thick "brick" design, needs four AA batteries, comparatively lower battery life than other models, "puke green" screen, screen is prone to ghosting, white / grayish plastic is prone to discoloration
>Game Boy Pocket
Substantially smaller than the original, uses just two AAA batteries, has a larger screen than both the original and Color models, screen is no longer "puke green," comes with or without the power LED indicator
>Game Boy Color
More processing power and RAM, games are in color, smaller design than the original Game Boy, screen quality is a step up from the Pocket, back labels are prone to fading and wearing
For nostalgia purposes the big brick OG is pretty great. 4 shades of green, loud speaker with plenty of mid-bass resonance, nice "scanline"-ish effect as each blocky pixel is separated from the others.
Horrible, horrible screen ghosting, but the games were designed with it in mind and adds and it's kind of fun in a sort of masochistic, "get off my lawn kids" kind of way.
My favorite color is the Play it Loud red edition, partly because the strong red sets up a nice color combo with the green screen, but mostly because it's the model I had as a kid.
Downsides are that it's not really that ergonomic- it's big and heavy with a mostly rectangular cross-section that's not a great fit for human hands. Additionally the low grip position causes a tendency for the system to rotate forwards that must be counteracted in use. Finally the screen is set too far into the bezel, meaning it's impossible/difficult to find a lighting setup that 1. allows all of the screen to be seen and not shadowed and 2. doesn't have glare.
The size and clarity of the pocket is nice, but the black-and-white palettes just don't do it for me. The GB Light is great and all but not available in NA === irrelevant.
The GBC (atomic purple 4 lyfe) is my favorite for actual playability reasons (size, weight, curved back, clearer screen) but it's lame that they didn't include a proper shades-of-green palette.
I play grey cartridges on my DMG and black carts on my GBC.
The bulky original is the only one I spent significant time with until I got the GBA around the time it came out. In terms of overall performance I don't see how anyone wouldn't pick the GBC, though. The GBA was more comfortable to hold for me. I just played GB games on it once I got it.
I would have loved to see a Game Boy version of this. Of course, there wouldn't be room for physical cartridge support, but it could have several GB ROMs with built-in Flash storage.
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nostalgia for the pocket cause i had one. My friend had the big brick, and i had another friend that had the color.
The size of the pocket was nice. links awakening is soo much better in color.
so, though i have a weakness for the pocket, the color to me was best.
...now the sp was handheld jesus. Backlit and works with all 3 types of gameboy cartridges, FUCK YEAH.
I sometimes wonder if Rare knew beforehand about the Super Game Boy/Game Boy Pocket, because Super RC Pro-Am was not very well-suited to the OG GB. The blurring is so bad that you can't make out much of anything on the track.
Had a dandelion Game Boy Color since I got it in 1999. Loved it. Extra processing power meant no screen blur, and the LCD looks absolutely gorgeous in sunlight. I had a chair by a window in my house that was the perfect place to play. Also had a worm light for night time.
Pic related, my Game Boy collection.
Most of us are just griping that the thing wasn't available overseas, even though everyone would have bought it.
My first handheld was a Game Boy Color, but I would have sacrificed color if it meant being able to play Wario Land 2 under the covers.
It's not technically /vr/, but my AGS-101 is my waifu. Playing GBC games on it is almost like playing them on a whole new system.
Only thing I don't like is how the GBC carts stick out the bottom, which makes me consider doing one of those silly mods where you hide an AGS guts in an old DMG shell.
>like playing them on a whole new system.
Probably because it's a whole new system, complete with way too dark and way too saturated colors for GBC games (due to the new LCD tech), smaller screen for GBC games (due to higher DPI) and the slot on the wrong end (matters for cool shit like Kirby Tilt'n'Tumble)
>comparatively lower battery life than other models,
I dunno about this. The only type of Game Boy I ever owned was the old gray brick, but those four batteries lasted a really long time. Somewhere around 60 hours.
I really like the original Gameboy. It just feels good in my hands.
according to Wikipedia
>Power: 6 V, 0.7 W (4 AA batteries provide 15–30+ hours)
which to me sounds more realistic. The GBC is listed as
>internal: 2 AA batteries, 30+ hours of gameplay
though in reality 20h is a good ballpark number. The 120h is completely off.
>The Nintendo 3DS comes with a 1300 mAh lithium ion battery. Its longevity fluctuates between 3 and 5 hours while playing Nintendo 3DS games and between 5 to 8 hours while playing Nintendo DS games
definitely. Even with the GBA Nintendo still aimed at battery power. The processor in it is deliberately underclocked, to run more power efficiently, and with the exception of the Micro, the line is targetting 20+ hours. It went downhill after that, with the NDS having 20h as upper limit, going down as far as 4 or 5h if you max the light.
It depended on the situation. I had a pocket, an original and a colour.
If I was out of the house, and knew I wasn't going to get extra batteries, id play on my original. Examples of this would be during long car rides and vacation trips to places. The battery on the original gameboy is amazing, that shit would last like, 20 hours. In fact, I'd say that out of the pocket, and colour, I played more hours on my original then on the colour or pocket.
I honestly didn't use my pocket too much. It was more preferable to the original in many cases because of the better looking screen and graphics. Far less ghosting as well. Games like mr. Game and watch gallery look miles and miles better when played on the pocket as opposed to the original.
When the colour came out I would simply use that almost every time as opposed to using the pocket.
I recall one vacation, where I was desperately trying to beat one of the latter dungeons in links awakening DX. My pocket and colour had aleady died on me, but I was able to pull through and beat the game using batteries I mixed and matched. (Anyone remember that trick? Taking old batteries and mixing them with new ones to get extended mileage out of your batteries..?)
Oh and some fun facts: Pokemon gold and silver work perfectly fine on an old gameboy. It's crystal that is a Gbc exclusive.
Man, I could talk about my gameboy experiences all day... Nintendo always brought me such joy to my life. And I didn't even touch ok GBA...
I still have my grey brick in the hard plastic travel case. Lives in my truck. Still love that thing. The GBColor was complete shit. I'd rather have black on OD than that terrible color anyday! Plus, its so easy to hold the brick. Better size; smaller isn't always better.
I love this so much that I made a similar pic because I forgot to save it and couldn't find it again.
Made one 2 years ago, no pics at hand sorry:
There is a little light below the screen line, but not much. The problem with frontlights are that over time condensation or something seems to build up between the layers. I've had two go completely foggy and unuseable.
That and frontlighting looks fucking dreadful in the first place. The light panel from the SP needs to go in sideways, making it look blurry as hell and the lighting is uneven.
Really not worth it unless you just make a disposable one for reddit points.
>Oh and some fun facts: Pokemon gold and silver work perfectly fine on an old gameboy. It's crystal that is a Gbc exclusive.
Do people not know this?
Anything in an old-style cart works in the original.
Grey cart - Gameboy
Black cart - same but also has palettes for when used in GBC
I'm pretty sure there wasn't a clear variation of the GBC, but there is a clear Pocket.
You may check eBay to see if there's an aftermarket clear GBC housing though. I hope you like the feel of rough plastic.
>does anyone know if aftermarket battery covers are any good?
They are not. They're made from the same cheap, rough plastic as the aftermarket shells. Some of the color tones are even off by a few shades.
One on the right.
Although I just use my gba:sp at most time
It eventually happened.
Even had a little handle thingy for you to attach phone straps, keychains etc
I've got a bunch of original Game Boys and while I love them I just prefer my GBC. Here are the reasons:
1) I honestly can't make out anything on the screen of the original GB anymore. I don't know how my eyes did that. I guess I got old.
2) 4 batteries is insane. Who would want that?
3) It fits nicely in my pocket
4) Once you hold the original GB in your hands its seriously way bigger than you had remembered
5) Which means that I can hold the GBC just fine
6) I like the fact that I can change the colours/shades of original GB games on the GBC
7) I have a few GBC games so I do not need to switch handhelds
8) I love the way my transparent GBC looks like
I just wish the sensor would have removed that 2 player cable (forgot the word). The sensor was a GREAT IDEA but what games really supported it? Almost none. With Mission Impossible you could use your GBC as your TV remote (which I did).
Please tell me about this GB BOY. What is it? Some cheap knock off? I own the right one- original Nintendo GBC but the GB BOY COLOUR actually looks great. The screen is way way brighter and better to see making the actual GBC look like a cheap rip off. So please tell me all about it!
> Absolutely no mention of the rich audio quality of the original Gameboy over the downgrade in quality that the GBP and GBC brought with them, one of the reasons original models were turned into hipster musician hacking projects for Chiptune music.
I played a lot of gameboy Color because of DWM/2. Not sure if I played more of Pokemon Blue on my Pocket though. I was lucky enough to not have to deal with the first brick one, my friend had one and i wasn't interested
>can't afford Gameboy 25 years ago at original release
>can't afford Gameboy 25 years later because it's a vintage
>fucking goddamn hipsters
The original Gameboy is too iconic. More primitive than an NES, it stayed on top for three generations and was so goddamn successful even by the end that the N64 got a transfer pack to leech off it.
I felt bad for people who had a Pocket or Color. They could've just bought a Gameboy in the late 80's and stuck with it all that time, getting 10/10 games from beginning to end. The advance was a poor follow-up.
>>can't afford Gameboy 25 years later because it's a vintage
Maybe if you're a retard who only pays eBay prices. I snagged my original GB with a battery cover for $25.
I got the pocket for christmas the year the colour was released. Didn't ask for it and it was random as hell by my mom, but my brother and I appreciated it. Had a lot of fun with it.
For my birthday two years ago my bro got me an OG GB, which I wanted to play on the train on the way to work. I love it. I got over 40 hours out of the batteries he put in it, which he had already played a bit on.
So yeah, OG 4 lyfe.
I grew up with a Game Gear, so I'm too spoiled for the plain old unlit Game Boy and GBC. I gotta use a NOT RETRO for my GB games even though >>2890016 is right about pretty much everything he says.
If you're OK with Chinese ripoffs, the revo k101 plays GBA cartridges. I also emulates everying less powerful than a snes (lol)
I seem to recall seeing someone with a clear game boy color once and they claimed they got it imported from another country.
I don't remember.
You may also be thinking of the Game Boy Horror, a clear GBC that is used in Luigi's Mansion.
It was fun to watch them go from dirt cheap because nobody wanted them to super expensive because nobody wanted them.
My experience with it so far: the screen ratio sucks but nothing that affects the gameplay. The d-pad quality is disappointing, but you can easily mod it by swapping in the original GB dpad (I recommend buying a cheap broken GB and swap dpads, like a did with mine). I didn't actually notice any emulation flaws on any of the games I tested except for some of them that had their sound playing a bit faster, but almost unnoticeable.
So far its the best alternative I found to making or buying those expensive and complicated modded gbs. (Though these should offer a better experience)
BTW the GBBoy is laughably low priced, just get one already.
source: https://imgur.com/a/RKLmo from /r/gameboymarketplace
>facts that offend my ignorant view of reality are shitposts.
When did 4chan become a "safe space"? I'd support abortion up the the 60th trimester if if would rid us of scum like you.
>Oh and some fun facts: Pokemon gold and silver work perfectly fine on an old gameboy. It's crystal that is a Gbc exclusive.
Fun fact: the Korean versions of Gold and Silver only work on the GBC because the extra RAM was used to process the Chosungul/Hangul; although an alphabet the letters are placed into syllabic blocks.
Actually, and this is quite a scandal that I'm breaking, Sonic 2 was a sprite change of a Japanese game called "Donkey Donkey Picnic," and Japan got the real version of Sonic 2 for the Genesis, which was later released as Sonic ADVENTURE 2 for the Dreamcast.
>I felt bad for people who had a Pocket or Color. They could've just bought a Gameboy in the late 80's and stuck with it all that time
Or they just traded in for Pockets and Colors so they could have smaller handhelds, deal with less batteries, and in the Color's case, have access to more games. What the hell is there to feel sorry for?
considering the image quality of the GBC is a gigantic improvement over the DMG, it sounds a lot like anon was just complaining about sour grapes.
I did not bother with a GameBoy before the GBC, precisely because their display was just not worth my money.
Fuh-hucking lime green GBC all days every day. Shit got me straight C's through highschool.