Is Nintendo Creating a Game Boy Classic?

In recent years, Nintendo’s started getting into the mini retro consoles market. They’ve released the NES Classic Mini, a redone version of the NES with 30 games that ended up being a major phenomenon. They’ve released the SNES Mini, with another 30-odd classic SNES games and just as much hype behind it as the NES version.

And now it seems the pattern may continue even further in future. Why? Because an interesting trademark has been found for a possible Game Boy Mini too! Yup, forget the N64, it seems the Game Boy may be Nintendo’s next console to get a retro revival.

That’s good news for both Nintendo fans and the general public, alike since not only were the NES and SNES Mini’s fantastic pieces of kit, but the Game Boy was an incredible console in its day too. From Super Mario Land to Link’s Awakening and the original two generations of Pokémon titles, all manner of great games were released for it over its long lifespan.

So, a mini version that you could hook up to your TV (or even play anywhere in the world) would be amazing to see.

But it’d also leave Nintendo with a few key questions to answer too.

For one thing, what games would they feature on the system?

Sure, Super Mario Land 1 and 2 are basically a given, and titles like Pokémon Red/Blue or Zelda Link’s Awakening would be sure fire inclusions as well.

Yet the Game Boy has a massive library of games, and that small selection is only scratching the surface.

Indeed, here are 25 easy inclusions I can think of right off the bat, without even having to delve in the Game Boy Advance lineup:

  1. Super Mario Land
  2. Super Mario Land 2
  3. Wario Land
  4. The Legend of Zelda Link’s Awakening
  5. Metroid 2
  6. Pokémon Red/Blue
  7. Pokémon Gold/Silver
  8. Kirby’s Dream Land
  9. The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages
  10. The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Seasons
  11. Donkey Kong Land
  12. Kid Icarus of Myths and Monsters
  13. Kirby’s Dream Land 2
  14. Donkey Kong 98
  15. Tetris
  16. Wario Land 2
  17. Wario Land 3
  18. Dr Mario
  19. Mega Man V
  20. Shantae
  21. Gargoyle’s Quest
  22. Final Fantasy Adventure
  23. Castlevania II
  24. Harvest Moon
  25. Super Mario Bros DX

And that’s without looking into genres I don’t know about (shoot em ups, beat em ups, party games) or cut down ports of home console titles that are still good in their own right (ala DuckTales).

So, the library has quite a few choices to go through. But it’s not the only thing that requires some important decisions to be made here.

No, the choice of which types of Game Boy games to support is another one that needs thinking about. After all, while we know the original Game Boy had some great titles, it’s not the only Game Boy console out there. The Game Boy Colour and Game Boy Advance exist too.
This leaves Nintendo with three choices:

  1. Include only greyscale Game Boy titles
  2. Include both Game Boy and Game Boy Colour ones
  3. As well as include those PLUS Game Boy Advance games

They’ll get a great games lineup either way, but it could make the difference between the console being a decent Christmas bonus and something people would be lining to buy for years to come. Can you imagine playing a console with all four Wario Land games and the two original Super Mario Land ones? Or with a massive four or five Zelda games to choose from?

That would blow the NES and SNES Classic devices out of the water.

Either way though, the idea of a Game Boy Classic is a fantastic one, and one we really hope Nintendo go through with at some point in time. It’s every old school gamer’s dream micro console!


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