Is it worth buying a gameboy color?

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Posted by Habsrule31 (115 posts) 3 years, 9 months ago

Poll: Is it worth buying a gameboy color? (25 votes)

Yes 56%
No 36%

I am looking at purchasing a gameboy color just for fun and to play the older games. Do you think it would be worth it for around $25-$40 coming with at least one game?

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#1 Edited by outworld222 (2856 posts) -

I think it would be. But go to gamerankings.com and click the game boy color and then click for the best of the games of game boy color. That way you could have a pretty good idea of what the good games are on the system, and which ones you may be interested in.

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#2 Edited by Habsrule31 (115 posts) -

@outworld222: Thanks. I just went to the website right now and have been looking at the games. Two games that I could potentially get are in the top 10 and this website is awesome! Thanks!

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#3 Posted by outworld222 (2856 posts) -

@Habsrule31 said:

@outworld222: Thanks. I just went to the website right now and have been looking at the games. Two games that I could potentially get are in the top 10 and this website is awesome! Thanks!

You're very much welcome. :)

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#4 Posted by turtlethetaffer (18583 posts) -

Sure if you really want it. That's a good price for such an old system. I personally wouldn't buy it because I have a working GBASP and a 3DS (and there are a ton of GBC games on the 3DS virtual Console.)

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#5 Posted by Habsrule31 (115 posts) -

@turtlethetaffer: Do you get the GBC pokemon games on the 3ds? I was inquiring about the 3DS as well since I wanna get another handheld.

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#6 Posted by Jaysonguy (39454 posts) -

No not at all

A smarter thing is to buy a Gameboy player

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#7 Edited by turtlethetaffer (18583 posts) -

@Habsrule31: No. I've played the original Pokemon games and I find no value in them for myself. My first Pokemon game was Crystal, and that game already made Red/ Blue obsolete in almost every way.

Anyways, you might be better off getting a GBASP or 3DS, that way you have access to more than one library.

Look at it this way.

GBC- Gameboy, Gameboy Color Library

GBASP- Game boy, Gameboy color, gameboy Advance Library

3DS- Gameboy, Gameboy Color (both on the virtual console, along with some NES games) entire DS library and 3DS library.

I'd say get the GBASP, and the 3DS. You should be able to find a solid GBASP for around 40 bucks (or at least I did) and it was worth it. Across those two systems, you'll find a shit ton of great games to play on various libraries.

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#8 Posted by Habsrule31 (115 posts) -

@turtlethetaffer: I will defiantly be targeting all three and make a decision in the upcoming days. I know I can get a GBC and 3DS used but have had no luck with the GBASP. I will continue to look though as I am highly interested in one of these handhelds. Thanks a lot for the help!

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#9 Posted by Minishdriveby (10520 posts) -

An SP would be a better recommendation since it comes with a backlight.

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#10 Posted by tocool340 (21117 posts) -

Ummm.....no. A gameboy advance SP or GBA Micro would be a better investment...

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#11 Posted by voljin1987 (988 posts) -

@tocool340: micro cannot play gbc games.. but yeah sp is a better choice

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#12 Posted by Randolph (10542 posts) -

@Minishdriveby said:

An SP would be a better recommendation since it comes with a backlight.

Yep, GBC was neat for it's time, but it was still nigh unplayable outside of absolutely ideal positioning/lighting conditions.

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#13 Posted by Habsrule31 (115 posts) -

@Minishdriveby: I have inquired about a SP but no response yet. If I don't here back in the next couple days i'm thinking of maybe just investing in a 3DSXL

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#14 Posted by achilles614 (5293 posts) -

@Randolph: I play my teal GBC just about every day, for me it's very comfortable to hold and I guess the lighting is fine in my apartment.

You can find an SP for really cheap, certainly less than $40. I just bought my girlfriend a Kiwi GBC for $20 shipped, and a little while back a boxed GBA for $40. A cheap SP is definitely obtainable.

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#15 Posted by tocool340 (21117 posts) -

@voljin1987: Right...I completely forgot about that lol...

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#16 Edited by Megavideogamer (6349 posts) -

Yes it is worth buying a Gameboy color if you want to play some of the games you missed. To play the games on the original hardware is just a nice touch. Even though you can use a GBA or GBA advance. Or a gameboy player. But if you want to play the games as original as possible. Than a Gameboy Color system is the way to go.

Gameboy color is actually the "Gameboy 2" a different system from the original Gameboy. Which took 11 years for Nintendo to get around to releasing their first color handheld.

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#17 Posted by turtlethetaffer (18583 posts) -

@Habsrule31: Glad to be of service

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#18 Edited by Ovirew (8096 posts) -

The Gameboy Color was a good game system. I remember I spent much of 1999-2001 or so playing on mine. One thing I will say is that it didn't have a really huge library of games to choose from, but that could be a plus if you want to save some money. If you also include GB games, then the library is a bit bigger.

Some games I would recommend...

Pokémon Gold or Silver (or Crystal), Zelda Link's Awakening DX, Zelda Oracle of Seasons, Zelda Oracle of Ages, Mario Tennis and Dragon Warrior Monsters.

I could recommend more, but I don't want to overwhelm you. Here is a list on Wikipedia of GBC games, not sure how accurate it is.

I would also mention that the Gameboy Advance had a much bigger library of games, and the DS had an even bigger library yet. But you will probably pay more for those systems and games.

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#19 Edited by Grieverr (2835 posts) -

If the games you want are available on the eShop, I'd recommend the 3DS. It's a nice piece of hardware. The games will probably also be cheaper on the eShop than buying the physical cartridges.

Otherwise, The GBASP is your best bet. Like others have said, you can play GB, GBC, and GBA games on it. Find a model 101 for a backlit screen, which looks way better than the more common front lit screen.

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#20 Posted by Habsrule31 (115 posts) -

@Grieverr: Do you know if you can get the older Pokemon games or Zelda DX on the e-shop?

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#21 Posted by CountBleck12 (4740 posts) -

Well I don't know.... I do like the GBC being it was one of my first gaming handhelds but I already know a few games like Pokemon that would not save their files. Let's say you barely started an adventure then you want to save the game and turn it off, next time you play it the data that you save will be deleted every time. I have this kind of problem with Pokemon Silver though I'm not sure if this applies to other games.

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#22 Edited by Habsrule31 (115 posts) -

@CountBleck12: Has anyone else had these problems?

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#23 Edited by Grieverr (2835 posts) -

@Habsrule31 said:

@Grieverr: Do you know if you can get the older Pokemon games or Zelda DX on the e-shop?

Zelda DX is there. As well as Oracle of Seasons/Ages.

There are no classic Pokemon games on the eShop. Actually, I don't think there any actual Pokemon games on the eShop, just things like the Bank and Pokedex.

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#24 Posted by achilles614 (5293 posts) -

@CountBleck12 said:

Well I don't know.... I do like the GBC being it was one of my first gaming handhelds but I already know a few games like Pokemon that would not save their files. Let's say you barely started an adventure then you want to save the game and turn it off, next time you play it the data that you save will be deleted every time. I have this kind of problem with Pokemon Silver though I'm not sure if this applies to other games.

That's because the battery used to keep the save data in memory is dead, replacing the battery should fix the save issue.

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#25 Edited by Ovirew (8096 posts) -

@Grieverr said:

@Habsrule31 said:

@Grieverr: Do you know if you can get the older Pokemon games or Zelda DX on the e-shop?

Zelda DX is there. As well as Oracle of Seasons/Ages.

There are no classic Pokemon games on the eShop. Actually, I don't think there any actual Pokemon games on the eShop, just things like the Bank and Pokedex.

Yeah, aside from the digital versions of Pokémon X and Y. It will be cool if those stay on there for years to come, but it's odd that Nintendo never released any of the older Pokémon games in virtual console form.

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#26 Edited by lebanese_boy (14569 posts) -

I would say go with the GBA SP. It plays all game boy games including colour and advance. Plus you get a backlit screen.

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#27 Posted by 4myAmuzumament (1791 posts) -

just make sure you try and find Kirby Tilt N Tumble.

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#28 Posted by Glitter (355 posts) -

You are better off getting a Gameboy Player and getting the Gameboy Color games or whatever else you want for it. Gameboy Color games look good when using them on the Gameboy Player or by other means that I will not mention.

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#29 Posted by SpiderLuke (716 posts) -

Gameboy Advance SP

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#30 Posted by Ovirew (8096 posts) -

@4myAmuzumament:

oh that was a pretty cool game, I actually forget about it from time to time. Possibly the first notable game controlled by tilt motion?

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#32 Edited by 4myAmuzumament (1791 posts) -
@Ovirew said:

@4myAmuzumament:

oh that was a pretty cool game, I actually forget about it from time to time. Possibly the first notable game controlled by tilt motion?

Indeed, it was. I don't know how it wasn't more popular. Especially with the kickass ad they gave it.

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