The best of the Game Boy Color: a guide

As we live through the nostalgia of celebrating the 20th anniversaries of the system’s best releases, it’s a great time to revisit the Game Boy Color and play some old and new favorites! (As well as some original Game Boy releases celebrating their 30th!) We’ve spent… well, a lot of time with the library over here, and we’ve compiled a list of the games you simply shouldn’t miss on the platform. Read on, will you?

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Pocket Billiards: Funk the 9-Ball’s aesthetic makes a simple pool game stand out

There are a lot of pool games out there and frankly, it can be difficult for some to find a place for themselves. Especially in the case of the Game Boy and Game Boy Color. You have games with generic titles like Billiard Club, Championship Pool, Pocket Color Billiard, Pro Pool and Side Pocket. The lone exception was a strange little game called Pocket Billiard: Funk the 9-Ball. In a world where lots of games tried to sell themselves by just showing billiard balls on the cover, this one gave us a dog boy named Break and a frog girl named Rack.

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Let’s look at Atlus’ and Sega’s Purikura adventures

Back in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Atlus was involved in a venture you wouldn’t expect. The company was a part of the Print Club fad. Though, you might recognize it as Purikura. This was a sensation where you popped into a photo booth, took some pictures, then added frames, words and accents to little pictures that would print out on stickers. (People who played Yakuza Kiwami may remember the Purikura photo booths!) It was a big deal at the time, but do you know how far it really went? Let’s review!

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How early Hamtaro games were secretly awesome

What do you know about Hamtaro? There is a very good chance that the response could be, “Not a whole lot.” But, if you owned a Game Boy Color or Game Boy Advance in 2002 and 2003, you might be one of the few who knows a surprising secret. That is, there were two Hamtaro games that were absolutely awesome. Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! and Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak were both adventure games that actually required you to learn a new language and explore towns to help hamster-kind. Both of these games are surprisingly good, and that’s before Mario & Luigi developer AlphaDream took over the series with Hamtaro: Rainbow Rescue.

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Let’s look over the Penguin Wars timeline

Players often run into long-standing engagements in video games, perhaps never really grasping what is going on or what every fight entails. Penguin Wars is returning to modern consoles in a big way. But, with so many entries in the series referred to as simply Penguin Wars, it may be difficult to tell what is different. Fortunately, we are here to look through the series’ timeline and better understand what happens in each tournament.

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