Let there be COLOR

Mono­chrome games that were brought to life on the GBC

Retro Gamer - - GAMEBOY COLOR -


This early sports ti­tle is trans­formed on the Game Boy Color. The court is a lush green colour and um­pire Mario is wear­ing his red cap, as he should be. Ob­vi­ously if you have a GBC then your go-to Ten­nis game should be the ex­cel­lent Mario Ten­nis, but the orig­i­nal has a cer­tain charm.


Sa­mus’s sec­ond ad­ven­ture was sup­posed to re­ceive a ded­i­cated Game Boy Color up­date but it never ma­te­ri­alised. That was pos­si­bly be­cause the colourised ver­sion looked so good that a new re­lease wasn’t war­ranted. While playing it’s easy to for­get that this is a mono Game Boy game.


You can’t fail to be en­chanted by this bril­liant plat­former – a se­quel to the NES orig­i­nal – and it looks bet­ter than ever when played on the Game Boy Color. As with Metroid II, the in­tro­duc­tion of colour al­most trans­forms it into a brand-new game, with the sprites pop­ping off the screen.


All three Mario Land games were en­hanced on the Game Boy Color. This is the best of bunch, as the pas­tel-coloured pal­ette lends it­self well to the game’s breezy lev­els. Okay so the coins are not golden, and Mario’s wardrobe is a bit wrong, but we’re happy to let that slide.


Ev­ery­one was wowed when this hit the Game Boy and it didn’t look too far from the SNES orig­i­nal. How­ever the bril­liantly-an­i­mated sprites were of­ten lost in the busy back­grounds. By sim­ply colour­ing the sprites the prob­lem was fixed and the game is trans­formed.

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