ex­clu­sives to trea­sure

Six clas­sic GBC games that you won’t find any­where else (Vir­tual Con­sole in­cluded)

Retro Gamer - - GAMEBOY COLOR -

STRANDED KIDS 1999

It may look like a Zelda clone, but this is a unique, open-ended ad­ven­ture where you have to sur­vive on a desert is­land by for­ag­ing and craft­ing. It’s ut­terly charm­ing and cap­ti­vat­ing through­out. Fol­lowed by a se­quel, and suc­ceeded by the Lost In Blue series on Nin­tendo’s DS and Wii.

POKÉ­MON PIN­BALL 1999

All of the Game Boy Color Poké­mon games are on the 3DS Vir­tual Con­sole bar this spin-off. This is pos­si­bly be­cause the orig­i­nal cart in­cludes rum­ble tech (that re­quires its own AAA bat­tery). As portable pin­ball games go it’s one of the best, ri­valling the clas­sic Kirby’s Pin­ball Land.

KIRBY TILT ‘N’ TUM­BLE 2000

An­other ti­tle that in­cluded built-in tech, in this in­stance an ac­celerom­e­ter in­side the cart. By tilt­ing and jerk­ing the Game Boy Color you guide our ro­tund friend around var­i­ous cour­ses, col­lect­ing stars. It’s a riot, ba­si­cally. This was never re­leased in Europe, mak­ing it an im­port favourite.

METAL GEAR SOLID 2000

Ig­nore the ti­tle. This is not an at­tempt to recre­ate the 3D majesty of the Playsta­tion game. Rather it’s a re­turn to the over­head 2D style of the MSX and NES ti­tles, and its brand of stealthy game­play works bril­liantly on the Game Boy Color. Known in Ja­pan as Metal Gear: Ghost Ba­bel.

WAR­LOCKED 2000

Not a par­tic­u­larly well-known ti­tle, but one that fans of re­al­time strategy games should def­i­nitely seek out. You can hap­pily waste hours playing this, mak­ing it per­fect for long jour­neys. It’s tech­ni­cally im­pres­sive too, with very lit­tle slow­down de­spite the com­plex­ity of the game.

WENDY: EV­ERY WITCH WAY 2001

Li­censed didn’t al­ways mean lousy. This whim­si­cal plat­former, fea­tur­ing Wendy the witch from the Casper series, fea­tures a grav­ity gim­mick that trans­forms an or­di­nary game into an ex­cep­tional one. Cre­ator Matt Bo­zon would fol­low this with the first en­try in the Shan­tae series.

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