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Believe it or not, a Diablo game almost released for the Game Boy

Diablown away

Diablo is a long-running franchise for Activision Blizzard, and is certainly loved by millions of fans around the world. It took quite some time for Nintendo fans to get a taste of Diablo via Diablo III on Switch, but it turns out we almost had a chance to go hands-on with an exclusive Diablo game back in the Game Boy days.

As crazy as it seems, there was actually a Diablo title in development for the Game Boy. This would be a game tailor-made for the Game Boy, looking to give Nintendo fans a taste of Diablo's grand adventures on a bite-sized scale. Unfortunately, after a number of months, the call came from higher-up to can the project, as Blizzard had never released a game on cartridge before, and they were worried about a number of factors.

If you want to read more about what the project offered, and how it came to an end, make sure to check out the feature here.

Grab DMG Deals Damage on a Game Boy cartridge today

Yes, a new Game Boy game in 2019!

Looking for a new Game Boy game? To celebrate the Game Boy's 30th anniversary, Ludoscience has released an actual physical version of their new Game Boy game, DMG Deals Damage. The game has you playing as a Game Boy, fighting off other mobile gaming devices. Grab yourself a copy right here!

More details released on 'Analogue Pocket', priced at $199, 1600 x 1440 resolution with 5.6-inch LCD screen, ability to play on TV via HDMI, and more

New details, Oh, boy!

Earlier today, it was announce that Analogue will be releasing a Nintendo Game Boy clone for the modern era. More details have now been released on the upcoming product, and it's looking to be a pretty advanced piece of hardware.

The price for the handheld is a bit steep, with an MSRP of $199. Adjusting for inflation, the original Game Boy costed $169 ($89.99 in 1989). Taking that into account, the price seems a bit more reasonable.

The specs on the system are pretty impressive. Playing Game boy games on a 3.5-inch LCD screen with as high of a resolution as 1600 x 1440 has got to provide a very sharp and clean picture. The ability to play on the TV through a dock via HDMI is a huge plus, and the handheld will support Bluetooth controllers.

Analogue Pocket is a rechargeable, clean, and impressive Game boy redesign launching next year!

Modern Game Boy clone 'Analogue Pocket' announced, supports every Game Boy cartridge (+ other handhelds with adapters)

Game on, boy!

Exciting news this morning! After rumors of the system's development, Analogue has officially announced a Nintendo Game Boy re-imagining for the modern era. The company has previously launched NES and SNES clones in the past with critical acclaim, and now it's time to see what Analogue is capable of in the handheld market.

Upfront, the system is compatible with the Game Boy's entire library from 1989 - 2008, including the original Game Boy, Game Boy Colour, and Game Boy Advance. Adapters will also be available separately for the system, allowing for support with Sega Game Gear, SNK Neo Geo Pocket Colour, and Atari Lynx. This results in a massive game library available immediately for the Analogue Pocket.

Features for the upcoming handheld include many upgrades from the original Game Boy, including an HD display, USB-C charging, improved battery life, and fully mappable controls.

The system does not include built-in ROMs, and is not an emulator. The Analogue Pocket is a revolutionary and faithful recreation of the Game Boy we all know and love, providing cartridge support for each of the system generations. However, the portable system will include a pre-loaded tool known as Nanoloop. This is a synthesizer and sequencer for musicians to have some fun with. Developers will be free to develop their own applications for the hardware.

This information was released earlier than expected. More details can be found in this newly published article.

Nintendo UK reveals the winner of their Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Fan Art competition

Congrats to Chris McAleer!

After numerous entries, Nintendo UK has revealed the winner of their Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Fan Art competition. The winning art, seen above, was created by Chris McAleer, does a great job of tying the original Link's Awakening release to the Switch remake. Chris will get to take home a Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Limited Edition bundle for his winning entry.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening tribute featuring nearly 40k dominoes

Now that's a tribute

The Domino King returns with yet another gaming-themed tribute. This time around, we see a creation that celebrates The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. All it took was nearly 40k dominoes laid out with painstaking attention to detail, and then a couple minutes to watch them all fall!

Let Nintendo UK know why you love your favorite Game Boy games for a chance to win a Switch Lite and four games

A trip down memory lane

Can you believe that it’s been 30 years since the release of the Game Boy in Japan? Game Boy launched 30 years ago in Japan, bringing portable power to the palm of your hand and plenty of great games like Pokémon Yellow Version, Super Mario Land, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and of course, TETRIS®!

To celebrate, we’re running a contest where you can win a Nintendo Switch Lite, as well as a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, TETRIS® 99 and the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Dual Pack! The winner will also receive a 12-month membership to Nintendo Switch Online!

To enter, simply tweet about your favourite Game Boy game, including why it's your favourite, using the hashtag #GameBoy30! One winner will be drawn at random from all entries received by 23:59 BST on Sunday 29th September 2019!

Full contest details here

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening official pin set now available

We've got you pinned

Recapture the magic of the first time you awakened on Koholint Island, featuring two versions of Link, his noble companion Marin and the Hylian Shield.

Set of 4 pins:

- Link
- Marin
- Link Strike
- Hylian Shield

Pins - Up to 1.5" tall

Grab yours here

Pokémon Red and Blue Get Metal Tribute by Ro Panuganti

A metal take on the classics

SEATTLE - September 23, 2019 - Materia Collective has released Metal Trainer, a thrashin' progressive rock and metal cover album featuring nine tracks from the original Pokémon Red and Blue for the Nintendo Game Boy. Arranged and performed by Ro Panuganti--best known for his game music remix performances on YouTube and past albums dedicated to Metroid and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time--Metal Trainer captures the fierce battles, intriguing locales, and remarkable moments Pokémon's heaviest journey yet. Metal Trainer is now available wherever digital music is sold:

"Metal Trainer was started as a simpler, more traditional rock album that people could enjoy hearing live and playing on the go, or working out," comments arranger Ro Panuganti. "I quickly got pulled in the nostalgia of those first Pokémon games, and realized that I had to keep things more progressive rock and metal to properly capture that epic journey. Some of my proudest arranging happened for 'Lavender,' where most of my ideas came when I just had my guitar in a room with no computer. I played with how that song should go in a story, and eventually wrote some of my proudest, spookiest music yet. I hope that listener's feel that innocent charm of Pokémon's city anthems, that fire in your belly from wanting to beat the intimidating gym leaders, and those ghostly chills that came from traversing Lavender Town."

Key themes from across Pokémon Red and Blue are included. The track list for Metal Trainer is as follows:

01. Pokémon Master
02. Viridian
03. A Wild Encounter
04. Pokémon Hospital
05. Mt. Moon
06. Cerulean
07. Lavender
08. Pokémon Mansion
09. Gym Battle

About Ro Panuganti

Ro Panuganti is an active musician, recording and playing in the avante-garde yet remarkable style of progressive rock/metal and more. His skills range from electric guitar to bass, vocal, piano, and a slew of traditional Indian instruments. Influences range from Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and modern prog artists to Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and varieties of musicals and soundtracks.

Ro has been creating rock and metal versions of videogame, television, and movie themes since 2011 and has performed at a variety of events including National Harbor MAGFest (Music and Gaming Festival) in 2017 and ConBravo 2018. His music has been featured on Nickelodeon, Smosh, in small indie games including Bacon Man: An Adventure, and on albums that performed in the Top 20 Bandcamp Albums in their respective genres.

Ro continues to create a variety of game remixes, original music, gear reviews, tutorials, contests, and more for his YouTube channel on a near-weekly basis and works to grow the world of exciting fan music and videogame scores.

Check out Metal Trainer on all storefronts

Fan 3D prints Koholint Island in honor of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening launching for Switch

Island-hopping

Redditor Screwyluie wanted to celebrate the launch of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening on Switch, which is why he cooked up a special real-life version of Koholint Island! This 3D-printed sculpture is giving me some real Yoshi's Island vibes. I can picture the camera swinging around it, giving us a great look at all the hidden adventures of Koholint. Man, I'd love to have one of these!

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