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Pre-orders for the brand-new Game Boy RPG "Dragonborne" now live, copies shipping in Jan. 2021

A new Game Boy adventure!

The Game Boy has been seeing some major love in 2020. We've seen demakes of current games and all sorts of mods, and now we're getting a brand-new title in Dragonborne! You can get full details on the RPG in the press release below.

Independent retro-development studio Spacebot Interactive will be shipping Dragonborne on Nintendo Game Boy in January 2021. Pre orders are live for the 2nd run now and will end on 30th November.

Dragonborne is a brand new 8-bit adventure RPG featuring a turn based battle system and various mini quests and puzzles that you must complete to progress through the game.

Travel through the region of Argon as Kris in search of your missing father Kurtis, the greatest dragon slayer the region has ever known, as you fight your way through dungeons to save the region before the dragon awakes.

Dragonborne contains more than 6 hours of gameplay, dozens of enemies, weapon and armour upgrades, character zapping and ranking systems, collectibles, detailed battle scene graphics, and multiple endings.

Dragonborne is a cartridge available in an original box including a manual and can be acquired at https://www.spacebot-interactive.com for $54.73/£42/€46,46. The game is fully compatible with all Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance handhelds.

Features

Brand new adventure RPG for Game Boy.
Travel through the region of Argon as Kris, in search of your missing father Kurtis, the greatest dragon slayer the region has ever known.
Turn based battle system.
Various mini quests and puzzles.
Fight your way to each of the dragon dungeons.
6-7 hours of gameplay.
Multiple enemies.
Various weapon and armour upgrades.
Character zapping system.
Ranking system dependent on how you finish the game.
Various collectibles.
Detailed battle scene graphics.
Multiple endings.

Disco Elysium gets an unofficial port to the Game Boy

That's quite a demake!

Disco Elysium is making its way to Switch at some point, but it's not the only Nintendo platform to get the game. Developer Colin Brannan decided to cram a portion of the game into the modest Game Boy specs, all while still retaining the most important aspects of the experience. The work is super impressive, and goes to show just how important good game mechanics are over flashy graphics. You can check out the Game Boy version for yourself here.

Where Is My Body? releases today for Game Boy

The Game Boy's not done yet!

Nintendo may have stopped supporting the Game Boy decades ago, but developers aren't done with it quite yet! A new title is now available for the Game Boy, and you can get full details below!

Independent retro development studio Green Boy Games release their 8-bit point and click adventure Where Is My Body? on Nintendo Game Boy today.

Where Is My Body? is available in both Western and Japanese cartridges packed in regional specific boxes with manual, and can be acquired at https://greenboygames.com for/$57.5/£44.5/€49. The game is fully compatible with all Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance handhelds.

Remember that all previous games made by Green Boy Games can be purchased on the studio’s website until the end of stock. Titles like "Lunar Journey", "Submarine 9", "Micro Doctor", "Leo Legend" are back on sale in ‘complete in box’ version (limited units).

“I would like to thank backers and friends who continuously support the titles which I create”, says Dana Puch, solo developer at Green Boy Games.
We also take the opportunity to announce a new project that Green Boy Games is working on: GreenBoyDAO.

GreenBoyDAO is the first retro game studio that fully lives in the blockchain. It produces special editions of Green Boy Games in the form of unique NFTs (non-fungible tokens) that can be acquired via cryptocurrency.

Features

8-bit classic point and click adventure for Nintendo Game Boy.
Take on the role of a hand which has to solve different mysteries to find its body.
Inspired by classic adventures if the 90’s such as Maniac Mansion.
Available in both Western and Japanese cartridges packed in regional specific boxes with manual.
Compatible with all Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance handhelds.

Smash Bros. Ultimate "Game Boy" Spirit Board event kicks off Sept. 25th, 2020

Now you're playing with portable power!

The next Spirit Board event for Smash Bros. Ultimate kicks off on Friday, Sept. 25th, 2020, and it pays tribute to the Game Boy. This event will focus on Spirits that first popped up during the Game Boy/Game Boy Color era, and if you defeat them, you'll get more gold than usual. The event is set to run for three days.

Game Boy: The Box Art Collection pre-orders open on Sept. 28th, 2020

For Game Boy super fans

Whether you're an old-school Game Boy fan or discovering the wonders of Nintendo's million-selling portable system for the very first time, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection is the book for you – it's a vibrant celebration of some of the finest cover artwork for this monochrome marvel, which kick-started the handheld games industry.

Despite the fact that we live in a world where the average smartphone makes the Game Boy look like an abacus, in purely technical terms, Nintendo's trailblazing handheld still manages to capture the attention of gamers all over the world – and flicking through these pages, it's easy to see why. It's home to some of the most famous names in the videogame business, such as Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Mega Man, Castlevania, Gradius and Final Fantasy, and many of its best titles hold up surprisingly well by modern standards – with technology this basic, developers of the period needed to make sure the gameplay was compelling and addictive.

We've worked closely with some of the world's most renowned Game Boy collectors to pull together a varied selection of titles that spans both Western and Eastern tastes. We've tried to strike the right balance between the two, and we hope you'll enjoy seeing some familiar pieces of art rubbing shoulders with covers for games you perhaps know from the dim and distant past, but have never before seen presented in the packaging shown here.

The other notable addition is the inclusion of screenshots on each page, giving you the opportunity to see what the games in question actually look like. As if that wasn't enough, we've gone to the extra effort of professionally translating the titles of Japanese games into Romaji – something that, to our knowledge, has never been properly attempted before in any English-language book.

Additionally, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection includes a foreword by Gameboycameraman, a collector's interview and an extensive feature on the history of the Game Boy.

At 372 pages long, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection also boasts a metallic silver textured cover with a metallic blue foil logo. As with all our books, we use thread sewn binding for extra durability and print lithographically on high-quality paper to showcase the gorgeous visuals as they deserve.

For the collectors out there, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection also comes in two special, limited run, never-to-be-repeated versions.

The 'Silver Version':

the book is housed within a sturdy metallic silver card box;
this box features an exclusive cover illustration designed by the one and only Wil Overton (Super Play, Rare);
an A2 poster of Wil’s artwork comes with it, supplied rolled within a heavy-duty tube; and…
this version is limited to 1,500 copies.

The 'Gold Version':

the book is housed within a sturdy metallic gold card box and features a holographic edition sticker;
this box features the same exclusive cover illustration by Wil Overton;
includes a postcard, featuring the cover illustration, signed by Wil;
the A2 poster of Wil’s artwork comes with it, supplied rolled within a heavy-duty tube; and…
this version is limited to only 500 copies – sure to become a true collector’s item!
These Silver and Gold versions are strictly limited and will never be printed again, ever.

Book specifications

372 pages. 250mm × 250mm. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Hardback. Metallic silver textured cover with a metallic blue foil logo. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

You'll be able to grab a pre-order for Game Boy: The Box Art Collection on Sept. 28th, 2020. When pre-orders do open, you can lock yours in here.

Ubisoft's unreleased port of John Madden Football for the Game Boy has found its way online

Hut hut hut hut hut hut...

Did you know that back in 1993, Ubisoft had announced that they were working on ports of EA's John Madden Football for both the NES and Game Boy? Neither of those games ended up getting released, but 27 years later, one of those gems has popped up online.

While the NES version of the game remains missing, the Game Boy adaptation has surfaced. You can see some gameplay from the title below.

While the game might look impressive visually, reports state that the game is a bit odd to play. There's no word on just how close this leaked version is to completion, but it should be somewhere near a final build. I guess it's better that this one didn't release!

Modder creates battery-free Game Boy

A new way to play!

Modder Jasper de Winkel wanted to challenge himself, so he set out to make a battery-free Game Boy. Above is the result of a year's worth of work, and it doesn't require a single traditional battery to play.

The battery-free Game Boy uses Game Boy emulation, but it can also play traditional cartridges. Wondering where it gets its power? That comes from the small solar cells surrounding the tiny screen, but the portable also generates energy when the player presses buttons. In other words, the more you play, the more power you get.

There are some big limitations on the platform, though. As you can tell, the screen is much smaller than a traditional Game Boy. Even worse, there's absolutely no sound at all. Generating sound requires a lot of extra power, so the team decided to skip over it completely. Obviously a major downgrade from the original Game Boy, but some serious concessions had to be made.

The end result might not be the best way to play Game Boy games, but it's certainly a conversation starter, and quite the technical marvel.

Random Time! - Fan demonstrates that it is possible to use a Game Boy Camera as a webcam in 2020

A Twitter user by the name of @bernardcapulong had come across a Reddit post that questioned whether or not a Game Boy Camera could be used as a modern-day webcam. In response, bernard had proven that this could bone by answering with in an overly complex, yet humorous, manner. The result can be seen in the Twitter video posted above!

Jeremy Parish's Game Boy Works #120 - Bubble Bobble & Chibi Maruko-chan retrospective

Two more Game Boy classics

Ah, Game Boy: The system that ruled the world on the strength of both its portability and its support for multiplayer gaming. Remember Tetris? Remember Pokémon? Remember F-1 Race and its four-player adapter? So naturally, when Taito brought Bubble Bobble—a cooperative arcade game designed to be played (and only fully completed!) with a second player—to Game Boy, naturally they made heavy use of its link capabilities for teaming up with a friend, right? Uh... right?

8-bit Point and Click Adventure "Where Is My Body?" sees over 600% funding on Kickstarter

New Game Boy game gets major support

Due to the support of almost 377 backers, independent games developer Greenboy Games pledged $28k, 600% of it’s original goal on Kickstarter, to fund the production and development of Where Is My Body? last Thursday.

Where Is My Body? is an 8-bit point and click adventure coming to Game Boy in Q4 2020. Inspired by titles such as Maniac Mansion, you will have to take on the role of a hand which has to solve different mysteries and follow the thread of the story in two chapters and a half.

“We are very proud to have exceeded every expectation about the success of Where Is My Body? on Kickstarter”, says Dan Puch, solo developer at Greenboy Games. “The game can be currently acquired on Indiegogo and it will be eventually distributed in major storefronts”.

Where Is My Body? will be available in both Western and Japanese cartridges packed in regional specific boxes with manual. The game will be compatible with all Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance handhelds.

Features

8-bit classic point and click adventure for Nintendo Game Boy.
Take on the role of a hand which has to solve different mysteries to find its body.
Inspired by classic adventures if the 90’s such as Maniac Mansion.
Available in both Western and Japanese cartridges packed in regional specific boxes with manual.
Compatible with all Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance handhelds.

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