Greatest Recreation Boy / Recreation Boy Colour RPGs


The common-or-garden Recreation Boy was a revolution when it launched on the shut of the 1980s. Regardless of its monochrome visuals, it provided true moveable play, and performed host to some wonderful pint-sized variations of basic hits, in addition to all-new experiences which performed to the {hardware}’s modest strengths.

Whereas the Recreation Boy (and its successor, the Recreation Boy Colour) did not get wherever close to as many RPGs because the Recreation Boy Advance, there are nonetheless loads of role-playing adventures to select from – and we have pulled collectively among the finest on this information. Earlier than you pull out your pitchfork, bear in mind: these are introduced in no specific order.

The Final Fantasy Legend (GB)

Writer: Squaresoft / Developer: Squaresoft

Launch Date: 30th Sep 1990 (USA)

Generally known as Makai Toushi SaGa in Japan, The Ultimate Fantasy Legend was the brainchild of Nobuyuki Hoshino, who labored alongside director Akitoshi Kawazu. Like Sega’s Phantasy Star sequence, it mixes fantasy and sci-fi components to create a reasonably distinctive narrative expertise. Notable for being Sq.’s first million-seller, ultimately shifting 1.37 million copies. Whereas it is clear that later video games within the sequence enhance on the unique, that is nonetheless value a glance – it is a part of the Assortment of SaGa Ultimate Fantasy Legend on Swap.

Pokémon Red and Blue (GB)Pokémon Red and Blue (GB)

Writer: Nintendo / Developer: Recreation Freak

Launch Date: 30th Sep 1998 (USA) / 10th Might 1999 (UK/EU)

While each video games are getting on fairly a bit now, they’re nonetheless extraordinarily participating and involving titles through which to drown your free time. The gameplay is less complicated by fashionable requirements, however there’s nonetheless a wealth of intricacies and complexity to be explored if you wish to prepare a group to pixel-powered perfection. In case you have been to tug all the things in regards to the recreation and dump it in a pleasant, shiny, new 3D engine you would be forgiven for considering these have been brand-new video games, and you’ll’t say that about many titles from the 1990s. Pokémon Crimson and Blue are stone-cold RPG classics, for certain.

Legend of the River King 2 (GBC)Legend of the River King 2 (GBC)

Writer: Natsume / Developer: Natsume

Launch Date: 1st Jul 2001 (USA) / 23rd Oct 2014 (UK/EU)

A incredible fishing-focused journey with numerous coronary heart, Legend of the River King 2 is a conveyable delight. There’s a lot to see and do, with bug catching, flower selecting, and diving becoming a member of the line-casting central hook, and two totally different routes by way of the story add vital replay worth for avid anglers. Fishing followers and RPG followers will each have a blast, although those that come for the environment will get essentially the most out of the expertise; the soundtrack, setting, and sense of scale all work in live performance to ship one of the crucial charming depictions of seaside summer time ever placed on a cartridge. An actual catch.

Final Fantasy Legend II (GB)Final Fantasy Legend II (GB)

Writer: Sq. / Developer: Sq.

Launch Date: Nov 1991 (USA)

Generally known as SaGa 2: Hihou Densetsu in Japan, the second Ultimate Fantasy Legend outing was a lot better acquired than its forerunner, particularly in North America, the place it was hailed as top-of-the-line RPGs on the Recreation Boy. Like its predecessor, Ultimate Fantasy Legend II is accessible on the Swap through Assortment of SaGa Ultimate Fantasy Legend. A remake for the Nintendo DS arrived in 2009, nevertheless it was by no means localised for western launch.

Dragon Warrior Monsters (GBC)Dragon Warrior Monsters (GBC)

Writer: Sq. Enix

Launch Date: 27th Jan 2000 (USA) / 25th Jan 1999 (UK/EU)

There are only a few Recreation Boy titles that comprise the mammoth quantity of playability that Enix has been capable of squeeze into Dragon Warrior Monsters. Whereas the search itself will simply hold you engrossed, it is the monster capturing and breeding that may hold you coming again to the title for numerous hours, even after you have possible completed the search itself. Whether or not you are a fan of the Dragon Quest sequence or not, you owe it to your self to verify this wonderful title out. It is simply one of the crucial engrossing Recreation Boy titles ever created and a real testomony to what could possibly be executed on the Recreation Boy system when builders took the time to get it proper.

Crystalis (GBC)Crystalis (GBC)

Developer: SNK

Launch Date: 26th Jun 2000 (USA)

Developed by SNK – earlier than it turned the combating recreation manufacturing unit of the 1990s – Crystalis made fairly an impression on the NES when it was launched in 1990, and this Recreation Boy Colour remake – coded by Nintendo Software program Expertise, no much less – is seen by many followers as a step backwards. Sweeping plot adjustments are concerned, and there is a entire new soundtrack. The visuals are additionally a bit of cramped as a result of Recreation Boy Colour’s smaller show. Even so, it is nonetheless top-of-the-line RPGs on Nintendo’s handheld, and if you happen to’re approaching it having by no means performed the NES unique (which is on the SNK 40th Anniversary Assortment on Swap, by the best way) then you definately’ll discover a lot to get pleasure from.

Lufia: The Legend Returns (GBC)Lufia: The Legend Returns (GBC)

Writer: Natsume / Developer: Neverland

Launch Date: 20th Sep 2001 (USA) / 23rd Oct 2001 (UK/EU)

It is a large journey with a lot to maintain gamers occupied. It seems good for a Recreation Boy Colour title and options some respectable (if typically repetitive) music, and there are a number of options to set it other than different video games. It is on no account excellent and positively has some points, however Lufia: The Legend Returns is a stable entry in a sequence that actually would not get sufficient consideration nowadays.

Final Fantasy Legend III (GB)Final Fantasy Legend III (GB)

Writer: Sunsoft / Developer: Squaresoft

Launch Date: 29th Sep 1993 (USA)

Ultimate Fantasy Legend III is a becoming finish for the Recreation Boy sequence. In case you like your quests lengthy and your fight methods very primary and conventional in design, you are more likely to discover rather a lot to love with this launch, however if you happen to’ve grown to count on among the extra fashionable conveniences present in lots of the later RPG releases of this time interval, you may discover this launch a bit too tedious in nature. Both approach, it is nonetheless a recreation value trying out for RPG fans, particularly those that simply can not seem to get sufficient of the Ultimate Fantasy expertise.

Dragon Warrior Monsters 2: Tara's Adventure & Cobi's Journey (GBC)Dragon Warrior Monsters 2: Tara's Adventure & Cobi's Journey (GBC)

Writer: Sq. Enix

Launch Date: 15th Sep 2001 (USA)

With over 300 monsters to seize, Dragon Warrior Monsters 2 is a beast (sorry) of a recreation, and actually builds on the great work seen within the unique. Taking a leaf out of Pokémon’s e book, the sport is accessible in two variations: Cobi’s Journey and Tara’s Journey. Whereas each titles are basically similar by way of story, they possess distinctive monsters and keys that are solely current in that exact model. If you would like the complete expertise then you definately’ll want each video games. The huge array of monsters on supply actually does make this a incredible RPG expertise. Sq. Enix would remaster Dragon Warrior Monsters 2 for the Nintendo 3DS with Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca’s Marvelous Mysterious Key, which included each variations quite than splitting them into two releases.

Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition (GB)Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition (GB)

Writer: Nintendo / Developer: Recreation Freak

Launch Date: 18th Oct 1999 (USA) / 16th Jun 2000 (UK/EU)

Whichever model you choose up, the unique Pokémon titles stay an gratifying gaming expertise. Easy in look and missing the bells and whistles of later video games, they however engross from begin to end. Wi-fi hyperlink play is a welcome addition and trying to “catch ’em all” and full your Pokédex will hold you busy for a while. In comparison with the opposite variations there are a number of extras right here; the splash of color works effectively and the mini-game is a variety of enjoyable.

Dragon Warrior I & II (GBC)Dragon Warrior I & II (GBC)

Writer: Enix / Developer: ChunSoft

Launch Date: 27th Sep 2000 (USA)

This moveable assortment pulls collectively the primary two NES / Famicom Dragon Quest video games – a pair of RPGs that arguably established the template for the style in Japan. Enix remastered the 2 video games for launch on the Tremendous Famicom in 1993, later porting the video games to the Recreation Boy Colour in 1999 (2000 in North America). Whereas the visuals and sound take an apparent hit, a bunch of enhancements are additionally included which enhance each video games. In case you do not fancy pulling the Recreation Boy Colour out of the cabinet, then you may expertise each of those titles on Swap.

The Sword of Hope II (GB)The Sword of Hope II (GB)

Writer: KEMCO / Developer: KEMCO

Launch Date: Sep 1996 (USA) / ninth Aug 2012 (UK/EU)

The Sword of Hope II is easy however rewarding enjoyable. It would not supply a lot in the best way of replay worth, nevertheless it’s completely value experiencing as soon as. The problem is honest and there are an enormous quantity of weapons and spells to grasp, in addition to an amazing soundtrack and a few crisp pixel artwork.

Rolan's Curse 2 (GB)Rolan's Curse 2 (GB)

Writer: American Sammy / Developer: NMK

Launch Date: Oct 1992 (USA)

The unique Rolan’s Curse was one of many earliest examples of an RPG on the Recreation Boy, and located a reasonably receptive viewers because of the truth that so few different role-playing titles present on the console. This sequel adopted pretty swiftly, and as soon as once more sees your group of heroes going through off in opposition to the evil King Barius. Rolan’s Curse 2 is a type of titles that nobody appears to speak about right now however is definitely one thing of a hidden gem because of its strong quest, fascinating characters and glorious presentation.

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