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10 Hidden Gems For The Nintendo Game Boy

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I recently rediscovering Nintendo’s first iconic handheld when I purchased the Japanese only released variant the Game Boy Light. Yes it has a backlight built in and yes that helps a lot. Taking a trip down nostalgia lane I started working my way through some of its enormous library.

I soon discovered that not all it’s best titles are well known established franchises like Tetris, Mario, Zelda and Megaman and there are also some fantastic lesser known gems on the system that shouldn’t be ignored. Since there are over 1000 games on the Game Boy I decided to compile its best hidden gems, so you don’t have to. In full Dot Matrix glory…


Solar Striker 

Despite being a game that looks very basic on first view, Solar Striker is a perfectly crafted vertical space shooter which makes good use of Game Boy’s graphical limitations. The games developers Minakuchi Engineering opted for using a clear white background, so The sprites and bullets are always easy to see even when many enemies are on screen.

An amazingly catchy soundtrack interlaces each level which really adds to the games charm. The action gets deceptively harder as you progress through the game but the Simple mechanics and solid controls gameplay ensure that the experience is enjoyable throughout. Solar Striker is a real gem that shouldn’t be passed on. 

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