April 7th, 2014 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Super Game Boy, Game Boy, SGB Commander, Hori, controllers, box art, 1994
Like a Game Boy outside your pocket on a leash.
Ah, the Super Game Boy. What an enchanting peripheral it was. (I wrote about my feelings for it in eighth-ever RSOTW entry back in 2006.)
In case you missed it, the Super Game Boy was a special cartridge that let you play Game Boy games on the Super NES using a TV set and a SNES controller.
Around the time the Super Game Boy came out in Japan (1994 I believe), the always-amusing Hori released a special controller that partially simulated the look and the feel of the original Game Boy unit itself — right down to the speaker grille in the lower right corner. The resulting product, the SGB Commander, never saw the light of day in the US, but that didn't stop me from importing one about a half decade ago when they were on sale at NCSX for a very reasonable price.
As far as controllers go, the build is sturdy and responsive. It works as well as any decently-made controller with the Super Game Boy, although I'm not sure it was entirely necessary. For that reason it remains a very neat oddity in the history of game controllers.
By the way, here's what the back of the box looks like.
[ From Hori SGB Commander (HSD-07) product packaging, circa 1994]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What's your favorite game to play with the Super Game Boy?
December 16th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Christmas, Christmas List, Benj, Acclaim, Remote Controller, Batwing, Batman, GI Joe, Sega, Nintendo, Master System, Game Boy, Super Mario Land
An early example of the rustic illustrated Christmas list
While sorting through my childhood papers and effects recently, I came across this amusing Christmas list from 1989. I was eight years old then, and I apparently ripped out pictures of the toys I wanted from weekly newspaper advertisements and pasted them on a sheet of 8.5″x 11″ wide-ruled notebook paper. The result was a rare illustrated Christmas list that I don't remember making before or since.
(I'm not sure why there is a big chunk of the page missing in the upper-right corner, by the way. Perhaps I changed my mind on some item and physically removed it from my list.)
What's notable for our purposes is the healthy contingent of video game related items on the list. There's a wireless remote for the NES, a Game Boy (which had just been released that year), and even a Sega Master System.
[ Continue reading [ Retro Scan of the Week ] Benj's 1989 Christmas List » ]
July 8th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, NES, SNES, Game Boy, Nintendo, Nintendo Power, 1992
Oh my god, it's full of stars
[ From Nintendo Power, February 1992, rear cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Which system has the best game library: NES or SNES?
May 13th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Side Pocket, Game Boy, Nintendo, pool, billiards, advertisement, Data East, VGCE, 1991
The balls are moving and the cue ball hasn't even hit them yet. Spooky.
[ From Video Games and Computer Entertainment, January 1991, back cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: In your opinion, what's the best pool/billiards video game of all time?
April 15th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Nintendo, Game Boy, colors, tongue, body parts, iMac, advertisement, GamePro, 1997
So that's what a translucent tongue looks like.
Nintendo's second round of colored Game Boy units, this time pocket-sized. And over a year before the iMac, mind you.
[ From GamePro, April 1997, p.4-5 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What is your favorite Game Boy game?
April 2nd, 2013 by Ulaf Silchov
Tags: Ulaf Silchov, Game Boy, Nintendo, Game Boy Camera, 1998, humor, spam, tripod, refridgerate
UPON ONE OF THOSE TIMES, ULAF CREATE TRY-POD MOUNT FOR THE GAME BOY COLORFUL UNIT, THE CAMERAS, WHICH THE MINDS OF NINTENDOGS CREATES SOMETIMES NEAR 1998 (WHAT A MINDS). WITH GREATEST OF THE SKILL, ULAF CARVE FOAM BETWEEN CANS OF THE SPAM (THE FAVORITE AMERICAN FOODS) HOLLOW, INTO HOLE FOR THE HOLDING OF THE GAME BOY CONSUL OF MY MIND.
WORKED WONDER FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHAGRAPHERS OF MY MIND:
ULAF PRINT ALL THOSE PHOTOGRAPHAGRAPHERS AND HUNG THEM UPON THE REFRIDGERATE OF ULAF.
BY THE WAYS, DID NOT THE GAME BOY GROWS INTO THE GAME MEN? WHERE DID THAT LITTLE BOY OF GAMING TIME GO? MATURATION AND PUBESCENCE, THAT IS WHERE. AND ABOVE ALL OF THE NOISES IT BECOME DEATH, DESTROYER OF WORLDS AND ATE MY MIND. AHHHHHH.
PERHAP ULAF EATS THE WRONG MUSHROOM.
JUST A QUICK NOTE FROM MY MIND. GO BACK TO LIFE NOW. UNTIL NEXT TIME THIS IS ULAF SAYING BE THE MASTER.
Ulaf Silchov is an expert in video games and computers. He also writes for "Svadlost Weekly" and "The Overachieving Underling Circular."
January 7th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Ultima, Runes of Virtue, Runes of Virtue II, Super NES, Game Boy, FCI, Origin, Lord British, advertisement, 1991
Ultima: Runes of Virtue for the Game Boy
I'm not a huge fan of Ultima: Runes of Virtue for the Game Boy. However, its sequel, Runes of Virtue II on the SNES (which was also released on the Game Boy) is quite an interesting action RPG to me — despite its general clunkiness. It feels sort of like a Zelda title set in the Ultima universe with Ultima VII-style graphics.
Just a small administrative note: I'm moving the Retro GIF of the Week column to Fridays. So expect the next entry in that column this Friday.
[ From Video Games and Computer Entertainment, August 1991, p.27 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: If EA made a new core Ultima game today (think Ultima X — and no, not the failed MMO), would you buy it?
December 17th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Nintendo, NES, SNES, Game Boy, Sleigh, Christmas, Santa, Nintendo Power, 1992
Nintendo presents deliver themselves. No Santa required.
[ From Nintendo Power, November 1992, rear cover]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Have you ever received a Nintendo console for Christmas? Tell us about it.
August 6th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Nintendo, Game Boy, Super Game Boy, Donkey Kong, Nintendo Power, memories, 1994
Gaming fun in the palm of your gigantic hand.
For me personally, the Super Game Boy (1994) was one of the most exciting video game peripherals ever released. It liberated Game Boy games from that unit's blurry, dark screen, opening up a whole new world of gaming to those who preferred gaming on a TV set.
The fact that it also included a remake / extension of Donkey Kong, one of my favorite games of olde, made it a must-buy. I still remember the day I got it — my family drove to a local shopping mall, and I decided to stay in the car playing Donkey Kong on the Game Boy (even though not in color) instead of going inside. I haven't been that excited about a new game in a long time.
(By the way, I first talked about the Super Game Boy in an early Retro Scan way back in March 2006.)
[ From Nintendo Power, August 1994, back cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: When did you first get a Super Game Boy? Did you have any Super Game Boy enhanced games for it?