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With the Game Boy's 20th Anniversary coming up tomorrow, we thought it would be fun to find out what original Game Boy game you think is the greatest Game Boy game of them all. Please just vote for one game, and only games that will run on the original Game Boy system. No Game Boy Color or Game Boy Advance titles please. It's okay if they're the colorized Super Game Boy games, as long as they'll play on the original system. We'll tally the votes up tomorrow and post the results.

I'm voting for: Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

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Djungelurban

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Are we talking objectively or subjectively?

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CowLaunch

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Link's Awakening.

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How did you plan to vote objectively? Are you some divine power?
Just vote for the one you think is best.

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Reala

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Links Awakening

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Link's Awakening for sure. Great graphics. Great music. Great gameplay. A large game that takes a long time to complete and has a fine-tuned difficulty throughout.

No other Game Boy game comes close.

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TwilightV

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I guess i'll be odd and vote for Donkey Kong

My runner-up list:
Super Mario Land
Link's Awakening
Tetris
Mole Mania

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Djungelurban

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CowLaunch wrote:

Link's Awakening.

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How did you plan to vote objectively? Are you some divine power?
Just vote for the one you think is best.

It's not that difficult... I mean, if reviewers are (or claim to be rather) able to, then why not anyone else... For example, the original Suikoden game is one of my favorite games ever. I'd probably rank it my fifth favorite game. But I would never claim it's the 5th best game ever. It has a multitude of issues and rushed parts. The story could definitely use a lot of fleshing out, many of the game's areas are very bare or nothing but corridors and it's fairly short, even by the standards of those days. It does a lot of things right and those things became hallmark to the series but it's easy to see that they scrambled to get it out before Christmas of 95. Viewed objectively it's probably not even a top 100 game even if you only include games I've played enough to have a good sense of it is about. But personally I love it, I've played through it something like 16 times since I got it back in 97.
So yeah, it can definitely be done. It's all about breaking the game down into parts and looking at them separately... Just have to identify what your personal feeling about it are, take those feelings out of the equation and then see what's left.
But sure, I'll do both:
Objectively: Link's Awakening
Subjectively: Mystic Quest/Final Fantasy Adventure/Seiken Densetsu

Pick whichever you want to pick for the tally...

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Yeah just use your best judgement. You're not being graded on it. :D

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Adam

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Pokemon Red/Blue.

I would probably have a more interesting pick if I remembered most of the games I used to have on Gameboy, but I'll just have to stick with this.

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Pokemon Red/Blue. :)

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CowLaunch

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I think they're looking for subjective views. It is quite hard to vote objectively, no-one can completely remove themselves from their enviroment or from the view they have, the closest you can get to objectivity is by counting votes, which is what Nintendo Life is trying to do. To vote for what you think you should vote for and not your actual opinion is rather pointless. It's self fulfilling. To vote 'objectively' would somehow suggest you are detached from the world you inhabit. Your understanding of the word objective seems to be what you reckon you ought to think according to the opinions of other people. Most reviewers don't claim to have an objective opinion, but an informed opinion, and the best reviewers tend to understand that they are merely offering their opinion.

If a game is good for you, then it's good. Vote for either Mystic Quest, Final Fantasy Adventure or Seiken Densetsu

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Vote for either Mystic Quest, Final Fantasy Adventure or Seiken Densetsu

Aren't those all the same game? :D

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Corbie wrote:

Vote for either Mystic Quest, Final Fantasy Adventure or Seiken Densetsu

Aren't those all the same game? :D

Quite possibly, I have no idea.

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ReZon

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Link's Awakening. I can't even think of another game that can come close to its greatness.

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My vote also goes to Pokemon Red/Blue.

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Scratch me down for Donkey Kong Land

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Link's Awakening, one of the greatest Zelda games of the series (certainly the best portable entry by a longshot, even though I enjoyed PH).

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I agree with ReZon. the last bosses are fun! (the 7 creatures... i think)

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Djungelurban

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CowLaunch wrote:

@Djungelurban
To vote for what you think you should vote for and not your actual opinion is rather pointless. It's self fulfilling. To vote 'objectively' would somehow suggest you are detached from the world you inhabit. Your understanding of the word objective seems to be what you reckon you ought to think according to the opinions of other people.

Ehum... No? My objective viewpoint is not in anyway a result of public opinions. They just happened to converge in this instance. It's definitely not about voting for what you should be voting for or not. If I'm viewing a game objectively I'm looking at it from an analytical stand point, like does it work as intended, how is it to interact with the game, does it function properly, is it responsive, does the graphics work well with the game, is it easy to grasp the control scheme and so forth. Sure, the judgment of every part you look at will be influenced by personal preferences, capabilities and experiences, perfect objectivity is probably impossible. But it if you look at everything separately and have those preferences, capabilities and experiences in mind, the aspects of the game that skews the game up or down due to personal tastes has a lesser impact on the whole. And as long as you ignore the question "do I like this" those details won't affect anything too much anyway and you'rw gonna end up with, if not truly objective, an end result without too much personal baggage.
If I'm voting subjectively on the other hand is a much simpler process and the exact opposite one. The ONLY question that's important when judging the game is "do I like this?".
Personally, while considering things (pseudo)objectively is a much more complicated process, I don't find it harder. I can do both quite easily. I don't know, maybe I experience things differently than you do.
For the record though, I'd like to point out that there nothing that says that my objective analysis will end up with the same end result as your objective analysis... But I feel atleast it'll be closer to the "truth" than everyone just telling people what they like.

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Odnetnin

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Pokemon Red/Blue.

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