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Topic: Should I buy a Game Boy Color now ?

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tuananh

I always wanted to own a Game Boy Color, but should I buy one ? Finding good ones now is still fairly simple, but I’m worried about the games, since they’re all either bootlegs, really expensive or/and have 10 years old batteries in them.
Other options I can think of is the 2DS ( Virtual Console ), clones/emulators ( the Bittboy ) and hoping for a Game Boy Color Classic Mini or Virtual Consoles to hit the Switch.
Really could use some opinions on this one. Thanks !

tuananh

MarioLover92

Do you have a local retro game store near your area? If you do, I recommend going there if you're interested in the original GBC hardware. I don't recall finding any bootleg games where I live. Keep an eye on the price, though; prices for games that were released on legacy consoles have been skyrocketing like mad.

To be on the safe side, I would recommend the Virtual Console on the 3DS/2DS. The regular 2DS is less than $100, and many Game Boy (Color) games are dirt cheap on the eShop. You also don't need to worry about bootleg games, dead save batteries, etc. The regular Game Boy games are ONLY in black and white, though, so keep that in mind.

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NintendoByNature

I guess it really depends on what games you're after. I would browse the eshop on Nintendo.com to see if the game boy color games for 3ds are what you want to play. If the games on the eshop are what you were going to buy physically, I think you're better off getting the 2ds as all the games are only 5 or 6 bucks. Well worth it in my opinion as you won't have to worry about false copies or bad batteries.

NintendoByNature

Anti-Matter

@tuananh
1. Write down a list of GBC games you want to play.
2. Compare your list with GBC VC list on 3DS.
3. If your list have more games on GBC VC, go digital.
4. If your list are GBC physical exclusives, go hunt from Ebay and study the looking of genuine & fake copies.
5. If you want to hunt from Ebay, buy from users with rating at least 99%. Don't buy from Chinese or HongKong users, they oftenly sell fake items. You can try playasia if playasia still have some GBC games.

My Top 6 games :
1. Dance Dance Revolution series (100)
2. Dragon Quest Builders 2 PS4/Switch (95)
3. The Sims 4 PS4 + All contents (93)
4. Portal Knights PS4 (90)
5. Final Fantasy VIII PS1 (90)
6. Animal Crossing New Leaf: Welcome Amiibo 3DS (89)

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KingMike

10 year old batteries aren't the worst thing.
I've seen NES and SNES games save with 20 year old batteries.

It's only really Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal that eats through batteries in only a few years.

@Anti-Matter Wouldn't Play-Asia copies be Japanese games? That could be an issue for the user depending on the game. I don't think you have to worry about the 99% as last I heard years ago ebay expected near-perfect rating from sellers (like even giving a seller a 4/5 could ruin them). What was it, 99.6% or better?

Honestly the GBC had such a short library that the 3DS VC is a reasonable selection of the more popular games, if prices are an issue.
I would suspect a lot of GBC games you could get cheap as I don't think there were many collectors are super-interested in. Just Shantae, which is one of the VC games. Maybe Metal Gear Solid: Ghost Babel or whatever it was called, and Resident Evil Gaiden (though I'm not sure if REG is considered a good game or just a rare one).
Dragon Quest games are the only major ones I can think of immediately that aren't available on VC (if because I suspect Square-Enix takes localization of the franchise now quite seriously and the GBC games were some of the most literal translations in the series, so they probably don't want to re-release them for "modern quality standards", as they effectively said the PS1 localization of DQ7 is unacceptable these days)

KingMike

tuananh

@MarioLover92 I live in Paris. There are some retro game store around here, problem is they only have mint copies, boxes and all, with price tags of upward a hundred euros; or old cartridges that nobody knows for sure how much juice they have left. For the bootlegs part though, those are mainly on eBay. Maybe “bootleg” is a bit harsh. They all say the games are repros.

@NintendoByNature @Anti-Matter To be fair, all the games that I really wanted are just the Pokémon and Zelda series, and all of them are on the 3DS eShop. So yes, financially speaking, a 2DS would be a much, much better choice. But still, a Game Boy is still a Game Boy. Really want to hold one in my hands.

@KingMike The thing is, those are the game I want to play the most.

Also, I’ve looked into this Bittboy device. The new one, people say that it’s really good. Can run roms from GBC, GBA, SNES and all bunch of other stuffs, so it’s really hard to overlook. But, I mean, it’s an emulator. So you know, technically, it’s wrong. And technically, I shouldn’t ...
Also also, I would be so pissed if I ended up pouring money on a device, Game Boy Color or 2DS or emulator regardless, then a couple of months later Nintendo would be like “Hey guess what, the Switch have Virtual Console now”. Probably not though.

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tuananh

Anti-Matter

@KingMike
There are some USA GBC games from playasia.
Check their website.

My Top 6 games :
1. Dance Dance Revolution series (100)
2. Dragon Quest Builders 2 PS4/Switch (95)
3. The Sims 4 PS4 + All contents (93)
4. Portal Knights PS4 (90)
5. Final Fantasy VIII PS1 (90)
6. Animal Crossing New Leaf: Welcome Amiibo 3DS (89)

Switch Friend Code: SW-8364-7166-5608 | 3DS Friend Code: 2638-4872-0879 | Nintendo Network ID: TAGunderground

ReaderRagfish

Might be a bit different where you live, but over in the US,

2DS-$80
Pokemon Blue-$10
Pokemon Gold-$10
Link's Awakening-$6
Oracle of Ages-$6
Oracle of Seasons-$6
Total- $118

Gameboy Color-$30
Pokemon Blue-$15
Pokemon Gold-$15
Link's Awakening-$20
Oracle of Ages-$20
Oracle of Seasons-$20
Total- $120

The cost of buying the official hardware and games is actually not much worse than buying a 2DS and the games digitally. Most retro Nintendo stuff is expensive, but collectors care much less about Gameboy.

Avoiding fake games is easy as long as you ignore the first few ebay listings (the fake ones usually show up first because bad search algorithms), the too good to be true deals, or the ones that have really poor grammar. Also, if you buy a listing that says "authentic" but it's a fake, ebay policy entitles you to a refund.

Battery changes aren't too hard either, and most of my GB/GBC games actually still have working ones. You'll either need a pair of needle nose pliers or a gamebit to open the cartridge (the screw in it is weird), and then you can just quickly solder in a new one with tabs (found on ebay for cheap prices). If you don't want to solder, you could hack the old battery out with a razor blade and electrical tape in a new one. This works but is probably harder than just soldering it.

Still waiting for Atlus to make Snowboard Kids 3

KingMike

For Pokemon games, there's certainly a big upsell for copies with replaced batteries. Also the label quality.
$15 sounds like what about the worst condition copy you could get (unchecked or confirmed dead battery with a ripped or missing label)

KingMike

ReaderRagfish

@KingMike I just took a quick look through ebay and found a few good, authentic copies for Pokemon Blue and Gold for about $15 each. At worst, you'll be paying $20.

Still waiting for Atlus to make Snowboard Kids 3

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