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Topic: Which is better overall - NES or Game Boy?

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Bragatyr

I haven't played anywhere near the full library on each, but while I generally prefer NES, the Game Boy had some amazing games. Like others have mentioned, I prefer Link's Awakening to The Legend of Zelda, the Super Mario Land games were amazing, and Metroid II is one of the best Metroid games ever created. Really phenomenal libraries on both, so a case could be made for either.

I notice Game Boy games tend to have really good music, too. NES obviously gets a lot of recognition in this area, but I think a lot of Game Boy soundtracks are overlooked.

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Zeldalover

The NES for sure. The Game Boy on the other hand had titles like Link's Awakening, Donkey Kong, Wario Land and Pokemon. I know that the NES couldn't really compete with that, but it had the Mega Man, Castlevania, Contra and all the cool action platformers with the catchy music and the nicely-colored graphics.. these games were too short to justify a save feature or they only had a password system (like Metroid). I also prefer Zelda: Link's Awakening DX over the NES Zelda games. 60/40 for the NES.

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Philip_J_Reed

Bragatyr wrote:

I notice Game Boy games tend to have really good music, too. NES obviously gets a lot of recognition in this area, but I think a lot of Game Boy soundtracks are overlooked.

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Bragatyr

That's awesome, I gotta check that out. I've heard a lot of quality covers from more obscure games on OC Remix. I've done a few Game Boy covers myself, though aside from one from Link's Awakening I think most of them are from Final Fantasy Legend. There are a lot of Game Boy games I still need to play.

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RegalSin

The gameboy is more powerful then an NES but lacking the obvious colors. Most of the games have graphics compared to the SNES ( non-color wise ). The sound of the GB is also once of the best out their compared to the NES. In fact the NES sound is so bad that some companies wanted it to have real good music, so they equipped games with sound boards. Even the graphics of NES games are terrible compared to the GB or GBC counter part.

In fact by the time of the creation of the GBC we have many NES ports being brought over. For lack or worst the biggest failure was the fact the GB/GBC/GBA all had small screen size. Meaning games made for the systems could have tons more things moving around but this also marked a feat in PIXEL ART.
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The Gameboy was also perfect in size as well, Compared to an NES with it's fatty carts ( or even it's Famicom counter part ). The Gameboy carts could and should be used today but Nintendo screwed up and minimized the size of their carts due to fear of sales. Nintendo biggest mistake was that as they could have easily converted to bigger flash sizes of the original Gameboy carts along with better saving capabilities. NDS and 3DS games are an failure for Nintendo and fans/players/retailers alike.

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RegalSin wrote:

The gameboy is more powerful then an NES but lacking the obvious colors. Most of the games have graphics compared to the SNES ( non-color wise ). The sound of the GB is also once of the best out their compared to the NES. In fact the NES sound is so bad that some companies wanted it to have real good music, so they equipped games with sound boards. Even the graphics of NES games are terrible compared to the GB or GBC counter part.

In fact by the time of the creation of the GBC we have many NES ports being brought over. For lack or worst the biggest failure was the fact the GB/GBC/GBA all had small screen size. Meaning games made for the systems could have tons more things moving around but this also marked a feat in PIXEL ART.
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The Gameboy was also perfect in size as well, Compared to an NES with it's fatty carts ( or even it's Famicom counter part ). The Gameboy carts could and should be used today but Nintendo screwed up and minimized the size of their carts due to fear of sales. Nintendo biggest mistake was that as they could have easily converted to bigger flash sizes of the original Gameboy carts along with better saving capabilities. NDS and 3DS games are an failure for Nintendo and fans/players/retailers alike.

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eddy9090

I didn't own an nes growing up. I owned a super nes which was an incredible system. both the nes and super nes had specialized architecture and had to output better graphics because they were on televisions. the specialized architecture is what made these system powerful. however having to output better graphics I believe limited the power of the nes. the cpu in the gb is 4.1 mhz while the cpu in the nes is 1.9 mhz. I guess the question is could pokemon run on the nes. there were amazing games on the nes but from what ive heard all the games were fairly short with the exception of super mario bros 3. still pokemon is a 200 hour long game. at least that's how I played it back in the day.

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Heavyarms55

@Bass_X0 They were two very different products. I think having them compete directly would be like asking which is better, apples or cheese?

Personally, I have more fond memories of Game Boy. I took mine everywhere and it was the first game device I asked my parents for as a kid. Before that, I played my father's games or whatever my parents gave me. But my friend at the daycare my parents left me at had a Game Boy Color and Pokemon and that sold me on that.

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Silly_G

Game Boy. No contest.

I feel that the library has held up better than the majority of the NES library, and most games look and sound better too, colours or no colours.

I never had one though (couldn't afford one), but it blew my 10 year old mind that I could play GB games via "other means". The GBC also blew my mind back in the day. I couldn't believe that a device with a colour screen could run on a few AA batteries. The Gen II Pokémon games still stimulate my imagination like nothing else, and the music is simply unforgettable. Ah, how times have changed!

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SnesPs1RPGs4life

For the time, the NES reawakened a dying industry, while setting a precedent for quality gaming vs the Atari 2600 Pacman,E.T., etc. that reduced home gaming to a laughingstock.

While I love my Gameboy, I give the edge to the Nes, since there was nothing like it for the time. Full length games, on a tv screen, playing multiplayer without having to have a friend that had a Gameboy, and the library that introduced many of the Nintendo game that introduced new franchises (Dragon Warrior, Final Fantasy etc.). Granted a lot of the games were poorly made or just don't hold up to today's games (such as some sporting Nes games)

Or worse case scenario, I can make my NES portable by buy AA bateries and use them to power the nes like this guy did:

I just need to find a portable TV... LOL

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What a weird, and totally useless comparison...

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dewokkel

In this case I’d say the NES. GB has some very good exclusive titles, but so does the NES. I don’t think you can compare say Donkey Kong Land to a game on NES.

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Zeldafan79

Wow is this even in question? The gameboy was basically the poor kids Nes. It's what your parents bought you because they couldn't afford the Nes. It's true gameboy did have some damn fine exclusives but a tiny screen the color of pea soup doesn't even compare to the glory of playing on a big full color TV.
Besides Nes brought gaming back from the dead. By the time gameboy rolled around it was already quite well back on it's feet and going strong! It was cool to have a portable Nes I'll give gameboy that.

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Taarna

I adored both but if I could only have 1 it would be the NES, It has the games that I prefer like the original Zelda Metroid and Faxanadu. The Gameboy was still really good especially for a kid who lived away from home a lot like I did in those days.

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