It may well be 2021, but we really are swimming in new Game Boy games just lately. Joining the likes of new Game Boy titles Infinity and Tales of Monsterland is The Year After, a short narrative experience developed by Hadrian Lin.
The game, which can be played to completion in around half an hour, is described as an "emotional Game Boy experience about an invisible stranger, a family and a brutal winter". It's a mostly linear experience, albeit with "a few secrets", and is fully playable right now over on itch.io.
We're here to discuss the game's upcoming physical release, though, as a fully-functioning cart playable on Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance is headed our way next year. It's limited to just 250 copies and includes all of the following:
- Limited edition sealed box
- Clear black game cartridge
- Clear cartridge protector
- Game manual
- The Year After stickers sheet
- Silkscreened PCB with artwork on the back side
- Game soundtrack on CD and digital download
- 2x The Year After enamelled pin
- Game poster
- Exclusive paperback Dev Log
- Numbered certificate of authenticity
It's on the pricey side, coming in at $89.99, but if you're into collecting unique and obscure titles it may well be for you. Here's a look at the game running on real hardware:
Between these new releases and all the Nintendo Switch Online Game Boy rumours, there sure is a lot of love going around right now for Nintendo's classic handheld system. And rightly so!