We need a Game Boy Virtual Console

 
While roaming Youtube for video game music earlier, I came across this track:  

 

NOSTALGIA ATTACK.

So I got to thinking, where the hell is my Game Boy Virtual Console?!

The Game Boy

 The Nintendo Game Boy
Growing up, I don't ever remember not having my Game Boy.  Full of great games, and not to mention built like a tank, the Game Boy is a classic! So it's confusing when you realize Nintendo hasn't tried to capitalize on the popularity of the Game Boy in the current generation of consoles.
 
 

The Problem


 
The virtual console has proven to be a huge success, but there is a huge gap in Nintendo's back catalogue. It can't just be me that wants to play Game Boy games in 2010. Especially now that the DSi is capable of downloading games, a Game Boy VC seems like a total no brainer, yet we haven't heard a single word whether or not it could happen. Just to give you some perspective, there is a Commodore 64 VC, but no Game Boy VC. On a Nintendo download service. Not to take anything away from the C64, but this is a Nintendo console we're talking about!
 
 
 

The Games

Ah yes, the reason the Game Boy was such a classic. The Game Boy has a ton of games that never appeared anywhere else. Sure, there were franchises that appeared elsewhere, but the actual games themselves were stranded on the Game Boy for eternity. Games like the Super Mario Land and Donkey Kong Land series are perfect examples!. The SML games are classic, and while I may be running on nostalgia for the DKL series, I remember having a great time with them as well.

 Super Mario Land
There are so many games that I want to play again, without resorting to emulators.
  • Super Mario Land series
  • Tetris
  • Pokemon
  • Donkey Kong Land series
  • Mega Man (Game Boy versions)
  • Balloon Kid
  • Wario Land series
 

The Future

 
There are also games that I'm pretty sure I'm just nostalgic for, and not because they were any good. I still want to play them!
Hopefully someday we can go back to all the classic GB games on a Nintendo console, until then, I'm going to keep listening to these tunes.
 
What games do you want to revisit from that green screen machine?
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Posted by Melvargh

 
While roaming Youtube for video game music earlier, I came across this track:  

 

NOSTALGIA ATTACK.

So I got to thinking, where the hell is my Game Boy Virtual Console?!

The Game Boy

 The Nintendo Game Boy
Growing up, I don't ever remember not having my Game Boy.  Full of great games, and not to mention built like a tank, the Game Boy is a classic! So it's confusing when you realize Nintendo hasn't tried to capitalize on the popularity of the Game Boy in the current generation of consoles.
 
 

The Problem


 
The virtual console has proven to be a huge success, but there is a huge gap in Nintendo's back catalogue. It can't just be me that wants to play Game Boy games in 2010. Especially now that the DSi is capable of downloading games, a Game Boy VC seems like a total no brainer, yet we haven't heard a single word whether or not it could happen. Just to give you some perspective, there is a Commodore 64 VC, but no Game Boy VC. On a Nintendo download service. Not to take anything away from the C64, but this is a Nintendo console we're talking about!
 
 
 

The Games

Ah yes, the reason the Game Boy was such a classic. The Game Boy has a ton of games that never appeared anywhere else. Sure, there were franchises that appeared elsewhere, but the actual games themselves were stranded on the Game Boy for eternity. Games like the Super Mario Land and Donkey Kong Land series are perfect examples!. The SML games are classic, and while I may be running on nostalgia for the DKL series, I remember having a great time with them as well.

 Super Mario Land
There are so many games that I want to play again, without resorting to emulators.
  • Super Mario Land series
  • Tetris
  • Pokemon
  • Donkey Kong Land series
  • Mega Man (Game Boy versions)
  • Balloon Kid
  • Wario Land series
 

The Future

 
There are also games that I'm pretty sure I'm just nostalgic for, and not because they were any good. I still want to play them!
Hopefully someday we can go back to all the classic GB games on a Nintendo console, until then, I'm going to keep listening to these tunes.
 
What games do you want to revisit from that green screen machine?
Posted by JokerSmilez

You forgot my 2 favorite Game Boy games:
Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
Metroid 2: Return of Samus
 
But dude, just seeing that picture of the original gameboy, it made me very much miss the feel of that in my hands. I kind of want to buy one off E-bay now, and use it instead of GB Advance SP for original Gameboy games...damn you!
 
Maybe I can really bring back my childhood and find a clear one...

Posted by MajorToms

Tetris and Mortal Kombat were my most played Gameboy games, I believe of course until the original Pokemon came out.
Link's Awakening was pretty awesome.
 
Other notable mentions: 
Kirby's Dream Land series (I think one of them is on Wii-shop)
NBA JAM

 
I'd like to see them do Donkey Kong: Country, Pokemon Trading Card Game, and Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX  as download on this gameboy virtual handheld, though they are gameboy color games. Any Gameboy game (Gameboy family) not currently playable on the DS should be considered.

Posted by Synthballs

I've always wondered why they can't do this and extend it to GBC and GBA games aswell. It seems like a stupid idea as, every person will have a nostalgia attack and download Tetris.

Posted by Andrela

I still have an original brick Gameboy next to my bed, still use it to this day. Got it as a present when I got 6 stitches taken out of my head when I was 7

Posted by Diamond

I just resort to emulators these days.

Posted by JJOR64
@Diamond said:
" I just resort to emulators these days. "
Same here.
Posted by ch3burashka

It'd be cool if they didn't charge out the ass as well. A full decade or more after release, 10 bucks for a SNES game is a tad too much.

Posted by dudeglove
http://virtualnes.com/
 
and
 
  http://www.virtualgbx.com/ 
 
For when you need to satisfy those nostalgia urges. And yes it's legal, and no there are no ROM downloads or anything of the sort - tis' all within the browser. And no, you aren't any better at Mega Man than you thought you were all those years ago.
 
It's kinda fun to play the games the Angry Video Game Nerd complains about and see how shit they really are.