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Smash Bros. Ultimate "Game Boy" Spirit Board event kicks off Sept. 25th, 2020

Now you're playing with portable power!

The next Spirit Board event for Smash Bros. Ultimate kicks off on Friday, Sept. 25th, 2020, and it pays tribute to the Game Boy. This event will focus on Spirits that first popped up during the Game Boy/Game Boy Color era, and if you defeat them, you'll get more gold than usual. The event is set to run for three days.

Game Boy: The Box Art Collection pre-orders open on Sept. 28th, 2020

For Game Boy super fans

Whether you're an old-school Game Boy fan or discovering the wonders of Nintendo's million-selling portable system for the very first time, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection is the book for you – it's a vibrant celebration of some of the finest cover artwork for this monochrome marvel, which kick-started the handheld games industry.

Despite the fact that we live in a world where the average smartphone makes the Game Boy look like an abacus, in purely technical terms, Nintendo's trailblazing handheld still manages to capture the attention of gamers all over the world – and flicking through these pages, it's easy to see why. It's home to some of the most famous names in the videogame business, such as Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Mega Man, Castlevania, Gradius and Final Fantasy, and many of its best titles hold up surprisingly well by modern standards – with technology this basic, developers of the period needed to make sure the gameplay was compelling and addictive.

We've worked closely with some of the world's most renowned Game Boy collectors to pull together a varied selection of titles that spans both Western and Eastern tastes. We've tried to strike the right balance between the two, and we hope you'll enjoy seeing some familiar pieces of art rubbing shoulders with covers for games you perhaps know from the dim and distant past, but have never before seen presented in the packaging shown here.

The other notable addition is the inclusion of screenshots on each page, giving you the opportunity to see what the games in question actually look like. As if that wasn't enough, we've gone to the extra effort of professionally translating the titles of Japanese games into Romaji – something that, to our knowledge, has never been properly attempted before in any English-language book.

Additionally, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection includes a foreword by Gameboycameraman, a collector's interview and an extensive feature on the history of the Game Boy.

At 372 pages long, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection also boasts a metallic silver textured cover with a metallic blue foil logo. As with all our books, we use thread sewn binding for extra durability and print lithographically on high-quality paper to showcase the gorgeous visuals as they deserve.

For the collectors out there, Game Boy: The Box Art Collection also comes in two special, limited run, never-to-be-repeated versions.

The 'Silver Version':

the book is housed within a sturdy metallic silver card box;
this box features an exclusive cover illustration designed by the one and only Wil Overton (Super Play, Rare);
an A2 poster of Wil’s artwork comes with it, supplied rolled within a heavy-duty tube; and…
this version is limited to 1,500 copies.

The 'Gold Version':

the book is housed within a sturdy metallic gold card box and features a holographic edition sticker;
this box features the same exclusive cover illustration by Wil Overton;
includes a postcard, featuring the cover illustration, signed by Wil;
the A2 poster of Wil’s artwork comes with it, supplied rolled within a heavy-duty tube; and…
this version is limited to only 500 copies – sure to become a true collector’s item!
These Silver and Gold versions are strictly limited and will never be printed again, ever.

Book specifications

372 pages. 250mm × 250mm. Edge-to-edge high quality lithographic print. Hardback. Metallic silver textured cover with a metallic blue foil logo. Sewn binding for enduring quality and the ability to lay flat for ideal double-page image viewing. Free PDF for viewing on the go.

You'll be able to grab a pre-order for Game Boy: The Box Art Collection on Sept. 28th, 2020. When pre-orders do open, you can lock yours in here.

Ubisoft's unreleased port of John Madden Football for the Game Boy has found its way online

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Did you know that back in 1993, Ubisoft had announced that they were working on ports of EA's John Madden Football for both the NES and Game Boy? Neither of those games ended up getting released, but 27 years later, one of those gems has popped up online.

While the NES version of the game remains missing, the Game Boy adaptation has surfaced. You can see some gameplay from the title below.

While the game might look impressive visually, reports state that the game is a bit odd to play. There's no word on just how close this leaked version is to completion, but it should be somewhere near a final build. I guess it's better that this one didn't release!

Modder creates battery-free Game Boy

A new way to play!

Modder Jasper de Winkel wanted to challenge himself, so he set out to make a battery-free Game Boy. Above is the result of a year's worth of work, and it doesn't require a single traditional battery to play.

The battery-free Game Boy uses Game Boy emulation, but it can also play traditional cartridges. Wondering where it gets its power? That comes from the small solar cells surrounding the tiny screen, but the portable also generates energy when the player presses buttons. In other words, the more you play, the more power you get.

There are some big limitations on the platform, though. As you can tell, the screen is much smaller than a traditional Game Boy. Even worse, there's absolutely no sound at all. Generating sound requires a lot of extra power, so the team decided to skip over it completely. Obviously a major downgrade from the original Game Boy, but some serious concessions had to be made.

The end result might not be the best way to play Game Boy games, but it's certainly a conversation starter, and quite the technical marvel.

Random Time! - Fan demonstrates that it is possible to use a Game Boy Camera as a webcam in 2020

A Twitter user by the name of @bernardcapulong had come across a Reddit post that questioned whether or not a Game Boy Camera could be used as a modern-day webcam. In response, bernard had proven that this could bone by answering with in an overly complex, yet humorous, manner. The result can be seen in the Twitter video posted above!

Jeremy Parish's Game Boy Works #120 - Bubble Bobble & Chibi Maruko-chan retrospective

Two more Game Boy classics

Ah, Game Boy: The system that ruled the world on the strength of both its portability and its support for multiplayer gaming. Remember Tetris? Remember Pokémon? Remember F-1 Race and its four-player adapter? So naturally, when Taito brought Bubble Bobble—a cooperative arcade game designed to be played (and only fully completed!) with a second player—to Game Boy, naturally they made heavy use of its link capabilities for teaming up with a friend, right? Uh... right?

8-bit Point and Click Adventure "Where Is My Body?" sees over 600% funding on Kickstarter

New Game Boy game gets major support

Due to the support of almost 377 backers, independent games developer Greenboy Games pledged $28k, 600% of it’s original goal on Kickstarter, to fund the production and development of Where Is My Body? last Thursday.

Where Is My Body? is an 8-bit point and click adventure coming to Game Boy in Q4 2020. Inspired by titles such as Maniac Mansion, you will have to take on the role of a hand which has to solve different mysteries and follow the thread of the story in two chapters and a half.

“We are very proud to have exceeded every expectation about the success of Where Is My Body? on Kickstarter”, says Dan Puch, solo developer at Greenboy Games. “The game can be currently acquired on Indiegogo and it will be eventually distributed in major storefronts”.

Where Is My Body? will be available in both Western and Japanese cartridges packed in regional specific boxes with manual. The game will be compatible with all Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance handhelds.

Features

8-bit classic point and click adventure for Nintendo Game Boy.
Take on the role of a hand which has to solve different mysteries to find its body.
Inspired by classic adventures if the 90’s such as Maniac Mansion.
Available in both Western and Japanese cartridges packed in regional specific boxes with manual.
Compatible with all Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance handhelds.

Game Boy Camera mod uses a DSLR lens for super-sized pictures

The Game Boy Camera finds new life

The Game Boy Camera isn't known for having the most sophisticated camera tech, but it's still a fun accessory to play with. It also continues to gain fans all these years after releasing, and some of them aim to push the camera far beyond what it was originally capable of.

In the video above, you can see a new mod for the Game Boy Camera that lets it connect up with a modern DSLR lens for some mega-sized pictures. Sam McKenzie, the person behind the mod, shared some of the technical details of the project.

"Using a 70-200mm lens takes the focal length to around 3000mm on the Game Boy Camera, allowing us to take some creamy retro photos at an insane 0.1 megapixels. But, after blowing our budget on the 3D printer, we didn’t have enough to purchase a now rare Game Boy Printer, so we took the Game Boy Camera and brought it into 2020 by having the results printed onto canvas professionally."

The end results are really impressive, and are sure to have some other Game Boy Camera users out there looking to try out this project themselves.

Jeremy Parish's Game Boy Works #119 - Double Dragon II & Scotland Yard retrospective

Two more deep dives into the Game Boy library

A second Double Dragon release for 1990 lands on Game Boy... except not really. In Japan, Double Dragon II was presented as an expanded remake of the original Renegade—which is to say, Kunio-kun's first adventure. Acclaim and Technos gave it a facelift for western release a year later, turning into a Double Dragon game in name if not in fact. Still, while this "sequel" lacks some fundamental essentials found in the arcade game, it does allow for simultaneous play—so that's something.

Where Is My Body? hits new Kickstarter stretch goal with 24 hours to go

The Game Boy game gets bigger

Where Is My Body?, the 8-bit point and click adventure coming to Game Boy in Q4 2020, has reached a new milestone in our Kickstarter campaign: Chapter 3 unlocked!

Where Is My Body? will be available in both Western and Japanese cartridges packed in regional specific boxes with manual. The game will be compatible with all Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance handhelds.

Once the Kickstarter campaign ends in 24 hours, Where Is My Body? will be available on Indiegogo.

Check out the Kickstarter here

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