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The 26 Best Game Boy Games of All Time

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The classic Game Boy has hundreds of great games, but which are the pick of the crop? Gaming Historian's The Story of Tetris ■ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fQtxKmgJC8 Check out our full site ■ http://www.nintendolife.com Like us on Facebook ■ https://www.facebook.com/nintendolife Follow us on Twitter ■ https://www.twitter.com/nintendolife Support us via Amazon ■ https://www.amazon.com/shop/nintendolife
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MamaLuigi Productions (5 hours ago)
Yikes, you somehow found room for Bill and Ted and Tiny Toons but couldn't fit Final Fantasy Legends, Dr. Mario, or Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters?
James Howard (12 hours ago)
Links awakening is overrated. Also no kirbys block ball or kirbys star stacker :/.
Micah Buzan (1 day ago)
So many games, so little time.
Eric Andre (1 day ago)
One awesome game with an even better soundtrack that is always overlooked and left off "best of" lists is Tekkaman Blade. It's killer. The Ninja Gaiden game is great. Lupin III game is a super addictive puzzle game with good music. Where as Tensai Bakabon is not as good as it's Famicom counterpart, it's still pretty good.
Siddif (1 day ago)
I definitely agree with the top 5. With Links Awakening being my first Zelda game ever (though DX on Colour is a better version). 6 Golden Coins and Pokémon also being life changing for me and Metroid 2 was my first Metroid too. Tetris was for the longest time the only multiplayer game we had too and just happened to be given 2 copies by a family friend. So much of my childhood in this video
Dieter H (2 days ago)
where would you place Castle Quest?
Dieter H (2 days ago)
Gradius was titled Nemesis, right?
Chad W Smith (3 days ago)
"You dangerously confident sausage" is my new catchphrase :D
Invader Bob 3 better be on this list so help me
supershadow952 (4 days ago)
Where the hell was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 Radical Rescue in all of this HEEELLOOOO
Jimi Vall Peterson (4 days ago)
Where is that glorious music from again!?
Stephen Walker (5 days ago)
They were called Mario Land 2 and Mario Land 3 they're totally the same franchise lol. You could always get the bike in Pokemon that was as good as running tbh.
João Sérgio Pereira (6 days ago)
I really love the pikachu canvas on your wall. Can you tell me the name of the artist?
Dmitry Zhavoronkov (6 days ago)
Yuu Yuu Hakusho 3 Makai no tobira. Try it !! Very good "beat em up".
foxroano9t (6 days ago)
I choose you Pokemon! As its not a Console port/sequel.
Double Dragon....REALLY! It is the worst of the worst, it makes Snes Pitfighter look like a world champ. The list is very narrow and obvious especially considering the amount of games available on the Game Boy. I would have like to seen Parodius, Kwirk, Qix, Asterix, Speedy Gonzales, Ultra Golf, Hammerin Harry, Avenging Spirit, Boxxle, Fire Fighter, Battle of Olympus, Alfred Chicken, Revenge of the Gator, Bomb Jack, Dr. Franken, Star Hawk and I could go on :-)
Dimentive (8 days ago)
Black and white games feel so weird nowadays.
Matthew Simplay (8 days ago)
Mario Land 3 the best Wario Land game
Cristian Arreola (1 day ago)
The OG GameBoy was a *4-bit Beast*
Lucas Kelleher (8 days ago)
Pretty solid list. Donkey Kong really deserves a spot in the Top 5 though—maybe even THE top spot. You also left out DR. MARIO, a particularly glaring omission. I'd definitely include that one in the Top 5 as well.
Jacinta (8 days ago)
I’m ridiculously fond of a guy I’ve never met. Alex, you’re too charming, please stop.
SlighMD (8 days ago)
Bionic Commando
ArkMiner05 (8 days ago)
New title: 26 best NES ports
TheLegendaryJF (8 days ago)
4 line tetris are called Tetrazoids. Drop the gloves.
TheLegendaryJF (8 days ago)
Six. Golden. Coins. The portable title I've played the most. Probably the game I've ever beaten the most times. My love for this game is endless. I so badly want another title like this, I'd even do a colour remake on the Switch e-shop. It's glorious.
Phoenix Pineapple (8 days ago)
Invader Bob 2 is my favorite game ever
SoSickRick (9 days ago)
I loved Super Mario Land 2
MaddestMike (9 days ago)
I need to track some of these games down on the 3DS eShop.
Gregory Fenn (9 days ago)
With such a primative GPU and limited memory (both RAM and disk), it's amazing how rich and enjoyable these Game Boy games were. I was a little too young to enjoy them, as my first game boy was a Game Boy pocket (remember that cute little yellow one that runs a bit smoother than the orginal fat grey Game boy?) and I think I just played Pokemon, Tetris and some bowling game and one of the mario bros games?
topchief1 (9 days ago)
Terrible list. So many great GB games not on this list, and plenty of mediocre ones on it.
Bob O'Daniel (9 days ago)
I really loved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Radical Rescue. Freaking amazing fun TMNT metroidvania game.
Felix WSD (9 days ago)
Have you not tried Seiken Densetsu/Final Fantasy Adventure/Mystic Quest? (Yes, it had three different names, depending on which region you were playing it)
optimusghost (10 days ago)
What memories, i remember playing R type, Operation C , Zelda and Metroid on my old gameboy.
RandomtubeMA (10 days ago)
I swear if donkey kongs isn't top 5 i will kill myself
RandomtubeMA (10 days ago)
4:32 K I L L M E .
Niklas Universe (10 days ago)
My favorite is Kaeru no Tame ni Kane wa Naru It's the game with that weird prince who is also a helper trophy in Smash 4
Johannes Krohn (10 days ago)
Great list. I appreciate the choice of Donkey Kong Land 2 (over the other entries in that series) and the inclusion of Mole Mania, which should have had a sequel on the (3)DS, because that would have been the perfect system for it. Great, unique and pretty tough puzzle-game. I'm somewhat surprised about the absence of Mystic Quest/Final Fantasy Adventure/Seiken Densetsu and one of the Final Fantasy Legend-/SaGa-Games (probably the second one) and the choice of Wario Land over the innovative, huge and original masterpiece that is Wario Land II. I personally would add The King of Fighters - Heat of Battle, an impressive port of KoF '96. And, yeah, well... Link's Awakening may be the best Zelda-game of all time.
Lowlight23 (10 days ago)
Good video. I would have added one of the fighters that actually turned out really good: Killer Instinct or Samurai Showdown. I still boot up my game boy and play those to this day 😀
Where's Kirby's Dreamland 2, that game was 100 times better than the original! WHY? WHY?! WHY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!
Femke Meike (10 days ago)
No you're a sausage!
Fufu (10 days ago)
"Dangerously confident sausage", lol
James Toomer (10 days ago)
So only one game per franchise... ...and you picked Kirby's Dream Land 1 instead of 2. Really?
Josh Campbell (10 days ago)
Great list!
amadawn (11 days ago)
Michael Grievson (11 days ago)
In my 39 years as a gamer I’ve never played a Pokemon
Absolutely 0bsolete (11 days ago)
I feel lucky that I own all of these beauties
Matthew Davies (11 days ago)
Never heard of some of these games & Worms should have been included as it was awesome despite the green/yellow screen, also seeing Kirby & Wario Land bought back memories - Tetris should be number 1 btw
Urlet Bi (11 days ago)
I fell in love with the Zelda series after beating Link's Awakening. I still get the chills from the melody when you first pick up your sword!!
noobynooberson (11 days ago)
The nostalgia of this vid gave me a huge grin. Would also add Star Wars Return of the Jedi, brilliant game.
Mark Mauk (11 days ago)
There is one Game on the Game Boy i would easily put in the Top 5 of my List and that is Burai Fighter Deluxe. One of the most atmospheric games on the system for sure and a great experience even today - part of it is the great great Soundtrack.
Bludvarg (11 days ago)
Kid Dracula is technically a Castlevania game, so....rule broken, I guess.
CGG Productions (11 days ago)
The top 5 picks are simply SUPERB!!! There really aren't any better GameBoy games. Thanks for the list I need to check some of those games out!
Chaos89P (11 days ago)
You wanna know the weird reason Contra was "Probotector" in Europe? Germany. I think that stick up the government's _Ärsche_ may have come out some over the years, but it's still rather firmly up said _Ärsche._
jodudeit (11 days ago)
Game Boy Color list next please!
BdaMonkey (11 days ago)
DS > Gameboy
Tsukinopio (11 days ago)
Donkey Kong Land III was the best Donkey Kong Land game. The first DKL had unique level themes , but it was glitchy and hard to play due to the dark character sprites on the dark backgrounds. DKL2 felt like a watered down version of DKC2, but DKL3—despite borrowing the same level themes from its SNES counterpart—had the best level design by far.
No signal (11 days ago)
Super Mario Land. My first Gameboy game.
Ancient_Ys (11 days ago)
0:38 - 0:39
Mr. Jam (11 days ago)
Thanks for putting Wario in the thumbnail!
Mike Chimeri (11 days ago)
I'm satisfied with the list.
Average Dave (11 days ago)
So many memories! Surprised no Final Fantasy on the list, but a great list all the same!
Peace Biscuits (11 days ago)
Sold 150 loose Gameboy games about ten years ago. Kinda regret it.
heavyarms55 (11 days ago)
These 26 games are better than the ENTIRE LIBRARY of Android and iOS games.
Gareth Sanders (11 days ago)
the game boy is my favorite console
likenem (11 days ago)
Pokemon Red and Blue are better then quite a few of the New games, It paced way better then Sun and Moon, while also having a better frame rate.
likenem (6 hours ago)
It only takes 17 hours to beat the game and its less linear then some of the new ones. In Sun and Moon its like 20 minutes before you get your first pokemon.
James Howard (12 hours ago)
Gen 1 is one of the worst gens imo
likenem (10 days ago)
Yeah it is, Any battles with more then two pokemon, tank the frame rate even on the New 3ds, Pokemon SOS is absolutely evil because of this. Also in Dragon Quest 7 for 3DS has Frame Rate issues when traveling the overworld towards the end, which is mildly annoying when you, because its caused by a fast travel device. Which is complete irony.
pokemonfan456 (11 days ago)
frame rate isn't really important in rpg's
Gamer 9 (11 days ago)
Metroid, Zelda, Mario and Pokemon. This is why Nintendo is GOD.
lee paul (11 days ago)
dangerously confident sausage, i like it.
David J Freeman (11 days ago)
stops wafferling at 1:02
judgemario (11 days ago)
I loved Avenging Spirit. Kid Icarus was good too. Pokemon sucks though. I just don't get how one one one fights are fun. Give me a party to fight with and against or don't bother. Dragon Warrior Monsters is a much better series.
Takoa160 (11 days ago)
I can't argue with the top two. Personally I would have put Wario Land in the top five and above Super Mario Land 2 because I like it more. Also well done for including Super Mario Land music in the background even though you couldn't put it on the actual list due to the one game per series rule.
Rachael Augustyn (11 days ago)
Pokemon should have been 1st!!!!!! IT WAS ROBBED!!!!!!! D: D: D: why does zelda always have to beat pokemon on these lists.... D: D: D: D: D:
Rachael Augustyn (10 days ago)
Well i'd like to say no but i probably am considering how many pokemon things i own and how many times I've replayed the games. I've never completed a pokedex but that's partially because some of the pokemon were so hard to find or catch at the time. I got so frustrated trying to find one pokemon on Sapphire (the original). Regardless I think considering how big Pokemon is, and how well the games have done in comparison to the others on this list I think pokemon should be number one. No matter how many youtube lists i've seen pokemon is almost never number one and i think that sucks as it's a great game.
Rachael Augustyn Are you a Pokemon fanboy?
IceDogg03 (11 days ago)
Why are all the games grey??
HXAPÉWiZZ (11 days ago)
26 is my least favorite number
Saif Alrdaddi (11 days ago)
Juliusaurus (11 days ago)
Donkey Kong Land 2 was the worst of the DKL trilogy though... DKL was entirely unique, with brand new stage types, enemies, items, etc, and the third game also had entirely new worlds and stages and stage gimmicks. DKL2 was a watered down port of DKC2, and sure, the stage layouts are different, but they're all the same name, structure, and gimmicks.
newageBoundhippie (11 days ago)
it always sounds weird to me when people say "Nezz" & "Suhnezz" for the NES & SNES...I just say the damn letters :/ also Kirby's Dream Land 2 is infinitely better than the original, and how the hell is Bill & Ted on the list but not Solar Striker, Kid Icarus: Of Myths & Monsters, Yoshi's Cookie or Tetris Attack? At least Mole Mania got some much deserved love, not many people appreciate that game. and since I assume this top 26 wasn't all inclusive, I have to say Kaeru No Tame Ni Kane Wa Naru deserves a mention...as does X. 2 underappreciated gems that sadly only released in Japan.
John Smith (11 days ago)
Great list, Great video
Stormin' Norman (11 days ago)
I swear to god, if Mario Picross isn't on this list...
Mark Cabaniss (11 days ago)
Would be great if Nintendo made that Game Boy Classic Edition. I tweeted them a list of games a while back.
Soapy Papoose (11 days ago)
No Bomberman? For shame, especially Wario vs Bomberman. Maybe a comments vid of missed gems?
assaf chen (11 days ago)
Guess we know its called a *port* able console
Kevin Gomez (11 days ago)
I'm ok with Zelda beating Pokemon, it was my first G.B. game and my first love for a franchise. Still is.
Adam Jones (11 days ago)
Man, I really wish I could buy these games on the eShop.............................
Jordan Saylor (11 days ago)
My top 5: 1. Links Awakening 2. Pokemon Red/Blue 3. Mario Land 2 4. DK land 2 5. Wario Land 2 (It was a GBC game, but it DID work on GB/GBP; black cart, not clear)
Pragmatik (11 days ago)
Dragon Warrior 1 and 2 was my favorite! Loved that it moved a bit smoother and the rearrangement to the soundtrack was amazing
Moon Medic (11 days ago)
No Doctor Mario?? Man, I loved that game as much as Tetris on the GB! Great list otherwise though (;
Lanky macCrazyhair (11 days ago)
And of course, Link's Awakening is number one. Of course it is. It's Links freaking Awakening. It's one of the best Zelda Games to date despite being on the FREAKING GAMEBOY.
Lanky macCrazyhair (7 hours ago)
Well, opinions are a thing. It's by no means the ABSOLUTE best game in the Zelda franchise, but I think it's pretty high up there.
James Howard (12 hours ago)
Lanky macCrazyhair no. No its not
Praline (11 days ago)
#1 and #2 should be swapped.
Lanky macCrazyhair (11 days ago)
Oh dang you actually had Gradius The Interstellar Assault! Darn good game, but really obscure. Probably my favorite Gradius Game, TBH.
H. Pets (12 days ago)
Invader Bob 1 and Invader Bob 2 sound like great games, should get my hands on those.
TwinTime Productions (12 days ago)
I’m a dangerously confident sausage. OH YEAH
TwinTime Productions (12 days ago)
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z nerd (12 days ago)
Couldn't agree with your #1 pick more!!
Slimey (12 days ago)
17:55 thank me later
juanbarlos (12 days ago)
Final Fantasy Legend 2 and Final Fantasy Adventure deserve a place surely?
Arkyoptrix (12 days ago)
Wot, no Kwirk?
Mark Henderson (12 days ago)
No love for Lethal Weapon?
NukeOTron (12 days ago)
5. Yep. Team Yokoi makes a good Mario game. 4. Won't question this one. 3. Whoever said Zelda was the game that invented strategy guides mispronounced Metroid. 2. Uh... There's a difference between influential and 1. Yes. Yes, it is number one. It's why Yoshiaki Koizumi is the face of the Switch. It invented a much-needed Jump Button. It gave Zelda games more drive in story beyond mere words. ...and, of course, it inspired Ocarina whether we liked that one or not.
Mark Henderson (12 days ago)
lol the notes
Gremm Paltakin (12 days ago)
I agree with this list.

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