Next week – April 21 to be specific – we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the most iconic computer hardware in the history of video game. Talk to someone who knows absolutely nothing on the game consoles and they will still be able to name the Nintendo Game Boy and probably whistle the air Tetris as well. Its omnipresence in the early 90s has earned it to become a shortcut to the game in general, part of the cultural fabric in a way that few other materials can claim.
Next week we will be posting several new articles to celebrate the humble handheld, in addition to exploring the archives to find the best of our previously published features. We will also publish an article on the 50 best Game Boy games up here and the 50 best features of 3DS Games.
As for these selections, the ranking will be entirely based on the user evaluations of the Nintendo Life Games database. Thus, readers can rate the game of their choice. After reaching a minimum threshold, this game becomes eligible to the list based on its overall ranking. Evaluation. This has worked well for previous lists and we have seen some interesting changes as fluid rankings fluctuate over time. Of course, 3DS and Switch have already been evaluated by many users, but for 30 years, it's inevitable that Game Boy games only have fraction of votes compared to more modern systems.
That's where you come in! We have updated our database to include all Game Boy titles that have sprung up in the West, so in anticipation of the 30th anniversary we would like you to rate your favorites with the help of the 39, specially designed tool below.
Assuming you are logged in, simply scroll down the alphabetical list and click on the star to display a grade of 1-10. Click on the score you think you deserve and you're done! If the six-page scroll of the big Game Boy Library looks too much like work, just use the search bar at the top of the list to search for your favorites and rate them from the results list. Charming!
If you need a reminder about a particular game, feel free to click on the title of the game and view our reviews and screen shots. However, keep in mind that many of them will not have been reissued on the Virtual Console and may not have a review of Nintendo Life. The Game Boy is more than double the age of the site, remember! A Wikipedia link on the game page should, however, enlighten your memory.
So what are you waiting for? Stuck in!
It's hard to believe that 30 years have passed since Game Boy definitely changed the landscape of portable games. Thanks for the vote – we will share the results, our memories and others again next week, but in the meantime, feel free to remember below …