Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Game Boy/Game Boy Colour

This is the eighth post in a series called “Hungry Goriya Used Acquire” that serves to highlight the contents of a large game collection I procured from an old high school friend of mine, Joe.  Read here for the backstory.

I’ve decided to amalgamate the acquisitions for original Game Boy and the Game Boy Colour into one post since to me, they’re hardly distinguishable and are rather natural extensions of one another.  Joe really, really seemed to like GB/GBC stuff, so there’s lots of really fun and interesting stuff to talk about here.  Off we go!

For starters, we got a boxed Game Boy handheld console.  The box is in immaculate shape, and so is the unit itself.  I was strangely excited to find the crappy headphones that came with it tucked into their slot inside the box’s styrofoam interior.  Getting a functioning Game Boy is excellent news since my own personal Game Boy from childhood’s screen fell off in recent years.  It looks as if it just completely came unglued, but because of its state, I haven’t picked it up in a long while.  Time to huddle under a lamp near an outlet into the wee hours of the morning playing Link’s Awakening!  Oh to be 11 again.

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Along with the console itself, we acquired some boxed games.  The most exciting for me from the bunch was Pokemon Yellow, though it was missing its manual.  Though I had never before heard of Faceball, along with the boxed copy below, we also ended up with three additional loose copies of the game.  Joe had been planning to have some sort of Faceball tournament at some point in his life, but it never happened.  Maybe I can realize his dream.

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The number of loose games was substantial.  Among some great common titles were some pretty interesting ones like Great Greed, an uncommon RPG that is apparently really good, Ultima II: Runes of Virtue, as well as Metroid II: Return of Samus.  What I thought was really convenient is that the only duplicate game we got here was Nemesis (far left).  Everything else was brand new to us!

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We also got a few interesting attachments (if I can call them that) for the Game Boy.  The first was the Game Boy Camera.  I was pretty excited to get this because I’ve always wanted to try it out.  I saw it inside the Game Boy at first, but it turned out that we also got its box and manual.  There was an after market cable produced to transfer the photos to a computer, but the box it came in was empty and we never did track it down.  I’m sure they’re out there.  We just have to find them!

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Another accessory we got for the Game Boy was the Barcode Boy Set.  The version I have is from Japan.  I don’t think I understand how it works entirely and haven’t had tim to test it out yet, but the premise behind it was that you could scan cards with barcodes into the system, and some barcodes would generate a character for you to play as, whereas other barcodes could be for enemies to battle, or for different kinds of buffs.  Sounds easy enough, right?  I think the strangest part about all this is that you were encouraged to find barcodes from every day items to scan in to see what they might generate.  I bet scanning a barcode from a Sega game would probably generate some kind of unfathomable horror.

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Even more interesting is that they also released a successor to this for the Super Famicom called the Barcode Battler.  I forgot to include it when I talked about SNES stuff, but I thought I’d include a photo here since we’re on the topic.  I’m not sure what changed between the two releases, but it must’ve been popular!

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For the Game Boy Colour, we got a number of handheld units in a variety of colours!  Below you can see the mix that we got.  The purple one (leftmost) has been modified, though I haven’t shown a photo of it here.  It’s modded to hook up to some sort of external power source rather than AA batteries.  The purple one is my favourite and I would like to see it become unmodded, but it’s not looking good.  The battery terminal plates were not in the lot of stuff.  All of the GBCs turn on and seem to be in good working condition with the expected scuffs and scratches from regular use.

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We received more boxed games for the GBC than for the original GB, again with a mix of common games and some uncommon ones.  Revelations: The Demon Slayer being an Atlus game automatically makes it coveted, but I was also surprised to see Legend of the River King 2 and Resident Evil Gaiden here in such great condition.  Other notable things here were the two Dragon Warrior Monsters 2 games, which are like a Pokemon game in a Dragon Warrior universe with a lot of breeding involved.  All in all, this lineup of beautifully maintained boxed games will be great to add to my exploding Game Boy collection.

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Lastly, we got some loose GBC games to round everything off.  I haven’t had a chance to look into a lot of these titles just yet, but I had a brief run with Mr. Nutz and have become very excited to try out Power Quest.  Robots fighting seems like a good time!  Remarkably, only the Game & Watch Gallery 3 cartridge was something we already had.  All the other games were completely unique to us, which seems almost surreal considering how much we already had for these handheld consoles.

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Thar she blows!  I hope you folks are enjoying these posts as much as I’m enjoying putting them together.  I’m just thrilled with the games we received here, and I still have lots more to share in the coming posts.

Thanks for reading, as always.

-GG

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11 Responses to Hungry Goriya Used Acquire: Game Boy/Game Boy Colour

  1. Sega Dude says:

    Very nice! Any boxed Gameboy and Gameboy Color stuff is getting hard to find. I had the original Gameboy and a handful of games when it was current. I really loved it. Didn’t matter that is was only black and white. I lent it and all my games to a good buddy who then lent them to someone he didn’t really know and then that guy moved away… and they were gone forever. Sucked.

    I never got into the Gameboy Color but I really dove in when the Gameboy Advanced rolled around. I still have about 60+ boxed GBA games.

    It was a real stroke of luck that you got so few doubles when adding these lots to your own collection. That is really awesome.

    And I’m totally curious to know what happens if you can a barcode from a Sega product!

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Awww your story made me sad. I’m sorry you lost all your games like that. It must’ve felt really awful to know that they were gone forever, and with a stranger no less!

      I’ll be putting a GBA post together soon enough, and we got tons of stuff for that too. I’ll be curious to see if you have any of the same games we got and what you might think of them. I have only played mostly through Pokemon Sapphire, and really haven’t hit anything else for that system. It’ll be a lot of fun to see what you think!

      I am honestly blown away with how few doubles we got in general in the entire purchase, but I was especially happy about it here. I want to collect and play through so many GB games and it was awesome to get a fresh batch of things I didn’t even know I wanted 🙂

      Part of the Barcode Boy is sealed, so I’ve been debating whether or not I even want to open it. My curiosity is slowly getting to me. I need to know what they did about Sega stuff!!!

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  2. Geddy says:

    Loving these posts, I get all giddy every time I get the notification email 🙂

    First off, great collection. Solid boxed games and that boxed OG GameBoy is the mad notes. And boy I love me some GameBoy Colors. Haven’t been able to find my teal one in all the time spent searching my attic but luckily I still have a purple one. Side note, that barcode scanner thing is super interesting. Did that release in the west? Seems like a Japan-only exclusive. They always get the coolest/strangest stuff.

    I realized from reading this post that I don’t know a whole lot about GameBoy games, I imagine since I got an OG one when I was a kid, I wasn’t much into these in-depth games. Dragon Warrior Monsters, Heroes of Might and Magic, Blaster Master – my collection reflects that of a child. Pokemon Yellow, Red, and a bunch of kids games!

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Awww I’m glad you’ve been looking forward to them!

      I was absolutely pumped to see an entire huge box of boxed Game Boy games (GBA games are coming up in a future post) because all my cartridges growing up were loose. It wasn’t until last year that I got my first boxed GB/GBC games and I’ve been upgrading my loose games whenever I’ve had the chance. I hope you can find your teal GBC. I hate when things go missing like that!

      As far as I understand, the barcode attachments were Japan exclusives. When my friend Joe was explaining it to me, I had no idea what he was talking about and couldn’t imagine a system so versatile that it could use virtually any barcode in existence. It’s a huge curiosity to me, and I might just have to bust that open!

      And I hear ya about not knowing much about GB/GBC games. I was scratching my head pretty hard over a few of the titles myself. My collection from childhood included child games as well, like Link’s Awakening, Super Mario Land 1/2 and Tetris. I’ve been tempted to do a post series about my collection origins, and this conversation’s bringing all those ideas back up!

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      I’m so glad you’ve been looking forward to them!

      I was also really pumped to see so many boxed games in one place (including GBA, which is coming in a future post). All my games from childhood were loose, so I’ve been trying to upgrade them to at least have manuals over the past few years with quite a bit of luck. I hope you can find your teal GBC someday. I hate when things walk away like that!

      I know what you mean about having the collection of a child. I grew up with Link’s Awakening, Super Mario Land 1/2 and Tetris for the most part. I’m excited to dive into the more “adult” parts of the GB library! This whole acquisition has been a huge learning process for me too… I now own games I’ve never even heard of and have been catching up on information about them ever since!

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  3. Mr. Panda says:

    Love it! All those GB/GBC games look amazing! 🙂 I have to geek out a second about Power Quest, which is a game that I think about a lot but never hear about. It’s a silly game, but I have fond memories about it. It’s very much a cross between robot fighting game and light RPG elements, but I played it during the golden age of GBC, so it stood out to me. I hope you enjoy your time with it! P.S. I have never heard of a Barcode Boy… XD

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      Power Quest looks amazing! I’m jealous you got to experience it through a child’s eyes, but I’m still looking forward to some Robo-fighting! I have Robotrek for SNES which I feel might be similar (but maybe not at all for all I know), and I was adamant about finding that game for a long while.

      I don’t know that you’re the only person that didn’t know about the Barcode Boy… I’m still not even sure what it is because all the instructions are in Japanese, and the online resources explaining it feel confusing to me. I guess I just need to try it out!

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  4. Boxed Resident Evil Gaiden!? Nice score! 😀 Pokémon Yellow was the first portable game I ever owned, haha.

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  5. Lots of great stuff there! I’ve never heard of the Barcode Boy, but it looks interesting! I wonder if it was like the precursor to the e-Reader- they seem kind of similar. I do have a Game Boy Camera though! Never been able to do much with it because I bought it used and there was no cables or printer or anything, but it’s still nice to have!

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    • hungrygoriya says:

      I was wondering the same thing about the Barcode Boy. It seemed like a bit of a flop here so maybe the e-reader was born from its failure. It’s hard to know for sure, but it’s certainly an interesting connection!

      I wish the GB camera made movies. I’d totally do a video of my game room using that for fun.

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      • You never know! It’s hard to find concrete information on it, but the two products just seem too similar for it to be a coincidence!

        I never thought of the GB camera making movies, but that would have been awesome! I really wish I had the printer for it lol.

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