We’ve got a special feature here for all of you folks here at MyGamer! In honor of the twentieth anniversary of the Nintendo Game Boy, we’re running a special feature, where the MyGamer staff has picked out the top twenty games in Game Boy history.
So how did we pick these games? Plain and simple round-table discussion between the MyGamer staff and some of our close friends. We worked hard and had a full-on hurricane of brainstorming, and we’re very pleased with our list. We did set out a few ground rules, though. Otherwise we’d have a top twenty made up of ten Pokemon games and eight Zelda titles rounded out with a couple Castlevanias.
The first rule we had was that you can have only one installment in a series, but we kept spin-offs separate from the main installments. For example, we can have both Pokemon Red/Blue and Pokemon Pinball, but not Pokemon Red/Blue and Pokemon Gold/Silver. The other thing is that we didn’t include any ports or enhanced ports of classic console titles. A lot of the Game Boy’s better games (and many of the Game Boy Advance’s best games) are ports of console titles. We figured that including a lot of games like Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Super Mario Bros. Advance would be a disservice to the many great original games that have come out on the Game Boy over the years. Lastly, we’re picking the best games in Game Boy history. So we’ve got twenty games from the Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance. Picking the top twenty games on the original Game Boy would be goofy and probably wouldn’t actually have many good games.
The games and the rankings are our own. We didn’t just go onto Metacritic and Gamerankings and pick the highest-scored games. The staff got together, picked out our favorite games and wrote up a blurb about why we love the game and why it should be remembered among the best handheld games of all time. We’re going to announce our picks over a series of four articles, with five games each in descending order (so, we’re starting from #20 and working our way down to #1). Keep an eye out for the articles and be sure to discuss the results in our forum!