Will Nintendo Make a Gameboy Classic Edition?

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Posted on May 10, 2018, 9:11 p.m. by DemonDragonJ

Nintendo's NES and SNES classic editions are selling well, and I believe that it is almost certain that Nintendo shall make an N64 classic edition, as well, but how likely is it that they shall make a Gameboy classic edition? The Gameboy was one of the greatest handheld consoles, ever, so it definitely deserves a classic edition, in my mind.

If such a console were to become a reality, there are several questions that I would have for it. First, would it cover all four incarnations of the Gameboy (original, pocket, color, and advance) or only the original? Second, what games would it include? Third, how small would it be, considering that every version of the Gameboy after the first was already quite small.

The Gameboy was the only dedicated video game console that I actually owned (all others, I used when visiting friends), as the majority of the video games that I played in my childhood were for DOS and Windows, so I have fond memories of it. For me, the following games would be absolutely mandatory for a Gameboy classic edition: Super Mario Land, Super Mario Land 2, Wario Land, Wario Land II, Kirby's Dreamland, Kirby's Dreamland 2, Tetris, Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, LoZ: Oracle of Ages, and LoZ: Oracle of Seasons.

What does everyone else say about this? How likely is is that Nintendo shall make a Gameboy classic edition?

Argy says... #2

It's very unlikely, as you can buy most of the old GameBoy games in Nintendo's various online shops on all their current handhelds.

It's a much easier and cheaper model for Nintendo to sell a 2DS, 3DS, or Switch that people can then buy the old games on.

It also doesn't have the attraction that the Classic NES did of now being able to play your old games in HD. You can already use the Switch to play old games, bought in the online store, on your HD TV.

In fact, ALL those games you mentioned are available for purchase.


Also, the GameBoy was OK, but was completely outclassed by the GameBoy Advance, which has more excellent games to scratch that retro itch.

May 10, 2018 9:22 p.m.

Argy says... #3

The other thing to remember is that, unlike the NES, you could actually play Gameboy carts using your GBA. It was backwards compatible for all Nintendo handheld game carts made up until that point.

This is another reason why rereleasing the GameBoy would not be as effective as rereleasing the GameBoy Advance. Also, it must be remembered that GBA SP was the first Nintendo handheld that had a built in light, and a convenient clam shell design. These days you expect those features in a handheld. Not to mention that it was very compact. It has been the smallest Nintendo handheld, apart from the Micro model.

You can just buy a GameBoy Advance so cheaply, that it wouldn't be worth Nintendo making them again. Point of fact, I bought a reconditioned SP backlit model just last year for a very reasonable price. I currently have one original GBA, three GBA SP, and two GBA Micro handhelds. All working.

A working NES is harder to come by, and is more expensive.

May 11, 2018 7:50 p.m.

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