Let's Play Every Game Boy Color Game, Part 41

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Mega Man Xtreme

Mega Man Xtreme (Capcom, 2000)


I've gotta be honest: I've never really liked the Mega Man games. Given that, I can't tell you if this is a good one or not. All I know is that it looks a lot worse than the other games, the music is awful, and it has an obsession with enemies you can only shoot when jumping to a specific height.


Mega Man Xtreme 2

Mega Man Xtreme 2 (Capcom, 2001)


There's not much different about this one other than the level design, but since it only came out 8 months later that's not exactly surprising. It does also have a Zero Mission option on the main menu.


Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible II

Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible I (Multimedia Intelligence Transfer/Atlus, 1999)


This is a port of a game released in 1992 for the original GB. It's meant to be a lighter SMT, with monsters instead of demons, so that it would appeal to a wider age range. The font they used is awful and the music feels like it needed another pass to be good. Wikipedia claims that both games were received positively even though they both averaged about a 6/10 from Famitsu. Strange.


I realized after writing this up that this game actually did get an English release under a different name, so I guess we'll be seeing it again. The sequel has not been out of Japan.


Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible II

Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible II (Multimedia Intelligence Transfer/Atlus, 1999)


The second game is mostly notable for having much better music. Unfortunately, it kept the awful font that inserts spaces where there shouldn't be any.


Meitantei Conan: Karakuri Jiin Satsujin Jiken

Meitantei Conan: Karakuri Jiin Satsujin Jiken (Alpha Unit/Banpresto, 2000)


I know a lot of people here absolutely adore Detective Conan, but I'm not one of them. I've just never had any desire to check it out, and so I just mashed through these games until I either got to see gameplay or got bored of mashing. This first one got to gameplay, which seems like your usual GBC adventure game fare. It's interesting that the background object sprites look so much better than the characters - Conan in particular does not look good.


Meitantei Conan: Kigantou Hihou Densetsu

Meitantei Conan: Kigantou Hihou Densetsu (Alpha Unit/Banpresto, 2000)


I didn't get to gameplay here, but I can practically guarantee it's the same thing since this game only came out 5 weeks later. It has much better music, and this guy in the screenshot looks a bit like Freddie Mercury. That's enough to make it the better of the two games in my book.


Meitantei Conan: Norowareta Kouro

Meitantei Conan: Norowareta Kouro (Alpha Unit/Banpresto, 2001)


Alright, yep, the gameplay and sprites are the same in all of these. The third game actually came out a bit over a year after the other two, which is a far more reasonable release schedule. None of these make any effort to introduce their characters, so they'd be a tough way to get into the overall series.


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Men in Black: The Series (Tiertex/Crave Entertainment, 1998)


Like a lot of Tiertex games, this crashed my GBC game playing solution. Thankfully, it seems like it's virtually the same game as the more functional sequel.

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Men in Black 2: The Series (David A. Palmer Productions/Cave Entertainment, 2000)


Despite a new dev and 18 months since the last game, I can't tell screenshots of these two games apart. Both of them are generic GBC action platformers that reviewed abysmally. MiB2 managed to slightly more than double MiB's GameRankings score, which is already a bad sign when that's even possible. It's a much worse sign when you realize that MiB2 still only scored 49%.


Merlin (RFX Interactive/EA, 2001)


Look, if there's one thing I know about Merlin, it's that he loved running through the woods and vaporizing the crap of out gnomes. A full 80% of the legends of King Arthur are devoted to scenes like that, I think. He was also known for loving terrible platforming and obnoxious freezes whenever he temporarily died or hit a gnome too hard. All of which is to say that this game is an amazing representation of my good friend Merlin.


#gameboycolor


The list:

  1. Golf Ou: The King of Golf

  2. John Romero's Daikatana

  3. Kakurenbou Battle Monster Tactics

  4. Keitai Denju Telefang

  5. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX

  6. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

  7. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

  8. LEGO Island 2: The Brickster's Revenge

  9. Magi Nation

  10. Mario Golf

  11. Mario Tennis


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