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Konami - For Game Boy
Contra: Alien Wars
Action-Shooter | 1 MB
Release: October 1994
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Contra: The Alien Wars is the sparkling new Game Boy entry in Konami's action-packed shooter lineage. Taking direct inspiration from the same-named SNES cart (Can you say, carbon copy? -Jet), it's the duty of the player to guide your elite warrior through the dangerous city streets, taking out scores of alien baddies, mini-bosses, and giant mechanized monstrosities. This downsizing of a console classic contains all the fun of the original, with our main gripe being the stark color loss. The Super Game Boy adds some life to it, but you may as well play the original at that point. In our view, Alien Wars is a fine pickup.


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Acclaim - For Game Boy
Mortal Kombat II
Fighter | 2 MB
Release: September 1994
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Mortal Kombat rears its head on the portable scene with the teeny-tiny Game Boy release. As with the console versions, MK II exhibits a marked improvement upon its less-than-perfect predecessor. Its gameplay and play control are kicked up a notch to the point that the game is serviceable! Character animation is fluid, and fatalities are a cinch to pull off. On the downside, due to a modification to fall speed, jump-kicks can no longer result in crazy combos. This iteration also suffers from familiar Game Boy issues including lack of color, absent 2-player mode, and unpleasant music. No Super Game Boy bonuses here, either. Surprisingly, a great porta-fighter.


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Capcom - For Game Boy
Mega Man V
Action-Platformer | 4 MB
Release: October 1994
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Capcom hits us once more with a new entry into the Blue Bomber saga with Mega Man V on Game Boy. By our count, this is the twelfth mainline game in this franchise and the formula remains about identical to the beginning. This time around, an armada of nasties called the Star Droids are wrecking destruction. Our Mega hero must save the day! Our titular hero uses a new contraption developed by Dr. Light called the Mega Arm, a weapon to reel bosses and smash them into submission. MMV plays precisely as the previous games do: Traverse a stage, defeat a boss, gain their power, rinse and repeat. It's a fine adventure, but, alas, a rehash of an old tune.


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Gametek - For Game Boy
Yogi Bear
Platformer | 1 MB
Release: September 1994
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Quick, hide your picnic baskets! Yogi has snuck his way onto Game Boy courtesy of GameTek, in Yogi Bear's Goldrush. To be frank, little separates this title from the tons of other platform games available on Nintendo's portable. Walk to the right, jump over pits, collect coin-like picnic baskets, and so on. While this cutesy adventure may be fun for children, others, like our own Review Crew, may fall asleep after a mere five minutes. GameTek did include a smattering of hidden areas and secret items, but it hardly made up for an overall underwhelming and lackluster run-and-jump. If you can handle the so-called challenges in Kirby, skip Yogi.


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Virgin - For Game Boy
Cool Spot
Action-Platformer | 1 MB
Release: August 1994
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Virgin Games' Cool Spot is taking a vacation from 16-Bit and sailed right onto the Game Boy for a new-ish adventure! You see, this cart is inches away from a Super NES port, borrowing a ton of elements from the console version including models and stages. Luckily, it borrowed the fun gameplay too! Rescue a jumble of stolen spots, collect secret discs and the oh-so-smooth 7-Up health items (Never too subtle, are they? -Jet). CS' graphics are not too shabby, and the visuals are given a spot (get it?) of color when played on Super Game Boy. Once more a well-done cart despite the agonizing product placement, and worth a try for all.


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Bandai - For Game Boy
Power Rangers
Brawler | 2 MB
Release: July 1994
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If you thought the Power Rangers craze was over, well, we have some awful bad news for you. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is here for Game Boy, and if the toy line is any indication, this cart is sure to sell out fast. Choose one of five rangers and tackle a never-ending barrage of baddies and obstacles in your path. MMPR is a bare-bones brawler in essence. Jump, kick, then jump and kick some more! This title's animation and graphical fidelity are more than a little hideous, and the gameplay itself is easy as pie - we beat it within hours. Younger players, notably Power Rangers fans eager to scoop this tripe up, will get their fill.


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Nintendo - For Game Boy
Donkey Kong
Puzzle-Platformer | 4 MB
Release: June 1994
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Back in the dark times of the Reagan years, gamers first learned of this determined, mustachioed man named Jumpman and his quest to topple an angry gorilla named Donkey. Nintendo has reached back to times gone by to revive this long-dormant franchise with a surprisingly refreshing reboot on Game Boy. Donkey Kong is not just a port of the simplistic arcade cab, it's an expanded puzzle-platformer oozing with creative concepts and ingenious level design. DK also takes advantage of the new Super Game Boy, which adds a splash of welcome color to the scene. An excellent time overall for such a tiny cart.


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HT Exp - For Game Boy
Mickey's Challenge
Action-Puzzle | 1 MB
Release: June 1994
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Oh boy! Our old friend Mickey Mouse made his way onto the Game Boy for a new puzzler-adventure courtesy of Hi-Tech Expressions. Mickey's Ultimate Challenge is a mix-and-mash of various puzzles and missions cobbled together into one oddity. As seasoned players know, Mickey games have a rocky history with some absolute treats and other forgettable disasters. Challenge lies somewhere in-between. It demonstrates decent graphics and gameplay for a Disney title, but this game is predictably easy. Its target demographic, very young gamers, may very well be enthused. Us more experienced lads can give this a skip.


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Koei - For Game Boy
Stop That Roach!
Puzzle | 1 MB
Release: June 1994
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Boy, oh boy. Programmers will turn anything into a game nowadays. Even bug squishing! Stop That Roach! is a Game Boy puzzler developed by the fine folks at Koei. Stepping in the nasty shoes of a pest exterminator, players will need to use their noggins to outsmart the sly little cockroaches before they reach the confectionary-shaped goal. Defending your cake may not sound as important as saving the planet from alien invaders, but in our book, roaches are even worse! Roach is a fun timewaster with a hint of strategy but otherwise there isn't much to be done, here. Most gamers will be through in five minutes.


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Taito - For Game Boy
Chase H.Q. II
Racing | 1 MB
Release: April 1994
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Seeing as the Game Boy cannot exactly handle the likes of F-Zero or Super Mario Kart, PPM must look to third-party manufacturers for solid, portable racing games. Meet Chase H.Q. II by Taito, a cart that practically begs Nintendo to release an updated handheld system. Drive down a series of long, lonely highways to find and corner the perp - then pummel them into submission! Players will be able to upgrade their vehicle, and the addition of minor cutscene messages was a nice touch, but Chase requires a hefty amount of imagination to get through it without losing your mind, or returning this game.


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Nintendo - For Game Boy
Wario Land
Platformer | 4 MB
Release: April 1994
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Mario is Missing? "Good!" boasts the mischievous Wario. "Time for my turn in the spotlight!" Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land is the long-awaited sequel to Six Golden Coins. Wario takes center stage in this platforming adventure, and he is determined to grab as much treasure as he possibly can. Unlike his nemesis, Wario does not lazily jump on his foes. He charges forward and pummels them! By donning various power-up hats, he can also learn to fly and breathe fire. Wario Land shines as a worthy successor with great music and original gameplay for Nintendo's portable system.


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Capcom - For Game Boy
Mega Man IV
Platformer | 8 MB
Release: Dec 1993
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Get ready for another entry in the exciting action-adventure series from Capcom. That's right, Mega Man returns for his fourth entry on the Game Boy portable. Drawing elements from IV and V on NES, Capcom re-introduces robot masters along with their special weapons. Sprites are easily definable on the tiny, green-and-white screen of the aging Game Boy, and they move astoundingly quick. The Blue Bomber can also now spend P-Chips on items at Dr. Right's Lab, from Weapon Chargers to E Tanks! Our PPM Crew found Mega Man IV the best Mega yet on a portable pushed to its limits.


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Capcom - For Game Boy
TMNT III
Platformer | 8 MB
Release: December 1993
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Turtle Power is back again on Game Boy in Radical Rescue, an action-adventure title available in stores now. Staring Michelangelo (the turtle, not the artist), the player must navigate the complex Fortress maze and rescue his three friends! Once each turtle is rescued, you may switch out to another based on his abilities and fighting style. Play control is fair but underwhelming for a Konami platformer. Graphics do the small screen justice, however, and the music is rather bouncy! This is a bit of a challenge, and you'll be checking your map often, but turtle fans of all ages will love it.


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HAL - For Game Boy
Kirby's Pinball Land
Pinball | 8 MB
Release: November 1993
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What do you mean PPM is reviewing a Kirby pinball game before the markedly superior Sonic Spinball? Oh, the humanity! Yes, folks, Kirby is back on Game Boy with Kirby's Pinball Land, an adventure-style pinball game developed by HAL Studios. The little pink puffball makes for the perfect roller ball as this title carries over the basics of pinball alongside Dream Land's character sprites. Pinball Land is in our view more of a traditional, screen-by-screen pinball game than Spinball as well. Worth a shot if you're a newbie or a pinball wizard!


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Acclaim - For Game Boy
Mortal Kombat
Fighting | 2 MB
Release: September 1993
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Squeezing the complex graphics and arcade action of Mortal Kombat onto the tiny, green and white Game Boy screen must not have been an easy task. Acclaim certainly appeared to give it their best shot, and the result is... well, maybe a good enough job considering the limitations. Move varieties for all available characters are present minus Johnny Cage, but the blood is nowhere to be found, the animation is horrendously sluggish, fighter sounds are totally absent, and the controls are limited to the A and B face buttons. It may be a technical marvel, but we think Game Boy owners may emerge disappointed and ask for a return.


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Nintendo - For Game Boy
Link's Awakening
Action-Adventure | 8 MB
Release: August 1993
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Nintendo delivers an excellent follow-up to A Link to the Past with the newest, monochromatic Zelda on the Game Boy. Our hero awakens on a deserted beach, and the player must guide him through a multitude of dungeons and perilous plateaus to learn the secret of the Wind Fish. Not dissimilar to Mario Land 2, the Big N manages to squeeze a 16-Bit-like cart onto the very tiny Game Boy screen, and yet again, we're amazed. Link's adventure is most enjoyable from start to finish, the new items and collectables keep us on our toes, and the sound design is wonderful for a portable cart. Well done, Nintendo.


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Konami - For Game Boy
Kid Dracula
Action-Platformer | 2 MB
Release: April 1993
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Drac makes his way to the Game Boy courtesy of Konami, appropriately shrunken down for the portable machine. Take control of the King of Darkness in a slew of exciting levels with a range of transformative abilities to take out the baddies. With a variety of level designs, above average play control, and graphics that push the Game Boy's limits, this is an easy pick-up for all you portable fans out there reading this.




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Nintendo - For Game Boy
Super Mario Land 2
Action-Platformer | 4 MB
Release: November 1992
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Easily the best Game Boy title we here at PyroPlayers have tackled this year. Mario 2 on the Game Boy outshines its older brother in every respect, and actually looks and plays like an NES Mario! The level design is fantastic, power-ups are rewarding, and it's chock-full of secrets. All it needs now is a spot of color to be perfect.


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Capcom - For Game Boy
Bionic Commando
Action-Platformer | 2 MB
Release: October 1992
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Rad Spencer, an agent of the FF Corps, is on a mission to rescue his friend and ally from the evil Doraize Army! This platformer is rather fun considering the limitations of the tiny Game Boy portable screen, and after a while you do forget that you're playing on a handheld. It's another excellent title in a long list from Capcom studios, and perhaps on par with the NES counterpart.


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