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Acclaim - For Game Boy
Mortal Kombat
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Fighting | 2 MB | Sept 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
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 8 MB | 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
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 2 MB | 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
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | 4 MB | Nov 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
Game Type | Game Size | Release
Action | N/A | Oct 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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