Sunday, May 31, 2015

The Bandai WonderSwan: The Japanese Powerhouse

The Original Bandai WonderSwan
The Original Bandai WonderSwan

I remember back in the late 90’s, reading an article in the Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) magazine about a Japanese handheld being developed by Gunpei Yokoi – who’s the father of the Nintendo Game Boy. Gunpei left Nintendo after the Virtual Boy debacle and formed his own engineering company, Koto Laboratory. Bandai, wanting to enter the video game handheld hardware market after the tremendous success of their Tamagotchi virtual pet, approached Gunpei Yokoi and his company in order to create a new handheld. The Bandai WonderSwan was to be a good, low cost handheld system that ran on just one AA battery.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising game review for the Game Boy Advance

Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
Box art for the game

This game for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance was released back in 2003. When it came to store shelves, I bought it right away knowing that it’s a Nintendo turn-based strategy game and I knew that this will be a quality game... Nintendo always makes fun, high-quality and polished games, I’d always admired Nintendo for that although I’m also a big Sega fan.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

My Personal Favorite: The Nintendo GameBoy Advance SP Model AGS-101

My GBA SP AGS-101 with the brighter screen

Let me start off by saying that this particular model of the GBA is the BEST way to play all kinds of GameBoy games in existence – even the old black and white, and the color cartridges. It will play the best GBA games no problem, and play all the Gameboy games you can think of in the best way possible... Well, I say that because this particular model of the Gameboy Advance has a backlight…

Thursday, February 26, 2015

How-to Guide on Replacing Worn Out Game Boy Advance Cartridge Battery

I will cover in this post, a how-to guide in changing the batteries in a Game Boy Advance game cartridge. Because, Game Boy advance cartridges, – and this applies to prior versions of Game Boy cartridges too – and even some of best GBA games have batteries inside that enable them to save the progress of games. Although the later cartridge releases did implement the use of flash memory which made batteries unnecessary. The older and majority of the cartridges basically, have a CR 1616 (or some other type) coin type battery inside them to maintain the save memory.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

GameBoy in color! The Nintendo GameBoy Color

The Nintendo Game Boy Color
The Nintendo Game Boy Color

Another one of my childhood favorites, the Nintendo GameBoy Color. It is a pretty good gaming handheld with a faster 8-bit processor and more importantly, a color screen. I have to say, it’s a huge step up from the “pea green soup” graphics of the original GameBoy. It also had gotten an upgrade in its screen, from passive matrix LCD to a crisper active matrix LCD which gives the games a sharper look with none of the blurring seen in previous GameBoy machines.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

The Iconic King of Gaming Handhelds: The Original Nintendo GameBoy

Nintendo GameBoy
The original Nintendo GameBoy

Ah, the original Nintendo GameBoy… The first in the line of GameBoy handheld video game systems released by Nintendo. It’s basically the granddaddy of the handheld gaming world. When it was first released on 1989, it was bundled with the game Tetris and it was an instant hit. Upon its release in the United States, it sold its entire shipment of one million units within a few weeks. It subsequently became a worldwide phenomenon.