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Let's Play Every Game Boy Color Game, Part 49

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Nicktoons Racing

Nicktoons Racing (Pipe Dream Interactive/Hasbro Interactive, 2000)

I actually beat this time, which I can say because it only has 5 racers, 4 tracks, and one song to play over all of them. Tournament mode doesn't even track your score against the CPU players - it's seemingly meant for you to hand off between up to 4 players who would each run the racers separately and then compare scores, which will all be 30 for every race because it's very easy. The underlying racing here is actually good, but everything around it is either barely there at all or terrible.

Nintama Rantarou: Ninjutsu Gakuen ni Nyuugakushou no Dan

Nintama Rantarou: Ninjutsu Gakuen ni Nyuugakushou no Dan (Polygon Magic/ASK, 2001)

A collection of ninja-themed dueling games, The one above has you trying to battle to keep the most of 5 scrolls, and every time you're hit you drop one and it respawns somewhere else. A decent game, but it feels like it would've been much better on a higher res system with more players.

Nisemon: Puzzle da Mon! - Feromon Kyuushutsu Daisakusen!

Nisemon: Puzzle da Mon! - Feromon Kyuushutsu Daisakusen! (Prime System, 2001)

A puzzle platformer of sorts where you can use your little floating friend to attack the oni that are floating around the stage. It's not clear how all your friends got kidnapped so easily if they're that capable of fighting the oni, but maybe they were all tired or something.

No Fear Downhill Mountain Biking

No Fear Downhill Mountain Biking (Spellbound Interactive/THQ, 2001)

So it's obviously extremely ugly, there's no sound, the controls are awful, and on top of all of that, you don't even move that quickly. It's just all around a terrible game.

Nobunaga no Yabou: GameBoy Ban 2 (Koei, 1999)

I'm not going to pretend to be able to give a real review of a Nobunaga's Ambition game based on what I played, as this version was clearly intended for people who are familiar with the series and with archaic terms from late 1500s Japanese. Since I'm neither of those things, all I can say is that it is certainly a deep and involved strategy game.

Noddy and the Birthday Party

Noddy and the Birthday Party (Tiertex Design Studios/BBC Multimedia, 2000)

Unlike a lot of Tiertex games, this one did not crash, but it did get stuck on this screen. Even though the music loop kept going, none of the buttons did anything and it hadn't changed after waiting a reasonable amount of time. I'm starting to think Tiertex is just cursed.

NSYNC: Get to the Show

NSYNC: Get to the Show (Stunt Puppy Entertainment/Infogrames, 2001)

You get to drive the band around in their limo because you're the number 1 fan, apparently, and that involves being told to turn at random intervals and then needing to stop in front of the right building. Far too basic to be its own game.

Nushi Tsuri Adventure: Kite no Bouken

Nushi Tsuri Adventure: Kite no Bouken (TOSE/Victor Interactive Software, 2000)

A fishing game in the style of the River King ones from earlier. It uses "Pomp and Circumstance" as a theme, for some reason, and had a long scene with different characters in a school before showing the real gameplay. Great soundwork, not so great fishing.

NYR: New York Race

NYR: New York Race (Kalisto/Wanadoo Edition, 2001)

Fairly basic racing game with Micro Machines-esque controls. It's almost impossible to catch back up to first if you fall behind at the beginning, and it's also very hard to tell if a lot of the powerups are even doing anything. Not the worst racing game I played today, at least.

Oddworld Adventures 2 (Saffire/GT Interactive, 2000)

This series has never interested me, and the GBC edition hasn't changed that. It seems to be a puzzle platformer that's heavily reliant on bringing the green guys with you and giving them directions, but the controls for doing so are needlessly convoluted and it's hard to tell what's going on with both the background and foreground a lot of the time. I have to imagine there are much better ways to play this even if you love the series.


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

  12. Metal Gear Solid

  13. Metamode

  14. Millennium Winter Sports

  15. Mobile Golf

  16. Monkey Puncher

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