My history with the Gameboy is actually, surprising, extremely limited. In fact, when I first got one it never occurred to me that it could actually play games that weren’t Pokemon! I thought it was some kind of single person device that was designed specifically for the one game!
There was also the general lack of interest in portable devices given that I’m legally blind. Even with Pokemon I often had to hold up a magnifying glass to the screen just to see any sort of detail.
It wouldn’t be until starting this project and buying a bootleg GB Boy Colour that I would actual experience a larger amount of the Gameboy’s library. Why the GB Boy? It can be bought brand new for $25 brand new and it has a proper backlight! Sure I could play games on a GBA SP, and did for a while, but then you risk knocking the cartridge and resetting your game…
When I first started playing Gameboy games for the project, and honestly I didn’t really have any set expectations. I was also playing them in tandem with the NES games, so it always kind of felt like that thing I did when I wasn’t working on the “main” portion of the project. As a result, I decided to the Gameboy on hold after a certain point, until I was done with the NES and could focus on it completely.
Incidentally, it was playing through the NES list that really gave some meaning to the games I’d be playing on the handheld. Suddenly I was looking forward to Legend of Zelda and Metroid, and had a deeper, or at least different, appreciation for how the portable entries stood up compared to their console counterparts.