Even though it was not the first handheld released by Nintendo, the Game Boy was certainly the one that drew the most attention, making a great success among the public and paving the way for a new market in the games industry that has been improved ever since.

9 unknown Game Boy games

And with its long career and many versions, such as Color and Advance, it is clear that its library would not be small, with successes such as Pokémon Red & Blue, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Fire Emblem. However, with so many options available, some may have gone unnoticed by many fans, and with that in mind, we decided to create a list of nine unknown games from the late Game Boy. Check it out below:

unknown game boy games

Bubble Ghost (1990)

Originally released for the Atari ST in 1987, Bubble Ghost was the first French game to be ported to the GB. Your objective is very simple: help a super friendly ghost guide his bubble through a haunted house, full of dangers that include fans, candles, evil ghouls and different sharp objects.

Fortunately, the ghostly protagonist manages to blow the object in eight different directions, but you still have to think strategically about which route to take and prevent the sphere from bursting.

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In addition to being one of those completely addictive games that can be enjoyed for hours on end, it also has an excellent soundtrack, composed by Hitoshi Sakimoto – composer of Final Fantasy Tatics – which makes it even more interesting.

Hammerin’ Harry: Ghost Building Company (1993)

Part of a franchise with releases for Arcade, Nintendinho and Super Nintendo, Hammerin’ Harry: Ghost Building Company was a good addition to the action genre for the handheld.

With five stages and well-detailed scenarios, it is necessary to advance through different locations, including even a jungle and an aircraft, facing human and ghostly enemies until you find the evil machine that is creating the ghosts.

Unlike many games of this style, the focus is not really on attacking everything that comes your way, but on avoiding being hit and surviving long enough to move on to the next level. Which is not an easy task, after all, in addition to the antagonists, Harry also needs to deal with projectiles and parts of the environment falling on him, and further reducing his life bar, which is already not very large.

Even with the difficulty, it is still extremely fun, deserving its place on this list of obscure gems.

9 unknown Game Boy games

Kid Dracula (1993)

Not only is this platformer a Castlevania spin-off, it’s also an adorable parody of it. Interestingly, it is the sequel and remake of Akumajo Special: Boku Dracula-kun (or Demonic Castle Special: Young Dracula) that was released for the NES only in Japan.

In Kid Drácula, we don’t have the famous members of the Belmont family as protagonists, but the son of the vampire.

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Upon waking up from a long sleep, the young bloodsucker discovers an evil creature similar to a dinosaur and called Garamoth challenged him, and to defeat this great enemy, the protagonist must first relearn the powers he ended up forgetting, such as conjuring a shield, bats and even reverse gravity.

The game is full of humorous references to the franchise, with traditional villains and scenarios appearing in cartoon versions, and even the song Beginning from the first phase of Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse is present, appearing with a more lively arrangement.

Another interesting detail is that the antagonist, Garamoth, ended up becoming a boss in Castlevania: Symphony of Night, but of course he gained a much darker style for his second clash with a son of Dracula.

Unknown Game Boy Color Games

Survival Kids (1999)

Combining elements such as aerial view, real-time battles and survival, this Konami RPG looks like an interesting mix of The Legend of Zelda and Harvest Moon, following the journey of a 10-year-old boy, or girl, who is shipwrecked on a deserted island just with his knife and a broken radio.

9 unknown Game Boy games

The main objectives include performing daily tasks, which include: eating, drinking, hunting, gathering, finding a place to rest and sleep, but always being careful not to fill the negative meters – such as hunger, thirst and fatigue – and also not to lose points of life.

The item creation system also has great importance within the game, with various items from the environment that can be collected and combined to create tools, weapons and useful things for the character’s life.

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Interestingly, the passage of time can degrade crafted objects, as well as spoil perishable foods, which can be combined with 15 different types of flora to increase their duration.

With a non-linear structure, Survival Kids allows players to advance without too many specific objectives, doing only what is necessary to survive on the island. However, interestingly, it has different endings, linked to the discoveries made, items created, the condition after a certain period, among other details that made it worth playing more than once.

Magical Chase GB (2000)

Part of a quirky subgenre of the shooter style, Magical Chase is considered a cute-em-up, as it trades spaceships and cannons for cuter items, like a teenage witch riding her broomstick.

The title was originally released for the TurboGrafx-16 in 1991, gaining its port for the Color nine years later, but only in Japanese territory. The story revolves around young Ripple, an apprentice who, by spying on a forbidden book, not only releases six demons into the world, but also breaks a promise made to her teacher. The young woman then needs to go through the stages and capture the creatures, or else she will end up transformed into a frog by her master.

With a friendlier gameplay that even features upgrades that can be purchased for health and weapons, it is not one of those games that is insanely difficult, but a colorful and fun option for those who just want to have fun and relax.

Wendy: Every Witch Way (2001)

Centered on Wendy, the good little witch and friend of Gasparzinho, this action platform game shows the misadventures of the girl, who, when opening a chest containing magic stones that was hidden in her aunts’ attic, ends up causing a floating castle to fall on top from the house, leading the girl to look for a way to restore gravity.

9 unknown Game Boy games

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Unlike other games of its kind on the GBC, Every Witch Way offers more movement than just normal running and jumping. The title’s controls allow you to reverse gravity, which gives the little witch the chance to walk on ceilings or platforms above her, a mechanic that becomes increasingly necessary as the adventure unfolds.

It was praised for its originality and colorful visuals, and interestingly, inserting the title’s cartridge into a Game Boy Advance unlocks a whole new world with three new levels to enjoy.

Unknown Game Boy Advance games

Lady Sia (2001)

One of the original titles for Advance, combining the platform genre with action-adventure elements, and commanding attention with its beautiful hand-drawn graphics.

The story takes place in a fantastic world, and revolves around a warrior princess, who needs to defeat a race of evil creatures called T’soas, controlled by the wizard Onimen who declared war against the other kingdoms.

With interesting gameplay and the chance to perform many combos during battles, Lady Sia was a reasonable success during its release, and a sequel was planned for 2003. However, when it was canceled due to lack of funds, the adventures of this brave magic warrior ended up falling into oblivion.

Zone of the Enders: The First of Mars (2002)

Many Hideo Kojima fans are likely familiar with Zone of the Enders, a hack and slash shooter franchise filled with mecha battles.

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However, The First of Mars differs in several points from the other titles in the series, not having Kojima’s involvement in the project, and with a mechanic of combats in turns, making it a more strategic title than an action one.

In addition, even though it is set in the same universe, it follows a parallel story narrated in an anime format, with 26 different episodes, and its plot follows the saga of young Cage Midwell who ends up accidentally getting involved in a serious conflict between Earth and Mars.

Despite the famous Japanese director not having participated in the development, the plot is still very interesting, with a lot of drama and philosophical questions that complement this space adventure very well.

Ninja Five-O (2003)

Also known as Ninja Cop, this action-platform title promised to become one of the best-selling games on the GBA, following the fight of ninja Joe Osugi against a terrorist group influenced by mystical masks that grant immense powers.

However, for reasons unknown, it was never released in Japan, and the number of copies made available in North America and Europe was so small that it became one of the most sought-after handheld games, with cartridges selling over the years for hundreds. of dollars.