A Game Boy Advance SP, specifically. Yes, welcome to 2003! I have finally arrived, and let me tell you — it’s a pretty rad year. Shame I missed it the first time around.
This may be a little weird, but I’ve never owned a handheld console in my life. Ever. I once played Link’s Awakening on someone else’s Game Boy back in the ’90s, but that’s about the extent of my handheld experience.
I was always a Nintendo kid. We had an NES since before I can remember; maybe since before I was born. I remember going to the store with my mother in ’92, I think, to pick up a SNES for my brother. In ’98 — a couple years behind the curve, I suppose — it was my turn to have a console of my own. That console was an N64. I was eleven, and all Christmas day I played nothing but Ocarina of Time.
Still, no handhelds to speak of. Most of my friends back then had the old brick Game Boys. Today, my friends all seem to have DSs.
So now I’m 25 and I finally went down to the local used game store and picked up a GBA on a whim. Of course, I didn’t really think ahead, so I spent the first few days just admiring its shiny surfaces and sleek design. I flipped the power switch back and forth. I turned it on to hear the little GBA jingle and logo appear. I turned it off to watch the lines of color fade from the screen.
I didn’t have any games.
Thankfully, a friend was kind enough to assemble a Game Boy starter’s kit of sorts for me. I have dubbed it the Big Bag o’ Games: Metroid Fusion, Minish Cap, both the Oracles games, (I skipped on the handheld Marios because), Golden Sun and the sequel, some Castlevanias I forget the names of, and a few others. No Pokemon, but don’t fret; someone’s sending me his copy of Pokemon Blue.
I’ve been carrying this little device around with me and let me tell you…
If on-the-run gaming is just something that’s always been part of your life, I’m not sure you realize how amazing this thing is. I thought my laptop was a mobile gaming device. HA. You need a table — or a lap, at least — for that. You need a power supply if you plan on playing for more than an hour or two. And it ain’t pocket-sized; that’s for sure.
With a Game Boy, I can play games anywhere. The gravity of this is still sinking in. I turn it on everywhere I go, just for the novelty of it. My mind is blown, and all I have to say is…
Okay — what other games do I need? I missed out on over a decade of gaming here, so what are your recommendations? I need them all!
(This is an accurate depiction of me right now:)