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Do you consider the Gameboy Color to be a true successor to the Gameboy?

Yes 9 17.65%
 
No, just a mid gen revision/upgrade 42 82.35%
 
Total:51

What do you guys think? Nintendo seems to group the Gameboy & Gameboy color together in sales figures as if they're the same system but that seems debatable if they are. The Color had a large amount of exclusive games and had more capable hardware of course with a better display and graphical experience.

While yes stuff like the DSI & New 3DS had a few exclusive games and more powerful hardware, there were barely any exclusive games compared to the Gameboy color to justify calling the color just a mid gen refresh.

Out of 576 games released for the Gameboy Color, only 30% were compatible with the OG Gameboy. That is way too many exclusive games to not be considered a successor, hundreds of games right there.

But what do you guys think, I look at the Gameboy Color as a successor tbh.

Last edited by javi741 - on 24 February 2022

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Same form factor. Same CPU, just with a higher clock speed. More RAM. Take away the color and the graphics are the same as older Game Boy games. The higher specs all went into rendering color graphics instead of greyscale, similar to how the beefed-up hardware in the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X went entirely into rendering games in 4K instead of the 1080p max the base models ran at.

Seems more like an upgrade to me. While it did have a lot of games that didn't run on older GB models, it wasn't the last Nintendo handheld to have games that could only run on upgraded models (see the DSi and New 3DS).

If Nintendo themselves officially regarding it as just another iteration of the Game Boy isn't sufficient (and it ought to be), the hardware should be. The true next-gen successor to the Game Boy was the Advance.

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Late gen refresh. Similar to DSi and New 3DS.



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It's a newer system with it's own extensive game library. Games made for the gameboy color were marketed as gameboy color games and not general gameboy games.



javi741 said:

What do you guys think? Nintendo seems to group the Gameboy & Gameboy color together in sales figures as if they're the same system but that seems debatable if they are. The Color had a large amount of exclusive games and had more capable hardware of course with a better display and graphical experience.

While yes stuff like the DSI & New 3DS had a few exclusive games and more powerful hardware, there were barely any exclusive games compared to the Gameboy color to justify calling the color just a mid gen refresh.

Out of 576 games released for the Gameboy Color, only 30% were compatible with the OG Gameboy. That is way too many exclusive games to not be considered a successor, hundreds of games right there.

But what do you guys think, I look at the Gameboy Color as a successor tbh.

Their creator always saw them as one gen only, that's your answer.



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Trentonater said:

It's a newer system with it's own extensive game library. Games made for the gameboy color were marketed as gameboy color games and not general gameboy games.

Same as the DSi and New 3DS, but those aren't successors. They're revisions of the same system.

Also a lot of games marked as "Gameboy Color" on the box do work on the Gameboy. Pokemon Gold and Silver are just 2 examples. If the game card is the same as a Gameboy card then it will work in the Gameboy. The ones that specifically are marked "Gameboy Color" on the game card cannot work on the Gameboy.



Class it as both.



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Even though going from B&W to Color is a big improvement, but it is still midgen refresh for me.



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I voted no, but I have no strong opinion either way. Generations aren’t well defined and generally determined by arbitrary criteria, I think either answer is legit from a conceptual standpoint.


I voted no, because even though it has a lot of exclusive titles and titles which utilize exclusive features on it, Nintendo didn’t consider it their next console. It was an offshoot of the original Gameboy. GBA was what they positioned as the system that would replace GB. DS wasn’t originally a new generation either, a “third pillar” they called it; it kind of grew into the GBA successor. Generations are all marketing or boxes of convenience, for the most part.

Arguing the chipset is what matters isn’t the best argument because Wii used a beefed up GameCube chipset. So, that argument doesn’t sway me. we have a precedent that consoles can have similar chipsets and be different generations.



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It's a revision. Nintendo's launch titles for it were Tetris DX and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX. Nintendo doesn't launch a new generation with a first party lineup like that.

The reason why the GBC ended up with so many exclusive games is for two reasons:

1. It sold so fast that cutting out the original GB wasn't deemed to result in a significant loss in game sales.
2. Color constituted a tremendous selling point in comparison to black and white, so focusing solely on the GBC hardware made sense in combination with point 1.

The vast majority of GBC-exclusive games released from 2000 onwards. You'll have a hard time finding any released in 1998 when the GBC launched and even during 1999 they still weren't the norm.



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