A hunger for Retro

For the past few weeks or so I find myself becoming a bit more interested in playing some of my older games. I have a decent collection of Gameboy (advance) games and still working consoles and I find myself longing for the simpler times of the Gameboy and the games it brought with it. I’m also finding myself hanging out on the Gameboy subreddit a lot, admiring people who dare mod their old Gameboys to have back or front lit screens and wishing I could do the same. I’m heavily contemplating getting a modded original Gameboy Advance, like the one shown in the above picture. I’d love to have one that has a backlit screen and that I could use to play my advance games. I remember being rather jealous when my cousins both got one of these and I was still “stuck” playing on my Gameboy Color back in the day. My dad got me an Advance SP not long after those came out but I’ve always felt a bit more love towards the one model that I never had. I remember a ton of good times playing my Gameboy and I kind of want to recapture that again.

The real issue is that I’m already swamped with my current gen games that I really need to find time to play my retro games. I would love to do a whole new playthrough of Pokémon Emerald, but my internal battery has run dry which means I don’t have any time based events anymore like regrowing berry tree or the flow of tides. I’m considering taking my cartridge to a retro gaming shop nearby and asking if they can replace the battery for me and then relive my GBA Pokémon days. I’ve also have a ton of other cool games that deserve a complete playthrough or a replay but again, I’d need to find the time.

Going through my collection is making me super nostalgic though and I wish I had someone I could share these moments with. Maybe someday, but for now I’ll need to start with finding the time to play some of my retro stuff to begin with.

2 thoughts on “A hunger for Retro

  1. Definitely the best Game Boy (and for once I can rule out nostalgia, because I had played *a lot* with friends’ classic Game Boys in the early 90s) – I bought mine in 2002 I guess and the lack of backlight was the only real annoyance 😛
    Have you played Golden Sun? It was one of my favourite Game Boy games, although I never had the nerve to finish it – for some reason I liked it a lot better than Pokémon, although I didn’t hate those.

    • Never played Golden Sun sadly. By the time I got my GBA I was around 13 years old and actually slowly drifting away from gaming because teenage years. I’ve always been a huge fan of the Pokémon series though so I made sure I had those games and other games that I knew I would enjoy like Crash Bandicoot/Spyro, Rayman, Harry Potter and some platformers.
      When the modded GBA arrives though I want to get a bit more GBA games and I’ll definitely consider Golden Sun.

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