We all love our Game Boys. Join me in looking at what games we were playing and buying for the system, 20 years ago.
Welcome to yet another episode of the Retro Gaming Chart Show. Every month, I’ll be taking a look at the gaming charts from years gone by, to see what was hot and what was definitely not, way back when.
In this, the month of September, let’s cast our minds back over 20 years ago, to September 1994, and issue 21 of GamesMaster magazine, the long-running all-format games magazine, based on the long gone UK television show. This month, we’re going to be looking at the Top 10 Game Boy charts. Pokemon was a long way off, so we had to make do with these games.
10. Ms. Pacman (Nintendo)
Propping up the chart at Number 10 is Pac-Man’s better half, Ms. Pac-Man. By now, you’ve probably all played a Pac-Man game, and this one is really no different.
9. Sensible Soccer (Sony)
The massively popular Amiga football game was ported to a tonne of systems, including the humble Game Boy. Being the UK chart, it’s no surprise that it comes in at an impressive number 9.
8. Super Mario Land 2 (Nintendo)
The first Nintendo release is at number 8, with Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins. Beautiful graphics, tonnes of crazy levels, world and the debut of the villainous and greedy Wario made this game one of the best on Nintendo’s little grey box of tricks.
7. Cool Spot (Virgin)
One of the most heinous acts of advertising is at number seven, with Cool Spot – A game featuring an element of a soft drink’s logo. It’s a so-so platformer, so it’s quite puzzling to see how it sold so well.
6. Kirby’s Dreamland (Nintendo)
Everyone loves Kirby, and while his debut on the Game Boy isn’t quite as good as later games, it’s still a popular release, coming in at a respectable 6.
5. Star Trek – The Next Generation (Nintendo)
Ever wanted to be part of the crew of the USS Enterprise, while sitting on the loo? Considering this game comes in at number 5, a lot of people did. Engage. Make it so, and other Picard-isms.
4. Zelda – Link’s Awakening (Nintendo)
One of the best handheld games ever made is at number 4. Zelda: Link’s Awakening is the first proper portable Zelda and is an incredibly attempt at fitting in some of A Link To The Past’s mechanics into a tiny cartridge. To this day, it’s still a great game.
3. Kirby’s Pinball Land (Nintendo)
At number 3 is the first instance of Kirby becoming a mascot for an unrelated game. With that said, Kirby’s Pinball Land kind of makes sense, and for a pinball video game it’s pretty damn good, and a perfect fit for a portable system.
2. World Cup ‘94 (US Gold)
It may be over by now, but the UK is still gripped by World Cup Fever as the Game Boy rendition of the tournament is at number 2 in the charts. It sure is a football game.
1. Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Nintendo)
At number one is another Mario game, it’s the third Super Mario Land, otherwise known as Wario Land. Wario’s playable debut takes the series into even more surreal directions than ever before and doesn’t play like any Mario game before it. The result is another cracking platformer for the system.
So that was the Game Boy charts of September 1994, and it’s quite surprising to see which games made the cut. If you enjoyed this look into the gaming past, then you really should click that subscribe button below so you’ll know when all of my future videos are available. While you’re at it, why not let me know which of this month’s games you’ve played, and what you think of them.
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Game Boy Charts, GamesMaster September 1994