2020’s been a pretty torrid year by all accounts, but there’s some light at the end of the tunnel – for those who love Nintendo’s legendary Game Boy, at least.
Indie studio Spacebot Interactive has announced that it will ship a brand-new RPG for the monochrome marvel early next year, and that pre-orders are open now.
Boasting a turn-based combat system, weapon and armour upgrades, plenty of enemies, multiple endings and a 6-to-7 hour runtime, Dragonborne will be available in physical packaging (just like the old days!) and costs $54.73 / £42 / €46.46.
You can order your copy here, but be quick – pre-orders will close on November 30th.
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This would be cool, but the margins involved in bringing it to the market put it out of my price range. Hope they can find the people for whom it isn’t.
Almost everyone I know got like a year off paid vacation in 2020 so it really wasn’t all that bad where I am from, it is all about perspective.
I’m assuming that this isn’t endorsed by Nintendo, and wouldn’t appear in a ‘complete’ gameboy library?
I wish them well, but I don’t have quite enough disposable income to be this frivolous. Or enough time for RPGs, unfortunately.
That combat looks dull and uninspired even compared to other gameboy games. Final Fantasy Legends looks more polished and enjoyable, and that came out like 8 months after the gameboy launched.
Erm… Zenimax/Bethesda is known to be profoundly, stupidly litigious. Considering their best-selling medieval RPG featured a protagonist known as “the Dragonborn”, I wonder how this is going to play out…
I collect old games and love when they’re released on original hardware. However, the gameboy is just a poor target. It’s just so simple to add a little bit of color to a game and target GBC. There would good reasons back then to have a monochrome portable system but there’s not a whole lot of reasons to target it today over the GBC.
They also sell the rom file for a lot cheaper and a cheaper cartridge only physical version
Funny, I’m also planning to make an rpg for the game boy (color), hopefully in a few years the market won’t already be saturated. 😂
Going by the ‘flash to white’ inbetween actions on screen, looks like this was made in GB Studio?
@COVIDberry It depends upon how much Wizards of the Coast wants to get involved. D&D’s use of “Dragonborn” predates Bethesda’s.
They could just port it to Switch and make even more money. Even better add a GBC, SGB, and GBP filter mode to the game if doing so and I would be impressed.
@retro_player_77, I don’t know too much about coding so I can’t say for sure, but I would imagine it’d be pretty difficult to port software that was built in an engine coded for the gameboy’s hardware. That being said, other companies seemed to have been able to do that just fine with retro collections, so maybe!
@COVIDberry The more certain trademark thing, and this is the second indie game I’ve been informed of in as many games to do it, is that while you can say “For the Nintendo Game Boy system” on the box in plain text, you can’t put Nintendo’s actual logos on the box (Nintendo, the official Game Boy logo, the Nintendo Seal, nor the Game Boy Game Pak) without Nintendo’s permission.
I heard that recent Shantae reprint was careful to remove any official Nintendo trademarks from the boxart.
@Jokerwolf Almost everyone I know either lost their job or had to go to work in the pandemic anyway. So far 2 out of 10 of my company’s employees got COVID. America!
42 POUNDS complete? or £23 for cart only.I know a lot goes into making the carts etc. But, in €, I’ll pass.
For a second I thought it said “The Game Boy is getting Danganronpa” and I was majorly pissed
@Jokerwolf same here! For me personally it was a fantastic year! Got paid, stayed at home, family time as much as you can get, empty Supermarkets, gas was cheap af…But this game is rape to my ears!
@XBontendo That sucks, Canada may have it’s issues but at least they help us out when we need it.
This soundtrack is horrible. Beside that it looks like a mix of Zelda (sprites and dungeons), mystic quest (characters) and pokemon (battle). I would prefer an action rpg on gameboy, but to each their own.
Oh man if it weren’t for that steep price (and trust me, I get why that is), I’d jump on this. I’ll keep my eye on it nonetheless. Maybe someday I’ll make a half-witted drunk purchase and have a nice surprise in the mail a few days later.
I guess I’m gonna have to replay Dragonheart on Game Boy, from the movie. Still have it, and played i a lot back in the day.
Seems very reasonably priced to me. A fully packaged indie cartridge for less than Nintendo sell discounted digital copies of their Switch games for even years after release.
I’ll pass, in this day and age, £42 for a Gameboy game is far too much.
Very cool, “greenboy” studio has a new one called “where is my body” coming for Christmas this year
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