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#1 Jim Pez OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:41 PM

I want to get a Gameboy color. There is a guy on eBay selling a refurbished one with a glass screen and new buttons for $50. I have also seen some Gameboy clones. So the options I have are buying a used one, refurbished or Clone. What option do you think is best ?

#2 newtmonkey OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:52 PM

I'd stay away from the clones. They might have nice quality backlit screens, but they have all sorts of problems (incorrect aspect ratio, incorrect resolution, inaccurate sound).

 

Gameboy Color doesn't suffer from the capacitor issues of the Lynx and (especially) Game Gear, so I'd think that a used one in nice condition should be just as nice a refurbished one.  However, that means you need to rely on the word of the Ebay seller, so refurb might be safest.


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#3 DragonGrafx-16 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:01 PM

I would just use a GBA...



#4 Tanooki OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2019 8:47 PM

There's only one good GBC clone, but getting the good one of it is a crap shoot.  The GB Boy Color has a lit up screen and the same general dimensions of the GBC, but it's got a few games where audio can get wonky a little, and a lesser few games that don't work.  The issue really though is that some do have and some don't have a battery problem.  If you get a bad one, powered down it still draws the life from your batteries and fairly fast too so if you leave them in there for a little while they're dead.

 

$50 isn't great for a new shell/newglass lens GBC but it's not awful.  You'll need an external light source but you know it will run everything.

 

The best choice though depending on what you want to invest in a handheld, or for comfort sake would be either the GBA SP 101, OR, find someone to stuff that 101 panel in an original GBA style shell.  That would get you the best viewing experience and comfort playing too.



#5 Greg2600 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:05 PM

stock, the best option is probably the AGS-101 backlit GBA SP, but the prices are going up and up.  modified, I personally prefer a standard GBA with a modded, backlit screen.



#6 DragonGrafx-16 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:07 PM

stock, the best option is probably the AGS-101 backlit GBA SP, but the prices are going up and up.  modified, I personally prefer a standard GBA with a modded, backlit screen.

I really do prefer the form factor of the standard GBA to the SP. Especially when playing original or Color games (they stick out too far on the SP). I really need to do the backlight mod.



#7 0078265317 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:17 PM

Or just get this.

 

https://www.ebay.com...redirect=mobile



#8 Gemintronic OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:26 PM

The Gameboy Advance SP has the best screen and size for a GBA.  Use it all the time for GB games.

 

Surprisingly, I've found the GB Boy Color asian clone system is the best "real" gameboy.  it uses batteries and has a backlight.



#9 HoshiChiri OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2019 9:58 PM

https://www.retromodding.com/

 

Give these guys a whirl- it's pricey, but they'll custom up a nice modded unit to your specifications. Metal Jesus has a couple GBAs from them.



#10 0078265317 OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:09 PM

Or this looks good and has tv out support.

 

https://www.ebay.com...redirect=mobile



#11 Jim Pez OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:28 AM

The gba is great but I like the design of the original and color Gameboy.

#12 The Usotsuki OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:08 AM

Never had a GBC or GBA, but I like my GBP better than the Brick.



#13 newtmonkey OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:19 AM

I'd avoid the GB Boy Colour if you care about visual accuracy. The screens are of very nice quality and backlit, but they have the wrong aspect ratio/resolution, which causes scaling issues (diagonal lines are not rendered correctly, for instance).

 

Here's a good (brief) review of these units:

https://youtu.be/BjtD1mOZlPc?t=3036

 

If you value having a backlit modern screen over visual accuracy, it would probably be a better choice than an actual GB Color, though.



#14 0078265317 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2019 10:12 AM

I still have my original color with box. Works great. No ratio or line issues.

#15 Tanooki OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2019 5:55 PM

Like I said before, get a modded original GBA with the 101 panel in it for the best experience for screen that is lit along with controller like grip comfort.

 

If you're more into having things work on things designed for them, a GB Pocket or GB Light(expensive) are the best for pre-color GBC games, and GBC  you have no choice other than it or the wonky GB Boy Color.  GBa lots of options from stock to 101 fixed GBA to the SP (101 best) or the tiny but amazing Micro.  It comes down to taste and use for the function you want.

 

GB is my thing I've got all the system models of the things and in most cases 2 of them for keeps and general use.



#16 phoenixdownita OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2019 11:58 PM

... I throw it out there ....
how about a GameCube with Game Boy Player?
Not portable by any means but you play on TV with a decent controller .... and it covers GB/GBC/GBA (obviously some of the gimmicky games with special HW in the cart won't be as playable GBP#Compat)

#17 Black_Tiger ONLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:57 AM

The bighter (backlit?) GBA SP is my favorite to play everything on as a portable. I bought one refurbished and a square carrying case just large enough to hold the GBA with Everdrive sticking out. The whole thing fits in my (large) hand and is super convenient.

Bitd I bought the blue GBA at launch and later the Onyx SP when it was released, the brighter version when it was released and a Micro once it was discounted. Each model replaced the previous as my main setup, except the Micro. The novelty was neat, but it's harder to control and the image quality is inferior.

#18 F34R OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:41 PM

I have a atomic purple GB Color, but I rarely use it at all now that I have my GBA AGS-101.  



#19 Tanooki OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:54 PM

I find when I just want original style GB, this really fits the need quite nicely. :D  The green softens the sharpness a little, but when in no light GB pocket style mode it's crisp.

 

Also the GB micro doesn't have a less crisp screen than the 101, it's just smaller.  If your eyes can't focus as well to it, that would be a problem.  I would agree on the GB Player though, if you can't or don't want to get wrapped around using a handheld it's a great choice.

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#20 CatsGamesWhatever OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:33 PM

Inexpensive option:

 

Nintendo DS Lite for GBA games

 

Expensive option:

 

AGS 101 for GB, GBC & GBA games.

 

Maybe modding or 3rd party units gives you a better experience but I prefer 1st party hardware unadulterated if I have the choice.



#21 0078265317 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2019 9:57 PM

Even original bricks are going up in value.

I bid on this yesterday. The red one does not even work. Bad screen. And they grey one is not mint condition either despite kind of working. And I saw some other crummy ones still getting bids.

https://www.ebay.com...5.m43663.l10137

#22 Newsdee OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:25 PM

I may sound like a heretic but I like the GB Boy. It's pretty cheap and works with the GB Everdrive.

If you find yourself using it a lot you can upgrade later. I also have a GBA modded with the better screen, it's great but it is getting more expensive.

#23 0078265317 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:38 PM

Even this crummy used one is getting bid on.  Why would anybody buy that in such a bad shape.  Are they really getting that hard to find.

 

https://www.ebay.com...redirect=mobile



#24 Punisher5.0 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:59 PM

I find when I just want original style GB, this really fits the need quite nicely. :D  The green softens the sharpness a little, but when in no light GB pocket style mode it's crisp.
 
Also the GB micro doesn't have a less crisp screen than the 101, it's just smaller.  If your eyes can't focus as well to it, that would be a problem.  I would agree on the GB Player though, if you can't or don't want to get wrapped around using a handheld it's a great choice.


Very cool. I just found out about the Gameboy light last week. I cant beleive it never left Japan.

#25 0078265317 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:16 AM

Very cool. I just found out about the Gameboy light last week. I cant beleive it never left Japan.

 

I never knew either as a kid.  I only found out after joining here a few years ago.






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