50 Shades of Grayscale: Let's Play 50 Game Boy Games!

When I was a child, I used to pour through a guidebook of several Game Boy titles, full of mostly correct information and tips for beating these titles. I, of course, owned maybe three of the titles that had guides written for them, but for some reason I drank in as much as I could. Over time, as I grew up, I thought it’d be a fun project to tackle every game in the book. The tome boasted a volume of hundreds of games, but the extensive guides were only listed for about 25.

But then I figured “why not go bigger?” With a dumb title in mind, I amassed a list of 50 Game Boy titles to play to completion. From all time classics, to some that should remain forgotten, the stage was set for a thorough, albeit incomplete, examination of what the Game Boy had to offer.

July 31, 2019 marked the 30th anniversary of the North American release of the Game Boy. As a sucker for anniversaries, I launched a series of streams to work through this list on that day. All footage was recorded live as a challenge run of sorts, but the idea was born with Let’s Play in mind. So now I have touched up the footage with bonus information and a bit more concise footage. It’s a little bit of a blind run, a little bit of an educational LP. Do these mesh well? Probably not! Hopefully it’s enjoyable all the same.

Recordings are still in progress and you can catch them here every Wednesday at 6:30pm pacific time.


  • no spoilers for longer form games. yeah this sounds kind of dumb for a 31 year old system but some of these runs are genuinely blind!
  • no discussing games that haven’t shown up yet
  • be cool. don’t be a weirdo.

Now let’s introduce the crew! Because I like dumb group names we are known as The Full Nasty.

Action Shakespeare (she/her)

The leader of this expedition, Action Shakespeare likes to tow the line between smooth and informative to rough and overenthusiastic. She can barely control this. The Game Boy was her first Nintendo console ever and she has very fond memories of playing Revenge of the Gator.

Public Opinion (he/him)

Public Opinion is the informational rock supporting the crew. He likes dragons, pro wrestling, and providing helpful facts straight from the manuals themselves. He also made these great lil sprites! His old favorite Game Boy title is Donkey Kong.

Beedrops (they/them)

Dragged onto this crazy adventure after being tricked into playing Kingdom Hearts for so long, Bee provides fresh insight and moral support during the arduous challenges of the episodes to come. They did not own a Game Boy, but in the Game Boy Color era they enjoyed Kirby’s Tilt n Tumble.

Wordse/AlmightyWords (he/him)

Words is a slime. He is also the freshest set of eyes on this entire experience having never interacted with much of any old consoles, let alone the Game Boy. As such he doesn’t have a favorite Game Boy title, but his favorite game boy is Hideki Naganuma.

Without further ado, let’s kick it off with our first entry.

Super Mario Land (Nintendo, 1989)

The first Mario on the Game Boy gets the first spot in our lineup. Join us through an adventure through Sarasaland to rescue Daisy from the evil clutches of Tatanga! Ya know…Mario stuff!


0. Introduction

1. Super Mario Land

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