GB Studio lets you make custom Game Boy games without prior coding knowledge

Shawn Knight

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GB Studio allows anyone to build a Game Boy game within minutes, even if they have no prior programming experience. The resulting ROM files can be run using an emulator or, if you have the means, you can flash them to a cart and play them on original hardware.

Maltby describes it as a simple version of RPG Maker but without the battle system.

Nintendo launched the Game Boy in Japan on April 21, 1989, and brought it to the US later that year along with smash hits like Tetris and Super Mario Land. The handheld was technically inferior to rival devices like the Sega Game Gear and the Atari Lynx, both of which had superior color screens, but that didn’t seem to matter as consumers scooped it up in droves.

The Game Boy (and Game Boy Color) managed to sell a staggering 118.69 million units worldwide, making it the third best-selling game console of all time behind the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS.

GB Studio is available to download free of charge over on GitHub. The version for Windows checks in at 171MB. Additional documentation can be found on the dedicated GB Studio website.

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Indekkusu

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"Game Boy" is such a sexist brand. What happened to girls? Do they NOT get to play? This kind of mentality is so entrenched and taken for granted. I pretty sure I am going to get hated on for pointing out the "male white" privilege that is set by default. But this is the reality and these defaults are screwed up!
 

Wessell Urdata

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"Game Boy" is such a sexist brand. What happened to girls? Do they NOT get to play? This kind of mentality is so entrenched and taken for granted. I pretty sure I am going to get hated on for pointing out the "male white" privilege that is set by default. But this is the reality and these defaults are screwed up!
Alright, here is your Game People. Have fun.
 
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stewi0001

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"Game Boy" is such a sexist brand. What happened to girls? Do they NOT get to play? This kind of mentality is so entrenched and taken for granted. I pretty sure I am going to get hated on for pointing out the "male white" privilege that is set by default. But this is the reality and these defaults are screwed up!
Ok so I'll humor you about the gender thing because I can actually see some merit in that argument, but how did white suddenly come into play other than you saying it? What does white have to do with Gameboy? Which by the way is grey in color. The most ambiguous color, arguably.
I was hoping they were being sarcastic