Why do you only sell cartridge games? (complete in box)
The main idea of Greenboy games has been to keep the cartridge alive as a game system, while extending the life of old video game consoles by lengthening their obsolescence. At the same time, I want to keep alive the memory of the beginnings of portable consoles with new contemporary games.
Are you selling ROM files?
No, I’m not.
Why don’t you sell ROM files?
All the games have been created and designed to be enjoyed on the portable console. The reason is that playing on a current PC that supports a game with lots of CPU, GPU, and RAM surpasses the gaming experience with a tiny 32kb/ 1MB games. Neither the music can be equally worked, nor the graphics, nor the colour palette, nor the dimensions of the game screen, and so on with long etcetera.
Sometimes I compare it to trying to enjoy a skate on an F1 track. To enjoy skateboarding, you need to go to a skate park.
I don’t want to be unfairly compared to games that have no restrictions.
What restrictions are you talking about?
A game that sizes between 32kb and 1MB max, with a 160×144 pixels resolution, use only 4 colours or 3 colours in the case of sprites, with a limit of 40 objects per screen, no more than 10 objects per line, 256 tiles max, music limited to 4 channels, ….
Can I get a ROM file?
Yes, I always can send the ROM file with a cartridge order. The reason is that many collectors prefer not to open their (sealed) boxes.
How can I load the ROM file?
You can use any Game Boy emulator, as Retroarch, BGB, or many others. Please, search for ‘Game Boy emulator’ on Google.
Can I ask you for a high quality scan of the box art, manual, code wheel, … or other masters designed for the physical edition?
No, since master designs have been made for manufacturers and printing only. They are for internal use only.
Are you losing a lot of market share that might be interested in your games?
Yes, I guess so, but my games are exclusively for handheld consoles. Fortunately, I make games for pleasure and not for money.
How can I play the games?
You can play the games with the following systems:
Analogue pocket, RetroN SQ, RetroN 5, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Super Game Boy (SNES), Repro Handheld consoles, and other systems compatible with Game Boy games.
Where can I buy a console to play?
There is a huge second hand market for original consoles. You can also buy a new repro console.
What language do you use in the games?
I usually use English, but if the market in other countries is growing, I will not hesitate to adapt the games to other languages (French, German, Japanese, Spanish, …. )
Why don’t you make games for other platforms?
My games are exclusively for handheld consoles.
I like to contribute to the community that still uses these systems, to enjoy exclusive titles. Outside of this console, my games cannot be played.
Will previous games be available again?
I had a negative mention on Youtube of two of my initial games that were unfairly criticized.
They have been out of sale since 2018, and aware that they were not good games to sell, I removed them from the store.
At the insistence of the collectors, I reissued a short run of these games again, and they were unfairly criticized, so I prefer that whoever is lucky enough to have an original, at least appreciates it as it is.
Can you launch the game on Switch, Steam, or other consoles?
No. My games are exclusive for handheld consoles.
Why Game Boy compatible cartridges?
Because I love this handheld console.
What development tools do you use?
I use GBDK, Tiled designer, Map builder, BGB, GB studio, ZGB, Aseprite, Tiled map editor, Visual Studio Code, Photoshop, Milkytracker, Bassoon tracker, Flash carts, bumper, Debian 10, Wacom pen tablet, Thinkpad, Game Boy, … and fresh water!
Your favorite games?
Monkey Island, Gargoyle’s quest, Indiana Jones and the fate of Atlantis, Zelda, Dan Dare,