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    If you are still playing cartridges originally intended for the DMG or Pocket Game Boy, what are you playing them on and what palette do you use?

    I'm using a front lit SP with the black and white palette but the color seems a little washed out. I have to say though that the games look beautiful when on my Super Game Boy when upscaled from RGB. I usually will go with either B&W or the green look of the original DMG with standard black border. Sometimes I use the outdoors border as well

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    I noticed while playing DK Land on the Super Game Boy, Id set it to B&W but then when Id go back to the overworld, itd change back to the special color palette. Wonder if there is a way to disable that

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    I play them on my backlit GBA SP. I just use the default palettes. I've never cared about customizing the palettes, and the defaults always make things clear and easy to make out.

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    I play on a Gamecube Game Boy Player using component cables. I don't really mess with the colors much and the games look reasonably good. I've tried 3 or 4 different controllers and never found one I was in love with though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartacus View Post
    I play on a Gamecube Game Boy Player using component cables. I don't really mess with the colors much and the games look reasonably good. I've tried 3 or 4 different controllers and never found one I was in love with though.
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    Like most here, I usually play them on a GBA SP, unless I want to play them on a TV, which I have various options for (Super Game Boy, GC Game Boy Player, Retron 5). As much as I played it when it was current, I find the OG Game Boy screen pretty much unusable today. No matter what I'm using, though, I pretty much always set the color scheme to B&W, even if it's a game that has a special color palette. It just seems right.
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    As I'm rebuilding my collection, I have the Super Gameboy and a Gameboy Advance (original).

    I'd like to do one of two things (or both)...
    Add a backlit screen to my GBA
    Get a Gameboy Player

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkenyon2 View Post
    As I'm rebuilding my collection, I have the Super Gameboy and a Gameboy Advance (original).

    I'd like to do one of two things (or both)...
    Add a backlit screen to my GBA
    Get a Gameboy Player
    Any of the Game Boys without a lit screen along with the Game Boy Light are essentially worthless to me. The best solution back then was the Vic Tokai magnifier light and then the worm light. But I could never see going back to that now

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    The original GBA was rough, with how the colors were so dang dark. I couldn't play unless I was sitting next to a lamp and holding it at just the right angle, which was pretty uncomfortable. But the Game Boy Pocket and Game Boy Color were good for their time. I originally skipped straight from original Game Boy to Game Boy Color, and I was in awe of the clarity. Then in the early 2000s, I used a Game Boy Pocket a lot for b/w games until the SP was out and I could borrow a frontlit SP and then get my own SP when the backlit models were out. I even remember playing Belmont's Revenge on my Game Boy Pocket at the courthouse when I was stuck there all day for jury duty. So it wasn't too hard to see even without a built-in light or accessory.

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    I used an SP until last year when I finally picked up an original GBA modded with an AGS-101 backlight. It was $90 well spent IMO and I sold my SP immediately after. Even with my average-sized hands, I found the wide layout much more comfortable. Technically mine used a reproduction case and buttons but it feels perfect to me.

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    Same as most others, either a Super Game Boy (I don't have a Gameboy Player... yet) or a backlight-modded original GBA.

    I USUALLY don't modify the pallet, but there are some games I can't stand the look of the default pallet on the GBA... Kirby's Dream LAnd for example just seems effing ugly to me by default, so I use the one pallet that makes it look like the original gameboy. On Super Gameboy, I hate it whenever the default is one of those extreme orange/yellow/brown palletes (I think Wizards and Warriors: Fortress of Fear is such a case) so again I try to make it look more like the regular Gameboy green hues.

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    Power to anybody who uses the Game Boy Player. The d-pad on the SP isn't exactly fantastic either, but the GameCube d-pad is just garbage in my opinion, so I can't stand playing Game Boy games that way.

    Though, for me, portable is more of a pro than a con. I'm much better able at squeezing portable gaming into my life than console gaming at this point, so I'm not very inclined to play any of my handheld games on a home console anyway. I like the Super Game Boy, and the SNES controller is solid of course, but I very rarely find myself using it. Usually I'd only bother out of curiosity if the game is Super Game Boy-enhanced. Metroid II gets a pretty nice default palette on Super Game Boy, so I'd switch back and forth between the SP and Super Game Boy with that one.

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