The Game Boy Color (also known as GBC) is the successor of the legendary Game Boy.
With so many popular titles, such as the Zelda series, Pokemon series, and also Mario series, the GBC offers you colored graphics and a new kind of experience at the time.
For those of you who played this remarkable handheld in the past, I bet you want to know the best GBC games of all time.
Some of you will probably remember (or even still own) some of the games mentioned on this list.
#25. R-Type DX
Experience two classic arcade shooters on-the-go!
Hop into your spaceship and blast down enemies as you attempt to conquer the alien Bydo and save the human race.
This fantastic Game Boy collection contains the first two R-Type games bundled together.
The two futuristic shooters let you unleash your lasers on a number of enemy types.
There are multiple action-packed levels to complete, with tough bosses blocking your progress.
As you destroy obstacles and enemies, you’ll be able to power up your arsenal with bonus abilities.
You’ll surely have a blast while you defend humanity across these two awesome and colorful games.
#24. Mega Man Xtreme
This Mega Man adventure borrows the style and gameplay from the Mega Man X series, but brings it straight to your hands on the Game Boy.
This excellent game gives you all the bright and colorful action of the Mega Man franchise in the palm of your hand.
Fans of the early Mega Man X games on Super Nintendo will absolutely love this throwback spinoff.
This game has an original story, but features levels and bosses from the first two Mega Man X games.
Players complete a variety of challenging platforming levels, fighting bosses and acquiring their unique weapon.
As your weapon collection grows, you’ll be able to access new areas and discover boss weaknesses.
This is truly one of the best action platforming games you can own on the Game Boy Color.
Join the talented genie Shantae on her debut adventure as she travels through Sequin Land chasing after the villainous pirate Risky Boots.
Her journey takes her to a number of enemy-infested environments, where she must complete quests and save townsfolk.
This is a vibrant and fun platforming game, which went on to receive three sequels.
Players control Shantae, a genie who uses her hair as a whip weapon.
Hunting down the evil Risky Boots, Shantae must find a handful of dungeons and uncover the guardian genies within.
These genies allow Shantae to turn into different animal forms, giving the player new and exciting abilities.
If you’re a fan of action games like Metroid, you’ll love Shantae.
#22. Tomb Raider Starring Lara Croft
In an effort to raise an evil god named Quaxet, a group of treasure hunters seek out the Nightmare Stone.
It’s up to expert adventurer Lara Croft to stop them and protect the world from destruction.
This excellent adventure takes you to five different environments across fourteen unique levels.
Using Lara’s abilities, you’ll navigate tough obstacles, fight enemies, and make daring leaps.
Thanks to Lara’s extended moveset, you’ll be able to fight with style.
Lara can perform over twenty unique moves, such as rolls, backflips, and more.
#21. Dragon Warrior Monsters
Reunite with fan favorite characters from Dragon Quest VI in this fun spinoff of the franchise.
Players control character Terry as he attempts to rescue his kidnapped sister Milly from a group of monsters.
This game blends the RPG focus of the Dragon Quest franchise with the catching and breeding mechanics of Pokemon.
Like Pokemon, players travel around the world capturing hostile monsters and adding them to their party.
You can also breed these creatures and combine them to create an even more powerful ally.
This game has dozens of hours of RPG and monster-catching fun, so definitely check it out!
#20. Pokemon Crystal Version
Take a trip through the beautiful region of Johto in this enhanced version of Pokemon Silver and Gold.
Although many features remain the same, some new additions make this the most comprehensive second-generation Pokemon title available.
Like Pokemon Silver and Gold, Crystal follows the story of a young Pokemon trainer attempting to become the world’s best.
As you move through the game, you’ll have to catch new Pokemon and add them to your party.
Pokemon Crystal contains a few unique features as well, such as the ability to pick between either a boy or girl Pokemon trainer.
There are also some additional stories that have been added, revolving around the powerful “legendary” Pokemon.
#19. Mickey’s Speedway USA
When Mickey’s dog Pluto is kidnapped by the Weasels, Mickey and his other Disney friends take to the track and race for Pluto’s safety.
This game is packed with fun Disney characters and exciting racing, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
Besides being absolutely adorable and tons of fun, this Disney-themed racing game has plenty of content as well.
There are three main modes; Grand Prix, Multiplayer, and Battle.
As you work your way through these three modes, you can race as six different Disney characters.
If you play well enough, you’ll be able to unlock four other characters!
#18. Pokemon Trading Card Game
This RPG borrows inspiration from both the classic Pokemon card-battling game and the Pokemon RPG series.
You play as a young boy traveling through town, challenging other characters to Pokemon card duels.
Like the Pokemon RPGs, it’s your destiny to become the most powerful Pokemon player around.
If you’ve played any of the first three generation of Pokemon games, this spin-off game will feel very familiar.
The game contains cards from the first three generations, and players must strategically create a deck to battle with.
As you progress through the game and defeat other players, you’ll unlock card packs to boost up your collection.
There are even exclusive cards and characters never seen in the game series before!
#17. Dragon Warrior I & II
This compilation cartridge contains the first two games in the Dragon Warrior franchise (also know as Dragon Quest).
Originally released for the NES, these two RPGs are powerhouses in the genre.
The retro graphics and addictive gameplay make it a great addition to the the Game Boy Color library.
If you’re a fan of games like Final Fantasy, you’ll love Dragon Warrior I & II.
These classic NES RPGS have players controlling a mysterious stranger who attempts to save a royal princess from a dangerous dragon.
In terms of story, it’s pretty basic, but the excellent turn-based gameplay will surely keep you invested.
Overall, these two game will keep you playing for hundreds of hours.
#16. Pokemon Pinball
This fantastic pinball title takes all the cute and cuddly charm of the Pokemon franchise and injects it into exciting pinball tables.
There are two unique pinball tables to try, and like the normal Pokemon franchise, your overall objective is to catch all 151 Pokemon!
This game smartly blends the mechanics of pinball with the gameplay concepts of Pokemon.
There are two tables to play on; one that represents Pokemon Blue and the other Pokemon Red.
Like the standard Pokemon games, your aim is to catch the Pokemon that pop up on the table.
There are a variety of “modes” to activate in each pinball table, and your progress is saved between playthroughs.
If you love pinball and love Pokemon, there’s no better game to play on your Game Boy Color.
#15. Kirby Tilt ‘n’ Tumble
Join Nintendo’s cutest pink character on a wild and wacky ride through some colorful worlds.
You’ll have to tilt and turn your Game Boy Color to navigate Kirby, dodging dangerous pitfalls in this motion-based adventure.
This game stands out due to its smart and unique control scheme.
The game cartridge contains a motion sensor, so when players move or tilt their console, the character on screen reacts accordingly.
Players can also flick their console upwards, causing Kirby to hop.
The game contains dozens of time-attack levels, which Kirby must pass unharmed.
This is all in an effort to stop King DeeDee from stealing Dream Land’s stars.
#14. Dragon Warrior III
This lengthy RPG takes place in the same era of the first two Dragon Warrior games, and details the events that happened before the first game.
The story revolves around the player character, who must stop the evil Baramos from taking over the world.
Like other RPGs, Dragon Warrior III has players forming a party of heroes and exploring an open world.
As you investigate various towns, you’ll pick up quests to complete.
Defeating enemies and finishing quests gives you experience points, making your teammates more powerful than before.
There are tons of items to find, moves to learn, and enemies to topple.
This is truly a classic RPG, and one that every turn-based gaming fan should play.
#13. Mario Golf
Join Mario and his friends on an epic golfing journey, with some cool RPG mechanics to boot!
Travel the world and play on various golf courses, meeting new players and completing quests.
This handheld golfing game has a lot in common with its console equivalent, Mario Golf on the Nintendo 64.
Like that game, players can play a full round of golf, facing off against a wide variety of popular Mario characters.
However, the Game Boy Color version also contains an expanded RPG mode to enjoy.
Players can level up and become more skilled golfers by completing courses and quests.
This is one sports game that is fun regardless of your involvement with the original sport.
#12. Wario Land II
One night, the evil Captain Syrup invades Wario’s castle, causing havoc and mayhem.
When Wario wakes up and discovers his home in disarray, he chases after his nemesis eager to exact revenge.
This remake of the classic Game Boy title brings a healthy dose of color and excitement, improving on the original game’s vision.
Players control the boisterous and rude Wario as he explores various levels and solves puzzles.
Unlike Super Mario Brothers, Wario Land is about solving puzzles and backtracking.
Furthermore, Wario cannot die or be injured, placing the focus on puzzles over action.
It’s an inventive game that forces players to think in unique ways, and it’s one of the best sidescrolling games on the Game Boy Color.
#11. Pokemon Gold Version
Embrace the second generation of Pokemon as you explore the region of Johto, where you control a young Pokemon trainer.
Players try to capture all the unique Pokemon, forming a vicious battling party.
There’s tons of content to enjoy and dozens of hours of Pokemon-catching to pursue!
This sequel to the incredibly popular Pokemon Blue and Red amps up things in almost every department.
There are now more than 250 Pokemon to find and collect, expanding the Pokedex from the original 151.
Players can take advantage of a few new features, like the ability to have Pokemon hold certain items.
Overall, this is one of the best turn-based RPGs on the Game Boy Color, and it’s welcoming enough for even the newest of gamers.
#10. Wario Land 3
After a plane crash leaves Wario stranded in the woods, he goes out exploring.
He discovers a hidden cave, which leads him to a magical music box that sucks him up.
It’s now up to Wario to escape the confines of the music box world by defeating enemies and solving puzzles.
This is a great sidescrolling action game that features one of Nintendo’s most beloved villains, Wario.
Like the previous Wario Land games, players control Wario across a number of colorful worlds and levels.
Wario must use the environment and other items to charge up, unlocking new powers.
These powers allow Wario to access new parts of the game.
It’s a fun and easy-to-learn game with plenty of personality.
#9. Pokemon Puzzle Challenge
Enjoy this Pokemon-themed version of Tetris Attack, packed to the brim with your favorite Pokemon.
Players can choose from three different modes, and attempt to match colored blocks together.
The game borrows characters from Pokemon Silver and Gold, reusing various Gym Leaders from the game.
In this colorful and addictive puzzle game, players choose their Pokemon and go head-to-head with powerful Gym Leaders.
As you defeat enemies, you’re able to capture new Pokemon to play as.
You can jump into Single Player, Multiplayer, or Training modes to test your skills.
There are a variety of sub-modes as well, featuring things like a Challenge mode.
This is an excellent crossover between Tetris Attack and the Pokemon franchise, and ends up being one of the best puzzle games on the system.
#8. Donkey Kong Country
This is a portable version of the 1994 SNES game of the same name.
It follows Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong on an epic journey to retrieve their banana stockpile that was stolen.
Great graphics and fantastic platforming gameplay make this an instant classic.
If you played Donkey Kong Country on Super Nintendo, this Game Boy Color port will live up to your expectations.
Players control Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong together as the pair travel across a number of themed worlds.
Each level is filled with dangerous platforming, tough enemies, and plenty of bananas.
This game will definitely put up a challenge, but those who have the skill to prevail will find this port to be well worth it.
#7. Mario Tennis
Mario and his friends are putting on a tennis tournament and you’re invited!
Grab your favorite racket and step up to the court, leveling up your chosen character and becoming a tennis master.
Like Mario Tennis on Nintendo 64, this tennis title is meant to be easy-to-learn and fun to play.
Players select from a list of playable athletes, ranging from Nintendo characters to standard human athletes.
As you work through the various tournaments and events in the game you can level up, raising your stats and becoming more proficient at the sport.
Players can also transfer their characters to the Nintendo 64 version of the game, earning experience that they can then transfer back to the Game Boy Color version.
#6. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
This Legend of Zelda title is one of the weirdest and most quirky in the series, and feels perfect on the Game Boy Color.
This remake of the classic Game Boy game adds a great dash of color and fun.
This adventure is a bit different from other Zelda adventures, mostly in tone.
The game is oddly humorous, with plenty of wacky characters and cameos.
As Link explores the world, he must solve puzzles and discover eight magical instruments.
He must then take these instruments to the sleeping Wind Fish in an effort to awaken the god-like creature and escape the island.
It’s a distinct Zelda adventure that is unlike any other, and is a must-play for all fans of the series.
#5. Pokemon Silver Version
Grab your Pokeballs and flip your training cap, because it’s time for another Pokemon adventure.
Taking place three years after the first Pokemon games, Pokemon Silver introduces players to a brand new world packed with 100 new Pokemon to catch and train.
Although gameplay is similar to Pokemon Red and Blue, this second-generation Pokemon title brings in a few new features.
There’s also a slew of new Pokemon to collect, fleshing out your party with new skills and abilities.
Like before, your overall objective is to defeat all eight Gym Leaders and topple the Elite Four.
If you think you have what it takes to become the Pokemon Master, I highly recommend you give it a try.
#4. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
Protagonist Link finds himself in a strange new world when the Triforce sends him to the land of Holodrum.
Here, he witnesses a kidnapping, and sets out to rescue the Oracle of Seasons.
This game is also tied into Oracle of Ages, where players must complete both games to see the true ending.
This is a fantastic 2D Legend of Zelda game, with tons of cool items and interesting mechanics.
The main feature in Oracle of Seasons is the ability to change the seasons, using an item called the Rod of Seasons.
With this power and his extensive list of items, Link explores the world and attempts to find the eight essences of nature.
If you’ve played A Link to the Past on SNES or Link’s Awakening on the Game Boy Color, you’ll love this game.
#3. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
This is the other title in the Zelda: Oracle series, and revolves around Link traveling to the land of Labrynna, where a possession has taken place.
This game is tied into Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, where players must complete both games to see the true ending.
Like Oracle of Seasons, Oracle of Ages plays from a top-down perspective.
Players control Link as he sets out to explore the surrounding map, discovering dungeons and unlocking new abilities.
The main ability is time travel, which Link is able to do thanks to the Harp of Ages.
Players will have to flip back and forth through time to solve puzzles, ultimately seeking out the eight essences of time.
This is widely considered the best Zelda game on handheld systems, so you should definitely give it a try.
#2. Super Mario Bros. Deluxe
Experience the classic Super Mario Bros. for NES, but now with tons of new levels and changes.
It’s Mario like you’ve never seen him before; souped up and hopping around on the Game Boy Color!
This is a remake of the original Super Mario Bros. game, but with some interesting and beneficial changes.
Players now explore an overworld map, similar to that from Super Mario Bros. 3.
You can also play multiplayer simultaneously, whereas the original game forced players to take turns.
There’s also an additional Challenge mode, where you must seek out hidden objects in levels.
As a final bonus, there are eight additional worlds to play through, based on the levels in Super Mario Bros. 2.
#1. Metal Gear Solid
This story in the Metal Gear Solid franchise takes place seven years after the events of the original Metal Gear Solid for PlayStation 1.
Players control Snake, a highly trained soldier who sets out to investigate rumors of a stolen weaponry popping up in Africa.
Like the Metal Gear games on NES and MSX, this game players from a 2D top-down perspective.
Players must sneak through a variety of environments, using their stealth skills to slip past enemies and obstacles.
Besides the main campaign, players can enjoy Multiplayer using the Game Boy Link Cable.
There’s also over 180 training missions in the VR Training mode, which is sure to help you master the art of stealth.
This is a game that’s best for the more strategic and cautious player, but your tactics will be greatly rewarded.
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