GameBook Color: The Unofficial CGB Companion Kickstarter Hits £20,000

GameBook Color: The Unofficial CGB Companion Kickstarter Hits £20,000

New GameBook Color book revisits the classic handheld, and is a sequel to the previous Game Boy-focused GameBook: The Unofficial DMG Companion.

The Game Boy, a handheld gaming pioneer, dominated the portable gaming scene in the early 1990s. However, as more powerful home consoles emerged and gaming experiences evolved beyond the limitations of its 8-bit architecture, the Game Boy began to lose its momentum. Rumors swirled about Nintendo’s development of a successor, and when the Game Boy Color was finally released alongside the Western debut of the Pokémon franchise, gamers eagerly embraced the new console.

The Game Boy Color, with its vibrant color palette and enhanced processing power, not only surpassed its predecessors but also amassed an impressive library of titles. But which of these games truly stand out? Have they aged well? Do you yearn for a comprehensive book that celebrates this beloved handheld console?

GameBook Color: The Unofficial CGB Companion is the answer to your gaming nostalgia. Building upon the success of 2023’s GameBook: The Unofficial DMG Companion, Paul Murphy’s latest work delves into the Game Boy Color era, revisiting many of the platform’s defining games.

This comprehensive volume overflows with pure adoration for the Game Boy Color, offering not only a curated list of the best games but also a historical exploration of the platform and in-depth retrospectives on the titles that shaped the handheld gaming landscape.

A tribute to Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon, and an examination of the factors that made the Game Boy Color so exceptional are just a few of the highlights. The iconic franchises of the Game Boy Color era are given special attention through essays by renowned freelance writers, providing deeper insights into these definitive titles.

Who has contributed to GameBook Color: The Unofficial CGB Companion?

Mesmerizing artwork, similar to that featured in the first book, complements the engaging narratives, creating a visually captivating experience. Talented artists including Jay Cobs, Jonathan Traynor, and Gran ‘Beetlerots’, breathe life into the Game Boy Color’s legacy.

The book’s contributors represent a broad spectrum of gaming enthusiasts, including:

  • Aaron Potter (Analogue Pocket and GameBoy Color Music)
  • Nathan Ball (The Legend of Zelda)
  • Megan Bidmead (Rayman)
  • Tom Chaplin (GameBoy Color as a Tennis machine)
  • Ryan Craddock (Pokémon Gold and Silver)
  • Mike Diver (Tetris DX and Mr Driller)
  • Nathan Ellingsworth (Pokémon Gold and Silver)
  • Stuart Gipp (Super Mario Bros. DX)
  • Josh Goldie (Mobile GB)
  • Shaun Hughes (Metal Gear Solid)
  • Liam Robertson (TBC)
  • Andre Segers (TBC)

and many more to be revealed.

GameBook Color: The Unofficial CGB Companion spans the Game Boy Color era (1998 to 2001). It covers everything from the original CGB-001 models to the Analogue Pocket. If funding allows, it may even include sections on the Virtual Boy and the Pokémon Mini.

GameBook Color: The Unofficial CGB Companion

In addition to fascinating articles and captivating artwork, the book features stunning photography. The hardcover volume measures 21cm x 21cm, and is printed on high-quality, uncoated paper stock, ensuring a premium reading experience. With over 200 pages, GameBook Color: The Unofficial CGB Companion should be an essential addition to any gaming enthusiast’s collection.

Will you contribute to this Kickstarter?

Funds will cover production costs and ensure the project’s success. The funding goal was set at £20,000; this figure has already been surpassed, with 16 days still to go. This means that stretch goals have been activated to add even more content or enhance the overall package. These incentives include a bookmark, an art print, badges, and additional game entries.

The planned release date for GameBook Color is March 2024. Backers should receive their copies within a few months of the campaign’s conclusion. Join the Kickstarter and embark on a nostalgic journey that celebrate the games, hardware, and cultural impact of the GBC.

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