What is a Game Boy Game? – D’arcy Briggs

Battle Unit Zeoth is an absolute unit (see what I did there?) of a Game Boy game. It has that late 80s/90s anime mecha aesthetic with music that just pumps you up for some shooting goodness. The controls took a little bit of time to get used to as you shoot in the direction you’re facing, rather than one static direction. The bosses have some awesome designs and the power-up system is simple and easy to manage.

All in all, I would describe Battle Unit Zeoth as sort of being representative of *a* Game Boy game. Even though I never had the game as a kid, playing through its levels (well, with the help from cheat codes, it’s not the easiest game for many) really brought me back to a time when no TV remote battery compartment was safe, when I’d stay up past my bedtime just to try the level one more time, and waiting to see a map or tip section listed in the latest issue of Nintendo Power. I think the Japanese mechanical designs have something to do with this, and same with the sense of completeness with the game. It’s a tough one, but I never felt like anything was missing. It has cut scenes, a really good introductory level, and just feels like a complete package delivered on a tiny cart.

D’Arcy is an educator and gamer from BC, Canada. He’s been gaming his entire life and enjoys both new and retro games. His consoles of choice are Game Boy, PS3, and Switch.You can follow his gaming online @darcyska_gaming

November 2021: Battle Unit Zeoth (1991)

It’s Oct…It’s November? Why? How? Things are moving too quickly. I just started watching scary movies last night and they’re already out of season? HARUMPH. The good news is this at least means there’s a new game for the Yokoi Kids to dig into! This month we’ll be covering Battle Unit Zeoth by Jaleco! I’m excited about this one. I own it and have put a little time into it, but had a feeling it would be selected one of these days so I’ve sorta held off on getting into it.  It seems like a challenging one! This one was picked by Shayne, who had this to say:

I love ‘shoot ‘em ups’. I love them, and yet there are so many I’ve either yet to discover or have only recently discovered. Queue Battle Unit Zeoth: a mech-based ‘shoot ‘em up’ where you are the “One last hope against the Heavy Metal Horde…Battle Unit Zeoth!”.

You’ll be met with 5 stages of shooter action with a range of weapon upgrades at your disposal. A life bar and unlimited continues help to stem frustration, keeping hope alive that the next run is the one.

I hope everyone has fun with the game!”

Jaleco had some dang sleeper hits on the Game Boy like Avenging Spirit(which is now really expensive) and Fortified Zone so hopefully, this one stacks up!

This one unfortunately isn’t available on 3DS, so you will have to get this one how ever you usually get “game paks” and tell the crew what you think!