December 2021 – DuckTales (1990)

GOBBLE GOBBLE and JINGLE JANGLE The holiday season is in full swing! What a gift we have for all you folks: December’s game of the month is DuckTales! Woo! This was picked by our buddy Josh Adams. Let’s see what he has to say:
I’ve been a fan of the NES DuckTales game for just over a decade when I played it for the first time. Simple but fun and full of discovery. Referencing the original show and the original characters, at every opportunity, especially my boys LaunchPad and Gizmo Duck. Now that I’m such a fan of the remake series, going back to play the NES title is even more fun than when I first played it a decade ago. So, of course, if I’m given the option to choose DuckTales on Game Boy for Yokoi Kids, a companion to the NES game, I’m going to take it.
Funnily enough, unlike a few Game Boy games from those early years, DuckTales on Game Boy actually had all of its levels redesigned from the NES game. Most likely due to a lack of space, from NES Cartridge to Gameboy Cartridge but it definitely makes for a more concise and efficient adventure.
The graphics are just as fantastic as on the NES. Almost like all of the assets were directly lifted but I think that the Gameboy sprites were redrawn but that’s my unsubstantiated hypothesis.
The music and sound effects are just like the NES, although, some notes aren’t held as long for some reason? Like, the note lengths were mistakenly cut shorter, semi-quaver instead of quaver, for example.
The only slight detriment is that the Cane Pogo ability is easy to miss if you’re near the edge of an object or ledge. Though, it’s easier to pull off, compared to the NES version. Just Jump and hold B. Done.
A short, enjoyable, pretty GameBoy romp. Genuinely simple reasons for me to choose DuckTales on Gameboy and it’s just a bonus that I have an excuse to play a game, tied to a show that I adore so much. I hope everyone who plays it for this month takes a break from the difficult, the bad, and the intense Game Boy games, lately and revisit or have a fresh experience with Scrooge McDuck.
–Josh. The guy who makes Metal songs for YokoiKids.
Thank you Josh for bestowing this classic on us to wrap up 2021. The original NES game is one of my all-time favorite video games overall. I got it for Christmas one year and remember my pops didn’t take to it like other NES games, but my mom loved it. If it wasn’t for her, I’m not sure I would have ever beat it as a kid. I was lucky to be able to watch and glean her strategies. I’m excited to revisit the Game Boy version which I recall being great, just like Josh does. Hope you all enjoy! –IF

New Audio Thing Episode!


New episode of the Yokoi Kids Audio Thing! Hosted by Rick and Ian. They talk about all the games that I didn’t do episodes for. Those being Gremlins 2, TMNT: Fall of the Foot Clan, Qix, Wario Land 2. We also talk about a bunch of other stuff. Savor it! This will be the last episode like this. It ain’t perfect! Featuring music by Josh Adams.

Or search for it on Itunes.

Level 5 – Josh Adams

 Since the first song I wrote was incredibly spooky and not exactly in line with the soundtrack of the game, I decided I’d write another song that I feel could be found on the [Gremlins 2] soundtrack.

So here is my attempt at that!

 I hope you like it and thank you guys. I really enjoy writing music for Yokoi Kids and I’m going to continue to do so, a lot.

Josh Adams is a vocalist and musical performer. Check out their Youtube channel or Bandcamp and peep him on Twitter.

After Midnight – Josh Adams

Josh Adams composed an original song inspired by Gremlins 2 and I really wish we would have posted it before Halloween!

Listen or Download it HERE!

From Josh:
It’s a composition inspired by Gremlins. Not exactly in line with the Gameboy Game’s soundtrack which is incredibly upbeat, which I don’t think fit super well. So I made a darker, more mysterious and contemporary track. I think it got a bit out of hand and ended up way too spooky but I hope you enjoy it anyway.

Josh Adams is a vocalist and musical performer. Check out their Youtube channel Game and peep him on Twitter.

August 2018: Donkey Kong Land


This months game was picked by Josh Adams. It’s the 1995 game Donkey Kong Land! At first I was like “Dude, Josh? You picked a port of an extremely popular SNES port? What the Hell!? This is Yokoi Kids, not Sloppier Handheld Version of Popular Game Kids! What’s next Josh? Ducktales!?”.

After I cooled down I did some research. This game is a very tongue and cheek self aware port. The gameplay is the same but the levels are very different. It’s got some sweet 8-bit stereo songs by David Wise. And it has some wild enhancements when you put it in the Super Gameboy.

Josh had this to say about the game:

I have a lot of memories playing that one and trying to beat it on car trips. I borrowed it from someone I went to school with, who didn’t really care about it because they had a Nintendo 64, however, I was never allowed a game console, I just had a Gameboy. I remember thinking it looked so good & it was crazy hard. Especially the mine cart levels. I did eventually beat it, which was the first time I ever beat a video game.

Okay Josh, you win. Please don’t open the package I angrily mailed you yesterday. It was full of live bees. I just realized that the bee’s would probably “bee” dead by the time they reached Australia. I hope you enjoy the dearly departed bees.

And I hope you kind folks enjoy Donkey Kong Land. It’s of course under $10 and you can download it on the 3DS shop. So send us some submissions or just let us know what you think. Thanks! -RV


And it’s still not too late to send us your submissions or thoughts on Nemesis!