Elden Ring is a visually spectacular game, which makes sense given the technology we have today. But what if it was made for the Game Boy?
I’m sure there are still quite a few people playing Elden Ring, but the news cycle is definitely calmer around it. When you’re done Elden Ring, Congratulations! I personally gave up, because I came to realize that in the end I could just play other games that bring me joy. I was also bad at it and didn’t get any better by the time I had to focus on other games for my crazy job.
But those looking for more Elden Ring look no further than here as YouTuber and indie game developer Shintendo has created a new version of the title title. That is, a new version of a new game, but in an old-fashioned way.
According to the description of the game:
What if Elden Ring came out in 1993? Elden Ring GB is a demake of Elden Ring that runs on true retro hardware, including all Game Boy consoles, as well as in emulators and on Analogue Pocket. You can also play it here in your browser, although the other methods are recommended for saving, allowing for better colors and higher accuracy. Explore the entire Precipice of Anticipation, Northern Limgrave and Stormveil Castle in this bite-sized demake experience created in GB Studio.
GB Studio, for those who don’t know, is a very cool toolkit described as a “visual game builder with no programming knowledge”, and can be used to create Game Boy-style games and ROMs that run on real consoles. It’s the kind of toolkit that can make something simple and fun if you’re new to the craft, and then something that feels like a real retro experience if you know what you’re doing.
While Elden Ring GB only covers a limited part of the original game, it still works as a very interesting take on Elden Ring† Besides, can you really expect the entire Lands Between to fit into a Game Boy game?
If you want to try it Elden Ring GB for yourself, you can find it here on Shintendo’s Itch page. Although it can be played in the browser, the developer recommends downloading it to save your progress.