Game Boy-Style Demake of Elden Ring Is Now Available

Despite millions looking forward to its release, many probably didn’t foresee just how huge Elden Ring would be when it came out in February. In fact, it went on to become one of the highest rated video games of all time, currently sitting at number 34 on Metacritic’s best games ever list, just above Mass Effect 2 and Skyrim. But for one person, there was no reason why there couldn’t be other iterations of this immensely successful FromSoftware title, specifically a much more retro-looking version.

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As seen by PCGamesN, user Shin has created an unofficial demake of Elden Ring in the style of games released for Nintendo’s classic handheld console, the Game Boy. A video on YouTube shows the game in all its glorious 2-bit visuals, with the trademark green coloring of the retro system, complete with wave sound. The file is available to download for emulators through the Itch.io page, or players can just jump straight into it on the website itself. It’s even said to run on the real Game Boy hardware. This is one that will almost certainly be intriguing for fans of both the game and the 1980s handheld device.


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A teaser for this Game Boy demake of Elden Ring was released a couple of months ago, with the developer initially aiming for a May release. In any case, the finished project is an impressively authentic take on FromSoftware’s title, encapsulating familiar elements of the game that fans will recognize, while also making it look and sound like it genuinely comes from a bygone era of gaming. It should be pointed out that this demake just includes the Limgrave region and not the full game, though Shin has said they would like to add more in the future if they can.


There is something about taking a new game like this and running it through a time machine to make it look more retro. Recently, one user did a request of Elden Ring that made it look like a SNES title, replacing the more modern graphics with 16-bit visuals consistent with the 1990s system.

As for the iconic Nintendo Game Boy console, it was a landmark product for the Japanese company, becoming a phenomenon across the globe and helping to popularize gaming on the go. The fact that it had an impressive lifespan, releasing in 1989 and going right through to the early 2000s, shows the impact that it had. And clearly, some people want to keep the spirit of it alive with fan demakes.


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Source: PCGamesN, Itch.io

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