Do Game Boy Color Games Save?


Do Game Boy Color Games Save?

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The Game Boy Color is among the Game Boy systems developed by Nintendo. It is the successor to the Game Boy, the third handheld system, and is similar to the handheld counterpart of the Nintendo 64. It is similar to its predecessors, with the most notable difference being that it weighs less.

Game Boy Color can display multiple colors and has a higher processing power than other Game Boy systems. It is the final handheld system to feature an 8-Bit graphic. Unlike most Game Boy consoles, Game Boy Color supports saving games as implemented in the original ROMS. And yes, Game Boy Color does keep the games.

So Do Game Boy Color Games Save

Players can definitely save each game as they would on an original Game Boy. To protect your game, simply tap select during the gameplay,  select Save from the menu, and then choose yes to save, it is a simple way to keep your progress.

If you would like to know more about this subject, please keep reading or watch this video!

Why The Hassle To Save Game Boy Color Games On A Console

Game Boy games are designed to use a CR2025 battery, which powers the system for a saved game. When the battery dies, so is your game as the battery takes all the data with it. A dead battery means everything saved is lost for good.

Saved games were solely preserved through the use of the battery right in the game pack, not stored on the gaming system like most devices do today. When the battery power is exhausted or removed, it loses everything saved. The issue normally doesn’t arise due to the corruption of the save or whatnot, but by the lack of enough charge to hold that data between the sessions. 

In order to keep your progress, especially if you know the battery is close to dying, you can save the game onto a separate console so you do not have to start the levels all over again.

 Do All Games Support Saving On Game Boy Color?

Saved Game Boy Color games are stored on the device and not backed up on Google drive. By removing the Game Boy Color form, the home screen will delete all the saved games. You can also explore saving games on Google drive.

You can buy a Nintendo Game Boy Color with some games that support saving the status of your game. Also, these games have a real-time clock, like the Pokémon red and silver.

After some time, you might find that the game might not save anymore, and the saved position resets. The real-time clock stopped, and time only goes on while the game is running instead of 24/7. Now you are wondering how such an old Game Boy Color game saves and stores files and what could cause the sudden failure and how can you fix the issue.

How To Make The Games Save

Some games explicitly designed for the original play games display more graphics and color when played on the Game Boy Color system. There are still games made exclusively for the Game Boy Color, which older versions can’t play. Saving games has always been an issue with Game Boy Advance, the Game Boy Advance SP, and the Game Boy Player.

The modern way to save games on Game Boy Color is by backing up the saved games onto a USB, or on any modern version of Windows, including Windows 10. You can also dump the ROMs of your Game Boy Color game cartridges onto the USB.

Backing Up Your Game Boy Color Saved Games 

Basically, if your game will not save anymore, your internal battery must have run out. (because of a continually running clock – they run out quickly) The batteries are small circular ones similar to the ones for your watch or hearing aids.

You must open up your cartridge in order to switch the battery. A new battery approximately lasts about seven years. There is not really an easy way to change the battery and it could be potentially dangerous if you do not follow the specific instructions while changing the battery.

In the Game Boy Color, they designed the cartridges with a small battery inside that is very crucial in keeping the game progress saved, known as SRAM. It merely plays the role of a computer ram when a game of power source is removed. With Game Boy Color, when the power sources are removed, the SRAM loses its content, which is the saved game.

Over time, the battery powering the SRAM will run out of power and you will need to back up your saved games to a PC in order to be able to use them on an emulator or even the Nintendo 3DS virtual console copy of the game.

Your internal battery ran dry, so what do you do to fix it? When the battery dies, stopping the game from saving, it causes everything saved on previous games to disappear as well. You will not only lose the game progress, but the fun that comes with Game Boy Color. Yet, when the game is powered, you can still save, but when the power is down, the stored levels you have   reached will be gone.

Replacing the battery can be tricky, considering that you need to open the cartridge, use a small screwdriver (3.8mm) security bit to open it and carefully pry the connector’s loose from its solder to the existing battery.

Replacing the battery will make sure that your game progress saved is intact and safe. And when replacing the battery, you don’t want to remove or break the current connectors, if you do so, you will need to buy a complete kit that requires you to solder new connectors in place. 

Once replaced, you can continue to save games once again, but down the road you will need to replace the battery again. To avoid losing the saves forever, remember to save on your PC.

So you will need to get a new battery to keep on playing, but it loses forever your previously saved data, as it is deleted when the life of the battery is gone. The good news is you can replace the battery using the instructions on this site and then your Game Boy Color should be working like it is brand-new… literally.

Conclusion

Players can definitely save each game as they would on an original Game Boy. To protect your game, simply tap select during the gameplay,  select Save from the menu, and then choose yes to save, it is a simple way to keep your progress. 

The modern way to save games on Game Boy Color is by backing up the saved games onto a USB, or on any modern version of Windows, including Windows 10. You can also dump the ROMs of your Game Boy Color game cartridges onto the USB. This way you won’t lose any  progress on the levels you have completed.

So if you own a Gameboy and enjoy playing the games, you can play them without worrying about not being able to save the games anymore. 

Matt Robbs

There is nothing quite so enjoyable as bringing back memories from your childhood. We used to spend hours playing pinball in my friends basement and that really got me involved in everything retro!

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