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The 25 best Game Boy games to play on your iPhone

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Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 today, making it legally old enough to start worrying about retirement. In honor of its epic achievement as a pioneer of mobile gaming, here are the 25 best Game Boy games that you can play on iOS. Don't have your phone set up for emulation? No worries -- check out our handy emulation guide to get up and running in just a few minutes.

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1. Pokemon (Red/Blue) - The games that sparked a multimedia franchise. Fantastic stories and laid back RPG gameplay.

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2. Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins - One of the best platformers on Game Boy, with legendary levels that demand to be played.

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3. WarioLand: Super Mario Land 3 - This Mario title doesn't star Mario, but that doesn't stop it from being charming and epic.

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4. Kirby's Dream Land - Dream Land is everything you love about Kirby in a compact form.

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5. Mega Man V - If you're a Mega Man fan, this is the Game Boy version you need to play. The rest are good, but this one is great.

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6. Metroid II: Return of Samus - Not quite as mind-blowing as the SNES darling Super Metroid, this sci-fi adventure is still a treat on mobile.

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7. The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening - You've already beaten it a dozen times, but one more playthrough wouldn't hurt.

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8. Dr. Mario - Remember when Nintendo made amazing puzzle games? This one will remind you.

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9. Yoshi's Cookie - Remember what I said in #8? That goes double for this one.

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10. Donkey Kong Land - Nintendo's Game Boy translation of its then-new Donkey Kong platformer franchise was surprisingly great on the small screen, and still is.

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11. Final Fantasy Legend III - By the third game, this franchise really started to take off with a great story and engaging combat.

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12. Contra: The Alien Wars - All the fast-paced action of the original in a stunning two-color format. Also, super difficult.

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13. Tetris - The game that made the Game Boy a must-have.

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14. Adventure Island II - The classic side-scroller puts your wobbly-legged adventurer on a tiny screen with big goals.

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15. R-Type - Futuristic space shooting was never so much fun.

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16. Mystical Ninja - A top-down action game with large environments and lots to explore.

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17. Golf - Ignore the simple name -- this was one of the best time wasters of the early 90s and it still holds up today.

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18. Samurai Shodown - A great fighting game with adorable characters who can kick some serious ass.

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19. Bomberman GB - Bomberman looks amazing in his Game Boy debut, and the graphics are still pretty impressive today, not to mention how great the gameplay is.

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20. Harvest Moon GB - A relaxing farming RPG that will charm the pants right off of you.

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21. Super Mario Land - It's not as pretty as the later Mario titles on Game Boy, but it's one that you absolutely need to play at least once.

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22. Kid Dracula - One of the first Game Boy action games to really nail the "big character on a tiny screen" style that later became the norm.

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23. Dragon Warrior Monsters - A charming RPG that will challenge both your skills and your ingenuity. You can even capture, train, and breed different monsters for added replay value.

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24. Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters - Lots of childhood memories with this one, and a great action game to revisit.

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25. Micro Machines - Everyone had Micro Machines as a kid, so racing tiny cars and boats around household items was a blast on the Game Boy.

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