Color palettes on Game Boy Color and Advance Credits: Lorenzo Herrera on Unsplash

Color palettes on Game Boy Color and Advance

In my last article about modernizing a Game Boy Advance , one of my complaints was the ugly coloring of old Game Boy Classic games and I thought about buying an additional Game Boy Classic. But first I wanted to check if there was a mod for the Game Boy Advance to fix this problem.

Well, what I found out after a short research was mind-blowing for me! The gorgeous engineers at Nintendo had already integrated a function into the Game Boy Color and the Game Boy Advance to choose between 12 color palettes .

Color Shortcut
BROWN UP
BLUE LEFT
PASTEL DOWN
GREEN RIGHT
RED UP + A
DARK BLUE LEFT + A
ORANGE DOWN + A
DARK GREEN RIGHT + A
DARK BROWN UP + B
GRAY SCALE LEFT + B
YELLOW DOWN + B
NEGATIVE RIGHT + B
Comparison between default color (left) and gray scale (right).
Comparison between default color (left) and gray scale (right).

Today I learned about a great feature that I’ve never known in all the years of my childhood. But there is still a small downside: Changing the color palette works only for GB classic games.