Elden Ring may be among the most critically acclaimed games to be released this year, but the questions that are definitely on everyone’s minds remain: “why can’t I play it on the original Game Boy?”
Worry no more, as an Elden Ring fan has begun developing a ‘demake’ of the epic FromSoftware, shrinking the game’s colossal open world to fit on Nintendo’s handheld.
And the best part? Developer Shin plans to have the Elden Ring demake playable on real hardware. That means if you have an old Game Boy lying around, you might be playing the Elden Ring demake on it, as opposed to an emulator on PC.
Shin shared a proof of concept for the demake on the Elden Ring subreddit (thanks, Radar Games) where it quickly went viral. The one-minute proof of concept shows a recreation of Elden Ring’s starting location, the Chapel of Anticipation, complete with a boss fight with the Grafted Scion at the end. While the animations are rudimentary at this early stage, it’s still an impressive concept that we’re looking forward to seeing more of.
Development on the Elden Ring demake appears to be going well too, with Shin planning to have Limgrave – the introductory zone to Elden Ring – completed by the end of May.
From Software’s appeal undoes
Shin’s attempt to create a demake of Elden Ring for the Game Boy is incredibly impressive, but it’s also not the first time a fan has created a retro version of a popular From Software title.
Earlier this year, developer Lilith Walther released the finished version of Bloodborne PSX, a demake of the PS4 classic that emulates the look and feel of a PS1 game, complete with relics like texture distortion and muffled sound design. A humorous sequel, Bloodborne Kart, is also in development right now.
There’s clearly something appealing about reimagining FromSoftware’s games as old-school classics, and it’s fascinating that these demakes have two very different inspirations. Bloodborne PSX is like early PS1 hack-n-slashers like Nightmare Creatures, while Elden Ring demake is similar to The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
We have yet to see how much of the Elden Ring Shin demake will cover. As mentioned, the PS5 and Xbox Series X title | S is frighteningly large, but we’re certainly looking forward to seeing as much of the fascinating Lands Between translated into a Game Boy adventure as the developer deems possible.