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Elden Ring Demake: How to Play Game Boy Version of Elden Ring

If you want to enjoy Elden Ring as if it came out for the original Game Boy, look no further than this fan-made demake!

Elden Ring is quite possibly the best release of 2022 so far, but what if the game actually launched in 1993? That’s a question that game developer Shin intends to answer.

In the new ‘demake’ of Elden Ring, players can experience the iconic game in a classic Game Boy format. The game runs on real retro hardware, and it’s also playable with emulators or even in your browser!

Elden Ring Limgrave

Right now, most people are finishing up with their adventure in the Lands Between, but modders are giving the title new life.

Update 8/31/22
- Added detailed step-by-step instructions on how to play Elden Ring Demake on browsers, emulators, and Game Boy and Game Boy Pocket consoles

Just look at this incredible new mod that makes Elden Ring fully multiplayer for the entire game!

Elden Ring Demake Ports FromSoftware’s RPG to Game Boy

A new Elden Ring demake brings the Lands Between to an 8-bit setting, with some iconic locations to explore.

The demake, which is playable now, allows players to explore all of the Precipice of Anticipation, Northern Limgrace, and Stormveil Castle, though not how you might remember them.

You can even face off against Margit the Fell Omen and Godrick the Grafted in your quest to become Elden Lord.

Recently, the actual Elden Ring creator Hidetaka Miyazaki revealed his favorite boss fights, with some interesting encounters making the cut.

So far, the Game Boy version of Elden Ring only contains Limgrave, and it doesn’t sound like it’ll be expanding any further just yet.

“I need to find an actual job instead of working on this game,” developer Shin writes. “I would like to expand the game in the future, but no promises.”

Elden Ring Demake

How to Play Elden Ring Demake – Browser, Emulator, & Game Boy

Elden Ring Demake can be played directly on a browser from a PC or mobile device, on a Game Boy emulator, and directly on Game Boy and Game Boy Pocket hardware via Flashcarts.

How to Play in Your Browser – PC & Mobile

You can play Elden Ring Demake in your browser by visiting Shin’s Itch.io site and clicking on “Run Game.”

  • Visit Shin’s Itch.io site to access the game
  • Once the site loads, click on “Run Game”
  • The game will load with the following controls on PC and Mobile:
    • Mobile Controls:
      • A (in top-down sections) – Roll
      • A (in side on sections) – Jump
      • A (in front of an NPC or object)- Interact
      • B – Attack
      • A + B + Select + Start – Return to title screen
    • PC Keyboard Controls:
      • Z (in top-down sections) – Roll
      • Z (in side on sections) – Jump
      • Z (in front of an NPC or object) – Interact
      • X – Attack
      • Z + X + Shift + Enter- Return to title screen

How to Play on an Emulator

To play Elden Ring Demake on a dedicated Game Boy emulator, you need to download the Game Boy gb file from Shin’s Itch.io site and run it with your preferred emulator.

  • Visit Shin’s Itch.io site and scroll to the Download section
  • Download the “For Game Boys and emulators- elden ring gb v1.0.gb” file
  • Once you have the gb file on your PC, open your emulator and load this file to start playing Elden Ring Demake
  • Instructions on how to load a file to your emulator will vary depending on the emulator you are using

How to Play on a Game Boy or Game Boy Pocket

To play Elden Ring Demake on a Game Boy or Game Boy Pocket, you need to download the Game Boy “gb” or Game Boy Pocket “pocket” file from Shin’s Itch.io site, load it on a Flashcart, and run it on your handheld.

  • Visit Shin’s Itch.io site and scroll to the Download section
  • For the Game Boy:
    • Download the “For Game Boys and emulators- elden ring gb v1.0.gb” file
    • This file is a Game Boy ROM under 2MB and it uses MBC5 (this information might be useful depending on your Flashcart model)
  • For the Game Boy Pocket:
    • Download the “For Analogue Pocket- elden ring gb v1.0.pocket” file
  • Once you have the correct gb or pocket file on your PC, load it to your Flashcart
  • Instructions on how to load a file to your Flashcart will vary depending on the model you are using
  • After the file is loaded, fire up Elden Ring Demake on your handheld and enjoy

Amazingly, Shin created the Elden Ring demake in just one month, showing off an incredible degree of talent. We can’t wait to see more from the user in the future.

If you’re done with FromSoftware’s release, why not make sure you got the best ending in Elden Ring?

And you can see everything we know about a potential upcoming Elden Ring DLC here!

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