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Video game console - Game Boy

    Game Boy was an 8-bit handheld video game device with interchangeable cartridges developed and manufactured by Nintendo, which was first released in Japan on April 21, 1989, in North America on July 31, 1989 and in Europe on September 28, 1990. It is the first handheld console in the Game Boy line and was created by Satoru Okada and Nintendo Research & Development 1. This same team, led by Gunpei Yokoi at the time, is credited with designing the Game & Watch series as well as several popular games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Redesigned versions were released in 1996 and 1998 in the form of Game Boy Pocket and Game Boy Light (Japan only), respectively.
     The Game Boy was Nintendo's second handheld system following the Game & Watch series introduced in 1980 and it combined features from both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game & Watch. It was either bought as a standalone unit or bundled with the puzzle game Tetris. During its early lifetime, the Game Boy mainly competed with Sega's Game Gear, Atari's Lynx, and NEC's TurboExpress. The Game Boy beat its rivals and became a tremendous success. The Game Boy and its successor, the Game Boy Color, have sold over 118 million units worldwide. Upon the Game Boy's release in the United States, it sold its entire shipment of one million units within a few weeks. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color were discontinued in the early 2000's in favor of the subsequent Game Boy Advance, released in 2001.
    The Game Boy has four operation buttons labeled 'A', 'B', 'SELECT', and 'START', as well as a directional pad. There is a volume control dial on the right side of the device and a similar knob on the left side to adjust the contrast. At the top of the Game Boy, a sliding on-off switch and the slot for the Game Boy cartridges are located. The on-off switch includes a physical lockout to prevent users from either inserting or removing a cartridge while the unit is switched on. Nintendo recommends users leave a cartridge in the slot to prevent dust and dirt from entering the system.
    The Game Boy also contains optional input and/or output connectors. On the left side of the system is an external 3.5mm x 1.35mm DC power supply jack that allows users to use an external rechargeable battery pack or AC adapter (sold separately) instead of four AA batteries. The Game Boy requires 6 V DC of at least 150 mA. A 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack is located on the bottom side of the unit which allows users to listen to the audio with the bundled headphones or external speakers.
    The right-side of the device offers a port which allows a user to connect to another Game Boy system via a link cable, provided both users are playing the same game. The port can also be used to connect a Game Boy Printer. The link cable was originally designed for players to play head-to-head two-player games such as in Tetris. However, game developer Satoshi Tajiri would later use the link cable technology as a method of communication and networking in the popular Pokémon video game series.

Alphabetical list of the games for Game Boy hosted at RetroGames.cz:

Name Released Number of hits User rating
4-in-1 Fun Pak 1992 5949x 71%
Addams Family, The 1991 7120x 61%
Adventure Island 1986 5396x 79%
Adventure Island II 1991 4779x 86%
Adventure Island III 1992 2473x 75%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 6337x 66%
Alleyway 1989 11084x 80%
Asteroids 1979 5885x 70%
Astérix 1993 806x 70%
Balloon Kid 1990 3249x 75%
Batman 1989 8353x 82%
Battle City 1985 8442x 55%
Battletoads 1991 4540x 68%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 5031x 81%
Bionic Commando 1987 6542x 85%
Blades of Steel 1988 5075x 84%
Bomberman GB 1995 11664x 80%
Boulder Dash 1984 6696x 71%
Boxxle 1989 7894x 62%
Bubble Bobble 1986 4669x 75%
Bugs Bunny 1989 2181x 60%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 7851x 73%
Championship Karate 1992 1458x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 4098x 70%
Chessmaster 1989 4046x 40%
Cliffhanger 1993 1922x 50%
Contra III 1992 4089x 65%
Cool Spot 1993 4138x 70%
Darkwing Duck 1992 819x 70%
Defender 1980 4626x 53%
Dig Dug 1982 6754x 62%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 5146x 75%
Donkey Kong 1994 4332x 71%
Double Dragon 1987 6298x 80%
Double Dragon II 1990 8176x 81%
Double Dribble 1987 3877x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 9376x 67%
Dracula 1993 4512x 63%
Duck Tales 1989 7363x 81%
Earthworm Jim 1994 3431x 63%
Elevator Action 1983 5713x 76%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 6018x 73%
FIFA 1993 5569x 71%
Felix the Cat 1992 5314x 74%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 6771x 79%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 431x 88%
Gauntlet II 1986 1775x 56%
Golf 1984 5085x 71%
Gradius 1985 4655x 81%
Home Alone 1991 5427x 56%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 8494x 59%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 5249x 58%
Ironman 1989 3223x 30%
Joust 1982 4710x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 4540x 88%
Jurassic Park 1993 6233x 76%
Karateka 1984 5381x 66%
Killer Instinct 1994 2622x 45%
Klax 1989 3679x 30%
Kwirk 1989 6126x 87%
Marble Madness 1984 4058x 70%
Mickey Mouse 1989 8653x 79%
Micro Machines 1991 4230x 80%
Monopoly 1987 5146x 83%
Mortal Kombat 1993 6148x 88%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 6182x 81%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 5640x 88%
NBA Jam 1993 2579x 60%
NHL 95 1994 3947x 65%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 9572x 68%
Operation C 1991 11284x 69%
Othello 1988 4748x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 8811x 44%
Palamedes 1990 3646x 74%
Paperboy 1984 5870x 68%
Paperboy 2 1991 2335x 54%
Penguin Land 1987 4097x 82%
Penguin Wars 1985 4920x 88%
Pinball Dreams 1992 6702x 87%
Pipe Mania 1988 4720x 85%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 31498x 80%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 55240x 82%
Power Rangers 1994 3190x 80%
Prince of Persia 1989 6179x 74%
Q Billion 1989 5232x 60%
Q*bert 1982 5471x 69%
Qix 1981 2582x 60%
R-Type 1988 5858x 88%
Road Rash II 1992 2513x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 4168x 85%
RoboCop 2 1991 1548x 45%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 1664x 50%
Shanghai 1986 3895x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 3704x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 6050x 71%
Snow Brothers 1990 6809x 88%
Space Invaders 1978 5581x 85%
Star Wars 1991 2940x 60%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 14422x 74%
Super Mario Land 1989 141002x 74%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 116661x 73%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 151x 60%
Tennis 1983 5804x 68%
Tetris 1986 14236x 10%
Tetris 2 1993 713x 70%
The Humans 1992 1446x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 5033x 40%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 3187x 83%
Titus the Fox 1992 3155x 80%
True Lies 1994 841x 70%
Universal Soldier 1992 4762x 65%
Wario Land 1994 74511x 75%
Worms 1995 6511x 77%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 4581x 59%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 8088x 81%

All information in this article are taken from Wikipedia: http://wikipedia.org/.


Handheld gaming console Nintendo Game Boy.

 

Technical data:
Manufacturer: Nintendo
Generation: Fourth
Retail availability: April 1989 (Japan)
July 1989 (USA)
September 1990 (Europe)
Discontinued: March 2003
Units sold: 119 million (including Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Light and Color units)
Media: ROM cartridge
Processor (CPU): Sharp LR35902 core @ 4.19 MHz
Screen resolution: 160 x 144
Colors: 4 shades of gray
Controller input: directional pad with 2 action and 2 functional buttons built directly in console
Best-selling game: Tetris (30 million)
Predecessor: Game & Watch (1980)
Successor: Game Boy Pocket (1996)
Game Boy Light (1998)
Game Boy Color (1998)

 

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