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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 3258x 63%
Addams Family, The 1991 5706x 59%
Adventure Island 1986 4042x 79%
Adventure Island II 1991 3516x 86%
Adventure Island III 1992 1377x 75%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 4948x 72%
Alleyway 1989 8575x 82%
Asteroids 1979 4559x 70%
Balloon Kid 1990 1521x 75%
Batman 1989 6842x 82%
Battle City 1985 6709x 55%
Battletoads 1991 3445x 47%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 3799x 81%
Bionic Commando 1987 5011x 88%
Blades of Steel 1988 3904x 84%
Bomberman GB 1995 8881x 78%
Boulder Dash 1984 5622x 82%
Boxxle 1989 6228x 60%
Bubble Bobble 1986 3640x 50%
Bugs Bunny 1989 899x 60%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 6128x 73%
Championship Karate 1992 378x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 3031x 70%
Chessmaster 1989 3093x 40%
Cliffhanger 1993 1069x 50%
Contra III 1992 2803x 65%
Cool Spot 1993 3234x 70%
Defender 1980 3800x 53%
Dig Dug 1982 5088x 72%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 4220x 75%
Double Dragon 1987 5131x 80%
Double Dragon II 1990 7094x 81%
Double Dribble 1987 3052x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 7312x 67%
Dracula 1993 3389x 63%
Duck Tales 1989 5593x 86%
Earthworm Jim 1994 2410x 63%
Elevator Action 1983 4788x 76%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 4838x 73%
FIFA 1993 4304x 71%
Felix the Cat 1992 4211x 77%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 5143x 87%
Gauntlet II 1986 820x 56%
Golf 1984 3905x 68%
Gradius 1985 3676x 81%
Home Alone 1991 4151x 63%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 6426x 58%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 4119x 58%
Ironman 1989 2256x 30%
Joust 1982 3757x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 3188x 88%
Jurassic Park 1993 4953x 82%
Karateka 1984 4307x 66%
Killer Instinct 1994 1641x 45%
Klax 1989 2856x 30%
Kwirk 1989 4676x 87%
Marble Madness 1984 3113x 70%
Mickey Mouse 1989 6901x 77%
Micro Machines 1991 3346x 80%
Monopoly 1987 3955x 85%
Mortal Kombat 1993 4643x 83%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 4650x 87%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 4071x 80%
NBA Jam 1993 1461x 60%
NHL 95 1994 2797x 65%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 7551x 68%
Operation C 1991 8593x 70%
Othello 1988 3706x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 6533x 51%
Palamedes 1990 2690x 74%
Paperboy 1984 4672x 68%
Paperboy 2 1991 1282x 54%
Penguin Land 1987 3164x 78%
Penguin Wars 1985 3635x 88%
Pinball Dreams 1992 5220x 91%
Pipe Mania 1988 3510x 85%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 25565x 81%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 38782x 82%
Power Rangers 1994 1749x 80%
Prince of Persia 1989 4818x 74%
Q Billion 1989 4120x 60%
Q*bert 1982 4307x 69%
Qix 1981 1528x 60%
R-Type 1988 4286x 88%
Road Rash II 1992 1615x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 3091x 85%
RoboCop 2 1991 636x 57%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 784x 50%
Shanghai 1986 3052x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 2900x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 4714x 71%
Snow Brothers 1990 5432x 88%
Space Invaders 1978 4261x 85%
Star Wars 1991 1897x 60%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 10134x 75%
Super Mario Land 1989 93635x 76%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 81850x 71%
Tennis 1983 4341x 71%
Tetris 1986 9153x 30%
The Humans 1992 657x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 4046x 40%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 2369x 83%
Titus the Fox 1992 2261x 80%
True Lies 1994 134x 70%
Universal Soldier 1992 3677x 65%
Wario Land 1994 56363x 73%
Worms 1995 4575x 88%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 3578x 59%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 2462x 78%

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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