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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 4851x 71%
Addams Family, The 1991 6470x 59%
Adventure Island 1986 4772x 79%
Adventure Island II 1991 4246x 86%
Adventure Island III 1992 1980x 75%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 5724x 72%
Alleyway 1989 10048x 82%
Asteroids 1979 5354x 70%
Astérix 1993 469x 70%
Balloon Kid 1990 2608x 75%
Batman 1989 7684x 82%
Battle City 1985 7751x 55%
Battletoads 1991 4056x 47%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 4523x 81%
Bionic Commando 1987 5976x 85%
Blades of Steel 1988 4592x 84%
Bomberman GB 1995 10491x 80%
Boulder Dash 1984 6242x 82%
Boxxle 1989 7202x 60%
Bubble Bobble 1986 4239x 50%
Bugs Bunny 1989 1621x 60%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 7153x 73%
Championship Karate 1992 1025x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 3641x 70%
Chessmaster 1989 3593x 40%
Cliffhanger 1993 1547x 50%
Contra III 1992 3592x 65%
Cool Spot 1993 3752x 70%
Darkwing Duck 1992 450x 70%
Defender 1980 4290x 53%
Dig Dug 1982 6092x 63%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 4792x 75%
Double Dragon 1987 5763x 80%
Double Dragon II 1990 7728x 81%
Double Dribble 1987 3519x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 8459x 68%
Dracula 1993 3966x 63%
Duck Tales 1989 6706x 86%
Earthworm Jim 1994 2982x 63%
Elevator Action 1983 5333x 76%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 5513x 73%
FIFA 1993 5011x 71%
Felix the Cat 1992 4863x 77%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 6212x 79%
Gauntlet II 1986 1369x 56%
Golf 1984 4555x 68%
Gradius 1985 4275x 81%
Home Alone 1991 4881x 50%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 7692x 57%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 4727x 58%
Ironman 1989 2800x 30%
Joust 1982 4353x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 4000x 88%
Jurassic Park 1993 5718x 82%
Karateka 1984 4909x 66%
Killer Instinct 1994 2219x 45%
Klax 1989 3327x 30%
Kwirk 1989 5560x 88%
Marble Madness 1984 3661x 70%
Mickey Mouse 1989 7935x 79%
Micro Machines 1991 3893x 80%
Monopoly 1987 4725x 81%
Mortal Kombat 1993 5416x 83%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 5669x 78%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 4826x 85%
NBA Jam 1993 2090x 60%
NHL 95 1994 3450x 65%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 8745x 68%
Operation C 1991 10205x 69%
Othello 1988 4318x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 7839x 43%
Palamedes 1990 3258x 74%
Paperboy 1984 5370x 68%
Paperboy 2 1991 1897x 54%
Penguin Land 1987 3708x 80%
Penguin Wars 1985 4343x 88%
Pinball Dreams 1992 6055x 87%
Pipe Mania 1988 4172x 85%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 29240x 80%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 48103x 82%
Power Rangers 1994 2552x 80%
Prince of Persia 1989 5576x 74%
Q Billion 1989 4788x 60%
Q*bert 1982 5007x 69%
Qix 1981 2173x 60%
R-Type 1988 5180x 88%
Road Rash II 1992 2116x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 3684x 85%
RoboCop 2 1991 1137x 57%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 1330x 50%
Shanghai 1986 3522x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 3362x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 5538x 71%
Snow Brothers 1990 6188x 88%
Space Invaders 1978 5002x 85%
Star Wars 1991 2496x 60%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 12708x 76%
Super Mario Land 1989 119317x 74%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 101320x 72%
Tennis 1983 5246x 77%
Tetris 1986 11873x 20%
Tetris 2 1993 341x 70%
The Humans 1992 1125x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 4601x 40%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 2842x 83%
Titus the Fox 1992 2817x 80%
True Lies 1994 555x 70%
Universal Soldier 1992 4270x 65%
Wario Land 1994 66824x 75%
Worms 1995 5768x 88%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 4130x 59%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 5669x 92%

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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