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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 2621x 48%
Addams Family, The 1991 5427x 59%
Adventure Island 1986 3770x 79%
Adventure Island II 1991 3264x 86%
Adventure Island III 1992 1147x 75%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 4617x 72%
Alleyway 1989 7979x 82%
Asteroids 1979 4167x 70%
Batman 1989 6517x 81%
Battle City 1985 6331x 55%
Battletoads 1991 3218x 47%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 3538x 81%
Bionic Commando 1987 4668x 88%
Blades of Steel 1988 3626x 84%
Bomberman GB 1995 8294x 83%
Boulder Dash 1984 5415x 82%
Boxxle 1989 5812x 60%
Bubble Bobble 1986 3436x 50%
Bugs Bunny 1989 624x 60%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 5692x 73%
Championship Karate 1992 98x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 2814x 70%
Chessmaster 1989 2943x 40%
Cliffhanger 1993 924x 50%
Contra III 1992 2550x 65%
Cool Spot 1993 3075x 70%
Defender 1980 3630x 75%
Dig Dug 1982 4756x 72%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 4010x 75%
Double Dragon 1987 4859x 80%
Double Dragon II 1990 6861x 81%
Double Dribble 1987 2850x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 6850x 67%
Dracula 1993 3193x 63%
Duck Tales 1989 5220x 86%
Earthworm Jim 1994 2190x 63%
Elevator Action 1983 4549x 76%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 4616x 73%
FIFA 1993 4084x 71%
Felix the Cat 1992 3982x 77%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 4774x 87%
Gauntlet II 1986 642x 56%
Golf 1984 3638x 68%
Gradius 1985 3431x 81%
Home Alone 1991 3929x 63%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 5984x 54%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 3936x 58%
Ironman 1989 2052x 30%
Joust 1982 3584x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 2943x 88%
Jurassic Park 1993 4735x 82%
Karateka 1984 4119x 66%
Killer Instinct 1994 1428x 45%
Klax 1989 2710x 30%
Kwirk 1989 4398x 87%
Marble Madness 1984 2921x 70%
Mickey Mouse 1989 6465x 77%
Micro Machines 1991 3167x 80%
Monopoly 1987 3658x 85%
Mortal Kombat 1993 4396x 83%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 4264x 87%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 3828x 80%
NBA Jam 1993 1237x 60%
NHL 95 1994 2586x 65%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 7082x 69%
Operation C 1991 8005x 69%
Othello 1988 3527x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 6092x 53%
Palamedes 1990 2477x 74%
Paperboy 1984 4441x 68%
Paperboy 2 1991 1081x 54%
Penguin Land 1987 2993x 78%
Penguin Wars 1985 3380x 88%
Pinball Dreams 1992 4859x 90%
Pipe Mania 1988 3284x 85%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 23957x 81%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 35378x 81%
Power Rangers 1994 1472x 80%
Prince of Persia 1989 4574x 74%
Q Billion 1989 3857x 60%
Q*bert 1982 4098x 69%
Qix 1981 1314x 56%
R-Type 1988 3958x 88%
Road Rash II 1992 1451x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 2963x 85%
RoboCop 2 1991 497x 80%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 622x 50%
Shanghai 1986 2894x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 2746x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 4435x 71%
Snow Brothers 1990 5155x 88%
Space Invaders 1978 3984x 85%
Star Wars 1991 1684x 60%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 9096x 72%
Super Mario Land 1989 81891x 75%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 72973x 71%
Tennis 1983 4052x 71%
Tetris 1986 8139x 40%
The Humans 1992 499x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 3851x 40%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 2225x 83%
Titus the Fox 1992 2092x 80%
Universal Soldier 1992 3470x 66%
Wario Land 1994 51246x 72%
Worms 1995 4139x 88%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 3398x 59%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 1370x 74%

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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