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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 7175x 68%
Addams Family, The 1991 7876x 61%
Adventure Island 1986 6121x 80%
Adventure Island II 1991 5472x 88%
Adventure Island III 1992 3085x 53%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 7096x 68%
Alleyway 1989 12235x 80%
Asteroids 1979 6555x 70%
Astérix 1993 1307x 70%
Balloon Kid 1990 4099x 83%
Batman 1989 9251x 83%
Battle City 1985 9477x 55%
Battletoads 1991 5089x 68%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 5695x 81%
Bionic Commando 1987 7261x 85%
Blades of Steel 1988 5759x 84%
Bomberman GB 1995 13028x 77%
Boulder Dash 1984 7326x 71%
Boxxle 1989 8802x 61%
Bubble Bobble 1986 5266x 75%
Bugs Bunny 1989 2910x 80%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 8787x 73%
Championship Karate 1992 2040x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 4735x 70%
Chessmaster 1989 4498x 40%
Cliffhanger 1993 2402x 50%
Contra III 1992 4772x 65%
Cool Spot 1993 4671x 70%
Darkwing Duck 1992 1317x 70%
Defender 1980 5107x 53%
Dig Dug 1982 7597x 65%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 5740x 75%
Donkey Kong 1994 8263x 70%
Double Dragon 1987 6949x 80%
Double Dragon II 1990 8822x 81%
Double Dribble 1987 4335x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 10803x 70%
Dracula 1993 5093x 63%
Duck Tales 1989 8153x 83%
Earthworm Jim 1994 4070x 63%
Elevator Action 1983 6305x 76%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 6661x 70%
FIFA 1993 6242x 71%
Felix the Cat 1992 6186x 74%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 7580x 79%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 1659x 80%
Gauntlet II 1986 2315x 56%
Golf 1984 5894x 71%
Gradius 1985 5167x 81%
Home Alone 1991 6073x 56%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 9534x 59%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 5928x 58%
Ironman 1989 3928x 30%
Joust 1982 5160x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 5312x 88%
Jurassic Park 1993 6899x 71%
Karateka 1984 6011x 66%
Killer Instinct 1994 3269x 73%
Klax 1989 4192x 30%
Kwirk 1989 6904x 88%
Marble Madness 1984 4555x 70%
Mickey Mouse 1989 9505x 79%
Micro Machines 1991 4734x 80%
Monopoly 1987 5742x 78%
Mortal Kombat 1993 7641x 90%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 6864x 81%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 6807x 83%
NBA Jam 1993 3331x 60%
NHL 95 1994 4588x 65%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 10680x 68%
Operation C 1991 12663x 68%
Othello 1988 5371x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 10373x 58%
Palamedes 1990 4301x 74%
Paperboy 1984 6490x 68%
Paperboy 2 1991 2906x 54%
Penguin Land 1987 4762x 82%
Penguin Wars 1985 5620x 88%
Pinball Dreams 1992 7485x 87%
Pipe Mania 1988 5328x 85%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 34051x 81%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 63116x 82%
Power Rangers 1994 3947x 80%
Prince of Persia 1989 6960x 74%
Q Billion 1989 5804x 60%
Q*bert 1982 6050x 69%
Qix 1981 3168x 60%
R-Type 1988 6662x 88%
Road Rash II 1992 3012x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 4766x 76%
RoboCop 2 1991 2072x 45%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 2138x 50%
Shanghai 1986 4418x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 4152x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 6664x 64%
Snow Brothers 1990 7618x 88%
Space Invaders 1978 6454x 85%
Star Wars 1991 3484x 60%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 16718x 72%
Super Mario Land 1989 161850x 73%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 130991x 72%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 782x 60%
Tennis 1983 6592x 66%
Tetris 1986 17969x 10%
Tetris 2 1993 1426x 70%
The Humans 1992 1961x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 5505x 40%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 3702x 83%
Titus the Fox 1992 3649x 80%
True Lies 1994 1242x 70%
Universal Soldier 1992 5374x 65%
Wario Land 1994 82086x 72%
Worms 1995 7209x 67%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 5184x 59%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 10292x 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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