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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 1953x 40%
Addams Family, The 1991 4952x 59%
Adventure Island 1986 3583x 79%
Adventure Island II 1991 3048x 86%
Adventure Island III 1992 977x 75%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 4335x 72%
Alleyway 1989 7351x 81%
Asteroids 1979 3861x 70%
Batman 1989 6130x 85%
Battle City 1985 5918x 55%
Battletoads 1991 3009x 47%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 3259x 81%
Bionic Commando 1987 4368x 91%
Blades of Steel 1988 3377x 84%
Bomberman GB 1995 7531x 82%
Boulder Dash 1984 5230x 82%
Boxxle 1989 5487x 60%
Bubble Bobble 1986 3226x 50%
Bugs Bunny 1989 397x 60%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 5259x 78%
Chase H.Q. 1988 2588x 70%
Chessmaster 1989 2770x 40%
Cliffhanger 1993 765x 50%
Contra III 1992 2280x 65%
Cool Spot 1993 2901x 70%
Defender 1980 3466x 75%
Dig Dug 1982 4441x 72%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 3836x 75%
Double Dragon 1987 4546x 76%
Double Dragon II 1990 6632x 81%
Double Dribble 1987 2679x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 6405x 67%
Dracula 1993 2980x 63%
Duck Tales 1989 4873x 86%
Earthworm Jim 1994 1970x 63%
Elevator Action 1983 4328x 76%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 4379x 73%
FIFA 1993 3812x 71%
Felix the Cat 1992 3717x 77%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 4411x 84%
Gauntlet II 1986 471x 56%
Golf 1984 3304x 68%
Gradius 1985 3208x 89%
Home Alone 1991 3673x 63%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 5564x 54%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 3737x 58%
Ironman 1989 1877x 30%
Joust 1982 3395x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 2716x 88%
Jurassic Park 1993 4506x 82%
Karateka 1984 3934x 66%
Killer Instinct 1994 1240x 45%
Klax 1989 2570x 30%
Kwirk 1989 4157x 87%
Marble Madness 1984 2711x 70%
Mickey Mouse 1989 5965x 75%
Micro Machines 1991 2998x 80%
Monopoly 1987 3446x 85%
Mortal Kombat 1993 4132x 83%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 3893x 85%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 3580x 80%
NBA Jam 1993 997x 60%
NHL 95 1994 2395x 65%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 6561x 69%
Operation C 1991 7418x 67%
Othello 1988 3372x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 5717x 53%
Palamedes 1990 2280x 74%
Paperboy 1984 4163x 68%
Paperboy 2 1991 842x 54%
Penguin Land 1987 2808x 78%
Penguin Wars 1985 3157x 88%
Pinball Dreams 1992 4499x 90%
Pipe Mania 1988 3153x 85%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 22299x 80%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 31561x 81%
Power Rangers 1994 1187x 80%
Prince of Persia 1989 4322x 74%
Q Billion 1989 3653x 60%
Q*bert 1982 3854x 67%
Qix 1981 1092x 56%
R-Type 1988 3700x 88%
Road Rash II 1992 1276x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 2815x 85%
RoboCop 2 1991 309x 80%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 475x 50%
Shanghai 1986 2749x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 2584x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 4145x 71%
Snow Brothers 1990 4812x 93%
Space Invaders 1978 3751x 85%
Star Wars 1991 1480x 60%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 8026x 71%
Super Mario Land 1989 70494x 75%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 64913x 72%
Tennis 1983 3763x 71%
Tetris 1986 7076x 50%
The Humans 1992 331x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 3666x 40%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 2071x 83%
Titus the Fox 1992 1930x 80%
Universal Soldier 1992 3282x 66%
Wario Land 1994 46276x 72%
Worms 1995 3774x 88%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 3215x 59%

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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