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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 16887x 60%
Addams Family, The 1991 12096x 57%
Adventure Island 1986 10834x 67%
Adventure Island II 1991 9565x 69%
Adventure Island III 1992 7111x 80%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 11566x 59%
Alleyway 1989 22000x 69%
Asteroids 1979 10395x 73%
Astérix 1993 4803x 57%
Balloon Kid 1990 10349x 60%
Batman 1989 17820x 75%
Battle City 1985 16102x 56%
Battletoads 1991 8712x 74%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 9812x 72%
Bionic Commando 1987 11204x 75%
Blades of Steel 1988 9474x 73%
Bomb Jack 1984 2042x 73%
Bomberman GB 1995 23521x 73%
Boulder Dash 1984 11113x 68%
Boxxle 1989 15503x 66%
Bubble Bobble 1986 9166x 60%
Bugs Bunny 1989 8847x 80%
Caesars Palace 1992 2058x 60%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 16957x 71%
Championship Karate 1992 4726x 53%
Chase H.Q. 1988 7963x 63%
Chessmaster 1989 7514x 40%
Choplifter II 1991 1642x 82%
Cliffhanger 1993 4708x 50%
Contra III 1992 9869x 75%
Cool Spot 1993 8142x 78%
Darkwing Duck 1992 4466x 75%
Defender 1980 7915x 64%
Desert Strike 1992 817x 70%
Dig Dug 1982 13521x 75%
Disney's DuckTales 1989 13723x 80%
Disney's DuckTales 2 1993 681x 70%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 8859x 69%
Donkey Kong 1994 40232x 73%
Double Dragon 1987 11461x 79%
Double Dragon II 1990 14662x 77%
Double Dribble 1987 6944x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 21728x 70%
Dracula 1993 8195x 63%
Earthworm Jim 1994 7779x 63%
Elevator Action 1983 10115x 71%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 10108x 65%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 10870x 66%
Felix the Cat 1992 10749x 74%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 13293x 74%
Flipull 1989 1177x 60%
Frogger 1981 409x 70%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 7790x 71%
Gauntlet II 1986 4672x 53%
Golf 1984 10398x 76%
Gradius 1985 8590x 83%
Gremlins 2 1990 654x 70%
Home Alone 1991 10723x 57%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 15115x 60%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 9564x 57%
Ironman 1989 7035x 53%
Joust 1982 7793x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 8921x 69%
Jurassic Park 1993 11506x 71%
Karateka 1984 9884x 60%
Kid Dracula 1993 2198x 66%
Killer Instinct 1994 9035x 82%
Klax 1989 6980x 30%
Kwirk 1989 13659x 76%
Marble Madness 1984 7419x 65%
Mickey Mouse 1989 17345x 82%
Micro Machines 1991 7414x 80%
Monopoly 1987 9458x 79%
Montezuma's Return! 1998 3611x 64%
Mortal Kombat 1993 17912x 77%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 12029x 74%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 12416x 70%
NBA Jam 1993 7561x 63%
NHL 95 1994 7926x 61%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 18104x 65%
Operation C 1991 22119x 65%
Othello 1988 8112x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 19433x 66%
Palamedes 1990 7237x 67%
Paperboy 1984 10567x 63%
Paperboy 2 1991 5590x 58%
Penguin Land 1987 8484x 76%
Penguin Wars 1985 8847x 79%
Pinball Dreams 1992 12772x 84%
Pipe Mania 1988 8720x 64%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 79919x 80%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 242004x 79%
Power Rangers 1994 9560x 83%
Prince of Persia 1989 13416x 68%
Q Billion 1989 9579x 60%
Q*bert 1982 9892x 65%
Qix 1981 7720x 63%
R-Type 1988 11116x 70%
Road Rash II 1992 5568x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 7595x 79%
RoboCop 2 1991 5149x 46%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 4961x 75%
Samurai Shodown 1993 1259x 80%
Shanghai 1986 7037x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 6766x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 10961x 68%
Snow Brothers 1990 12454x 78%
Space Invaders 1978 10970x 68%
Star Wars 1991 8022x 74%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 37653x 79%
Super Mario Land 1989 331389x 73%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 242101x 74%
Super Star Wars 3 1994 2739x 78%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 4456x 63%
Tennis 1983 12518x 73%
Tetris 1986 62659x 00%
Tetris 2 1993 5373x 73%
The Battle of Olympus 1988 1293x 70%
The Humans 1992 4393x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 8859x 59%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 6788x 70%
Titus the Fox 1992 6463x 76%
True Lies 1994 3569x 61%
Turrican 1990 2200x 55%
Universal Soldier 1992 8828x 59%
Wario Land 1994 139902x 73%
Worms 1995 11418x 64%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 8511x 57%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 50912x 82%

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
Manual: Game_Boy.pdf
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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