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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 15581x 60%
Addams Family, The 1991 11616x 56%
Adventure Island 1986 10447x 67%
Adventure Island II 1991 9299x 69%
Adventure Island III 1992 6724x 80%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 10994x 59%
Alleyway 1989 21115x 69%
Asteroids 1979 10032x 73%
Astérix 1993 4434x 57%
Balloon Kid 1990 9615x 67%
Batman 1989 17160x 79%
Battle City 1985 15326x 54%
Battletoads 1991 8394x 74%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 9350x 72%
Bionic Commando 1987 10873x 74%
Blades of Steel 1988 9034x 72%
Bomb Jack 1984 1671x 73%
Bomberman GB 1995 22370x 73%
Boulder Dash 1984 10777x 68%
Boxxle 1989 14749x 65%
Bubble Bobble 1986 8812x 60%
Bugs Bunny 1989 8367x 78%
Caesars Palace 1992 1699x 60%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 16091x 70%
Championship Karate 1992 4408x 53%
Chase H.Q. 1988 7590x 63%
Chessmaster 1989 7236x 40%
Choplifter II 1991 1156x 63%
Cliffhanger 1993 4483x 50%
Contra III 1992 9468x 75%
Cool Spot 1993 7769x 78%
Darkwing Duck 1992 4148x 70%
Defender 1980 7646x 64%
Desert Strike 1992 590x 70%
Dig Dug 1982 12948x 75%
Disney's DuckTales 1989 13175x 76%
Disney's DuckTales 2 1993 273x 70%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 8557x 69%
Donkey Kong 1994 36154x 72%
Double Dragon 1987 11078x 79%
Double Dragon II 1990 13897x 82%
Double Dribble 1987 6704x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 20629x 70%
Dracula 1993 7973x 63%
Earthworm Jim 1994 7332x 63%
Elevator Action 1983 9726x 71%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 9728x 65%
FIFA 1993 10527x 66%
Felix the Cat 1992 10297x 74%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 12763x 74%
Flipull 1989 915x 60%
Frogger 1981 140x 70%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 7143x 70%
Gauntlet II 1986 4440x 53%
Golf 1984 9981x 76%
Gradius 1985 8066x 83%
Gremlins 2 1990 418x 70%
Home Alone 1991 10252x 63%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 14523x 59%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 9140x 57%
Ironman 1989 6698x 53%
Joust 1982 7527x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 8644x 69%
Jurassic Park 1993 11047x 71%
Karateka 1984 9484x 60%
Kid Dracula 1993 1840x 66%
Killer Instinct 1994 8617x 80%
Klax 1989 6706x 30%
Kwirk 1989 13068x 75%
Marble Madness 1984 7144x 70%
Mickey Mouse 1989 16155x 82%
Micro Machines 1991 7165x 80%
Monopoly 1987 9117x 79%
Montezuma's Return! 1998 3057x 64%
Mortal Kombat 1993 17086x 76%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 11378x 72%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 11940x 69%
NBA Jam 1993 7049x 63%
NHL 95 1994 7516x 61%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 17321x 65%
Operation C 1991 20900x 65%
Othello 1988 7878x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 18576x 67%
Palamedes 1990 6847x 67%
Paperboy 1984 10202x 63%
Paperboy 2 1991 5346x 54%
Penguin Land 1987 8140x 76%
Penguin Wars 1985 8572x 79%
Pinball Dreams 1992 12009x 82%
Pipe Mania 1988 8417x 63%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 69973x 80%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 204759x 80%
Power Rangers 1994 8804x 83%
Prince of Persia 1989 12811x 68%
Q Billion 1989 9095x 60%
Q*bert 1982 9450x 65%
Qix 1981 7241x 63%
R-Type 1988 10688x 70%
Road Rash II 1992 5334x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 7315x 76%
RoboCop 2 1991 4851x 46%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 4685x 75%
Samurai Shodown 1993 922x 80%
Shanghai 1986 6788x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 6520x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 10533x 63%
Snow Brothers 1990 12138x 78%
Space Invaders 1978 10580x 64%
Star Wars 1991 7549x 74%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 34576x 78%
Super Mario Land 1989 309138x 73%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 229430x 74%
Super Star Wars 3 1994 2417x 78%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 3985x 63%
Tennis 1983 11830x 72%
Tetris 1986 57695x 00%
Tetris 2 1993 4983x 73%
The Battle of Olympus 1988 934x 70%
The Humans 1992 4181x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 8496x 53%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 6557x 70%
Titus the Fox 1992 6192x 76%
True Lies 1994 3320x 70%
Turrican 1990 1675x 85%
Universal Soldier 1992 8390x 61%
Wario Land 1994 133247x 72%
Worms 1995 11002x 64%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 8106x 58%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 45084x 83%

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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