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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 9397x 57%
Addams Family, The 1991 8963x 58%
Adventure Island 1986 7390x 82%
Adventure Island II 1991 6885x 88%
Adventure Island III 1992 4198x 72%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 8406x 63%
Alleyway 1989 14338x 75%
Asteroids 1979 7715x 73%
Astérix 1993 2239x 40%
Balloon Kid 1990 5858x 78%
Batman 1989 11266x 82%
Battle City 1985 11117x 55%
Battletoads 1991 5983x 68%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 6806x 84%
Bionic Commando 1987 8533x 85%
Blades of Steel 1988 6829x 86%
Bomberman GB 1995 15724x 74%
Boulder Dash 1984 8427x 71%
Boxxle 1989 10496x 58%
Bubble Bobble 1986 6283x 75%
Bugs Bunny 1989 4690x 83%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 10664x 78%
Championship Karate 1992 2787x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 5665x 70%
Chessmaster 1989 5396x 40%
Cliffhanger 1993 3105x 50%
Contra III 1992 6266x 70%
Cool Spot 1993 5529x 70%
Darkwing Duck 1992 2216x 70%
Defender 1980 5982x 53%
Dig Dug 1982 9285x 77%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 6599x 75%
Donkey Kong 1994 15341x 69%
Double Dragon 1987 7999x 80%
Double Dragon II 1990 9836x 82%
Double Dribble 1987 5122x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 13460x 73%
Dracula 1993 6018x 63%
Duck Tales 1989 9595x 83%
Earthworm Jim 1994 5047x 63%
Elevator Action 1983 7318x 76%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 7627x 70%
FIFA 1993 7620x 71%
Felix the Cat 1992 7444x 74%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 8834x 79%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 3137x 80%
Gauntlet II 1986 3004x 56%
Golf 1984 7313x 74%
Gradius 1985 5910x 81%
Home Alone 1991 7274x 56%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 11122x 58%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 6937x 58%
Ironman 1989 4790x 53%
Joust 1982 5892x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 6509x 88%
Jurassic Park 1993 8224x 67%
Karateka 1984 6978x 63%
Killer Instinct 1994 4450x 82%
Klax 1989 4989x 30%
Kwirk 1989 8382x 89%
Marble Madness 1984 5359x 70%
Mickey Mouse 1989 11191x 80%
Micro Machines 1991 5577x 80%
Monopoly 1987 6764x 78%
Mortal Kombat 1993 10134x 79%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 7853x 81%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 8303x 84%
NBA Jam 1993 4598x 60%
NHL 95 1994 5477x 65%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 12616x 67%
Operation C 1991 14798x 68%
Othello 1988 6188x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 12684x 61%
Palamedes 1990 5165x 74%
Paperboy 1984 7565x 67%
Paperboy 2 1991 3748x 54%
Penguin Land 1987 5776x 82%
Penguin Wars 1985 6772x 88%
Pinball Dreams 1992 8750x 87%
Pipe Mania 1988 6487x 85%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 38895x 81%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 77269x 82%
Power Rangers 1994 5187x 80%
Prince of Persia 1989 8497x 77%
Q Billion 1989 6779x 60%
Q*bert 1982 7171x 69%
Qix 1981 4352x 60%
R-Type 1988 8033x 82%
Road Rash II 1992 3738x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 5578x 76%
RoboCop 2 1991 2862x 45%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 2947x 50%
Shanghai 1986 5176x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 4909x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 7755x 63%
Snow Brothers 1990 9058x 88%
Space Invaders 1978 7564x 73%
Star Wars 1991 4969x 78%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 20758x 75%
Super Mario Land 1989 196502x 72%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 156591x 73%
Super Star Wars 3 1994 184x 70%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 1739x 80%
Tennis 1983 8161x 65%
Tetris 1986 26873x 10%
Tetris 2 1993 2417x 70%
The Humans 1992 2725x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 6372x 60%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 4538x 83%
Titus the Fox 1992 4469x 80%
True Lies 1994 2013x 70%
Universal Soldier 1992 6236x 65%
Wario Land 1994 96645x 73%
Worms 1995 8227x 67%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 6128x 59%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 14369x 79%

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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