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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 40871x 58%
Addams Family, The 1991 22276x 57%
Adventure Island 1986 25395x 69%
Adventure Island II 1991 19630x 63%
Adventure Island III 1992 28944x 68%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 23112x 62%
All-Star Baseball 99 1998 5685x 57%
Alleyway 1989 70164x 68%
Asteroids 1979 19761x 81%
Astérix 1993 14014x 63%
Atomic Punk 1990 7986x 81%
Balloon Kid 1990 28881x 63%
Batman 1989 37323x 72%
Battle City 1985 36426x 70%
Battletoads 1991 17688x 64%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 18265x 71%
Bionic Commando 1987 19150x 74%
Blades of Steel 1988 17177x 76%
Bomb Jack 1984 15889x 83%
Bomberman GB 1994 14112x 75%
Bomberman GB 2 1995 61240x 71%
Boulder Dash 1984 19081x 59%
Boxxle 1989 31336x 65%
Bubble Bobble 1986 21304x 61%
Bugs Bunny 1989 23332x 78%
Caesars Palace 1992 12061x 73%
Castlevania II 1991 4950x 73%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 36881x 71%
Championship Karate 1992 12035x 57%
Chase H.Q. 1988 16046x 63%
Chessmaster 1989 16222x 72%
Choplifter II 1991 11018x 68%
Cliffhanger 1993 11836x 50%
Contra III 1992 23853x 79%
Cool Spot 1993 21265x 84%
Darkwing Duck 1992 16075x 73%
Defender 1980 18610x 70%
Desert Strike 1992 7380x 56%
Dig Dug 1982 27015x 76%
Disney's DuckTales 1989 27971x 73%
Disney's DuckTales 2 1993 7656x 48%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 17615x 62%
Donkey Kong 1994 103235x 75%
Double Dragon 1987 21659x 76%
Double Dragon II 1990 24524x 70%
Double Dribble 1987 13777x 75%
Dr. Mario 1990 0x 70%
Dracula 1993 15176x 58%
Earthworm Jim 1994 19954x 67%
Elevator Action 1983 20006x 77%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 18489x 63%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 22509x 69%
Felix the Cat 1992 23098x 73%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 28155x 78%
Flipull 1989 8495x 74%
Frogger 1981 16512x 79%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 28368x 76%
Gauntlet II 1986 11183x 53%
Golf 1984 21356x 78%
Gradius 1985 18162x 78%
Gremlins 2 1990 11655x 80%
Home Alone 1991 25460x 62%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 27836x 63%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 19673x 57%
Ironman 1989 16859x 65%
Joe & Mac 1991 9091x 84%
Joust 1982 15100x 58%
Judge Dredd 1995 15960x 69%
Jurassic Park 1993 23805x 76%
Karateka 1984 17838x 63%
Kid Dracula 1993 16159x 57%
Killer Instinct 1994 22929x 83%
Kirby's Dream Land 1992 35755x 83%
Klax 1989 13407x 58%
Krusty's Fun House 1992 2055x 70%
Kwirk 1989 34106x 77%
Last Action Hero 1993 3542x 50%
Marble Madness 1984 17160x 65%
Mickey Mouse 1989 42928x 81%
Micro Machines 1991 16539x 66%
Micro Machines 2 1994 6110x 70%
Milon's Secret Castle 1986 5729x 40%
Monopoly 1987 18454x 78%
Monster Max 1994 7025x 54%
Montezuma's Return! 1998 17540x 60%
Mortal Kombat 1993 33297x 72%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 23982x 66%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 25964x 69%
NBA Jam 1993 16754x 63%
NBA Jam T.E. 1994 575x 70%
NHL 95 1994 17731x 61%
NHL 96 1995 4897x 77%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 37702x 69%
Operation C 1991 54893x 72%
Othello 1988 17412x 62%
Pac-Attack 1993 2580x 60%
Pac-Man 1980 0x 66%
Pac-in-Time 1995 8509x 68%
Palamedes 1990 16475x 67%
Paperboy 1984 22282x 64%
Paperboy 2 1991 14438x 58%
Penguin Land 1987 17975x 76%
Penguin Wars 1985 18468x 81%
Pinball Dreams 1992 22109x 80%
Pipe Mania 1988 16058x 69%
Pit-Fighter 1990 6070x 50%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 0x 79%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 0x 79%
Power Rangers 1994 22494x 77%
Prehistorik Man 1996 6270x 66%
Prince of Persia 1989 30951x 61%
Puzznic 1989 3057x 80%
Q Billion 1989 18844x 57%
Q*bert 1982 22539x 67%
Qix 1981 20012x 70%
R-Type 1988 25567x 68%
Road Rash 1991 1595x 35%
Road Rash II 1992 14415x 47%
Robin Hood 1991 16571x 72%
RoboCop 2 1991 15247x 40%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 14190x 65%
Sagaia 1989 7124x 80%
Samurai Shodown 1993 11241x 80%
Shanghai 1986 15715x 78%
Side Pocket 1987 15698x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 20946x 71%
Snow Brothers 1990 23616x 78%
Space Invaders 1978 23714x 69%
Star Wars 1991 20597x 73%
Star Wars: The Empire ... 1992 6149x 75%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 0x 76%
Super Mario Land 1989 0x 73%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 0x 74%
Super Star Wars 3 1994 12533x 71%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 15549x 66%
Tennis 1983 24236x 80%
Terminator 2 1991 12201x 61%
Tetris 1986 288935x 81%
Tetris 2 1993 14845x 74%
Tetris Attack 1996 6667x 78%
The Battle of Olympus 1988 9134x 63%
The Flash 1991 2956x 40%
The Humans 1992 10841x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 20398x 57%
The Smurfs 1993 6245x 77%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 16326x 70%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 6729x 40%
Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun 1996 8148x 74%
Titus the Fox 1992 13123x 76%
True Lies 1994 9616x 61%
Turrican 1990 11303x 65%
Universal Soldier 1992 16631x 60%
Wario Land 1994 0x 73%
Word Zap 1991 3766x 32%
Worms 1995 22695x 68%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 18509x 58%
Yoshi's Cookie 1992 3345x 84%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 0x 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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