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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 30718x 57%
Addams Family, The 1991 18321x 57%
Adventure Island 1986 17907x 66%
Adventure Island II 1991 14207x 67%
Adventure Island III 1992 17118x 71%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 17425x 61%
All-Star Baseball 99 1998 418x 45%
Alleyway 1989 48142x 68%
Asteroids 1979 15959x 77%
Astérix 1993 10076x 64%
Atomic Punk 1990 2179x 84%
Balloon Kid 1990 21101x 61%
Batman 1989 27988x 72%
Battle City 1985 26339x 66%
Battletoads 1991 14287x 62%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 14930x 70%
Bionic Commando 1987 15946x 73%
Blades of Steel 1988 14219x 76%
Bomb Jack 1984 8624x 83%
Bomberman GB 1995 44673x 70%
Boulder Dash 1984 15874x 58%
Boxxle 1989 24284x 69%
Bubble Bobble 1986 15052x 60%
Bugs Bunny 1989 18244x 77%
Caesars Palace 1992 6490x 61%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 27471x 68%
Championship Karate 1992 8985x 57%
Chase H.Q. 1988 12926x 61%
Chessmaster 1989 12739x 72%
Choplifter II 1991 6997x 65%
Cliffhanger 1993 8953x 50%
Contra III 1992 17015x 77%
Cool Spot 1993 15513x 78%
Darkwing Duck 1992 12545x 75%
Defender 1980 13561x 70%
Desert Strike 1992 4979x 56%
Dig Dug 1982 21376x 75%
Disney's DuckTales 1989 21221x 72%
Disney's DuckTales 2 1993 4934x 35%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 13838x 66%
Donkey Kong 1994 56200x 72%
Double Dragon 1987 17728x 74%
Double Dragon II 1990 20421x 68%
Double Dribble 1987 10987x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 0x 70%
Dracula 1993 12419x 73%
Earthworm Jim 1994 13673x 65%
Elevator Action 1983 15905x 75%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 15237x 65%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 16535x 68%
Felix the Cat 1992 17007x 74%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 21255x 78%
Flipull 1989 5798x 68%
Frogger 1981 10955x 83%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 19723x 75%
Gauntlet II 1986 8813x 53%
Golf 1984 16951x 78%
Gradius 1985 14741x 81%
Gremlins 2 1990 6065x 70%
Home Alone 1991 18024x 62%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 22389x 63%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 14785x 57%
Ironman 1989 11791x 65%
Joe & Mac 1991 4850x 84%
Joust 1982 12257x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 13250x 69%
Jurassic Park 1993 17724x 75%
Karateka 1984 14684x 63%
Kid Dracula 1993 8749x 62%
Killer Instinct 1994 15579x 82%
Kirby's Dream Land 1992 19379x 82%
Klax 1989 11014x 53%
Kwirk 1989 25160x 77%
Last Action Hero 1993 970x 50%
Marble Madness 1984 12146x 65%
Mickey Mouse 1989 31093x 83%
Micro Machines 1991 11530x 66%
Micro Machines 2 1994 1574x 60%
Milon's Secret Castle 1986 3032x 70%
Monopoly 1987 14942x 79%
Monster Max 1994 3367x 51%
Montezuma's Return! 1998 10346x 58%
Mortal Kombat 1993 27175x 71%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 19776x 68%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 19269x 67%
NBA Jam 1993 13444x 62%
NHL 95 1994 12729x 61%
NHL 96 1995 2407x 50%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 27872x 70%
Operation C 1991 42957x 71%
Othello 1988 12563x 68%
Pac-Man 1980 0x 67%
Pac-in-Time 1995 2915x 80%
Palamedes 1990 13789x 67%
Paperboy 1984 16431x 60%
Paperboy 2 1991 9482x 58%
Penguin Land 1987 12875x 76%
Penguin Wars 1985 13684x 81%
Pinball Dreams 1992 18844x 80%
Pipe Mania 1988 13189x 69%
Pit-Fighter 1990 1181x 50%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 0x 79%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 0x 79%
Power Rangers 1994 16401x 77%
Prehistorik Man 1996 1166x 63%
Prince of Persia 1989 22771x 57%
Puzznic 1989 972x 80%
Q Billion 1989 15189x 60%
Q*bert 1982 16142x 64%
Qix 1981 13797x 66%
R-Type 1988 19188x 70%
Road Rash II 1992 9717x 47%
Robin Hood 1991 11992x 79%
RoboCop 2 1991 9792x 40%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 9370x 65%
Sagaia 1989 2155x 80%
Samurai Shodown 1993 6011x 80%
Shanghai 1986 10922x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 12793x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 16818x 73%
Snow Brothers 1990 18072x 79%
Space Invaders 1978 17293x 69%
Star Wars 1991 14181x 70%
Star Wars: The Empire ... 1992 1252x 75%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 0x 77%
Super Mario Land 1989 0x 73%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 0x 74%
Super Star Wars 3 1994 7475x 71%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 10367x 66%
Tennis 1983 19835x 77%
Terminator 2 1991 5665x 61%
Tetris 1986 180300x 79%
Tetris 2 1993 11115x 72%
Tetris Attack 1996 502x 80%
The Battle of Olympus 1988 6055x 60%
The Humans 1992 8180x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 14144x 57%
The Smurfs 1993 1297x 80%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 11267x 70%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 4134x 70%
Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun 1996 2396x 76%
Titus the Fox 1992 10550x 76%
True Lies 1994 7414x 61%
Turrican 1990 6754x 65%
Universal Soldier 1992 13518x 60%
Wario Land 1994 0x 73%
Worms 1995 16994x 68%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 13746x 58%
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)

 

Most popular games:

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