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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 24222x 57%
Addams Family, The 1991 15388x 59%
Adventure Island 1986 14678x 70%
Adventure Island II 1991 12109x 67%
Adventure Island III 1992 11804x 71%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 14822x 61%
Alleyway 1989 33694x 71%
Asteroids 1979 13333x 76%
Astérix 1993 7583x 70%
Balloon Kid 1990 16582x 61%
Batman 1989 22999x 73%
Battle City 1985 21276x 63%
Battletoads 1991 11590x 70%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 12471x 70%
Bionic Commando 1987 13828x 74%
Blades of Steel 1988 12105x 73%
Bomb Jack 1984 5411x 80%
Bomberman GB 1995 34810x 70%
Boulder Dash 1984 13798x 62%
Boxxle 1989 20372x 67%
Bubble Bobble 1986 12262x 55%
Bugs Bunny 1989 14506x 77%
Caesars Palace 1992 4513x 61%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 22618x 70%
Championship Karate 1992 6943x 57%
Chase H.Q. 1988 10582x 63%
Chessmaster 1989 10150x 70%
Choplifter II 1991 4567x 66%
Cliffhanger 1993 6720x 50%
Contra III 1992 13544x 72%
Cool Spot 1993 12587x 78%
Darkwing Duck 1992 9926x 75%
Defender 1980 11177x 70%
Desert Strike 1992 2927x 56%
Dig Dug 1982 17727x 76%
Disney's DuckTales 1989 17453x 80%
Disney's DuckTales 2 1993 2878x 45%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 11539x 68%
Donkey Kong 1994 0x 73%
Double Dragon 1987 14869x 76%
Double Dragon II 1990 17849x 76%
Double Dribble 1987 9151x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 0x 70%
Dracula 1993 10447x 73%
Earthworm Jim 1994 10833x 68%
Elevator Action 1983 13161x 73%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 13031x 65%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 14038x 72%
Felix the Cat 1992 14407x 75%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 17581x 75%
Flipull 1989 3409x 60%
Frogger 1981 6327x 82%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 15291x 74%
Gauntlet II 1986 6855x 53%
Golf 1984 13891x 77%
Gradius 1985 12502x 81%
Gremlins 2 1990 2996x 70%
Home Alone 1991 14369x 62%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 19042x 63%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 12221x 57%
Ironman 1989 9522x 53%
Joe & Mac 1991 1850x 78%
Joust 1982 10081x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 11085x 69%
Jurassic Park 1993 14699x 72%
Karateka 1984 12646x 63%
Kid Dracula 1993 5539x 68%
Killer Instinct 1994 12538x 81%
Kirby's Dream Land 1992 8166x 84%
Klax 1989 9275x 53%
Kwirk 1989 21267x 77%
Marble Madness 1984 9734x 65%
Mickey Mouse 1989 25215x 79%
Micro Machines 1991 9511x 69%
Milon's Secret Castle 1986 1176x 70%
Monopoly 1987 12161x 80%
Montezuma's Return! 1998 7335x 60%
Mortal Kombat 1993 23340x 73%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 16348x 69%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 16290x 71%
NBA Jam 1993 10658x 63%
NHL 95 1994 10549x 59%
NHL 96 1995 687x 50%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 23367x 67%
Operation C 1991 33543x 69%
Othello 1988 10342x 66%
Pac-Man 1980 0x 66%
Pac-in-Time 1995 801x 60%
Palamedes 1990 12198x 67%
Paperboy 1984 13674x 63%
Paperboy 2 1991 7658x 58%
Penguin Land 1987 10887x 76%
Penguin Wars 1985 11426x 81%
Pinball Dreams 1992 16449x 80%
Pipe Mania 1988 11135x 66%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 0x 79%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 0x 79%
Power Rangers 1994 13369x 80%
Prince of Persia 1989 18305x 61%
Q Billion 1989 12560x 60%
Q*bert 1982 13165x 66%
Qix 1981 10793x 63%
R-Type 1988 16144x 70%
Road Rash II 1992 7771x 47%
Robin Hood 1991 9891x 79%
RoboCop 2 1991 7662x 40%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 7326x 75%
Samurai Shodown 1993 3967x 80%
Shanghai 1986 9149x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 9914x 85%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 14223x 70%
Snow Brothers 1990 15303x 78%
Space Invaders 1978 14312x 71%
Star Wars 1991 11169x 70%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 0x 77%
Super Mario Land 1989 0x 73%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 0x 74%
Super Star Wars 3 1994 5320x 71%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 7704x 66%
Tennis 1983 16487x 79%
Terminator 2 1991 2698x 56%
Tetris 1986 120121x 80%
Tetris 2 1993 8547x 79%
The Battle of Olympus 1988 3873x 70%
The Humans 1992 6366x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 11633x 61%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 9153x 70%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 2060x 70%
Titus the Fox 1992 8698x 76%
True Lies 1994 5663x 61%
Turrican 1990 4566x 65%
Universal Soldier 1992 11434x 60%
Wario Land 1994 0x 73%
Worms 1995 14319x 68%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 11681x 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)

 

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