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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 11557x 60%
Addams Family, The 1991 9746x 57%
Adventure Island 1986 8338x 68%
Adventure Island II 1991 7872x 69%
Adventure Island III 1992 4988x 80%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 9139x 59%
Alleyway 1989 15966x 72%
Asteroids 1979 8435x 73%
Astérix 1993 2828x 40%
Balloon Kid 1990 6970x 67%
Batman 1989 13056x 82%
Battle City 1985 12273x 56%
Battletoads 1991 6676x 73%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 7524x 72%
Bionic Commando 1987 9317x 73%
Blades of Steel 1988 7551x 72%
Bomberman GB 1995 17809x 76%
Boulder Dash 1984 9155x 75%
Boxxle 1989 11692x 60%
Bubble Bobble 1986 7034x 70%
Bugs Bunny 1989 5856x 78%
Caesars Palace 1992 402x 60%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 12185x 76%
Championship Karate 1992 3274x 53%
Chase H.Q. 1988 6201x 61%
Chessmaster 1989 5933x 40%
Cliffhanger 1993 3454x 50%
Contra III 1992 7146x 70%
Cool Spot 1993 6154x 70%
Darkwing Duck 1992 2751x 70%
Defender 1980 6512x 53%
Dig Dug 1982 10419x 75%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 7109x 75%
Donkey Kong 1994 21036x 70%
Double Dragon 1987 8776x 80%
Double Dragon II 1990 10592x 82%
Double Dribble 1987 5572x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 15571x 70%
Dracula 1993 6570x 63%
Duck Tales 1989 10508x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 5724x 62%
Elevator Action 1983 8044x 70%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 8228x 66%
FIFA 1993 8442x 66%
Felix the Cat 1992 8260x 74%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 9920x 79%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 4151x 67%
Gauntlet II 1986 3345x 56%
Golf 1984 8107x 74%
Gradius 1985 6465x 81%
Home Alone 1991 8066x 63%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 12138x 57%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 7524x 57%
Ironman 1989 5348x 53%
Joust 1982 6387x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 7370x 69%
Jurassic Park 1993 8987x 67%
Karateka 1984 8216x 60%
Killer Instinct 1994 5300x 84%
Klax 1989 5485x 30%
Kwirk 1989 10346x 74%
Marble Madness 1984 5907x 70%
Mickey Mouse 1989 12420x 81%
Micro Machines 1991 6042x 80%
Monopoly 1987 7429x 78%
Montezuma's Return! 1998 1054x 63%
Mortal Kombat 1993 11422x 81%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 8849x 76%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 9630x 75%
NBA Jam 1993 5289x 59%
NHL 95 1994 6050x 61%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 13950x 64%
Operation C 1991 16357x 66%
Othello 1988 6695x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 14283x 65%
Palamedes 1990 5650x 67%
Paperboy 1984 8305x 63%
Paperboy 2 1991 4197x 54%
Penguin Land 1987 6367x 82%
Penguin Wars 1985 7370x 80%
Pinball Dreams 1992 9707x 83%
Pipe Mania 1988 7074x 60%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 42826x 80%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 91813x 81%
Power Rangers 1994 6015x 80%
Prince of Persia 1989 10135x 71%
Q Billion 1989 7401x 58%
Q*bert 1982 7817x 65%
Qix 1981 5150x 60%
R-Type 1988 8760x 70%
Road Rash II 1992 4140x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 6084x 76%
RoboCop 2 1991 3400x 45%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 3441x 50%
Shanghai 1986 5630x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 5352x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 8657x 63%
Snow Brothers 1990 10449x 78%
Space Invaders 1978 8331x 82%
Star Wars 1991 5674x 78%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 23840x 79%
Super Mario Land 1989 226844x 72%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 177333x 73%
Super Star Wars 3 1994 670x 70%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 2328x 63%
Tennis 1983 9179x 68%
Tetris 1986 35771x 00%
Tetris 2 1993 3101x 70%
The Humans 1992 3208x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 6978x 60%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 5161x 70%
Titus the Fox 1992 4992x 80%
True Lies 1994 2367x 70%
Universal Soldier 1992 6793x 63%
Wario Land 1994 107823x 73%
Worms 1995 8944x 67%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 6679x 58%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 19135x 81%

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:

Game Boy: Tetris Tetris

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Game Boy: Pokémon Red Version Pokémon Red Version

Game Boy: Bomberman GB Bomberman GB


 

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