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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 21808x 58%
Addams Family, The 1991 14189x 59%
Adventure Island 1986 13263x 69%
Adventure Island II 1991 11119x 67%
Adventure Island III 1992 8982x 71%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 13691x 60%
Alleyway 1989 28871x 71%
Asteroids 1979 12327x 76%
Astérix 1993 6615x 70%
Balloon Kid 1990 14752x 60%
Batman 1989 21161x 73%
Battle City 1985 19266x 62%
Battletoads 1991 10549x 70%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 11446x 70%
Bionic Commando 1987 12944x 73%
Blades of Steel 1988 11237x 73%
Bomb Jack 1984 4053x 77%
Bomberman GB 1995 30493x 71%
Boulder Dash 1984 12782x 62%
Boxxle 1989 18627x 65%
Bubble Bobble 1986 11167x 61%
Bugs Bunny 1989 12224x 82%
Caesars Palace 1992 3694x 62%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 20463x 70%
Championship Karate 1992 6123x 57%
Chase H.Q. 1988 9633x 63%
Chessmaster 1989 9249x 40%
Choplifter II 1991 3505x 65%
Cliffhanger 1993 5996x 50%
Contra III 1992 12133x 71%
Cool Spot 1993 10319x 78%
Darkwing Duck 1992 8441x 83%
Defender 1980 9870x 70%
Desert Strike 1992 2151x 56%
Dig Dug 1982 16227x 75%
Disney's DuckTales 1989 16161x 78%
Disney's DuckTales 2 1993 1994x 70%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 10576x 69%
Donkey Kong 1994 0x 73%
Double Dragon 1987 13655x 76%
Double Dragon II 1990 16683x 76%
Double Dribble 1987 8373x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 0x 69%
Dracula 1993 9664x 73%
Earthworm Jim 1994 9720x 68%
Elevator Action 1983 11975x 73%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 12084x 65%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 12810x 69%
Felix the Cat 1992 13352x 72%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 16032x 75%
Flipull 1989 2562x 60%
Frogger 1981 4896x 82%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 13555x 74%
Gauntlet II 1986 5958x 53%
Golf 1984 12614x 76%
Gradius 1985 11525x 81%
Gremlins 2 1990 2129x 70%
Home Alone 1991 12931x 61%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 17590x 64%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 11299x 57%
Ironman 1989 8622x 53%
Joe & Mac 1991 1104x 78%
Joust 1982 9279x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 10370x 69%
Jurassic Park 1993 13557x 71%
Karateka 1984 11652x 61%
Kid Dracula 1993 4310x 68%
Killer Instinct 1994 11353x 81%
Kirby's Dream Land 1992 3017x 82%
Klax 1989 8443x 53%
Kwirk 1989 19590x 77%
Marble Madness 1984 8858x 65%
Mickey Mouse 1989 23287x 80%
Micro Machines 1991 8850x 78%
Milon's Secret Castle 1986 502x 70%
Monopoly 1987 11260x 80%
Montezuma's Return! 1998 6087x 61%
Mortal Kombat 1993 21058x 72%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 14689x 70%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 14765x 68%
NBA Jam 1993 9636x 63%
NHL 95 1994 9610x 61%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 21552x 69%
Operation C 1991 28940x 68%
Othello 1988 9485x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 0x 66%
Palamedes 1990 11460x 67%
Paperboy 1984 12623x 63%
Paperboy 2 1991 6883x 58%
Penguin Land 1987 10092x 76%
Penguin Wars 1985 10624x 81%
Pinball Dreams 1992 15496x 80%
Pipe Mania 1988 10263x 66%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 0x 79%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 0x 79%
Power Rangers 1994 12103x 78%
Prince of Persia 1989 16299x 60%
Q Billion 1989 11555x 60%
Q*bert 1982 11911x 66%
Qix 1981 9694x 64%
R-Type 1988 13150x 70%
Road Rash II 1992 6825x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 9022x 79%
RoboCop 2 1991 6732x 40%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 6418x 75%
Samurai Shodown 1993 2926x 75%
Shanghai 1986 8376x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 8631x 85%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 13059x 70%
Snow Brothers 1990 14300x 78%
Space Invaders 1978 13043x 75%
Star Wars 1991 10051x 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 4448x 71%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 6738x 66%
Tennis 1983 15224x 75%
Terminator 2 1991 1573x 56%
Tetris 1986 95923x 81%
Tetris 2 1993 7398x 76%
The Battle of Olympus 1988 2934x 70%
The Humans 1992 5535x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 10642x 57%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 8377x 70%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 1298x 70%
Titus the Fox 1992 7947x 76%
True Lies 1994 4919x 61%
Turrican 1990 3597x 64%
Universal Soldier 1992 10533x 60%
Wario Land 1994 0x 73%
Worms 1995 13300x 68%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 10771x 57%
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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