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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 20547x 58%
Addams Family, The 1991 13617x 59%
Adventure Island 1986 12652x 69%
Adventure Island II 1991 10652x 69%
Adventure Island III 1992 8493x 74%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 13177x 60%
Alleyway 1989 26428x 70%
Asteroids 1979 11803x 76%
Astérix 1993 6131x 70%
Balloon Kid 1990 12619x 60%
Batman 1989 20313x 77%
Battle City 1985 18487x 62%
Battletoads 1991 10060x 66%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 11000x 70%
Bionic Commando 1987 12521x 75%
Blades of Steel 1988 10783x 73%
Bomb Jack 1984 3571x 77%
Bomberman GB 1995 27914x 72%
Boulder Dash 1984 12371x 62%
Boxxle 1989 17837x 65%
Bubble Bobble 1986 10681x 67%
Bugs Bunny 1989 11201x 82%
Caesars Palace 1992 3229x 62%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 19598x 70%
Championship Karate 1992 5729x 57%
Chase H.Q. 1988 9146x 63%
Chessmaster 1989 8811x 40%
Choplifter II 1991 2984x 65%
Cliffhanger 1993 5630x 50%
Contra III 1992 11519x 77%
Cool Spot 1993 9702x 78%
Darkwing Duck 1992 6088x 83%
Defender 1980 9444x 70%
Desert Strike 1992 1823x 56%
Dig Dug 1982 15417x 75%
Disney's DuckTales 1989 15548x 78%
Disney's DuckTales 2 1993 1602x 70%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 10158x 69%
Donkey Kong 1994 0x 73%
Double Dragon 1987 13135x 79%
Double Dragon II 1990 16196x 76%
Double Dribble 1987 7977x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 0x 70%
Dracula 1993 9309x 73%
Earthworm Jim 1994 9172x 67%
Elevator Action 1983 11402x 72%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 11294x 65%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 12257x 69%
Felix the Cat 1992 12824x 72%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 15325x 75%
Flipull 1989 2150x 60%
Frogger 1981 2740x 87%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 10030x 74%
Gauntlet II 1986 5588x 53%
Golf 1984 12032x 76%
Gradius 1985 10899x 81%
Gremlins 2 1990 1635x 70%
Home Alone 1991 12250x 61%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 16933x 64%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 10869x 57%
Ironman 1989 8255x 53%
Joe & Mac 1991 710x 78%
Joust 1982 8869x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 9995x 69%
Jurassic Park 1993 13033x 71%
Karateka 1984 11068x 61%
Kid Dracula 1993 3706x 68%
Killer Instinct 1994 10645x 83%
Kirby's Dream Land 1992 1764x 75%
Klax 1989 8078x 53%
Kwirk 1989 15925x 77%
Marble Madness 1984 8508x 65%
Mickey Mouse 1989 22363x 80%
Micro Machines 1991 8452x 78%
Milon's Secret Castle 1986 177x 70%
Monopoly 1987 10758x 80%
Montezuma's Return! 1998 5427x 64%
Mortal Kombat 1993 20329x 75%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 14134x 73%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 14119x 70%
NBA Jam 1993 9084x 63%
NHL 95 1994 9104x 61%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 20675x 67%
Operation C 1991 26677x 68%
Othello 1988 9149x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 0x 67%
Palamedes 1990 8252x 67%
Paperboy 1984 12118x 63%
Paperboy 2 1991 6539x 58%
Penguin Land 1987 9605x 76%
Penguin Wars 1985 10202x 81%
Pinball Dreams 1992 14969x 82%
Pipe Mania 1988 9890x 66%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 0x 79%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 0x 79%
Power Rangers 1994 11584x 78%
Prince of Persia 1989 15404x 60%
Q Billion 1989 11021x 60%
Q*bert 1982 11415x 65%
Qix 1981 9120x 64%
R-Type 1988 12464x 70%
Road Rash II 1992 6488x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 8675x 79%
RoboCop 2 1991 6295x 40%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 6035x 75%
Samurai Shodown 1993 2469x 75%
Shanghai 1986 8055x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 7997x 85%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 12557x 68%
Snow Brothers 1990 13878x 78%
Space Invaders 1978 12484x 75%
Star Wars 1991 9521x 70%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 0x 78%
Super Mario Land 1989 0x 73%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 0x 74%
Super Star Wars 3 1994 4014x 71%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 5706x 66%
Tennis 1983 14378x 75%
Tetris 1986 84767x 82%
Tetris 2 1993 6826x 72%
The Battle of Olympus 1988 2398x 70%
The Humans 1992 5217x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 10233x 57%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 7987x 70%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 953x 70%
Titus the Fox 1992 7569x 76%
True Lies 1994 4571x 61%
Turrican 1990 3232x 64%
Universal Soldier 1992 10071x 60%
Wario Land 1994 0x 74%
Worms 1995 12787x 68%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 9609x 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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