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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 8311x 59%
Addams Family, The 1991 8392x 61%
Adventure Island 1986 6765x 80%
Adventure Island II 1991 6225x 88%
Adventure Island III 1992 3620x 65%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 7727x 68%
Alleyway 1989 13263x 78%
Asteroids 1979 7124x 69%
Astérix 1993 1723x 70%
Balloon Kid 1990 4908x 83%
Batman 1989 10140x 82%
Battle City 1985 10311x 55%
Battletoads 1991 5540x 68%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 6223x 83%
Bionic Commando 1987 7871x 85%
Blades of Steel 1988 6285x 86%
Bomberman GB 1995 14369x 78%
Boulder Dash 1984 7850x 71%
Boxxle 1989 9628x 58%
Bubble Bobble 1986 5776x 75%
Bugs Bunny 1989 3609x 80%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 9578x 74%
Championship Karate 1992 2449x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 5207x 70%
Chessmaster 1989 4936x 40%
Cliffhanger 1993 2786x 50%
Contra III 1992 5458x 65%
Cool Spot 1993 5109x 70%
Darkwing Duck 1992 1772x 70%
Defender 1980 5534x 53%
Dig Dug 1982 8447x 77%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 6189x 75%
Donkey Kong 1994 11657x 73%
Double Dragon 1987 7463x 80%
Double Dragon II 1990 9348x 81%
Double Dribble 1987 4721x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 11999x 73%
Dracula 1993 5514x 63%
Duck Tales 1989 8813x 83%
Earthworm Jim 1994 4528x 63%
Elevator Action 1983 6809x 76%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 7150x 70%
FIFA 1993 6894x 71%
Felix the Cat 1992 6747x 74%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 8142x 79%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 2377x 80%
Gauntlet II 1986 2661x 56%
Golf 1984 6560x 71%
Gradius 1985 5537x 81%
Home Alone 1991 6598x 56%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 10386x 59%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 6457x 58%
Ironman 1989 4321x 30%
Joust 1982 5532x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 5902x 88%
Jurassic Park 1993 7594x 67%
Karateka 1984 6551x 66%
Killer Instinct 1994 3866x 73%
Klax 1989 4575x 30%
Kwirk 1989 7592x 89%
Marble Madness 1984 4951x 70%
Mickey Mouse 1989 10276x 80%
Micro Machines 1991 5167x 80%
Monopoly 1987 6230x 78%
Mortal Kombat 1993 9254x 84%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 7335x 81%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 7507x 83%
NBA Jam 1993 3974x 60%
NHL 95 1994 5049x 65%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 11591x 68%
Operation C 1991 13710x 68%
Othello 1988 5833x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 11522x 59%
Palamedes 1990 4753x 74%
Paperboy 1984 7034x 67%
Paperboy 2 1991 3323x 54%
Penguin Land 1987 5315x 82%
Penguin Wars 1985 6208x 88%
Pinball Dreams 1992 8076x 87%
Pipe Mania 1988 5971x 85%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 36261x 81%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 68763x 82%
Power Rangers 1994 4504x 80%
Prince of Persia 1989 7728x 74%
Q Billion 1989 6280x 60%
Q*bert 1982 6622x 69%
Qix 1981 3741x 60%
R-Type 1988 7390x 88%
Road Rash II 1992 3373x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 5177x 76%
RoboCop 2 1991 2515x 45%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 2564x 50%
Shanghai 1986 4805x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 4536x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 7207x 64%
Snow Brothers 1990 8310x 88%
Space Invaders 1978 6992x 73%
Star Wars 1991 4152x 87%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 18681x 73%
Super Mario Land 1989 177384x 73%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 142923x 72%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 1297x 60%
Tennis 1983 7320x 66%
Tetris 1986 21525x 00%
Tetris 2 1993 1947x 70%
The Humans 1992 2348x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 5911x 40%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 4108x 83%
Titus the Fox 1992 4082x 80%
True Lies 1994 1639x 70%
Universal Soldier 1992 5819x 65%
Wario Land 1994 88506x 73%
Worms 1995 7705x 67%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 5663x 59%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 12091x 78%

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
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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