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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 13061x 59%
Addams Family, The 1991 10516x 56%
Adventure Island 1986 9269x 65%
Adventure Island II 1991 8494x 69%
Adventure Island III 1992 5796x 80%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 9901x 59%
Alleyway 1989 18045x 71%
Asteroids 1979 9159x 73%
Astérix 1993 3475x 60%
Balloon Kid 1990 8128x 69%
Batman 1989 15023x 83%
Battle City 1985 13441x 58%
Battletoads 1991 7479x 74%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 8336x 72%
Bionic Commando 1987 10005x 73%
Blades of Steel 1988 8170x 72%
Bomb Jack 1984 310x 50%
Bomberman GB 1995 19609x 73%
Boulder Dash 1984 9836x 68%
Boxxle 1989 12955x 61%
Bubble Bobble 1986 7806x 70%
Bugs Bunny 1989 6811x 81%
Caesars Palace 1992 940x 60%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 13780x 73%
Championship Karate 1992 3742x 53%
Chase H.Q. 1988 6736x 61%
Chessmaster 1989 6476x 40%
Cliffhanger 1993 3864x 50%
Contra III 1992 8191x 80%
Cool Spot 1993 6845x 70%
Darkwing Duck 1992 3325x 70%
Defender 1980 7001x 53%
Dig Dug 1982 11488x 74%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 7743x 75%
Donkey Kong 1994 27217x 70%
Double Dragon 1987 9530x 80%
Double Dragon II 1990 12182x 82%
Double Dribble 1987 6056x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 17886x 69%
Dracula 1993 7157x 63%
Duck Tales 1989 11623x 77%
Earthworm Jim 1994 6400x 62%
Elevator Action 1983 8820x 71%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 8832x 67%
FIFA 1993 9386x 66%
Felix the Cat 1992 9154x 74%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 11098x 79%
Flipull 1989 342x 60%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 5457x 67%
Gauntlet II 1986 3766x 53%
Golf 1984 8942x 76%
Gradius 1985 7119x 81%
Home Alone 1991 8940x 69%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 13114x 59%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 8217x 57%
Ironman 1989 5939x 53%
Joust 1982 6882x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 7936x 69%
Jurassic Park 1993 9904x 71%
Karateka 1984 8761x 60%
Killer Instinct 1994 6766x 86%
Klax 1989 6003x 30%
Kwirk 1989 11541x 76%
Marble Madness 1984 6428x 70%
Mickey Mouse 1989 13890x 82%
Micro Machines 1991 6516x 80%
Monopoly 1987 8128x 78%
Montezuma's Return! 1998 1900x 63%
Mortal Kombat 1993 14679x 83%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 10055x 73%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 10708x 67%
NBA Jam 1993 5999x 59%
NHL 95 1994 6654x 61%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 15405x 65%
Operation C 1991 18032x 66%
Othello 1988 7160x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 16146x 67%
Palamedes 1990 6146x 67%
Paperboy 1984 9122x 63%
Paperboy 2 1991 4725x 54%
Penguin Land 1987 7113x 82%
Penguin Wars 1985 7882x 80%
Pinball Dreams 1992 10569x 84%
Pipe Mania 1988 7667x 60%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 51163x 79%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 125007x 81%
Power Rangers 1994 7222x 83%
Prince of Persia 1989 11190x 68%
Q Billion 1989 8116x 60%
Q*bert 1982 8491x 65%
Qix 1981 5932x 59%
R-Type 1988 9538x 70%
Road Rash II 1992 4699x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 6649x 76%
RoboCop 2 1991 4024x 45%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 3972x 50%
Samurai Shodown 1993 158x 80%
Shanghai 1986 6137x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 5810x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 9383x 63%
Snow Brothers 1990 11222x 78%
Space Invaders 1978 9416x 85%
Star Wars 1991 6452x 78%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 27990x 80%
Super Mario Land 1989 262416x 73%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 201349x 73%
Super Star Wars 3 1994 1217x 75%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 3062x 63%
Tennis 1983 10308x 70%
Tetris 1986 45193x 00%
Tetris 2 1993 3908x 60%
The Battle of Olympus 1988 293x 70%
The Humans 1992 3659x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 7618x 60%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 5775x 70%
Titus the Fox 1992 5525x 76%
True Lies 1994 2758x 70%
Turrican 1990 522x 70%
Universal Soldier 1992 7414x 63%
Wario Land 1994 119186x 72%
Worms 1995 9704x 67%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 7279x 58%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 27593x 83%

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

Game Boy: Super Mario Land Super Mario Land

Game Boy: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

Game Boy: Pokémon Red Version Pokémon Red Version

Game Boy: Bomberman GB Bomberman GB


 

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