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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 10130x 58%
Addams Family, The 1991 9357x 58%
Adventure Island 1986 7821x 82%
Adventure Island II 1991 7275x 86%
Adventure Island III 1992 4546x 72%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 8753x 61%
Alleyway 1989 15130x 75%
Asteroids 1979 8049x 73%
Astérix 1993 2515x 40%
Balloon Kid 1990 6404x 76%
Batman 1989 11998x 83%
Battle City 1985 11688x 51%
Battletoads 1991 6270x 68%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 7151x 84%
Bionic Commando 1987 8921x 86%
Blades of Steel 1988 7201x 86%
Bomberman GB 1995 16802x 74%
Boulder Dash 1984 8804x 75%
Boxxle 1989 11060x 58%
Bubble Bobble 1986 6651x 70%
Bugs Bunny 1989 5290x 83%
Caesars Palace 1992 129x 70%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 11382x 76%
Championship Karate 1992 3011x 45%
Chase H.Q. 1988 5902x 70%
Chessmaster 1989 5641x 40%
Cliffhanger 1993 3277x 50%
Contra III 1992 6701x 70%
Cool Spot 1993 5801x 70%
Darkwing Duck 1992 2472x 70%
Defender 1980 6252x 53%
Dig Dug 1982 9843x 77%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 6854x 75%
Donkey Kong 1994 18182x 70%
Double Dragon 1987 8365x 80%
Double Dragon II 1990 10195x 82%
Double Dribble 1987 5316x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 14622x 76%
Dracula 1993 6297x 63%
Duck Tales 1989 10026x 80%
Earthworm Jim 1994 5400x 63%
Elevator Action 1983 7677x 75%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 7913x 70%
FIFA 1993 8037x 66%
Felix the Cat 1992 7841x 74%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 9316x 79%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 3585x 81%
Gauntlet II 1986 3179x 56%
Golf 1984 7655x 74%
Gradius 1985 6153x 81%
Home Alone 1991 7697x 63%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 11646x 58%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 7205x 58%
Ironman 1989 5077x 53%
Joust 1982 6127x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 6945x 88%
Jurassic Park 1993 8588x 67%
Karateka 1984 7244x 63%
Killer Instinct 1994 4810x 82%
Klax 1989 5230x 30%
Kwirk 1989 9114x 89%
Marble Madness 1984 5599x 70%
Mickey Mouse 1989 11757x 81%
Micro Machines 1991 5812x 80%
Monopoly 1987 7070x 78%
Montezuma's Return! 1998 605x 70%
Mortal Kombat 1993 10657x 79%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 8325x 84%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 8998x 87%
NBA Jam 1993 4919x 60%
NHL 95 1994 5769x 65%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 13286x 64%
Operation C 1991 15550x 68%
Othello 1988 6409x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 13465x 63%
Palamedes 1990 5375x 74%
Paperboy 1984 7900x 67%
Paperboy 2 1991 3970x 54%
Penguin Land 1987 6039x 82%
Penguin Wars 1985 7092x 80%
Pinball Dreams 1992 9290x 87%
Pipe Mania 1988 6762x 85%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 40599x 81%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 83526x 82%
Power Rangers 1994 5616x 80%
Prince of Persia 1989 8967x 77%
Q Billion 1989 7062x 60%
Q*bert 1982 7483x 69%
Qix 1981 4755x 63%
R-Type 1988 8373x 82%
Road Rash II 1992 3943x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 5819x 76%
RoboCop 2 1991 3094x 45%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 3184x 50%
Shanghai 1986 5379x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 5116x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 8154x 63%
Snow Brothers 1990 9568x 89%
Space Invaders 1978 7908x 82%
Star Wars 1991 5311x 78%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 22332x 80%
Super Mario Land 1989 212410x 72%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 167649x 72%
Super Star Wars 3 1994 414x 70%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 2016x 80%
Tennis 1983 8679x 68%
Tetris 1986 30676x 10%
Tetris 2 1993 2694x 70%
The Humans 1992 2943x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 6666x 60%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 4841x 83%
Titus the Fox 1992 4736x 80%
True Lies 1994 2184x 70%
Universal Soldier 1992 6502x 65%
Wario Land 1994 102242x 74%
Worms 1995 8589x 67%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 6370x 59%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 16200x 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)

 

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