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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 12347x 59%
Addams Family, The 1991 10203x 56%
Adventure Island 1986 8818x 65%
Adventure Island II 1991 8220x 69%
Adventure Island III 1992 5474x 80%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 9549x 59%
Alleyway 1989 16932x 69%
Asteroids 1979 8849x 73%
Astérix 1993 3204x 60%
Balloon Kid 1990 7607x 69%
Batman 1989 14079x 82%
Battle City 1985 12893x 56%
Battletoads 1991 7087x 73%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 7967x 72%
Bionic Commando 1987 9679x 73%
Blades of Steel 1988 7897x 72%
Bomb Jack 1984 29x 50%
Bomberman GB 1995 18791x 73%
Boulder Dash 1984 9528x 68%
Boxxle 1989 12374x 61%
Bubble Bobble 1986 7446x 70%
Bugs Bunny 1989 6267x 78%
Caesars Palace 1992 682x 60%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 13056x 76%
Championship Karate 1992 3542x 53%
Chase H.Q. 1988 6510x 61%
Chessmaster 1989 6218x 40%
Cliffhanger 1993 3683x 50%
Contra III 1992 7691x 70%
Cool Spot 1993 6529x 70%
Darkwing Duck 1992 3061x 70%
Defender 1980 6759x 53%
Dig Dug 1982 11046x 75%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 7438x 75%
Donkey Kong 1994 24275x 70%
Double Dragon 1987 9186x 80%
Double Dragon II 1990 11204x 82%
Double Dribble 1987 5842x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 16788x 70%
Dracula 1993 6885x 63%
Duck Tales 1989 11064x 77%
Earthworm Jim 1994 6100x 62%
Elevator Action 1983 8500x 71%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 8554x 67%
FIFA 1993 8953x 66%
Felix the Cat 1992 8750x 74%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 10563x 79%
Flipull 1989 106x 60%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 4813x 65%
Gauntlet II 1986 3552x 53%
Golf 1984 8565x 76%
Gradius 1985 6811x 81%
Home Alone 1991 8572x 63%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 12672x 57%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 7906x 57%
Ironman 1989 5676x 53%
Joust 1982 6670x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 7680x 69%
Jurassic Park 1993 9500x 69%
Karateka 1984 8503x 60%
Killer Instinct 1994 5921x 84%
Klax 1989 5767x 30%
Kwirk 1989 10934x 75%
Marble Madness 1984 6200x 70%
Mickey Mouse 1989 13177x 81%
Micro Machines 1991 6302x 80%
Monopoly 1987 7801x 78%
Montezuma's Return! 1998 1490x 63%
Mortal Kombat 1993 13320x 87%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 9510x 69%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 10201x 68%
NBA Jam 1993 5689x 59%
NHL 95 1994 6376x 61%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 14724x 64%
Operation C 1991 17238x 67%
Othello 1988 6984x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 15245x 66%
Palamedes 1990 5922x 67%
Paperboy 1984 8745x 63%
Paperboy 2 1991 4481x 54%
Penguin Land 1987 6769x 82%
Penguin Wars 1985 7675x 80%
Pinball Dreams 1992 10144x 83%
Pipe Mania 1988 7377x 60%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 46958x 80%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 108942x 81%
Power Rangers 1994 6583x 83%
Prince of Persia 1989 10682x 68%
Q Billion 1989 7761x 58%
Q*bert 1982 8172x 65%
Qix 1981 5577x 58%
R-Type 1988 9214x 70%
Road Rash II 1992 4462x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 6368x 76%
RoboCop 2 1991 3755x 45%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 3745x 50%
Shanghai 1986 5909x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 5604x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 9067x 63%
Snow Brothers 1990 10925x 78%
Space Invaders 1978 8882x 82%
Star Wars 1991 6129x 78%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 25950x 81%
Super Mario Land 1989 244258x 72%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 189721x 73%
Super Star Wars 3 1994 940x 75%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 2685x 63%
Tennis 1983 9789x 70%
Tetris 1986 41244x 00%
Tetris 2 1993 3523x 60%
The Humans 1992 3467x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 7321x 60%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 5477x 70%
Titus the Fox 1992 5289x 80%
True Lies 1994 2570x 70%
Turrican 1990 218x 70%
Universal Soldier 1992 7116x 63%
Wario Land 1994 113828x 73%
Worms 1995 9373x 67%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 7003x 58%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 23751x 84%

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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