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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 28507x 57%
Addams Family, The 1991 17321x 57%
Adventure Island 1986 16822x 64%
Adventure Island II 1991 13494x 67%
Adventure Island III 1992 15240x 71%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 16462x 61%
Alleyway 1989 43000x 68%
Asteroids 1979 14971x 77%
Astérix 1993 9152x 64%
Balloon Kid 1990 19657x 61%
Batman 1989 26269x 73%
Battle City 1985 24399x 65%
Battletoads 1991 13416x 62%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 14115x 70%
Bionic Commando 1987 15133x 75%
Blades of Steel 1988 13445x 76%
Bomb Jack 1984 7308x 82%
Bomberman GB 1995 41260x 69%
Boulder Dash 1984 15163x 56%
Boxxle 1989 22939x 69%
Bubble Bobble 1986 14039x 60%
Bugs Bunny 1989 16938x 78%
Caesars Palace 1992 5760x 61%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 25741x 67%
Championship Karate 1992 8251x 57%
Chase H.Q. 1988 12150x 63%
Chessmaster 1989 11843x 70%
Choplifter II 1991 6160x 65%
Cliffhanger 1993 7964x 50%
Contra III 1992 15832x 75%
Cool Spot 1993 14668x 78%
Darkwing Duck 1992 11572x 75%
Defender 1980 12715x 70%
Desert Strike 1992 4258x 56%
Dig Dug 1982 20247x 76%
Disney's DuckTales 1989 19858x 75%
Disney's DuckTales 2 1993 4225x 40%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 13032x 66%
Donkey Kong 1994 47188x 73%
Double Dragon 1987 16680x 75%
Double Dragon II 1990 19401x 68%
Double Dribble 1987 10294x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 0x 70%
Dracula 1993 11709x 73%
Earthworm Jim 1994 12679x 65%
Elevator Action 1983 14949x 74%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 14436x 65%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 15670x 68%
Felix the Cat 1992 16051x 74%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 19900x 78%
Flipull 1989 4977x 68%
Frogger 1981 9367x 84%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 18131x 74%
Gauntlet II 1986 8151x 53%
Golf 1984 15940x 79%
Gradius 1985 13920x 81%
Gremlins 2 1990 5155x 60%
Home Alone 1991 16848x 61%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 21250x 63%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 13788x 57%
Ironman 1989 10935x 65%
Joe & Mac 1991 3772x 85%
Joust 1982 11459x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 12410x 69%
Jurassic Park 1993 16742x 74%
Karateka 1984 13931x 63%
Kid Dracula 1993 7590x 62%
Killer Instinct 1994 14276x 82%
Kirby's Dream Land 1992 15951x 82%
Klax 1989 10316x 53%
Kwirk 1989 23676x 79%
Last Action Hero 1993 282x 50%
Marble Madness 1984 11305x 65%
Mickey Mouse 1989 28680x 82%
Micro Machines 1991 10786x 69%
Micro Machines 2 1994 1031x 60%
Milon's Secret Castle 1986 2230x 70%
Monopoly 1987 13944x 81%
Monster Max 1994 2471x 51%
Montezuma's Return! 1998 9296x 58%
Mortal Kombat 1993 25867x 71%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 18524x 70%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 18257x 68%
NBA Jam 1993 12430x 63%
NHL 95 1994 11949x 61%
NHL 96 1995 1824x 50%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 26264x 68%
Operation C 1991 40529x 71%
Othello 1988 11698x 68%
Pac-Man 1980 0x 66%
Pac-in-Time 1995 2157x 60%
Palamedes 1990 13184x 67%
Paperboy 1984 15379x 63%
Paperboy 2 1991 8759x 58%
Penguin Land 1987 12154x 76%
Penguin Wars 1985 12830x 81%
Pinball Dreams 1992 17922x 80%
Pipe Mania 1988 12467x 66%
Pit-Fighter 1990 675x 50%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 0x 79%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 0x 79%
Power Rangers 1994 15286x 81%
Prince of Persia 1989 21264x 58%
Puzznic 1989 421x 80%
Q Billion 1989 14284x 60%
Q*bert 1982 15044x 64%
Qix 1981 12651x 64%
R-Type 1988 18260x 70%
Road Rash II 1992 9022x 47%
Robin Hood 1991 11103x 79%
RoboCop 2 1991 8998x 40%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 8685x 53%
Sagaia 1989 1506x 80%
Samurai Shodown 1993 5272x 80%
Shanghai 1986 10251x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 12012x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 15911x 73%
Snow Brothers 1990 17150x 79%
Space Invaders 1978 16157x 68%
Star Wars 1991 13000x 70%
Star Wars: The Empire ... 1992 547x 75%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 0x 77%
Super Mario Land 1989 0x 73%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 0x 74%
Super Star Wars 3 1994 6649x 71%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 9458x 66%
Tennis 1983 18661x 79%
Terminator 2 1991 4515x 61%
Tetris 1986 160870x 80%
Tetris 2 1993 10280x 72%
The Battle of Olympus 1988 5252x 40%
The Humans 1992 7499x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 13261x 57%
The Smurfs 1993 461x 80%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 10504x 70%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 3382x 70%
Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun 1996 653x 85%
Titus the Fox 1992 9813x 76%
True Lies 1994 6782x 61%
Turrican 1990 5999x 65%
Universal Soldier 1992 12786x 60%
Wario Land 1994 0x 73%
Worms 1995 16067x 68%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 12983x 58%
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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