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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 26033x 58%
Addams Family, The 1991 16234x 57%
Adventure Island 1986 15597x 65%
Adventure Island II 1991 12635x 67%
Adventure Island III 1992 13226x 71%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 15457x 61%
Alleyway 1989 37275x 69%
Asteroids 1979 14026x 76%
Astérix 1993 8257x 68%
Balloon Kid 1990 17812x 61%
Batman 1989 24321x 73%
Battle City 1985 22617x 64%
Battletoads 1991 12345x 62%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 13206x 70%
Bionic Commando 1987 14396x 74%
Blades of Steel 1988 12665x 73%
Bomb Jack 1984 6150x 80%
Bomberman GB 1995 37597x 70%
Boulder Dash 1984 14446x 58%
Boxxle 1989 21465x 69%
Bubble Bobble 1986 12997x 55%
Bugs Bunny 1989 15697x 78%
Caesars Palace 1992 5006x 61%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 23908x 68%
Championship Karate 1992 7556x 57%
Chase H.Q. 1988 11251x 63%
Chessmaster 1989 10824x 70%
Choplifter II 1991 5255x 66%
Cliffhanger 1993 7220x 50%
Contra III 1992 14525x 73%
Cool Spot 1993 13716x 78%
Darkwing Duck 1992 10633x 75%
Defender 1980 11841x 70%
Desert Strike 1992 3438x 56%
Dig Dug 1982 18848x 75%
Disney's DuckTales 1989 18515x 77%
Disney's DuckTales 2 1993 3475x 40%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 12169x 66%
Donkey Kong 1994 0x 73%
Double Dragon 1987 15626x 74%
Double Dragon II 1990 18507x 68%
Double Dribble 1987 9616x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 0x 70%
Dracula 1993 10951x 73%
Earthworm Jim 1994 11533x 67%
Elevator Action 1983 13972x 74%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 13628x 65%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 14728x 68%
Felix the Cat 1992 15095x 73%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 18587x 75%
Flipull 1989 4102x 68%
Frogger 1981 7354x 85%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 16586x 74%
Gauntlet II 1986 7382x 53%
Golf 1984 14846x 79%
Gradius 1985 13091x 81%
Gremlins 2 1990 3778x 85%
Home Alone 1991 15495x 64%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 20027x 63%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 12883x 57%
Ironman 1989 10040x 65%
Joe & Mac 1991 2576x 85%
Joust 1982 10640x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 11601x 69%
Jurassic Park 1993 15514x 72%
Karateka 1984 13215x 63%
Kid Dracula 1993 6386x 62%
Killer Instinct 1994 13268x 81%
Kirby's Dream Land 1992 11388x 82%
Klax 1989 9691x 53%
Kwirk 1989 22305x 78%
Marble Madness 1984 10385x 65%
Mickey Mouse 1989 26539x 81%
Micro Machines 1991 10069x 69%
Micro Machines 2 1994 346x 60%
Milon's Secret Castle 1986 1598x 70%
Monopoly 1987 12935x 80%
Monster Max 1994 1418x 41%
Montezuma's Return! 1998 8235x 58%
Mortal Kombat 1993 24516x 70%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 17241x 69%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 17157x 69%
NBA Jam 1993 11352x 62%
NHL 95 1994 11142x 59%
NHL 96 1995 1173x 50%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 24645x 68%
Operation C 1991 36815x 72%
Othello 1988 10901x 68%
Pac-Man 1980 0x 66%
Pac-in-Time 1995 1397x 60%
Palamedes 1990 12590x 67%
Paperboy 1984 14400x 63%
Paperboy 2 1991 8084x 58%
Penguin Land 1987 11410x 74%
Penguin Wars 1985 11972x 81%
Pinball Dreams 1992 17046x 80%
Pipe Mania 1988 11673x 66%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 0x 79%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 0x 79%
Power Rangers 1994 14219x 81%
Prince of Persia 1989 19608x 58%
Q Billion 1989 13310x 60%
Q*bert 1982 13923x 64%
Qix 1981 11533x 63%
R-Type 1988 17190x 70%
Road Rash II 1992 8292x 47%
Robin Hood 1991 10381x 79%
RoboCop 2 1991 8290x 40%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 7920x 75%
Sagaia 1989 748x 80%
Samurai Shodown 1993 4506x 80%
Shanghai 1986 9632x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 10735x 87%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 14980x 71%
Snow Brothers 1990 16005x 78%
Space Invaders 1978 15059x 68%
Star Wars 1991 11953x 70%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 0x 77%
Super Mario Land 1989 0x 73%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 0x 74%
Super Star Wars 3 1994 5822x 71%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 8427x 66%
Tennis 1983 17262x 79%
Terminator 2 1991 3416x 63%
Tetris 1986 137743x 81%
Tetris 2 1993 9307x 78%
The Battle of Olympus 1988 4560x 70%
The Humans 1992 6860x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 12309x 61%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 9783x 70%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 2648x 70%
Titus the Fox 1992 9164x 76%
True Lies 1994 6151x 61%
Turrican 1990 5182x 65%
Universal Soldier 1992 12017x 60%
Wario Land 1994 0x 73%
Worms 1995 15127x 68%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 12224x 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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