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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 23002x 57%
Addams Family, The 1991 14694x 59%
Adventure Island 1986 13943x 69%
Adventure Island II 1991 11711x 67%
Adventure Island III 1992 9423x 71%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 14261x 60%
Alleyway 1989 31039x 71%
Asteroids 1979 12797x 76%
Astérix 1993 7051x 70%
Balloon Kid 1990 15652x 62%
Batman 1989 22056x 73%
Battle City 1985 20123x 62%
Battletoads 1991 11092x 70%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 11935x 70%
Bionic Commando 1987 13368x 74%
Blades of Steel 1988 11647x 73%
Bomb Jack 1984 4522x 80%
Bomberman GB 1995 32609x 72%
Boulder Dash 1984 13274x 62%
Boxxle 1989 19542x 64%
Bubble Bobble 1986 11670x 61%
Bugs Bunny 1989 13299x 78%
Caesars Palace 1992 4079x 62%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 21474x 71%
Championship Karate 1992 6472x 57%
Chase H.Q. 1988 10101x 63%
Chessmaster 1989 9652x 70%
Choplifter II 1991 3964x 66%
Cliffhanger 1993 6310x 50%
Contra III 1992 12804x 71%
Cool Spot 1993 11241x 78%
Darkwing Duck 1992 9215x 83%
Defender 1980 10601x 70%
Desert Strike 1992 2433x 56%
Dig Dug 1982 16846x 76%
Disney's DuckTales 1989 16795x 79%
Disney's DuckTales 2 1993 2415x 70%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 11016x 64%
Donkey Kong 1994 0x 73%
Double Dragon 1987 14235x 76%
Double Dragon II 1990 17242x 76%
Double Dribble 1987 8753x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 0x 70%
Dracula 1993 10025x 73%
Earthworm Jim 1994 10266x 68%
Elevator Action 1983 12467x 73%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 12516x 65%
FIFA International Soccer 1993 13388x 72%
Felix the Cat 1992 13818x 73%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 16790x 75%
Flipull 1989 2932x 60%
Frogger 1981 5554x 82%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 14471x 73%
Gauntlet II 1986 6343x 53%
Golf 1984 13195x 77%
Gradius 1985 12013x 81%
Gremlins 2 1990 2505x 70%
Home Alone 1991 13655x 61%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 18275x 64%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 11735x 57%
Ironman 1989 9051x 53%
Joe & Mac 1991 1418x 78%
Joust 1982 9623x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 10677x 69%
Jurassic Park 1993 14068x 72%
Karateka 1984 12117x 63%
Kid Dracula 1993 4895x 68%
Killer Instinct 1994 11945x 81%
Kirby's Dream Land 1992 5064x 84%
Klax 1989 8843x 53%
Kwirk 1989 20423x 78%
Marble Madness 1984 9289x 65%
Mickey Mouse 1989 24218x 80%
Micro Machines 1991 9165x 78%
Milon's Secret Castle 1986 777x 70%
Monopoly 1987 11702x 80%
Montezuma's Return! 1998 6686x 60%
Mortal Kombat 1993 22105x 72%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 15495x 69%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 15396x 68%
NBA Jam 1993 10129x 63%
NHL 95 1994 10087x 61%
NHL 96 1995 244x 50%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 22375x 68%
Operation C 1991 30962x 69%
Othello 1988 9846x 66%
Pac-Man 1980 0x 66%
Pac-in-Time 1995 434x 60%
Palamedes 1990 11827x 67%
Paperboy 1984 13146x 63%
Paperboy 2 1991 7274x 58%
Penguin Land 1987 10489x 76%
Penguin Wars 1985 11018x 81%
Pinball Dreams 1992 15961x 80%
Pipe Mania 1988 10666x 66%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 0x 79%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 0x 79%
Power Rangers 1994 12645x 78%
Prince of Persia 1989 17297x 61%
Q Billion 1989 12052x 60%
Q*bert 1982 12474x 66%
Qix 1981 10202x 64%
R-Type 1988 14496x 70%
Road Rash II 1992 7234x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 9434x 79%
RoboCop 2 1991 7212x 40%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 6812x 75%
Samurai Shodown 1993 3389x 80%
Shanghai 1986 8724x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 9294x 85%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 13578x 70%
Snow Brothers 1990 14763x 78%
Space Invaders 1978 13600x 75%
Star Wars 1991 10514x 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 4871x 71%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 7219x 66%
Tennis 1983 15798x 78%
Terminator 2 1991 2093x 56%
Tetris 1986 107698x 81%
Tetris 2 1993 7941x 79%
The Battle of Olympus 1988 3397x 70%
The Humans 1992 5914x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 11128x 57%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 8737x 70%
Tintin in Tibet 1995 1629x 70%
Titus the Fox 1992 8283x 76%
True Lies 1994 5240x 61%
Turrican 1990 4026x 64%
Universal Soldier 1992 10957x 60%
Wario Land 1994 0x 73%
Worms 1995 13723x 68%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 11265x 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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