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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 7610x 64%
Addams Family, The 1991 8083x 61%
Adventure Island 1986 6388x 80%
Adventure Island II 1991 5771x 88%
Adventure Island III 1992 3322x 53%
Adventures of Lolo 1987 7337x 68%
Alleyway 1989 12656x 80%
Asteroids 1979 6802x 70%
Astérix 1993 1491x 70%
Balloon Kid 1990 4422x 83%
Batman 1989 9655x 81%
Battle City 1985 9847x 55%
Battletoads 1991 5290x 68%
Battletoads & Double Dragon 1993 5917x 81%
Bionic Commando 1987 7521x 85%
Blades of Steel 1988 5946x 84%
Bomberman GB 1995 13633x 78%
Boulder Dash 1984 7521x 71%
Boxxle 1989 9096x 61%
Bubble Bobble 1986 5494x 75%
Bugs Bunny 1989 3180x 80%
Castlevania: The Adventure 1989 9073x 73%
Championship Karate 1992 2212x 60%
Chase H.Q. 1988 4932x 70%
Chessmaster 1989 4690x 40%
Cliffhanger 1993 2562x 50%
Contra III 1992 5046x 65%
Cool Spot 1993 4884x 70%
Darkwing Duck 1992 1534x 70%
Defender 1980 5293x 53%
Dig Dug 1982 7955x 65%
Disney’s Pocahontas 1996 5922x 75%
Donkey Kong 1994 9590x 72%
Double Dragon 1987 7172x 80%
Double Dragon II 1990 9033x 81%
Double Dribble 1987 4487x 80%
Dr. Mario 1990 11286x 71%
Dracula 1993 5274x 63%
Duck Tales 1989 8405x 83%
Earthworm Jim 1994 4242x 63%
Elevator Action 1983 6505x 76%
F-15 Strike Eagle 1985 6856x 70%
FIFA 1993 6519x 71%
Felix the Cat 1992 6416x 74%
Final Fantasy Legend 1989 7815x 79%
Gargoyle's Quest 1990 1939x 80%
Gauntlet II 1986 2463x 56%
Golf 1984 6165x 71%
Gradius 1985 5298x 81%
Home Alone 1991 6305x 56%
Hyper Lode Runner 1990 9864x 58%
Indiana Jones and ... 1989 6167x 58%
Ironman 1989 4096x 30%
Joust 1982 5316x 55%
Judge Dredd 1995 5536x 88%
Jurassic Park 1993 7162x 71%
Karateka 1984 6241x 66%
Killer Instinct 1994 3521x 73%
Klax 1989 4358x 30%
Kwirk 1989 7162x 88%
Marble Madness 1984 4703x 70%
Mickey Mouse 1989 9805x 79%
Micro Machines 1991 4909x 80%
Monopoly 1987 5939x 78%
Mortal Kombat 1993 8247x 92%
Mortal Kombat II 1994 7024x 81%
Ms. Pac-Man 1982 7098x 83%
NBA Jam 1993 3637x 60%
NHL 95 1994 4781x 65%
Nintendo World Cup 1990 11013x 68%
Operation C 1991 13113x 68%
Othello 1988 5565x 64%
Pac-Man 1980 10895x 59%
Palamedes 1990 4501x 74%
Paperboy 1984 6744x 68%
Paperboy 2 1991 3085x 54%
Penguin Land 1987 4984x 82%
Penguin Wars 1985 5869x 88%
Pinball Dreams 1992 7719x 87%
Pipe Mania 1988 5565x 85%
Pokémon Blue Version 1996 34868x 81%
Pokémon Red Version 1996 65247x 82%
Power Rangers 1994 4172x 80%
Prince of Persia 1989 7236x 74%
Q Billion 1989 5983x 60%
Q*bert 1982 6267x 69%
Qix 1981 3411x 60%
R-Type 1988 6953x 88%
Road Rash II 1992 3150x 40%
Robin Hood 1991 4923x 76%
RoboCop 2 1991 2259x 45%
RoboCop vs Terminator 1993 2312x 50%
Shanghai 1986 4578x 80%
Side Pocket 1987 4331x 70%
Skate or Die: Bad ’N Rad 1991 6885x 64%
Snow Brothers 1990 7910x 88%
Space Invaders 1978 6654x 73%
Star Wars 1991 3727x 87%
Super Mario Bros. 1985 17518x 72%
Super Mario Land 1989 167916x 73%
Super Mario Land 2 1992 135190x 72%
T2: The Arcade Game 1991 995x 60%
Tennis 1983 6875x 66%
Tetris 1986 19174x 00%
Tetris 2 1993 1629x 70%
The Humans 1992 2114x 70%
The Jungle Book 1994 5659x 40%
The Tower of Druaga 1984 3878x 83%
Titus the Fox 1992 3837x 80%
True Lies 1994 1406x 70%
Universal Soldier 1992 5562x 65%
Wario Land 1994 84468x 72%
Worms 1995 7401x 67%
Xenon 2: Megablast 1989 5362x 59%
Zelda: Link’s Awakening 1993 11003x 78%

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
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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