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The Game Boy (ゲームボーイ Gēmu Bōi?) line is a line of battery-powered handheld game consoles sold by Nintendo. It is one of the world's best-selling game system lines, with nearly 200 million units sold worldwide, as of November 17, 2006.[1] The original Game Boy and Game Boy Color combined have sold 118.7 million units worldwide,[2] as of March 31, 2005.[3] All versions of the Game Boy Advance combined have sold 81.06 million units, as of March 31, 2008.[4] For other uses, see Battery. ... A handheld game console is a lightweight, portable electronic machine for playing video games. ... For the video game system, see Nintendo Entertainment System. ... This is a list of video game consoles and handheld game consoles that have sold five million units or more. ... 17 November is also the name of a Marxist group in Greece, coinciding with the anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic uprising. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the entire Game Boy series of handheld consoles, see Game Boy line. ... The Game Boy Color , shortened to GBC) is Nintendos successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and in November of 1998 in the United States and 1999 in Europe. ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “GBA” redirects here. ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...

The entire Game Boy line. From left to right: Game Boy, Play it Loud Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Light, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy Advance SP "Mark II" (with brighter, backlight screen) , Game Boy Micro.
The entire Game Boy line. From left to right: Game Boy, Play it Loud Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Light, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy Advance SP "Mark II" (with brighter, backlight screen) , Game Boy Micro.

Contents

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History

Nintendo's Game Boy handheld was first released in 1989. The gaming device was the brainchild of long-time Nintendo employee Gunpei Yokoi, who was the person behind the Ultra Hand, an expanding arm toy created and produced by Nintendo in 1970, long before Nintendo would enter the video game market. Yokoi was also responsible for the Game & Watch series of handhelds when Nintendo made the move from toys to video games. When Yokoi designed the original Game Boy, he knew that, to be successful, the system needed to be small, light, inexpensive, and durable, as well as have a varied, recognizable library of games upon its release. By following this simple mantra, the Game Boy line managed to gain a vast following despite technically superior alternatives which would have color graphics instead. This is also apparent in the name (conceived by Shigesato Itoi), which connotes a smaller "sidekick" companion to Nintendo's consoles. Game Boy continues its success to this day and many at Nintendo have dedicated the handheld in Yokoi's memory. Game Boy celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2004, which nearly coincided with the 20-year anniversary to the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). To celebrate, Nintendo released the Classic NES Series and an NES-themed color scheme for the Game Boy Advance SP. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata had this to say on the rumored[5] demise of the Game Boy brand: "No, it's not true after all. What we are repeatedly saying is that for whichever platform, we are always conducting research and development for the new system, be it the Game Boy, or new console or whatever. And what we just told the reporter was that in thinking about the current situation where we are enjoying great sales with the DS and that we are now trying to launch the Wii, it's unthinkable for us to launch any new platform for the handheld system, including the new version of the GBA... Perhaps they misunderstood a part of this story, but as far as the handheld market is concerned [right now] we really want to focus on more sales of the DS; that's all."[6] For the video game system, see Nintendo Entertainment System. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... (New Wide Screen), 1982 The Game & Watch (G&W) series were handheld electronic games made by Nintendo and created by its game designer Gunpei Yokoi from 1980 to 1991. ... A Color LCD is a descendant of the primative monochrome LCD. This kind of LCD can emulate almost any real-life image compared to a monochrome LCD. Techniques for color graphics Thin-film transistors and color filters History During the 1970s and early 1980s, LCD technology was not... Shigesato Itoi (糸井重里 Itoi Shigesato, born November 10, 1948) is a famous Japanese copywriter and essayist, though he is best known in the West as a game designer for his work on Nintendos Mother series of games, specifically EarthBound in the United States, as well as his bass fishing video... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... “NES” redirects here. ... The Classic NES Series in North America (Famicom Mini Series in Japan and NES Classics in Europe) are a series of Game Boy Advance games that were originally released on the Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom and Famicom Disk System emulated on the Game Boy Advance. ... The Game Boy Advance SP ), released in February 2003, is an upgraded version of Nintendos Game Boy Advance. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth home video game console released by Nintendo. ...


Versions

The Game Boy console went through several design iterations since its release in 1989. 1989 1989 in games 1988 in video gaming 1990 in video gaming Notable events of 1989 in video gaming. ...

The entire Game Boy line in their original packaging.
The entire Game Boy line in their original packaging.

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Game Boy

Main article: Game Boy
The original Game Boy.
The original Game Boy.

The original Game Boy was first released in Japan on April 21, 1989. Based around a Z80 processor, it has a black and green reflective LCD screen, an eight-way directional pad, two action buttons (A and B), and Start and Select buttons. It plays games from ROM-based media contained in small plastic detachable units called cartridges (sometimes abbreviated as carts or GamePaks). The killer game that pushed the Game Boy into the upper reaches of success was Tetris. Tetris was widely popular, and on the handheld format could be played anywhere. It came packaged with the Game Boy, and broadened its reach; adults and kids alike were buying Game Boys in order to play Tetris. Releasing Tetris on the Game Boy was selected as #4 on GameSpy's "25 Smartest Moments in Gaming".[7] The original Game Boy was the first cartridge-based system that supported more than four players at one time (via the link port). In fact, it has been shown that the system could support 16 simultaneous players at once. However, this feature was only supported in Faceball 2000. For the entire Game Boy series of handheld consoles, see Game Boy line. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (480x800, 26 KB)Nintendo Gameboy, picture by me fdgsf File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (480x800, 26 KB)Nintendo Gameboy, picture by me fdgsf File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... One of the first Z80 microprocessors manufactured; the date stamp is from June 1976. ... LCD redirects here. ... Read-only memory (usually known by its acronym, ROM) is a class of storage media used in computers and other electronic devices. ... Cartridge for the VIC 20 homecomputer In various types of electronic equipment, a cartridge can refer one method of adding different functionality or content (e. ... A killer application (commonly shortened to killer app), in the jargon of computer programmers and video gamers, has come to mean any program, particularly a minor one, that is ingeniously coded or unexpectedly useful. ... Tetris was a pack-in title included with the Nintendo Game Boy at the handhelds release in 1989. ... GameSpy, also known as GameSpy Industries, is a division of IGN Entertainment, which operates a network of game Web sites and provides online video game-related services and software. ... Screenshot of MIDI Maze (Atari ST) MIDI Maze was an early first person shooter video game for the Atari ST developed by Xanth Software F/X, published by Hybrid Arts, and released around 1987. ...

A Manchester United-branded Game Boy.

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Play It Loud!

In 1995, Nintendo released several Game Boy models with colored cases, advertising them in the "Play It Loud!" campaign. Specifications for this unit remain exactly the same as the original Game Boy, including the monochromatic screen. This new line of colored Game Boys would set a precedent for later Nintendo handhelds; the Game Boy Pocket, the Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance (including the SP and Micro), Nintendo DS, and the Nintendo DS Lite all feature different colored units. Play It Loud units were manufactured in red, yellow, green, purple, and clear cases. A very rare, limited edition Manchester United Game Boy—red, with the logos of the team emblazoned on—was released coterminously with the Play it Loud! handhelds in the United Kingdom. 1995 1995 in games 1994 in video gaming 1996 in video gaming Notable events of 1995 in video gaming. ... The Game Boy Color , shortened to GBC) is Nintendos successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and in November of 1998 in the United States and 1999 in Europe. ... “GBA” redirects here. ... The Game Boy Advance SP ), released in February 2003, is an upgraded version of Nintendos Game Boy Advance. ... Game Boy Micro , trademarked Game Boy micro) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ... The Nintendo DS (sometimes abbreviated NDS or more commonly DS) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ... The Nintendo DS Lite ) (sometimes abbreviated DSLite is a dual-screen handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ... Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ...


Game Boy Pocket

Green Game Boy Pocket
Green Game Boy Pocket

In 1996, Nintendo released the Game Boy Pocket: a smaller, lighter unit that requires fewer batteries. It has space for two AAA batteries, which provide about 10 hours of game play. The Pocket has a smaller link port, which requires an adapter to link with the older Game Boy. The port design is used on all subsequent Game Boy models, excluding the Game Boy Micro. The screen was changed to a true black-and-white display, rather than the "pea soup" monochromatic display of the original Game Boy. The first version, which was silver, did not have a LED to show battery levels. This was soon added due to public demand, along with new Game Boy Pocket units of different colors, some of them new to the Game Boy line. There were several limited-edition Game Boy Pockets including a metallic Ice Blue unit and a pink model exclusive to Japan. Image File history File links Game_boy_pocket. ... Image File history File links Game_boy_pocket. ... 1996 1996 in games 1995 in video gaming 1997 in video gaming Notable events of 1996 in video gaming. ... Look up the abbreviation AAA in Wiktionary // AAA or Triple-A is a three-letter acronym that may refer to: American Automobile Association Australian Automobile Association Advanced Amphibious Aircraft American Affordable Aircraft AmericanAirlines Arena AAA IATA airport code: Anaa Airport in Anaa, Tuamotu Island, French Polynesia Logan County Airport in... Game Boy Micro , trademarked Game Boy micro) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ... Dutch pea soup Pea soup is soup made, typically, from dried peas. ...

Game Boy Light
Game Boy Light

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Game Boy Light

The Game Boy Light was released only in Japan in 1997. The Light is about the same size as the Pocket and has a backlight for low-light conditions. It uses 2 AA batteries, which give it approximately 20 hours with the light off and 12 with it on. 1997 1997 in games 1996 in video gaming 1998 in video gaming Notable events of 1997 in video gaming. ... Backlights are lights that are attached to LCD displays so that they can be seen at night. ...


The Game Boy Light used to be the rarest Game Boy variant outside of Japan at one time, but due to the Internet and online auction sites, the console has become more widely available. It was the only handheld Nintendo produced with an independently lit screen until the release of the Game Boy Advance SP in 2003. The Game Boy Advance SP ), released in February 2003, is an upgraded version of Nintendos Game Boy Advance. ...


Game Boy Color

Game Boy Color
Game Boy Color
Main article: Game Boy Color

First released in Japan on October 21, 1998, the Game Boy Color (abbreviated as GBC) added a color screen to a form factor slightly larger than the Game Boy Pocket. It also has double the processor speed, four times as much memory, and an infrared communications port. Technologically, it was likened to the 8-bit NES video game console from the 1980s. A major component of the Game Boy Color is its near-universal backward compatibility (that is, a Game Boy Color is able to read older Game Boy cartridges and even play them in a selectable color palette). This backwards compatibility became a major feature of the Game Boy line, since it allowed each new launch to begin with a significantly larger library than any of its competitors. Image File history File links Game_Boy_Color. ... Image File history File links Game_Boy_Color. ... The Game Boy Color , shortened to GBC) is Nintendos successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and in November of 1998 in the United States and 1999 in Europe. ... is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Infrared (disambiguation). ... “NES” redirects here. ... Game console redirects here. ... In technology, especially computing (irrespective of platform), a product is said to be backward compatible (or upward compatible) when it is able to take the place of an older product, by interoperating with other products that were designed for the older product. ...

Game Boy Advance
Game Boy Advance

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Game Boy Advance

Main article: Game Boy Advance

In Japan, on March 21, 2001, Nintendo released a significant upgrade to the Game Boy line. The Game Boy Advance (also referred to as GBA) featured a 32 bit 16.8 MHz ARM. It included a Z80 processor for backward compatibility to Game Boy and Game Boy Color games, and had a larger, higher resolution screen. Controls were slightly modified with the addition of "L" and "R" shoulder buttons. The system was technically likened to the SNES and showed its power with successful ports of SNES titles such as Super Mario World and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. There were also new titles in popular SNES series, such as Mario Kart Super Circuit and F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, and a variety of original titles. A widely-criticized drawback of the Game Boy Advance is that the screen is not backlit, making viewing difficult in some conditions. “GBA” redirects here. ... is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... MegaHertz (MHz) is the name given to one million (106) Hertz, a measure of frequency. ... The ARM architecture (previously, the Advanced RISC Machine, and prior to that Acorn RISC Machine) is a 32-bit RISC processor architecture developed by ARM Limited that is widely used in a number of embedded designs. ... One of the first Z80 microprocessors manufactured; the date stamp is from June 1976. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System or Super NES (also called SNES and Super Nintendo) was a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Europe, Australasia, and Brazil between 1990 and 1993. ... Mario Kart: Super Circuit, known in Japan as Mario Kart Advance ), is a video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance in 2001. ... Backlights are lights that are attached to LCD displays so that they can be seen at night. ...


Game Boy Advance SP

Game Boy Advance SP
Game Boy Advance SP
Main article: Game Boy Advance SP

First released in Japan on February 14, 2003, the Game Boy Advance SP - Nintendo model AGS-001 - resolved several problems with the original Game Boy Advance model. It featured a new smaller clamshell design with a flip-up screen, a switchable internal frontlight, and a rechargeable battery, and the omission of the headphone jack, which requires a special adapter to be purchased separately. In some regions owners of the original Game Boy Advance received a special limited offer to trade their old models into Nintendo and merely pay the difference on the Advance SP.[citation needed] In mid September 2005, Nintendo released a significantly improved SP model, unofficially dubbed the "Mark II" or GBA SP +, in North America, and officially Nintendo model number AGS-101, that featured a high quality backlit screen instead of a frontlight, similar to the Game Boy Micro screen but larger. File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The Game Boy Advance SP ), released in February 2003, is an upgraded version of Nintendos Game Boy Advance. ... is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In design, clamshell is a form resembling the shell of a clam, with the ability to open up in the same way. ... Backlights are lights that are attached to LCD displays so that they can be seen at night. ...

Game Boy micro
Game Boy micro

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Game Boy Micro

Main article: Game Boy Micro

Third form of Game Boy Advance system, the Game Boy Micro is four inches wide, two inches tall, and weighs 2.8 ounces. By far the smallest Game Boy created, it is approximately the same dimensions as an original NES controller pad. Its screen is slightly smaller than the SP and GBA screens while maintaining the same resolution (240 × 160 pixels) but is now a higher quality (than original SP, not improved SP) backlit display with adjustable brightness. In the United States and Canada, included with the system are two additional faceplates which can be swapped to give the system a new look; Nintendo of America sells additional faceplates on their online store. In Europe, the Game Boy Micro comes with a single faceplate. The Game Boy Micro is unable to play all original Game Boy or Game Boy Color games, only playing Game Boy Advance titles (with the exception of the e-Reader of course, discontinued in America, but still available in Japan). Game Boy Micro , trademarked Game Boy micro) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ... This article is about the Nintendo device. ...


Accessories

Main article: Game Boy accessories

The Game Boy, as with many other consoles, has had a number of both first-party and unlicensed third-party accessories, such as Action Replays, released. // The Game Boy Camera was a rudimentary digital camera. ...


Cartridges

Each video game is stored on a plastic cartridge (or "Game Pak", as they are officially referred to). All cartridges, excluding those for Game Boy Advance, measure 5.8 by 6.5 cm. The cartridge provides the code and game data to the console's CPU. Some cartridges include a small battery with SRAM, flash memory chip, or EEPROM which allows game data to be saved when the console is turned off. If the battery dies in a cartridge, then the save data will be lost, however it is possible to replace the battery with a new battery. To do this the cartridge must be unscrewed, opened up, and the old battery removed and replaced. This may require desoldering the dead battery and soldering the replacement in place. Before 2003, Nintendo used round, flat watch batteries for saving information on the cartridges. These batteries were replaced in newer cartridges due to the fact that they could only live for a certain amount of time. Computer and video games redirects here. ... Cartridge for the VIC 20 homecomputer In various types of electronic equipment, a cartridge can refer one method of adding different functionality or content (e. ... This article is about the unit of length. ...


The cartridge is inserted into the console cartridge slot. If the cartridge is removed while the power is on, and the Game Boy does not automatically reset, the game freezes; the Game Boy may exhibit unexpected behavior, such as rows of zeros appearing on the screen, the sound remaining at the same pitch as was emitted the instant the game was pulled out, saved data may be corrupted, and hardware may be damaged. This applies to most video game consoles that use cartridges. The original Game Boy power switch was designed to prevent the player from being able to remove the cartridge while the power is on. Cartridges intended only for Game Boy Color (and not for the original Game Boy) use the space intended for the locking mechanism to prevent insertion into the original Game Boy. Even if this is bypassed by using a Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Light, or Super Game Boy, the game will not run, and an image on the screen will inform the user that the game is only compatible with Game Boy Color systems. The Nintendo GameCube is an example of a popular video game console. ...

Game Boy cartridges, displaying the Wario Land series; the furthest to the right is a Game Boy Advance cartridge.
Game Boy cartridges, displaying the Wario Land series; the furthest to the right is a Game Boy Advance cartridge.

Excluding game-specific variations, there are four types of cartridges compatible with Game Boy systems: Download high resolution version (1680x513, 181 KB)From left to right: Original Game Boy cartridge, Game Boy Color cart compatible with the original GB, Game Boy Color cart not compatible with the original GB, Game Boy Advance cart File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this... Download high resolution version (1680x513, 181 KB)From left to right: Original Game Boy cartridge, Game Boy Color cart compatible with the original GB, Game Boy Color cart not compatible with the original GB, Game Boy Advance cart File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this... Categories: Computer and video game stubs | 1993 computer and video games | Game Boy games ...

  • Gray cartridges are compatible with all Game Boy systems, excluding Game Boy Micro. All original Game Boy games are of this type. Some of these cartridges are in alternative colors, such as red or blue for Pokémon Red and Blue, and yellow for Donkey Kong Land. The games on these cartridges are programmed in black and white; when used on Game Boy Color or later systems, the color of the graphics can be chosen at the start-up screen, by pressing a specific button combination (listed below). Most gray-cartridge games published by Nintendo have a special default palette, which is accessible by not pressing any buttons at start-up. Games which do not have a special default palette will default to the Dark Green palette. Some gray cartridges that were released between 1994 and 1998 have Super Game Boy enhancements.
  • Up: Brown
  • Up & A: Red
  • Up & B: Dark Brown
 
  • Down: Pastel Mix
  • Down & A: Orange
  • Down & B: Yellow
 
  • Left: Blue
  • Left & A: Dark Blue
  • Left & B: Gray
 
  • Right: Green
  • Right & A: Dark Green
  • Right & B: Inverted
  • Black cartridges are compatible with all Game Boy systems, excluding Game Boy Micro. The games on these cartridges are programmed in color; when used on Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Light, or Super Game Boy, the graphics are in black and white. Examples of black-cartridge games are Pokémon Yellow: Special Pikachu Edition, Pokémon Gold and Silver (however, the actual colors of these three cartridges are yellow, gold, and silver, respectively). Games such as Wario Land II, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, and Tetris DX were full-color re-releases of gray-cartridge games with additional content. About one quarter of Game Boy Color releases were black-cartridge games.[verification needed] Some black cartridges have Super Game Boy enhancements.
  • Clear cartridges are compatible with Game Boy Color and later systems, excluding Game Boy Micro. About three quarters of Game Boy Color releases were clear-cartridge games.[verification needed] Some clear cartridges have built-in features, including rumble features (Perfect Dark) and tilt sensors (Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble).
  • Advance cartridges are half the size of all earlier cartridges and are compatible with Game Boy Advance and later systems. Some Cartridges are colored to resemble the game (usually for the Pokémon series. Pokemon Emerald for example, being emerald green). They are also compatible with Nintendo DS; however, due to its lack of a link-cable port, the Nintendo DS cannot utilize any of the multiplayer modes of any Game Boy Advance titles or even connect to a GameCube. Some Advance cartridges have built-in features, including rumble features (Drill Dozer), tilt sensors (WarioWare: Twisted!, Yoshi Topsy-Turvy), and solar sensors (Boktai).

Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue are the first two installments of the Pokémon series of role-playing video games, first released for the Game Boy in Japan in 1996, later released to the rest of the world in 1998 (North America) and 1999 (Europe and Australia), and... Donkey Kong Land is a video game developed by Rareware for the Game Boy. ... Super Game Boy Box art. ... Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, released in Japan as Pocket Monsters Kin and Pocket Monsters Gin , lit. ... Wario Land 2 is a video game released for the Game Boy in 1998. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about haptic technology. ... Perfect Dark is a video game for the Game Boy Color developed by Rare. ... The Nintendo Tilt Sensor is a technology used for certain games on the Game Boy systems. ... Kirby Tilt n Tumble is a Game Boy Color video game made by Nintendo that features a built-in tilt sensor. ... Drill Dozer (in Japan, Screw Breaker )) is an action game for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance system. ... Yoshi Topsy-Turvy, known in Japan and Europe as Yoshis Universal Gravitation (ヨッシーの万有引力 Yoshi no Banyū Inryoku), is a platformer for the Game Boy Advance that was developed by Artoon and published by Nintendo, starring Yoshi. ... Photodiode closeup A photodiode A photodiode is a semiconductor diode that functions as a photodetector. ... Boktai is a video game series developed by Konami for the Game Boy Advance handheld console. ...

Popularity

Most game consoles become obsolete as newer systems become available. The Game Boy is unique in its stamina. 2004 brought about its 15th anniversary and in that time it has outlived (often technically superior) rivals; most notably the Sega Game Gear, the Atari Lynx and the Neo Geo Pocket Color. Thousands of games are available for the Game Boy, which can be attributed in part to its sales in the amount of millions, a well-documented design, and a typically short development cycle. The Nintendo DS is able to play the large library of Game Boy Advance games. However, it cannot play multiplayer GBA games or link to the Nintendo GameCube, and it is not backward-compatible at all with the original Game Boy or the Game Boy Color due to the lack of a Z80 processor. The Sega Game Gear is a handheld game console which was Segas response to Nintendos Game Boy. ... The Lynx was a handheld game console released by Atari in 1989. ... The Neo-Geo Pocket Color (or NGPC) was released on March 16, 1999 in Japan. ... The Nintendo DS (sometimes abbreviated NDS or more commonly DS) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ... The Nintendo GameCube (GCN) is Nintendos fourth home video game console, belonging to the sixth generation era. ... One of the first Z80 microprocessors manufactured; the date stamp is from June 1976. ...


Other uses

Numerous musical acts have appropriated the Game Boy as a musical instrument (Game Boy music), using software such as nanoloop or Little Sound DJ. Notably: Hadouken!, 6955, Bit Shifter, Bubblyfish, Covox, Cow'P, dot.matrix, FirestARTer, Gameboy Music Club, Gameboyzz Orchestra, Glomag, Goto80, Lo-bat, Bud Melvin, Nullsleep, OMAC, Role Model, Saitone, Uoki-Toki etc. The scope of this article is the use of the Nintendo Game Boy as a musical instrument, be it as a soundsource in the studio, or live on stage. ... Nanoloop is a sound editing application released in 1998 for the Nintendo Gameboy, allowing the user to create sequences that can be played on the device. ... Little Sound DJ is synthesizer, loop creater, and drum machine designed for the Nintendo Game Boy. ... This article is about the English band. ...


See also

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This is a list of games for the Game Boy handheld game system, organized alphabetically by name, followed by catalog number where known. ... This is a list of games for the Game Boy Color handheld game system, organized alphabetically by name, followed by catalog number where known. ... This is a list of games for the Game Boy Advance handheld game system, organized alphabetically by name. ... This is a list of case colors and styles that have been produced for the Nintendo Game Boy line of handheld systems since 1989. ... The NTSC Players Choice release of the GameCube title Star Fox Adventures. ... This is a list of Game Boy and Game Boy Color games that make use of the enhancements the Super Game Boy has to offer, organised alphabetically by name. ... The Nintendo DS (sometimes abbreviated NDS or more commonly DS) is a handheld game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. ...

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Game Boy Advance SP - LoveToKnow VideoGames (557 words)
The Game Boy Advance SP (GBA-SP) is an upgraded version of the Nintendo Game Boy Advance.
Game Boy systems had previously employed a simple design with the screen and buttons on the face of the unit.
The Game Boy Advance SP took the screen and moved it to a swivel-top similar to a laptop.
Game Boy (390 words)
Super Game Boy - not a Game Boy portable, but a plugin cartridge for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, it was the first Game Boy to offer color games (although with a very limited palette).
Game Boy Color - most recent update to the 8 bit range of Game Boy, the processor has doubled in speed, has twice as much memory and a color screen.
Thousands of games are available for the Game Boy, which can be attributed in part to its sales in the amounts of millions, a well-documented design, and a typically short development cycle.
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