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The Nintendo Game Boy

Released: November 1989, 21 years ago

CPU Speed: Sharp Z80 2,2 MHz

Memory: 8 KB RAM / 8 KB VRAM

Video: 160x144 / 4 colors

Game Controller: Buttons

Price in 1989: $179

When it comes to hand held games that retro gamers can fondly recall from days gone by, one of the first one that is likely to pop into one's head is Nintendo's Game Boy. It was Nintendo's first handheld system in the storied Game Boy line, and was released in the late eighties. It was originally released with the madly popular and addictive puzzle game, Tetris, which only served to make the puzzle game more popular. Between the initial release of Tetris as part of the system's bundle and separate cartridge sales, Tetris for Game Boy sold over 33 million copies, making it the system's best-seller. The Pokemon series was also an amazing success.

The Game Boy was met with fierce, nearly cutthroat competition. With a monochrome color palette, the Game Boy suffered from a smear campaign, launched in favor of Sega's Game Gear. The Atari Lynx also stole some of the Game Boy thunder, but its battery requirements made it an expensive toy to use for long periods of time. It was also quite pricey.

The original Game Boy offered some super popular titles, everything from the Addams Family to Zelda. It featured a host of the Nintendo flagship games starring Mario and Luigi. Overall, as a virgin handheld system, the Nintendo Game Boy was a huge success, making gaming exciting and accessible from anywhere you felt comfortable.



Nintendo Game Boy Games News

Dr. Franken on SEGA (February 24th, 2012)


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SMSPower has made a bit of a name for itself in the retro gaming industry by preserving games that were unreleased, untranslated or simply unheard of. Their goal…a lofty one at that…is to preserve the entire Sega 8-bit library...

Play Super Smash Land demake for free (September 14th, 2011)


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Dan Fornance is a genius to many old school gamers. Having demade Super Smash Bros. and giving it the feel of a monochromatic Game Boy title, Fornance has given fans of the many Nintendo favorite characters something more to crow about...

A little fun with Tetris (July 7th, 2011)


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It is hard to believe that Tetris, one of the most cloned games ever, turned 27 years young on June 6, 2011. Tetris became incredibly popular when it was bundled with Nintendo’s GameBoy, going on to become the best-selling game on the handheld console...

Top Nintendo Game Boy Games

Tetris Game Boy
1. Tetris 

   
Donkey Kong Game Boy
2. Donkey Kong 

   
Super Mario Land Game Boy
3. Super Mario Land 

   
Star Wars Game Boy
4. Star Wars 

   
Pokemon Red Game Boy
5. Pokemon Red 

   
Godzilla Game Boy
6. Godzilla 

   
Mortal Kombat Game Boy
7. Mortal Kombat 

   
Batman Game Boy
8. Batman 

   
Tamagotchi Game Boy
9. Tamagotchi 

   
Killer Instinct Game Boy
10. Killer Instinct 

   
Pokemon Blue Game Boy
11. Pokemon Blue 

   
Pokemon Yellow Game Boy
12. Pokemon Yellow 

   
Toy Story Game Boy
13. Toy Story 

   
Jurassic Park Game Boy
14. Jurassic Park 

   
Double Dragon Game Boy
15. Double Dragon 

   
James Bond 007 Game Boy
16. James Bond 007 

   
Prince of Persia Game Boy
17. Prince of Persia 

   
Dr. Mario Game Boy
18. Dr. Mario 

   
Yoshi Game Boy
19. Yoshi 

   
Looney Tunes Game Boy
20. Looney Tunes 

   
Pac Man Game Boy
21. Pac Man 

   
Street Fighter 2 Game Boy
22. Street Fighter 2 

   
Mickey Mouse Game Boy
23. Mickey Mouse 

   
Mortal Kombat 2 Game Boy
24. Mortal Kombat 2 

   
Road Rash Game Boy
25. Road Rash 

   
Adventure Island Game Boy
26. Adventure Island 

   
Home Alone Game Boy
27. Home Alone 

   
Lucky Luke Game Boy
28. Lucky Luke 

   
Monopoly Game Boy
29. Monopoly 

   
Final Fantasy Adventure Game Boy
30. Final Fantasy Adventure 

   
The Lion King Game Boy
31. The Lion King 

   
Top Rank Tennis Game Boy
32. Top Rank Tennis 

   
FIFA International Soccer Game Boy
33. FIFA International Soccer 

   
Bubble Bobble Game Boy
34. Bubble Bobble 

   
Snow Brothers Game Boy
35. Snow Brothers 

   
Donkey Kong Land Game Boy
36. Donkey Kong Land 

   
Pokemon Green Game Boy
37. Pokemon Green 

   
Asterix Game Boy
38. Asterix 

   
Paperboy Game Boy
39. Paperboy 

   
Donkey Kong Land 2 Game Boy
40. Donkey Kong Land 2 

   
Street Racer Game Boy
41. Street Racer 

   
Hugo Game Boy
42. Hugo 

   
Wario Land 2 Game Boy
43. Wario Land 2 

   
Asterix and Obelix Game Boy
44. Asterix and Obelix 

   
Ninja Boy Game Boy
45. Ninja Boy 

   
Baseball Game Boy
46. Baseball 

   
Tom and Jerry Game Boy
47. Tom and Jerry 

   
Mega Man 2 Game Boy
48. Mega Man 2 

   
Donkey Kong Land 3 Game Boy
49. Donkey Kong Land 3 

   
Duck Tales Game Boy
50. Duck Tales 

   
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