Game Boy
The Original Game Boy
Release JP: April 21, 1989

NA: July 31, 1989

PAL: September 28, 1990

RUS: 1995

SER: 1996[citation needed]

BSG Tetris
Predecessor Game and Watch
Successor Game Boy Pocket
The Game Boy is the first product of Nintendo's Game Boy line. It was created by Gunpei Yokoi and Nintendo Research & Development 1—the same staff who had designed the Game & Watch series as well as several popular games for the Nintendo Entertainment System. It was released in 1989 and featured cartridges. It had 4 shade monochromatic graphics on a green screen.

Features Edit

Work in Progress

Technical specifications Edit

  • CPU: Custom 8-bit Sharp LR35902core at 4.19 MHz which is similar to an Intel 8080 in that all of the registers introduced in the Z80 are not present. However, some of the Z80's instruction set enhancements over the stock 8080, particularly bit manipulation, is present. Still other instructions are unique to this particular flavor of Z80 CPU. The core also contains integrated sound generation
  • RAM: 8 kB internal S-RAM
  • Video RAM: 8 kB internal
  • ROM: On-CPU-Die 256-byte bootstrap; 256 kb, 512 kb, 1 Mb, 2 Mb, 4 Mb and 8 Mb cartridges
  • Sound: 2 square waves, 1 programmable 32-sample 4-bit PCM wave, 1 white noise, and one audio input from the cartridge. The unit only has one speaker, but headphones provide stereo sound (for further information, see Game Boy music)
  • Display: Reflective LCD 160 × 144 pixels
  • Screen size: 66 mm (2.6 in) diagonal
  • Color Palette: 2-bit (4 shades of "grey" (green to (very) dark green))
  • Communication: Up to 2 Game Boys can be linked together via built-in serial ports, up to 4 with a DMG-07 4-player adapter. More than 4 players is possible by chaining adapters.
  • Power: 6 V, 0.7 W (4 AA batteries provide ~14-35 hours)
  • Dimensions: 90 mm (W) x 148 mm (H) x 32 mm (D) / 3.5" x 5.8" 1.3" (in)


Also, the Gameboy featured Shigeru Myamoto's birthday on the backside of the battery cover. The fourth generation console classic discontinued the day after Pokemon Yellow was released.

Also see Game Boy Accesories

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