The Game Boy Pocket (released in 1996) is a redesigned, smaller version of the original Game Boy. Although some technical specifications remained the same, the Game Boy Pocket came with improvements in other areas.
|Game Boy Pocket|
|Release Date|| July 21, 1996|
September 3, 1996
|Predecessor||Game Boy (1989-2003)|
|Successor||Game Boy Light (1998-2003)|
The Game Boy Pocket is smaller and lighter than its predecessor; the display measures 65mm diagonally, slightly smaller than the original Game Boy at (66mm or 2.6"), and larger than the Game Boy Color's display (~59mm or 2.32").
It's powered by 2 x AAA batteries, and thus weighs 148g with batteries (125g without), compared to the original Game Boy's 394g with batteries (220g without). However, power consumption is higher at 80 - 90 mAh, against 70 - 80 mAh (original Game Boy), hence playing time is significantly shorter at up to 10 hours versus 30 hours for its predecessor. A true black-and-white display replaced the original green-tinted 'pea soup' monochromatic display. It's also much sharper than the original Game Boy display and has a faster pixel response time, so blurring and ghosting are less of an issue.
The power LED, which was included with its predecessor, was initially omitted but reappeared in later units.
However, the Game Boy Pocket's internal speaker and headphone port both suffer from quieter/lower sound output. There is a more audible noise compared to the original Game Boy, and when using an AC adapter there's a noticeable low pitched hum through headphones.
The system was discontinued in 2003.
- Nintendo UK: Game Boy Pocket technical data https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Support/Game-Boy-Pocket-Color/Product-information/Technical-data/Technical-data-619585.html