Game Boy

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Game Boy
DesignerNintendo R&D3
ManufacturerNintendo
CPU4.19 MHz Sharp LR35902
Graphics160 × 144, monochrome
RAM8 KB Main RAM
(can be extended to 32 KB)
8 KB Video RAM
MediaGame Pak
ReleaseGame Boy
JP: April 21, 1989
NA: July 31, 1989
EU: September 28, 1990
Play It Loud!/Game Boy Bros.
WW: March 20, 1995
Game Boy Pocket
WW: July 21, 1996
Game Boy Light
JP: April 14, 1998
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The Game Boy was a line of handheld video game consoles that constituted the second handheld video game platform released by Nintendo. It was preceded by the Game & Watch series of handheld consoles.

It was succeeded by the Game Boy Color, which was released in 1998.

Models

Game Boy

The original Game Boy had a monochrome, green-tinted screen. It was released in Japan on April 21, 1989, in North America on July 31, 1989, and in Europe on September 28, 1990.

Play It Loud!

Nintendo's Play It Loud! line of Game Boy consoles contained the same hardware specifications but was sold in different color cases, including transparent. This line of Game Boy consoles was known as Game Boy Bros. in Japan. They were released on March 20, 1995.

Game Boy Pocket

The Game Boy Pocket was a smaller Game Boy unit that required fewer batteries. It was released on July 21, 1996.

Game Boy Light

The Game Boy Light was only slightly bigger than the Game Boy Pocket and contained a backlit screen. It was released only in Japan on April 14, 1998.

Emulated Game Boy games owned by WEC Museum

Title Developer Release Added to museum Notes
Alfred Chicken Twilight 1993 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on Retro-Bit Generations.
Avenging Spirit C.P. Brain 1992 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on Retro-Bit Generations.
Banishing Racer Jaleco 1991 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on Retro-Bit Generations.
Bases Loaded Jaleco 1990 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on Retro-Bit Generations.
Battle Unit Zeoth Jaleco 1990 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on Retro-Bit Generations.
Bionic Commando Capcom 1992 Generations II: July 4, 2020 Included on Retro-Bit Generations II.
Castlevania: The Adventure Konami 1989 Windows: March 6, 2022 Included in Castlevania Anniversary Collection for Windows.
Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge Konami 1991 Windows: March 6, 2022 Included in Castlevania Anniversary Collection for Windows.
Final Fantasy Adventure Square 1991 Switch: February 29, 2020 Included in Collection of Mana on Switch.
Fortified Zone Jaleco 1991 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on Retro-Bit Generations.
The Fortress of Fury 2 Jaleco 1992 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on Retro-Bit Generations.
Game & Watch Gallery Nintendo EAD 1997 3DS: December 16, 2017 Included on the 3DS Virtual Console.
GB Pachio-kun Coconuts Japan
Soft Vision
1993 Generations: July 4, 2020 Included on Retro-Bit Generations II.
GB Pachio-kun 2 Coconuts Japan
Soft Vision
1994 Generations: July 4, 2020 Included on Retro-Bit Generations II.
GB Pachio-kun 3 Coconuts Japan
Soft Vision
1995 Generations: July 4, 2020 Included on Retro-Bit Generations II.
Hero Set!! Pinball Party Jaleco 1990 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on Retro-Bit Generations.
Maru's Mission Tose 1991 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on Retro-Bit Generations.
Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge Minakuchi Engineering 1991 3DS: November 6, 2019 Included on the 3DS Virtual Console.
Mega Man II Japan System House 1991 3DS: November 6, 2019 Included on the 3DS Virtual Console.
Mega Man III Minakuchi Engineering 1992 3DS: November 6, 2019 Included on the 3DS Virtual Console.
Mega Man IV Minakuchi Engineering 1993 3DS: November 6, 2019 Included on the 3DS Virtual Console.
Mega Man V Minakuchi Engineering 1994 3DS: November 6, 2019 Included on the 3DS Virtual Console.
Pachio-kun Castle Coconuts Japan
Soft Vision
1994 Generations II: July 4, 2020 Included on Retro-Bit Generations II.
Pachio-kun Game Gallery Coconuts Japan
Soft Vision
1996 Generations II: July 4, 2020 Included on Retro-Bit Generations II.
Rod Land Jaleco
Eurocom
1990 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on Retro-Bit Generations.
Soldam Jaleco 1991 Generations: October 13, 2019 Included on Retro-Bit Generations.
Super Mario Land Nintendo R&D1 1989 3DS: February 19, 2018 Included on the 3DS Virtual Console.
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Nintendo R&D1 1992 3DS: February 19, 2018 Included on the 3DS Virtual Console.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of The Foot Clan Konami 1990 Switch: March 24, 2022 Included in The Cowabunga Collection for Switch.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Back from the Sewers Konami 1991 Switch: March 24, 2022 Included in The Cowabunga Collection for Switch.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Radical Rescue Konami 1993 Switch: March 24, 2022 Included in The Cowabunga Collection for Switch.
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Nintendo R&D1 1994 3DS: March 3, 2018 Included on the 3DS Virtual Console.