Game Boy

gb_.jpgThe little handheld that could. Nintendo's Game Boy (and family) had, pretty much, a monopoly on the handheld market until the PSP showed up. Its first challengers, the Game Gear and Lynx, tried to out muscle it with more power and colour screens, while later competitors like the Neo Geo Pocket and WonderSwan mimicked its basic capabilities, but didn't get a chance to match its library. It held them all off with a diverse range of software. Or maybe just Pokémon.

There have also been some interesting hardware revisions and curious peripherals as is typical of any hardware with a long life and large user base.




The Game Boy's visual style is largely defined by its 'four shades of grey'. Throughout its life careless developers struggles to make readable games as they sought to match what the 16-bit systems were doing (see: Rare, license game developers).

The first hardware version, the 'brick', was more green than grey, and busy games tended to get blurry in motion. So these graphic quirks also influenced the system's library. The Game Boy Pockets had nicer, and greyer, screens, which had less or no motion blur and were a little less particular about light conditions.




Adaptors for other hardware

Bits of hardware used to play Game Boy games on other systems.

Demo Vision

Gameboy Booster / GB Hunter

Not-so-good adaptor for playing GB games on Nintendo 64.

Super Game Boy

Super Game Boy 2

A version of the Super Game Boy with link cable support. It never saw western release, though a PAL version, probably for Hong Kong has been sighted.

Wide Boy

Adaptor for playing Game Boy games on the Famicom.


Allows playing GB and GBC games on the Nintendo 64.

GB Kiss

A cartridge which allows transferring data between Game Boy's via IR.

An adaptor to let GB Kiss cartridges communicate with a PC.

See also

Game Boy Camera

See also

 hardware/gb.txt · Last modified: 2017/04/08 09:58 (external edit)
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