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Game Boy
Gameboy logo.svg
Nintendo Gameboy.jpg
ManufacturerNintendo
Product familyGame Boy line
TypeHandheld game console
GenerationFourth generation
Retail availabilityJP April 21, 1989[1]
NA August 1989[2]
EU September 28, 1990
Discontinued2003[3]
Units soldWorldwide: 118.69 million, including Game Boy (Play it Loud!), Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Light and Color units
MediaGame Boy cartridges.
Best-selling gameTetris, 30.26 million (pack-in/separately)
Pokémon Red and Blue, 23.64 million approximately (as of January 18, 2009).[4]
PredecessorGame & Watch
SuccessorGame Boy Pocket (redesign)
Game Boy Light (redesign)
Game Boy Color (successor)

The Game Boy (ゲームボーイ Gēmu Bōi?), is an 8-bit handheld video game console. It is Nintendo's first handheld. The Game Boy is also the first portable console to use game cartridges, meaning the games are interchangeable. The Game Boy family eventually did not only include the original, but the Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP and Game Boy Micro.

The Game Boy has a green screen that displays four shades of dark green (gray for the Game Boy Pocket). Like the NES, the Game Boy has four buttons and a cross-shaped direction pad. The console has a single speaker, and it can be used with stereo headphones. As many as four Game Boys can be connected together with the Game Boy Link Cable.

The Game Boy was invented by Gunpei Yokoi, who also was responsible for creating the failed Virtual Boy and the Game & Watch games.

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Sources

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  2. White, Dave (July 1989). "Gameboy Club". Electronic Gaming Monthly (3): 68.
  3. "Consolidated Sales Transition by Region" (PDF). Nintendo. 2010-01-27. Archived from the original on 2010-02-14. http://www.webcitation.org/5nXieXX2B. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  4. "ELSPA Sales Awards: Platinum". Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association. Archived from the original on 2009-05-15. http://web.archive.org/web/20090515224703/http://www.elspa.com/?i=3944. Retrieved 2009-01-18.