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Game Boy Color
Developer(s) Nintendo
Release Date(s) Japan
October 21, 1998
North America
November 18, 1998
Europe
November 23, 1998
Australia
November 27, 1998
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The Game Boy Color (ゲームボーイカラー Gēmu Bōi Karā") is a console released by Nintendo as a successor to their previous Game Boy system. The Game Boy Color was released throughout the world in 1998, starting in October with its Japanese release. The system was then released in North America and Europe in late November.

History Edit

The Game Boy Color's production began in the mid 1990s due to developers pressuring Nintendo into developing a new model of Game Boy with more power. This product eventually became the Game Boy Color, a new Game Boy that was not only backward compatible but also featured a larger library of newer games.

The system was then released in Japan on October 21, 1998. Since, it was released in other regions throughout late November of 1998. Since its release, the Game Boy Color has sold over 118 million units worldwide.[2]

Technical specifications Edit

The technical details for the console are as follows:

  • Main processor: Zilog Z80 (8-bit)

Processor speed: 4 or 8 MHz (two processor modes)

  • Resolution: 160 x 144 pixels (same as the original Game Boy and the Sega Game Gear)
  • Palette colors available: 32,768 (15-bit)
  • Colors on screen: Supports 10, 32 or 56
  • Maximum sprites: 40 total, 10 per line, 4 colors per sprite (one of which being transparent)
  • Sprite size: 8x8 or 8x16
  • Tiles on screen: 512 (360~399 visible, the rest are drawn off screen as a scrolling buffer)
  • Audio: 2 square wave channels, 1 wave channel, 1 noise channel, mono speaker, stereo headphone jack
  • ROM: 8 MB maximum
  • RAM: 32 KB
  • VRAM: 16 KB
  • Cartridge RAM: 128 KB
  • Power:
    • internal: 2 AA batteries, 30+ hours of gameplay
    • external: 3V DC
    • indicator: Red LED
  • Input:
    • 8-way D-Pad
    • 4 buttons (A, B, Start, Select)
    • Volume potentiometer
    • Power switch
    • Serial I/O ("Link cable"): 512 kbit/s with up to 4 connections in serial
    • Infra-red I/O: Less than 2 m distance at 45°
    • Cartridge I/O
  • Dimensions:
    • Metric: 75 mm x 27 mm x 133 mm
    • Imperial: 2.95 in x 1.06 in x 5.24 in

References Edit

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