|Product family||Game Boy line|
|Type||Handheld game console|
|Retail availability||JP April 21, 1989
NA August 1989
EU September 28, 1990
|Units sold||Worldwide: 118.69 million, including Game Boy (Play it Loud!), Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Light and Color units|
|Media||Game Boy cartridges.|
|Best-selling game||Tetris, 30.26 million (pack-in/separately)
Pokémon Red and Blue, 23.64 million approximately (as of January 18, 2009).
|Predecessor||Game & Watch|
|Successor||Game 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 is a handheld video game console. It was Nintendo's first game console in the Game Boy range. It was their first portable console to use game cartridges, so it could play more than one game, and you could take it anywhere. Since 1989 the range has grown to include not only the original, but also many other consoles such as Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Advance SP and Game Boy Micro. All of these (except the Game Boy Micro) can play Game Boy games as well.
The Game Boy has a green screen that can show four shades of grey or dark green. Like the NES, it has four buttons and a cross-shaped direction all control. The console has a single speaker, but can be used with stereo headphones. As many as four Game Boys can be connected together with special wires for games with more than one player.
The idea for the Game Boy came from Gumpei Yokoi, who also made many other Nintendo video game consoles.
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