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The Game Boy is a series of handheld battery powered portable video game consoles sold by Nintendo. It is the best selling handheld game system to date.
The gameboy comes in 3 distinct flavours:
Game Boy - the original 8 bit (1989). Based around a Z80 processor. Tiny black and white LCD screen which was not backlit. Plays games from ROM based media called cartridges (sometimes abbreviated as carts).
Game Boy Color - most recent update to the 8 bit range of Game Boy. It has double the processor speed, twice as much memory, a color screen, and an infrared communications port.
Game Boy Advance (2001) - features a 32-bit processor, and a larger color palette. Technically likened to the Super Nintendo and backed up with superior ports of classics such as Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Kart and F-Zero alongside new titles such as Kuru Kuru Kururin. Often referred to as GBA.
Most game consoles become obsolete as newer systems become available. The Game Boy, is unique in its stamina. In 2003 it has been around for 14 years and in that time it has seen off many (often technically superior) rivals; most notably the SEGA Game Gear and the Atari Lynx. The current incarnation, the Game Boy Advance, will still play cartridges created for the Game Boy in 1989.
Thousands of games are available for the Game Boy, which can be attributed in part to its sales in the amounts of millions, a well-documented design, and a typically short development cycle.
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