Game Boy Color

How did parents keep their children quiet on long car trips before the Game Boy Color? Released by Nintendo in October 1998, this compact handheld device brought modern video gaming from the home entertainment system into the wider world. Today, this nifty little electronic is remembered fondly for the bright-hued plastic color palette and popular games from the Pokemon, Zelda, and Super Mario franchises.

With color graphics and a custom 8-bit processor, the Game Boy Color is part of the fifth generation of video gaming consoles, which includes home consoles like the Sony PlayStation and Nintendo 64 as well as the Sega Genesis Nomad. Fifth-generation electronics in the nineties and early 2000s were defined by upgrades in graphics, game storage, and full-motion video as well as heightened color depth. Game Boy Color possessed an enhanced color palette that allowed for up to 32,000 different color combinations. Its individual games were housed in Game Pak cartridges and included major favorites like Pokemon Gold and Silver, Pokemon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, Super Mario Land, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, and Kirby.

The console’s main competition was the Neo Geo Pocket Color and the WonderSwan Color, and the lifespan of the electronic lasted from 1998 through 2003. During this time, Nintendo shipped a total of 118.69 million Game Boy systems. Buyers shopping for a Game Boy Color could choose from a range of console colors including Berry, Kiwi, Grape and the ever-popular see-through Atomic Purple - which allowed handlers to see the electronic framework beneath the surface. Additionally, Game Boy Color accessories like the Game Boy Link Cable, Game Boy Camera, and the Game Boy Printer created new points-of-sale for the company while giving players expanded capabilities and the revolutionary option to print a screenshot of their Pokemon – how useful! Just don’t forget your rechargeable batteries.

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