Nintendo Gameboy Colour

The Game Boy Color (Japanese ゲームボーイカラー, Gēmu Bōi Karā often shortened to GBC) is Nintendo's successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and in November 19, 1998 in North America and November 23, 1998 in Europe. It features a colour screen and is slightly thicker and taller than the Game Boy Pocket, but smaller than the original Game Boy. As of March 31, 2006, the Game Boy and Game Boy Colour combined have sold 118.7 million units worldwide.

The Game Boy Colour was a response to pressure from game developers for a new and much more sophisticated system of playing, as they felt that the Game Boy, even in its latest incarnation, the Game Boy Pocket, was insufficient. The resultant product was backward compatible, a first for a handheld console system, and leveraged the large library of games and great installed base of the predecessor system. This became a major feature of the Game Boy line, since it allowed each new launch to begin with a significantly larger library than any of its competitors.

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Nintendo made black cartridges that were compatible with the Game Boy Colour, the older Super Game Boy and the original Game Boy. The black colour distinguished these special cartridges from the grey Game Boy carts and the transparent Game Boy Colour carts. The black cartridges had notches in the corner like old Game Boy cartridges, allowing an original Game Boy to be turned on when they were inserted, while the Game Boy Colour cartridges did not. Special Game Boy Colour palettes were built into the black carts, making it impossible to change their palette. Game Boy Colour games also feature the different colour cartridges for the European and American releases of the Pokémon games.

The processor, which is a Z80 clone made by Sharp with a few extra (bit manipulation) instructions, has a clock speed of approx. 8 MHz, twice as fast as that of the original Game Boy. The Game Boy Colour also has four times as much memory as the original (32 kilobytes system RAM, 16 kilobytes video RAM). Additionally, the Game Boy Colour could address more ROM, allowing games as much as eight times the maximum size of those for the original Game Boy. The screen resolution was the same as the original Game Boy, which is 160x144 pixels.

The Game Boy Colour also featured an infrared communications port for wireless linking. However, the feature was only supported in a few games, and the infrared port was dropped for the Game Boy Advance and later releases. The console was capable of showing up to 56 different colours simultaneously on screen from its palette of 32,768, and could add basic four-color shading to games that had been developed for the original Game Boy. It could also give the sprites and backgrounds separate colours, for a total of more than four colours. This, however, resulted in graphic artefacts in certain games; a sprite that was supposed to meld into the background was now coloured separately, exposing the trick.

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Bomberman GB 2

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£15.00
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£15.00

This is an imported Japanese game but it will work on any Nintendo Gameboy Colour console.

Bomberman Max - Blue Champion

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yes
£16.00
Manual: 
yes
£16.00

This is an imported Japanese game but it will work on any Nintendo Gameboy Colour console.

Hexcite

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£10.00
Manual: 
yes
£10.00

The world's best strategy games have two things in common: they start with a deceptively simple board and the goal of taking territory from your opponents. Now HEXCITE brings a whole new shape to strategy games. In HEXCITE, 1 or 2 players battle to dominate the board with pieces of different shapes and sizes. Like any great strategy game, HEXCITE is simple to learn, but challenging to master. And every round is unpredictable until the last play. Who knows? HEXCITE could be the shape of things to come!

Wario Land 2

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£20.00
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£20.00

What kind of no-good ruffians would break into my castle and steal my treasures?! It's that rotten Captain Syrup and that Black Sugar Gang! I'm looking out for bad guys and scavenging for coins as I track down my treasures. If I don't get them all the first time, that's OK. I can go back again and again until I find them all. Captain Syrup doesn't stand a chance against me!

Wario Land 3

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yes
£22.00
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£22.00

Trapped inside a magical music box, the invincible Wario is on a dangerous quest to help a mysterious figure recover its lost powers! Smash, bash and crash your way through more than two dozen gigantic levels in search of hidden keys, valuable treasures and mystical music boxes. Test your wits on puzzle after intricate puzzle and flex your muscles in action-packed boss fights! Be wary of Wanderin' Gooms, Hammer-bots, Mad Scienstein and more as you plunge into one of the largest, most dazzling adventures ever to hit Game Boy Color!

Wario Land 3

Box: 
yes
£16.00
Manual: 
yes
£16.00

This is an imported Japanese game but it will work on any Nintendo Gameboy Colour console.

Legend of Zelda - Oracle of Ages

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yes
£20.00
Manual: 
yes
£20.00

This is a Japanese import but it will work on any Nintendo Gameboy Colour Console

Mario Golf GB

Box: 
yes
£12.00
Manual: 
yes
£12.00

This is a Japanese import but it will work on any Nintendo Gameboy Advance Console

Tetris DX

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yes
£14.00
Manual: 
yes
£14.00

This is a Japanese import but it will work on any Nintendo Gameboy Colour Console

Yu-gi-oh Duel Monsters 2

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yes
£10.00
Manual: 
yes
£10.00

This is a Japanese import but it will work on any Nintendo Gameboy Colour Console

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