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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Rainbow Islands

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This game is not compatible with the original Gameboy
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£16.00
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£16.00

Bub and Bob the heroes from Bubble Bobble are back! The arcade adventures continue on the magical Rainbow Islands. A timeless classic of game play and arcade fun. Myriad creatures conspire to impede your progress at every fun filled level until you face the Guardian, the ultimate test of advancement. The magic rainbows have special powers to help Bub and Bob climb the world and trap the enemies. Pick up the magic shoes and the red and yellow potions to get super speed or additional rainbows. There is a secret room on each island. Try to discover it!

Pokemon Trading Card Game

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£12.00
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£12.00

Based on the hit Wizards of the Coast card game, the greatest Pokemon trading card game players of all time - The Grand Masters - are looking for one player worthy of inheriting the four rare, Legendary Pokemon Cards! Learn how to build and manage decks then take on the 8 Club Masters! Or duel a friend using the Universal Game Link Cable. Includes over 200 Pokemon Trading Cards plus new cards exclusive to Game Boy.

Pokemon Puzzle Challenge

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This game is not compatible with the original Gameboy
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£14.00
Manual: 
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£14.00

The ultimate puzzle challenge awaits you! Chikorita, Pikachu, Totodile and many other Pokemon will be there to help you in your quest to become the Pokemon Puzzle Champion. Using fast reflexes to form chains and combos you must defeat the Gym Leaders in the ultimate Challenge Mode. Includes 6 puzzle modes and in depth training mode to teach you the basics, then share the fun with a friend using the Universal Game Link cable.

Perfect Dark

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Notes: 
This game is not compatible with the original Gameboy. This game is missing its manual.
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£10.00
Manual: 
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£10.00

Discover why they call her Perfect. Agent Joanna Dark has almost finished her training, however now she must prove that she is a worthy representative of the Carrington Institute in her final mission. Little does she know that she is about to uncover an evil conspiracy that will introduce her to the shadowy DataDyne Corporation. All too soon the very fate of mankind will be in her hands.

Micro Machines V3

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This game is not compatible with the original Gameboy
Box: 
yes
£14.00
Manual: 
yes
£14.00

Race your favourite Micro Machines with attitude. The hottest racing game around is back! This time with more tracks, new vehicles and best of all, power-ups! Control over 15 vehicles on 40 separate tracks. Weapons and power-ups, claws, missiles, mines and more. Multi player madness, 1-8 competitions. Special 2D/3D hybrid animation.

Mario Tennis

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£12.00
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£12.00

Mario Tennis anyone? Meet Mario, Luigi, DK and 20 all new characters then take their tennis talents to the courts and play your way to the top. Hone your skills through the wild mini-games in preparation for the challenge of the greatest player of all - Mario! Create your own champions and send them to N64 Mario Tennis using the N64 Transfer Pak and transfer your favourite N64 characters back to your Game Boy Colour!

International Track And Field

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£12.00
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£12.00

With IT&F it takes a little bit more to be a champion. 10 gruelling decathlon events put your stamina and your will power to the test as you battle it out with athletes from around the world.

Crazy Bikers

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This game is not compatible with the original Gameboy
Box: 
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£12.00
Manual: 
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£12.00

Rip through courses with awesome Nitro bursts! All new 'ghost rider' feature lets you race against yourself! Become a true Crazy Biker to unlock hidden courses! Challenge a friend in head to head racing with the link cable. Tear up over 10 fantasy tracks and when you're done, create your own.

Bomberman Quest

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£15.00
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£15.00

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far away, Bomberman was piloting the Bomber Shuttle, carrying monsters he'd fought and captured to Planet Bomber. Suddenly the shuttle was struck by a powerful force, and its engines were stolen! The Bomber Shuttle was forced to make an emergency crash landing on a nearby planet and all the monsters on board took this opportunity to escape. It was then that Bomberman discovered this was all the work of the mysterious Four Commanders!

Legend of Zelda - Oracle of Seasons

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Notes: 
This game has a new save battery fitted
Box: 
yes
£50.00
Manual: 
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£50.00

A hero for all seasons! Onox General of Darkness has imprisoned the Oracle of Seasons and is draining the very life out of the land. With the seasons in turmoil and the forces of evil running rampant, the world looks for a hero, that hero is Link! His quest won't be easy, as he'll have to master the very seasons themselves to turn back the tide of evil.

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