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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Wario Land 3

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Notes: 
This game is not compatible with the original Gameboy
Box: 
yes
£24.00
Manual: 
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£24.00

Wario is trapped.inside a magicbox! To leave the box he needs your help! Embark on a journey through more than 24 vast levels and search for the hidden keys if you are to find all 100 precious treasures. On his adventurous journey, Wario will find many Power Ups and can transform giving him new abilities including Bat-Wario, Zombie-Wario, Stingball-Wario and many more.

Tweetys High Flying Adventure

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Notes: 
This game is not compatible with the original Gameboy
Box: 
yes
£10.00
Manual: 
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£10.00

Although the weather is perfect the kids in London are feeling gloomy because their favourite park is closing forever! In order for the park to stay open, Tweety must take on a tremendous challenge: collect 80 paw prints from cats all over the world. Can you help Tweety collect 80 paw prints and save the park?

Top Gear Rally

Notes: 
This game is not compatible with the original Gameboy
Box: 
yes
£10.00
Manual: 
yes
£10.00

Start your engine. Feel the perfectly-timed motor purr as you roll your rally race car up to the starting line. Ahead of you stretches ribbon of road packed with tight turns and mountainous bumps. And somewhere in the distance are eight rival drivers, jealously clinging to their early leads. But you know that there isn't a car or a racer in the world that can stop you.

Rugrats Totally Angelica

Notes: 
This game is not compatible with the original Gameboy
Box: 
yes
£10.00
Manual: 
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£10.00

Girl gamers unite! It's a whole new game starring me! Play tons of mini games with the whole Rugrats gang. Collect jewellery, shoes, outfits, and make-up for the Rugrats fashion Show or tade them with your friends. Totally Angelica, the first game to star 'the prettiest, most beautiful kid in the whole universe!'

Tonka Raceway

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

Welcome to the Tonka Raceway! With this game you can enjoy the excitement of a real Tonka car race. Enjoy the thrill and challenge of racing on a number of different courses, where four cars go head on against each other. Get ready for some rugged racing on three types of terrain - Desert, Jungle and Snow. When it's time to race, choose from four different types of vehicles - Dump Truck, Race Car, Bull Dozer and a 4x4 Off Road Vehicle. So what are you waiting for? Rev up those engines!

Rampage 2

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

Rampage Universal Tour. Everybody's favourite mutants have been captured! Rescue George, Lizzie and Ralph with new characters Ruby the Lobster, Boris the Rhino and Curtis the Rat. Jump on the devastation bandwagon and dine on Earths citizens before continuing to the rest of the universe!

Pocket Bomberman

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£14.00
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£14.00

Demolition! Explosive action balsts onto the Game Boy Colour! The cult action hero celebrates his premiere on Game Boy Colour, in an exciting platform bomb-em-up! Five challenging worlds, containing 25 huge levels, where you must guide Bomberman towards his quest to remove the curse from the sword of the sun.

Marble Madness

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

Amazing Marble Madness rolls onto the Gameboy Colour for the first time! So, steer your marble through each course as fast as you can without losing control! Avoid enemies such as the Vacuum Cleaner, Acid Puddles, Mable Munchers and more! Multiple course paths provide replay value as you find the fastest way round.

Grand Theft Auto 2

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

Grand Theft Auto is back. Seven ruthless gangs are involved in a brutal power struggle. Make a name for yourself, but watch your back. Respect is earned, not given.

Klax

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This game is not compatible with the original Gameboy
Box: 
yes
£10.00
Manual: 
yes
£10.00

Klax will make you move fast and think fast. Catch coloured tiles as they come down the conveyor belt and arrange them in stacks of threes, vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Sounds easy? It is until they come tumbling so fast it'll drive you crazy trying to catch them all!

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