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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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

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This game is not compatible with the original Gameboy
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£12.00
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£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
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£12.00
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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

Notes: 
This game is not compatible with the original Gameboy
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£10.00
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£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!

Game and Watch Gallery 3

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£12.00
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£12.00

The classics are back! Re-live all the excitement from earlier years of Nintendo Games! This action packed cartridge is the third compilation in this highly successful series with classic games like Donkey Kong Jr and Mario Bros amongst others. All games feature both the original and classic versions of the games, as well as a modernised version with updated graphics.

Chase HQ Secret Police

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£12.00
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£12.00

Chase HQ Secret Police can be best described as a 3D car chase action game. In this game, you take on the role of a police detective in an undercover patrol car. Your objective is to chase down and arrest criminals attempting to escape the law. Or in the two player mode you can play an old fashioned 'cops-and-robbers' game where you can choose to be the police or the suspect.

Donkey Kong Country

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

Go ape on Game Boy colour! The best selling Super NES game is back! In this landmark title you will find all the jammin' jungle hi-jinks from the original, along with DK's animal friends, Rambi, Squarks, Enguarde and many more! Additionally, you get all the fun of a new bonus level and 2-player games (using a Universal Game Link Cable). This classic adventure contains all your favourite Kong's who strive to help DK defeat King K. Rool.

3D Pool

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This game is not compatible with the original Gameboy
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£10.00
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£10.00

The ultimate 3D Pool experience. Do you have a good eye and a steady hand? Pick one of eight wacky characters and test your skill against the remaining seven world class players. Win the craziest pool tournament ever on the Gameboy colour!

Black Bass Lure Fishing

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£10.00
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£10.00

The Black Bass Lure Fishing for Gameboy combines 3D action and reel life fishing all in one! Flip open your electronic tacklebox and choose from eight different lures, pick your favourite fishin' spot and cast your line. The hold your breath as you dive into an underwater world to get a fish-eye view of the action. Now's your chance to practice the moves of all your favourite lures, like the hoppin' frog and the wigglin' worm. You won't wait long before a Black Bass spots your lure and explodes into battle!

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