Nintendo Gameboy

The Nintendo Gameboy was released in by Nintendo Japan in early 1989. It was the latest brainchild from Gunpei Yokoi, the genius behind Nintendo Game & Watch games. Gunpei also had several game writing credits to his CV at the time, the most notable was co-writing Donkey Kong, and the Nintendo CEO at the time was confident Gunpei would repeat his previous successes with the Gameboy.

The game came packaged with a simple, yet addictive puzzle game called Tetris. Consisting of different shaped bricks falling down the screen, the bricks had to be manipulated and moved by the player to create rows along the bottom of the game area. Once a row was completed it would disappear, freeing up space for more bricks to fall into.

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The now 'infamous' game was designed by by Alexey Pajitnov and written by Alexy & Dmitry Pavlovsky, two Russian Computer Science Engineers. Although the game is one of the most successful selling games of all time, both authors would have seen very little of the money from the Gameboy release as they lived in the Communist Soviet Union at the time, and any royalties would have gone straight to the Government (or allegedly the KGB).

The Gameboy was an instant hit, largely due to the Tetris game, but also because Nintendo promised ports of their best selling Donkey Kong, Zelda & Metroid games onto the new system. As with the Nintendo NES, Nintendo had no shortage of software developers waiting to make games for the new console. In its first year more than 100,000 consoles were sold in Japan alone, and it has gone on to be the biggest selling console of all time, racking up an amazing 168 million units worldwide.

However, these 168 million were not all the original incarnation of the Gameboy. Over the years, the console has experienced several transformations. Firstly to the Gameboy Pocket was released in 1996. This was essentially the same as the original Gameboy and had the same hardware inside, but it was smaller, sleeker and with a slightly clearer screen.

Next came the Gameboy Colour in 1998. This was the same layout, size and shape as the previous two Gameboys', but sported a colour screen, and a palette of 32,000 colours to choose from. Original Gameboy games were compatible with the Gameboy Colour, some even featuring enhancements, but Gameboy Colour games were not compatible with the original Gameboy.

2001 saw the release of the Gameboy Advance, a completely redesigned console with much more power & better graphics & sound. The most recent Gameboy Advance SP features (finally) a back-lit screen amongst its improvements.

Indeed, it was the lack of several features such as back lighting and colour that lead Sega to believe its handheld console, the Game Gear, would become more popular than the Gameboy. While the Game Gear was technically superior, had a more ergonomically pleasing shape and a larger colour screen, it lacked the game catalogue that the Gameboy had accumulated. That and the fact that its battery life was 1/5 of the Nintendo Gameboy saw its sad demise in 1997.

Several other consoles also attempted to Steal the Gameboys' crown as king of handhelds, but all fell short. The Neo Geo Pocket, Atari Lynx, Bandai Wonderswan and GP32 consoles have all failed to outsell the Gameboy. However, Sony have recently announced the imminent release of the PSP, which is almost as powerful as the PS2. Could this be the handheld to finally topple the Gameboy? Only time will tell.

As with any console, there are a number of add-ons you can buy. Not only did the Gameboy have link cables, magnifiers, back lighters, in car packs etc, but if you felt the need you could buy mini cameras, and tiny printers for your machine! Aside from the obvious with Tetris, notable games for me are Donkey Kong Land, Super Mario Land games, Zelda & the Pokemon games.

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Super Mario Land

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£12.00

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

Nintendo Gameboy Pocket Camera Green Loose

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The Gameboy Camera in green, released as Pocket Camera in Japan, is an official Nintendo accessory for the handheld Game Boy gaming console and was released in 1998. It is also compatible with the Gameboy Pocket, Gameboy Light, Gameboy Color, Super Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, and Gameboy Advance SP. The camera can take 128x112, black & white digital images using the 4-color palette of the Game Boy system. This item is loose, is tested and works.

Nintendo Gameboy Pokemon Guide Book

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£15.00
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£15.00

Essential guidebook for any pokemon fan, this book contains tips and hints for Pokemon Blue, Pokemon Red and Pokemon yellow.

Nintendo Gameboy Pocket Camera Blue Loose

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The Gameboy Camera in blue, released as Pocket Camera in Japan, is an official Nintendo accessory for the handheld Game Boy gaming console and was released in 1998. It is also compatible with the Gameboy Pocket, Gameboy Light, Gameboy Color, Super Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, and Gameboy Advance SP. The camera can take 128x112, black & white digital images using the 4-color palette of the Game Boy system. This item is loose, is tested and works.

Mr Chins Gourmet Paradise

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In this high skill action adventure game from Romstar, Mr. Chin is in hot pursuit of his favorite treat. He has come all the way from China to eat as many luscious gourmet peaches as he can before anyone else discovers how to eat this unique treat. As Mr. Chin, you must pursue the mysterious Momos and zap them into peaches with your demoe beam. So hurry up and run, jump, zap and eat as many peaches as you can before they make dinner out of you.

Megaman 2

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The demented Dr Wily is at it again! This time he's stolen the experimental Time Skimmer and skipped into the future. But Wait! Four of his strongest cyborgs have been left behind to squash the mighty Mega Man! Time is of the essence as Mega Man and Rush blast past waves of maniacal metal monsters on the way to underground lair of Dr Wily. Once there they must face Quint, the ferocious fiend from the future!

WWF Superstars

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Step into the ring and experience all the bodyslamming action of WWF wrestling! Take on 5 of the most popular WWF Superstars-both in and out of the ring-with bone crunching moves like the piledriver, suplex and the incredible flying dropkick. If you've always dreamed of being the WWF champ...THIS IS YOUR GAME!!! You can also go head-to-head with a friend by using the Game Link.

Robocop

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£14.00
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£14.00

Patrolman Murphy was the 32nd cop to be gunned down in Detroit since OCP's Security Concepts Inc. took control of the Police Department. It was the opportunity OCP had been waiting for . . . They took what was left of Murphy and turned him into a deadly law enforcement machine, with a reinforced titanium body, an erased memory, and a programmed mind. However, they could not completely wipe out Murphy's memory of his horrific ordeal, and he sets out to track down the gang responsible. In this game, you are ROBOCOP - the future of law enforcement!

Skate or Die Bad N Rad

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Think you're down n' dirty enough to rule the streets? Nothing in your wildest dreams or most hideous nightmares can compare to this seven level skin-blistering thrash-o-rama sponsored by that Crown Prince of Rock'N Destruction--El Rad the Evil One. From the second you hyper-skate into ElRad's wide world of wipe-outs you'll be pushed to the outer limits by his ruthless band of skateboard freaks. Punishing pals like the Sonic Boomers, the Cool Cat-Eating Rats and the Berserk Not-So-Happy Clown will crash your board and bust your every move. You'll be the bait of a fiendish feeding frenzy.

Pokemon Yellow - Special Pikachu Edition

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£45.00
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You've finally been granted your Pokemon trainer's license. Now, it's time to head out to become the world's greatest Pokemon trainer! The shockingly-cute Pikachu tags along behind you as you search the enormous world for monsters to train and evolve. Face off against Blastoise's torrential water gun. Stand strong when facing Pidgeot's stormy Gust. Develop the ultimate Pokemon strategy to defeat the eight GYM Leaders and become the greatest Pokemon Master of all time?

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