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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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Golf

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£8.00
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£8.00

Game Boy Golf is 18 holes of realistic links action. Each hole has tricky hazards, so strategy is a must. Read the wind direction, cheack the distance, select club length, adjust your swing and keep your eye on the ball. Now drive it home. From twisting fairways and hungary sandtraps to big water hazards and deceptive greens. Game Boy Golf is acked with challenge.

Double Dragon

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£16.00
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£16.00

New Double Dragon for the Game Boy lets you get into the video action wherever you go. All the fast-paced Ninja-fighting excitement of the original Double Dragon for NES now goes as far as your imagination can take it. Help Billy fight his way through the slums, factories, and wooded outskirts of the city to rescue his girlfriend, Marion, who has been kidnapped by the mysterious Shadow Boss's deadly Black Warriors.

Donkey Kong Land

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£12.00
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£12.00

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

Nintendo Gameboy Printer Paper New Boxed

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£20.00
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£20.00

Printer paper for the Gameboy Printer. This is a brand new box of 20 sealed rolls of paper for use with any Gameboy Printer. This item is brand new and sealed.

Nintendo Gameboy Japanese Pocket Printer Pokemon Yellow Boxed

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£40.00
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£40.00

Limited Edition Pokemon Yellow Pocket Printer. The Game Boy Printer is compatible with the Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance systems and is designed to be used in conjunction with the Game Boy Camera. It also prints images from compatible late-generation Game Boy and Game Boy Color games. Is yellow in colour and has Pokemon Characters on the printer and Poke-Ball feed button. Runs on six AA batteries (not included), boxed and has been tested.

Nintendo Gameboy Japanese Pocket Camera Blue Boxed

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£20.00
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£20.00

A Japanese Pocket Camera in blue. It is compatible with the original Gameboy, Gameboy Pocket, Gameboy Color, Super Gameboy, and Gameboy Advance. The camera can take 128x112, black & white digital images using the 4-color palette of the Game Boy system. It can be interfaced with the Game Boy Printer to print any saved images. This item is boxed and complete with manual.

Nintendo Gameboy Printer Loose

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£10.00
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£10.00

The Game Boy Printer is compatible with the Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance systems and is designed to be used in conjunction with the Game Boy Camera. It also prints images from compatible late-generation Game Boy and Game Boy Color games. Runs on six AA batteries (not included), is unboxed and has been tested.

Nintendo Gameboy Action Replay Boxed

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£15.00
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£15.00

This item is as a cheat cartridge. A book is provided which contains hundreds of codes for Nintendo Gameboy games. You simply insert the Action Replay into your console and slot your game into the top. When you switch your machine on, a code entering screen is displayed and you can enter codes for infinite lives, ammo, health etc. You can also do searches for new codes if the book does not contain any for a particular game, or you can search www.gamefaqs.com for additional codes. Great for getting past that level you've been stuck on for ages!

Nintendo Gameboy LMP Light and Magnifier Boxed

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£15.00
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£15.00

A magnifier and a light, made by LMP and officially licenced by Nintendo. Another smart little add-on that clips to the top of your Gameboy. This one magnifies the screen, making gameplay slightly less hard on your eyes and has a light so you can play in low light! This item comes boxed, has been tested and works fine.

Nintendo Gameboy 4 Player Adapter Loose

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£10.00
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£10.00

The gameboy four player adapter. A special adapter that can link together consoles for games that allow more than two players such as F1 Race and Faceball 2000.  This item is loose but tested and works fine.

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