Release Date Although like its predecessor, the Game Boy Pocket has no backlight to allow play in a darkened area, it did notably improve visibility and pixel response-time (mostly eliminating ghosting). [49], In 1995, Nintendo of America announced that 46% of Game Boy players were female, which was higher than the percentage of female players for both the Nintendo Entertainment System (29%) and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (14%). [50] In 2009, the Game Boy was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame, 20 years after its introduction. Several accessories were also developed, including a carrying pouch, Game Genie, and printer. [6][48] At a March 14, 1994, press conference in San Francisco, Nintendo vice president of marketing Peter Main answered queries about when Nintendo was coming out with a color handheld system by stating that sales of the Game Boy were strong enough that it had decided to hold off on developing a successor handheld for the near future. July 21, 1996 September 3, 1996 It was available in two standard colors: gold and silver. "(5) Volume dial (VOL) — Adjusts the sound volume…(7)Contrast adjustment (CONTRAST) — Adjusts the contrast of the display. Several redesigns were released during the console's lifetime, including the Game Boy Pocket in 1996 and the Game Boy Light in 1998 (Japan only). A rare, limited edition Manchester United Game Boy is red, with the logos of the team emblazoned on it. [citation needed]. The Game Boy Pocket is a smaller version of the Game Boy. Following the popularity of the Nintendo Entertainment System, he talked to Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi, saying that he could do a handheld system with interchange games. System production and system shipping sales ceased in 2003. The high … Game Boy (1989-2003) It was designed by the same team that developed the Game & Watch series of handheld electronic games and several Nintendo Entertainment System games: Satoru Okada, Gunpei Yokoi, and Nintendo Research & Development 1.[11][12]. Gallery. A grey Game Boy Pocket. The GBP's screen has a 65 mm (2.56 in) diagonal, 48.5 mm (1.91 in) width, and 43.5 mm (1.71 in) height, compared to a 59 mm (2.32 in) diagonal for the GBC. Media The screen was changed to a true black-and-white display, rather than the "pea soup" monochromatic display of the original Game Boy. The Game Boy Light is only slightly bigger than the Game Boy Pocket and features an electroluminescent backlight for low-light conditions. "According to an article in, Owner's Manual, p. 5. [53], For the entire Game Boy line of handheld consoles, see, (including Game Boy (Play it Loud! SF-1 Super Nintendo Entertainment System TV, Nintendo Entertainment System (Model NES-101), https://nintendo.fandom.com/wiki/Game_Boy_Pocket?oldid=585714. units were manufactured in red, green, black, yellow, white, blue, and clear (transparent) or sometimes called X-Ray in the UK. handhelds in the United Kingdom. [39] The first version did not have a power LED. The Game Boy Pocket is a redesigned version of the original Game Boy having the same features released in 1996. All the corners of the portrait-oriented rectangular unit are softly rounded, save for the bottom right, which is curved. The Game Boy was designed by Nintendo's chief engineer Gunpei Yokoi and its Nintendo R&D1 team. 2003 The color scheme is made from two tones of grey with accents of black, blue, and dark magenta. Analogue is known for creating sleek and modern takes on classic video game consoles, and … [46] In its first two weeks in Japan, from its release on April 21, 1989, the entire stock of 300,000 units was sold; a few months later on July 31, 1989, 40,000 units were sold on its first release day. [citation needed] It was released simultaneously with the Play it Loud! 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