Game Boy Color
The Game Boy Color (GBC for short) was the successor to the original Game Boy produced by Nintendo. It was released worldwide in 1998 and discontinued on September 25, 2003, following the release of the Game Boy Advance in spring 2001. It is similar in design to the Game Boy Light, but slightly thicker.
Why It Rocks
- It is the first Nintendo system and handheld system to have backwards compatibility, allowing gamers to play all original Game Boy games on it. It even adds basic color to original Game Boy games by adding a special palette to the game, which can be altered on boot up by pressing a D-Pad button by itself or in conjunction with the A or B button.
- The screen is fully colored allowing games to render up to 56 out of 32,768 colors without draining the batteries quickly, unlike the previous handhelds with colored screens like the Sega Game Gear. A few games switched the color palette midway through the rendering of the screen to add more than 56 colors on the screen.
- The screen is now an active matrix LCD, reducing ghosting effects in older games.
- Higher clock speed CPU than the original Game Boy allowing for more advanced gameplay and graphics. Some games even managed to get full screen FMVs, such as Cannon Fodder (and on top of that music and voiced lyrics in its intro), running on the system.
- The system came in many different colors which fits the name. This is great for collectors who want to focus on collecting the different variants of the console, rather than the console itself. As a matter of fact, some game collectors own many different colored Game Boy Color systems.
- Over 470 titles were made for the system.
- Many great games were released, such as Pokémon Gold/Silver, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, among others.
- Only requires two AA batteries and still has a long battery life.
- No region locking like the original Game Boy.
- Pac-Man was playable on the original Game Boy, and on the GBC, it adds an extra game, Pac-Attack.
- The screen still had no backlight and is rather small, although you could get the worm light for the Game Boy Color or mod it to easily fix that problem.
- A lot of shovelware and bootleg games had made it to the system.
Combined, both the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color sold 118.69 million units worldwide.