Game Boy Color
|Release date|| October 21, 1998 (JP)|
November 18, 1998 (NA)
|Media type||ROM cartridge|
|Input||1 Extension port|
|Successor||Game Boy Advance|
The Game Boy Color, as suggested by the name, features a color screen. It is slightly thicker and taller than the Game Boy Pocket, which is a redesigned Game Boy released in 1996. As with the original Game Boy, it has an 8-bit processor.
The Game Boy Color 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, was insufficient. The resultant product was backward compatible, a first for a handheld 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.
|Processor||Sharp Corporation LR35902, 8-bit @ 4/8 MHz (two processor modes)|
|Video||16 kB VRAM|
|Audio||2 square wave channels, 1 wave channel, 1 noise channel, mono speaker, stereo headphone jack|
|Media||ROM Cartridge (8MB maximum) + Cartridge RAM: 128 kB|
|Dimensions||75 mm x 27 mm x 133 mm|
|Power|| Internal: 2 AA batteries, 30+ hours of gameplay|
External: 3V DC 0.6W