The Game Boy
|Type||Handheld game console|
|Released||JP April 21, 1989|
NA August 1989
EU September 28, 1990
|Media||Game Boy cartridge|
|Predecessor||Game & Watch: Zelda|
|Successor||Game Boy Color|
The Game Boy (ゲームボーイ Gēmu Bōi?, often shortened to GB) is a handheld video game console developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was released in Japan on April 21, 1989; in North America in August 1989; and in Europe in 1990. In Southern Asia, it was known as the "Tata Game Boy". The Game Boy was the first handheld console in the Game Boy line and was originally bundled with the puzzle game Tetris.
The Game Boy was Nintendo's second handheld system following the Game and Watch series introduced in 1980, and it combined features from both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game and Watch. It was also the first handheld system to use video game cartridges since Milton Bradley's Microvision handheld console. It was created by Gunpei Yokoi and Nintendo's Research & Development 1–the same staff who had designed the Game and Watch series as well as several popular games for the NES.
The Game Boy was a tremendous success. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color combined have sold over 118.69 million units worldwide.
Zelda games released on the Game Boy
Video game consoles
| Home consoles|
Nintendo Entertainment System | Super Nintendo Entertainment System | Nintendo 64 | Nintendo 64DD | Nintendo GameCube | Wii | Wii U
Game Boy | Game Boy Color | Game Boy Advance (Game Boy Advance SP, Game Boy Micro) | Nintendo DS (DS Lite, DSI) | Nintendo 3DS
GameShark | Satellaview | Expansion Pak | CD-i | Wii Zapper