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The Game Boy Color (ゲームボーイカラー Gēmu Bōi Karā?, often shortened to GBC) is Nintendo's successor to the Game Boy. It was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan; on November 19, 1998 in North America; and on November 23, 1998 in Europe. It features a color screen and is slightly thicker and taller than the Game Boy Pocket, but smaller than the original Game Boy. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color combined have sold 118.69 million units worldwide. It was succeeded by the Game Boy Advance.
The GBC's processor, which is a Z80 workalike made by Sharp Corporation with a few extra instructions, has a clock speed of approx. 8 MHz, twice as fast as that of the original Game Boy. The Game Boy Color also has four times as much memory as the original (32 kilobytes system RAM, 16 kilobytes video RAM). Additionally, the Game Boy Color can address more ROM, allowing games as much as eight times the maximum size of those for the original Game Boy. The screen resolution was the same as the original Game Boy, which is 160x144 pixels.
Zelda games released on the Game Boy Color
- The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX (1998)
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages (2001)
- The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons (2001)
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