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Game Boy

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The Game Boy (Japanese: ゲームボーイ) is a handheld video game console produced by Nintendo. It was released on April 21, 1989 in Japan, July 31, 1989 in North America and on September 28, 1990 in Europe.

Monochrome games can be played by inserting cartridges into the system.

It is part of the fourth generation of video game consoles. It was succeeded by the Game Boy Color including support for colourised video games including many games that will mainly only work on a Game Boy Color or later model.

The system was highly successful, in particular it was sought after after the success of Pokémon franchise which featured games for this system debuting with Pokémon Red and Green Versions in Japan (localized overseas as Pokémon Red and Blue Versions).


  • Play It Loud!: A Game Boy model with a coloured case, known in Japan as Game Boy Bros. Despite the coloured case it otherwise works the same as an ordinary Game Boy.
  • Game Boy Pocket: A smaller, lighter Game Boy model requiring fewer batteries. In Japan, there was a special bundle for a Hello Kitty Game Boy Pocket with the game Sanrio Uranai Party; see Game Boy Pocket: Sanrio Uranai Party.[1]
  • Game Boy Light: A revision of the Game Boy featuring a electroluminescence backlight. It was released on April 14, 1998 only in Japan.
  • Super Game Boy: An add-on cartridge for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System to play Game Boy games with enhancements, although with very few exceptions (e.g. enhanced sound), games with Super Game Boy enhancements solely added the addition of enhanced colours and a border.
  • Super Game Boy 2: The Super Game Boy 2 is the Japan-only successor to the Super Game Boy.
  • Game Boy Color: The Game Boy Color is the colourised successor to the Game Boy family of consoles, with usually different colours than the Super Game Boy enhancements, a selection of palettes on the boot screen (boot ROM) to apply on games without Super Game Boy enhancements, and games which only work on Game Boy Color (and consoles in the Game Boy Advance family with very few exceptions).
  • Game Boy Advance family: The Game Boy Advance is the successor to the Game Boy Color. It plays almost all previous Game Boy and Game Boy Color games.
  • Game Boy Player: An add-on disc and attachment for the Nintendo GameCube to play almost all previous Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games.

List of Sanrio related games

See Category:Game Boy Color games and Category:Game Boy games for articles about Game Boy and Game Boy Color games related to Sanrio.