Game Boy Games

The Game Boy handheld video game system, released by Nintendo in 1989, was one of the first handhelds ever made, selling more than 100 million units. The Nintendo Game Boy handheld supports more than a thousand Game Boy games.

What games are available for the original Game Boy?

The original Game Boy features many games, including:

  • Tetris
  • Super Mario Land
  • Super Mario Land 2
  • Donkey Kong
  • Final Fantasy Adventure
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
  • Pokémon Red and Blue

Due to the hardware available at the time, many of the games are exclusive to the original Game Boy or they are revised versions of console games. There were also a number of games that were Japanese exclusives. However, the Game Boy is not region-locked, so you won't have to find region-specific titles for your game system.

Which systems are compatible with Game Boy games?

Game Boy games can be played on the original Nintendo Game Boy hardware, plus the various redesigns, including the thinner Game Boy Pocket and the backlit Game Boy Light. They can also be played on both the redesigned Game Boy Color and the Game Boy's successor, the Game Boy Advance, which was released in 2001. The Game Boy Advance contains a processor that plays original Game Boy titles. The Game Boy Advance has the option to toggle between a stretched widescreen format and the original screen ratio. It also features a selectable color palette that brings colored graphics to the otherwise monochromatic Game Boy titles. The redesigned Game Boy Advance SP, with its backlit screen and rechargeable battery, is the last official system that supports original Game Boy titles.

What's different between Game Boy and Game Boy Color games?

Compared to the monochromatic look of the Nintendo Game Boy, Game Boy Color games are colorized. As a result, they will only play on the Game Boy Color hardware, not the original. Many video games are exclusive to play on the Game Boy Color, including Pokémon Gold and Silver, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe.

Is it possible to play multiplayer with other people?

Yes, it is possible to play multiplayer with another person by connecting two Game Boys through an official Nintendo Game Link Cable. However, each person must use a separate handheld and game cartridge. Many video game titles support multiplayer, including Dr. Mario, Pokémon, Tetris, Golf, and Tecmo Bowl. In addition, a select few video games support four-player multiplayer through the use of the Nintendo Four Player Adapter.

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