Nintendo Game Boy Color Atomic Purple Handheld System
About this product
- Product DescriptionIn brilliant purple, the Nintendo Game Boy Color Atomic handheld system makes gaming a retro experience that captures the imagination. The LR35902 processor by Sharp offers plenty of speed in two separate modes, and the 30 hours of game play on two AA batteries makes powering the Game Boy simple. A 160x144 pixel screen keeps 32,768 palette colors sparkling while you play, and the eight-way D pad input system feels familiar in any veteran gamers' hands. The Nintendo Game Boy Color Atomic Purple handheld system offers 128 KB of cartridge RAM, and plays games that include ‘Donkey Kong,’ ‘Metroid II,’ ‘Super Mario Land,’ and ‘Kirby's Dream Land.’
- Product NameNintendo Game Boy Color
- Product LineNintendo Game Boy
- TypeHandheld System
- Console ColorAtomic Purple
- Release DateNovember/1998
- Enclosure MaterialPlastic
- Device Input Support4-Way Cross Keypad
- Video Color OutputColor
- Audio Output SupportStereo
- MIDI Channels Number4
Power & Battery
- Battery UpTimeUp To 13 Hours
- Battery TypeAA
- Height5.24 in.
- Weight0.3 lb
- Width3.07 in.
- Depth1.06 in.
- Display TypeLCD
- Processor Quantity1
- Ram TechnologyWRAM
- Supported MediaCartridge
- Region CodeUnited States
- Memory Capacity0.02 MB
- Country RegionUnited States
Most relevant reviews
- iamjazzisdnJun 01, 2015by
Collectors and Nostalgia-holics only!
The Gameboy Color portable...
The Nintendo Gameboy was, by far, the most popular of any handheld console at the time. The Gameboy Color marked a turning point for the console, ushering in an era of full-color gaming for Nintendo. Far from the first (color handhelds had been out since the release of the original Gameboy), it featured a very disappointingly difficult to see, transflective LCD screen. If you were not directly lighting the screen, it was uselessly dark and hard to see. The choice by Nintendo to stay with a very primitive screen technology was not without it's reasons, however. In addition to being vastly cheaper to produce, it also allowed a much more simple LCD section, negating bulky CCFL lights, reflectors, polarizers, and the bulky inverter circuitry to drive the lighting. This is the reason that all the color, backlit portables (Sega's Gamegear, Nomad, Atari's Lynx mk1 and mk2, and NEC's TurboExpress) required more batteries, of which only lasted about 10 hours at best, and added substantial weight, in addition to the bulky LCD lighting components.
Nintendo's LCD choice allowed the console to run for at least 30 hours on fresh batteries, made the console small enough to fit in your pocket, and kept costs down.
Nearly 20 years later, since its release, the screen technology does NOT hold up to modern standards. With bight, beautiful and calibrated cell-phone screens everywhere, the dismal, slow, transflective screen of the Gameboy color just... sucks. Get a frontlight!
Speaking of backlights/frontlights... There's a good technical reason that backlight kits aren't more popular for these: It's because, since the LCD is transflective, the light is reduced/colorized/polarized going into the LCD, and it is done AGAIN when the light comes from the reflector. In other words, if you backlight one of these, the colors will only be at 50% of their potential saturation. Due to the glare of frontlight/lightguide kits, and the dramatic increase of the relative black level, they are equally washed-out and difficult to see.
Why some Chinese company has not cashed in on a substantial market of modders and collectors, and made either an OLED or an IPS-based panel for these, as well as the Pocket/original, is beyond me. I mean, you can find higher-resolution, larger panels for under $10 on eBay; none of them would feasibly work on here, due to mechanical differences.
Overall, if you're a nostalgic collector looking for original, actual hardware to play your games on, you need one of these. If you just want to play some classic games, get a Gameboy Advance SP AGS-101, or an original AGB-001 with a modded, backlit screen (they were transflective junk, originally).
Protip: when you first power-on the console, if you're playing a non-color game, hold LEFT and B, then flick the power switch ON; it'll put the console into monochrome mode. This also works on the Gameboy Advance/SP. There are many, many more button combos to change the pallet of mono games in the GBC.Read full review
- garirryJul 18, 2014by
Old, but amazing!
This is one of the best handheld game console. It is very compact, and it is a wonderful product. The game library is huge, contains great games, such as Mario, Pokemon and Zelda titles. The console is obviously quite old, doesn't have much colours and has old 8-bit sounds, but it still doesn't stop it to be a great system with great games. In some cases, the console is better than the newer ones. For example, the battery life is way better than the DS or 3DS. Also, the cartridges are bigger, which may seem like a disadvantage, but it isn't because when holding an actual cartridge, it feels as if you were holding the actual game. They are also harder to lose, which is a good thing.
These days, you can find a Gameboy Colour starting at about 30$, which is a great price, since most games cost 5-10$ on this. Even with an old system, it is still fun to play with it. This is the second most important game console in the history of handheld game consoles (the first one is the old fat Gameboy). As a video game collector, I know I won't regret this purchase.Read full review
- raeh_stephensDec 11, 2015by
Screen is scratched and A button does not work properly.
I was told this was in GREAT condition, it is not. My son cant even play his favorite game without the a button killing him because it doesn't work. WASTE of money. I could not return. False advertising. Luckily there is another spot where I can find these products, refurbished for half the price.
I would not buy anything from them again.
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Used
- linrichvasqFeb 23, 2016by
Exactly as described
The Gameboy works, it arrived on time, and it came with a wall adapter. The battery springs were bent in a bit, but that happens and didn't affect the function of the system any. 5/5
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: Used
- malekiththeaccu...Sep 03, 2015by
Exactly as I'd hoped.
Everything went better than expected. Games are like new. GB Color was without scratches; only problem is the move-pad was a little hard to control. But not too noticeable otherwise.