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Buying Nintendo Game Boy Color NTSC Japan Consoles

Many gamers grew up being able to play their favorite games on the go on the Nintendo Game Boy systems. The Game Boy Color, also known as the GBC, was the successor to the original Game Boy. It was first launched in Japan on October 21, 1998 and officially discontinued in 2003.

What are its features?

The Game Boy Color boasted a number of additional and improved features. As its name suggests, it is capable of playing games in color. These devices are capable of displaying up to 56 different colors on the screen at a time. It uses two AA batteries as a power source and can run on power from an AC adapter as well. The system lets you know if it is low on power because the power light will dim. The Game Boy Color can be linked to another system via an infrared port on the top of the console, or through a link cable to exchange data, obtain items, or trade with another player. These consoles come in a number of different colors including pink, clear purple, orange, yellow, and turquoise. Some special editions were released, including the Cardcaptor Sakura Special Edition, a Pokemon Center Special Edition, a Hello Kitty Special Box, and more.

Can you use Japanese and American games on this?

The Game Boy Color is not region-locked. This means games manufactured and sold in America or other regions will work on a Japanese system. This allows users to play both an American version of their favorite game and a Japanese copy on the same machine. The device is backwards compatible with the original Game Boy and capable of playing games made for its predecessor system. This made it the first handheld gaming system that was backwards compatible. Cartridges with a ridge on the top front are only for the GBC, whereas cartridges with a depression on the top front can play in both Game Boy Color and original Game Boy consoles. Cartridges for different games may come in different colors, but the basic designs are the same.

What games were released for it?

In addition to the library of existing Game Boy games, the Game Boy Color added more. A total of 581 titles were released for this system. Launch titles included Wario Land II, Tetris DX, and Pocket Bomberman. A short list includes:

  • Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal Versions
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons and Oracle of Ages
  • Yu-Gi-Oh: Dark Duel Stories
  • Mario Tennis
  • Harvest Moon 2 and 3 GBC
  • Star Ocean: Blue Sphere
  • Monster Rancher Explorer
  • Doraemon no Study Boy: Kanji Yomikaki Master (Japanese exclusive and the last new game ever released on the Game Boy Color)
What are the controls?

The Game Boy Color uses an eight directional D-pad as well as A, B, Start, and Select buttons to play. It also has a headphone jack, a port for a link cable, the infrared sensor, and a power switch. Cartridges are inserted into the top back of the machine.

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