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GAME BOY
The Gameboy is the most popular video game system ever made, selling around 150 million around the world. With the Advance model being released recently there are now four main versions available.

Original
1988
CPU: 6502 (8-bit) (Similiar to the Z80 processor.)
.14 MHz Clock Speed: 4.194304 MHz
RAM: 8K Bytes Video RAM: 8K
DISPLAY: 2.6" Screen
Resolution: 160x144
Colors: 4 luminences (monochromatic)
Max # of sprites: 40
Max # sprites/line: 10 Sprite size: 8x8 / 8x16
SOUND: 4 channels with stereo sound .

The original required 4 AA batteries for anywhere from 15-30 hours worth of play.
Pocket
 
Updated gameboy with better screen and smaller size machine. Runs original gameboy carts. No other changes to hardware made at this point. Released in different color cases such as silver and clear case. Only requires 2 batteries making it much lighter.
Colour
1998


The Color version was released in
CPU
: Speed:: 2.1 MHz

ROM sizes:: Up to 64 Megabits
DISPLAY: 2.3" Thin-Film Transistor
(TFT) Color Liquid Crystal Display Display
160 x 144 Reflective LCD
Total Palette: 32,768
RAM: 32k bytes
Video RAM: 16k bytes
Serial Communications Rate:: Up to 512k bit per second

Allows connection to another Game Boy or to the Game Boy Printer Infrared Communication Port.
Color games which use only the additional color tables will work on the old GameBoy, however, games which make use of the CGB's expanded RAM (32K), processing speed, and graphics, will not be compatible

Light
 
Not realeased in the UK, the gameboy light features a slightly eerie green glow!
Advance
March 21, 2001
Updated again but still maintains backward compatability the GBA is mor epowerfull and has a larger screen. Looks set to dominate the handheld market for years to come.

CPU
: 32-Bit ARM with embedded memory
DISPLAY 2.9" TFT reflective screen
240x160 resolution
2,768 possible colors
511 simultaneous colors in character mode; 32,768 simultaneous colors in bitmap mode
SIZE 82mm(L) x 144.5(W) x 24.5mm (D)
Advance SP
March 2003


New version of its popular Game Boy Advance handheld game system with a front-lit screen, flip lid.

CPU
: 32-Bit ARM with embedded memory
DISPLAY 1.61x2.41-inch screen
SIZE 3.33 x 3.23x.96 inches

Zelda SP
2004
Limited edition Gold Coloured Game Boy Advance comes with Zelda The Minish Cap. Also includes chance to win special gold sp.
Gameboy DS
March 2005
CPU: The unit will run on two processors, one ARM9 one ARM7.
DISPLAY: Two 3-inch LCD screens arebacklit.
SOUND: 16-channel sound
FEATURES: Ports for both Nintendo DS Game Cards and Game Boy® Advance Game Paks.
Wireless IEEE 802.11 and Nintendo's proprietary communication protocol.


The DS has Dual screens, new control using both touch and voice, and new connections with two kinds of wireless game play. Lets hope developers can get the most from these innovative features.

 

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Handhelds

There's more to handheld gaming than the Gameboy, check out some of the other systems available here.