Wednesday, April 9, 2008

A brief History of the Nintendo Game Boy; the most popular hand-held gaming console of all time.

The Game Boy; developed and manufactured by Nintendo and released in 1989 was the predecessor of all the later Game boy consoles that came. The Game Boy evolved throughout the years, eventually incorporating color capabilities. Many companies would try, but no other portable even came close to matching Game Boy's success.

The original Nintendo release would become the best-selling gaming system of all time. Nintendo recognized that the Game Boy needed a killer app – at least one game that would define the console, and persuade customers to buy it. In June 1988, Minoru Arakawa, then-CEO of Nintendo of America saw a demonstration of the game Tetris at a trade show. Nintendo purchased the rights for the game, and packaged it with the Game Boy system. It was almost an immediate hit.

The Game Boy Color (also referred to as GBC or CGB) is Nintendo's successor to the Game Boy and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan and in November of the same year in the United States. It features a color screen, and is only slightly bigger than the Game Boy Pocket. The processor is twice as fast as a Game Boy's and has twice as much memory. It also had an infrared communications port for wireless linking which did not appear in later versions of the Game Boy, such as the Game Boy Advance.

In 2001, Nintendo released the Game Boy Advance (GBA or AGB), which added two shoulder buttons, a larger screen, and more computing power to the Game Boy Color.

The design was revised two years later when the Game Boy Advance SP (GBA SP), a more compact version, was released. The SP featured a "clamshell" design (folding open and closed, like a briefcase), as well as a frontlit color display and rechargeable battery. Despite the smaller form factor, the screen remained the same size as that of the original. In 2005, the Game Boy Micro was released. This revision sacrificed screen size and backwards compatibility with previous Game Boys for a dramatic reduction in total size and a brighter backlit screen.

The GBA also introduced the concept of "connectivity": using a handheld system as a console controller. A handful of games use this feature, most notably Animal Crossing, Pac-Man Vs., Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles, The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventure, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.

As of December 31, 2007, the GBA, GBA SP, and the Game Boy Micro combined have sold 80.72 million units worldwide.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Nintendo Handheld gaming

It has finally arrived!! a one stop shop for all your Nintendo hand held gaming needs. Check out our extensive games stock of Nintendo Game boy Advance Games (GBA) cartridges, our Nintendo Dual Screen (DS) games collection, or our large assortment of accessories for the Nintendo DS consoles and the Nintendo GBA consoles.