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Identification and Background

The Game Boy is an 8-bit hand-held video game device developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was released in Japan on April 21, 1989, in North America on July 31, 1989, and in Europe on September 28, 1990. This is the first handheld console in the Game Boy line, and was created by Gunpei Yokoi and Nintendo's Research and Development —the same staff who had designed the Game & Watch series as well as several popular games for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

The Game Boy is Nintendo's second handheld system following the Game & Watch series introduced in 1980, and it combined features from both the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game & Watch. The system was originally bundled with Tetris, a popular puzzle game.

Despite many other technologically superior handheld consoles being introduced during its lifetime,the Game Boy was a tremendous success. The Game Boy and its successor, the Game Boy Color,have sold a combined 118.69 million units worldwide. Upon its release in the United States, the Game Boy sold its entire shipment of one million units within weeks.


Track down a number of hardware problems using the Game Boy Troubleshooting guide.

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