Game Trivia

  • Nintendo's Japan-exclusive GameBoy Light model of the GameBoy console was actually the first Nintendo handheld to use backlit-screens, something not seen again until the GameBoy Advance SP's release.

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  • The GameBoy was the first video game console played in outer space - Tetris was played on it by Russian astronaut Aleksander Serebov during one of his trips into space. This GameBoy was later sold for over $1,000 in a 2011 auction.

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  • The idea for the GameBoy came in 1979. Gunpei Yokoi, its developer, was watching a man on a metro line play with his handheld calculator in a very bored manner, randomly pushing buttons to pass the time, making Yokoi release the utility in a handheld game console. This idea was partially realized in the Game & Watch series of games from 1980 onward, but his original plans and designs came into being with the GameBoy in the late 1980s.

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  • In production of the Game Boy, it was called the Dot Matrix Game, hence the DMG code on every Game Boy game.

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  • The Game Boy is the only Nintendo handheld console(aside from the DS) that does not have a Pokemon game as its best-seller.

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  • During the Persian Gulf War (1990-1991), an explosion in a soldier's barracks ultimately affected a GameBoy console. The GameBoy console suffered significant cosmetic damage and was very clearly burned and warped, but was very much still playable, which was a testament to how sturdy the console was. This console is still functioning even today, and is - at this time - on display at the Nintendo World Store in New York City.

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  • According to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, he gave Game Boys to George H. W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev (Russian head of state). A week later, when Bush was hospitalized for heart problems, he could be seen on TV playing the Game Boy he'd been given.

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  • The color palette of the Game Boy is usually referred to as "monochrome" due to the green shades the unit produces when playing games. The color palette is actually 2-bit, specifically four shades of gray from light to very dark olive green.

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  • While the original Game Boy unit only has one speaker, the headphone jack actually outputs stereo sound.

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  • The Game Boy utilizes a Custom 8-bit Sharp LR35902 at 4.19 MHz. This processor is similar to an Intel 8080 in that none of the registers in the Z80 CPU are present. But some of the Z80's instruction set enhancements over the 8080 are still intact, most notably bit manipulation. There is also integrated sound generation in this CPU arrangement.

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  • The original Game Boy's best-selling title is Tetris, with over 30 million units of that version of the game sold worldwide.

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  • The original Game Boy and its immediate successor, the Game Boy Color sold a combined total of over 118 million units worldwide, making it among the most successful handheld video game systems ever sold.

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  • The Game Boy's initial shipment of one million units in the United States completely sold out within just a few weeks.

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  • Tetris was the original pack-in title for the Game Boy.

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  • The Game Boy launched with just six launch titles: Super Mario Land, Alleyway, Baseball, Yakuman, Tennis and Tetris. Yakuman was only released in Japan. Tennis while only released in North America as a launch-title was later released in other regions, and Tetris was not a launch title in Japan although it did receive a release later.

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  • During development, internal reception of the Game Boy was initially very poor. The DMG in question even earned from Nintendo employees the derogatory nickname "DameGame", dame is Japanese for "hopeless" or "lame".

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