GameBoy Emulators & ROMs
The Nintendo Gameboy was quite successful when it was first released in 1989. There was one small drawback to the handheld game console, though it was a black and white screen. The Sega Game Gear and Atari Lynx already had color screens. The lack of color did not cause sales to go down though. In fact the one thing Nintendo Gameboy had that the other two consoles didn’t was a long battery life. Even when the Gameboy was used a great deal it still stayed on longer than the heavier game consoles at the other companies.
Another feature of the Gameboy was the price. The price due to the lightweight construction and lack of color technology was more reasonable than other games on the market. Nintendo did revamp their Gameboy later on. They worked to strive for better technology that would allow for color screens, but still remain lightweight with a long battery life. It would also remain less expensive than the competitor models on the market.
Work was completed on the Nintendo Gameboy finally offering a 32 bit color handheld, which offered a better compatibility. The project was named Project Atlantis by Nintendo. The new project allowed older versions of the Nintendo Gameboy games to work on the new consoles. Thus their customers didn’t have to buy new games unless they wanted to. Before the product made it to the shelves Nintendo still had a lot of work they needed to do. While they could produce a color product it would have been more expensive than they wanted it to be. So they waited until the technology was cheaper, finally coming out with the Gameboy Color. The Gameboy Color was offered in 1998. The Gameboy Advance came a few years later with even more advantages than the Gameboy Color. The Gameboy Color like its predecessor did very well in the markets.
When Gameboy’s were sold as the first models and then in later models they were often sold with one game. Tetris, a puzzle game was always the first game a person would get to play. It had different levels for skill and offered some fun hours. Other games such as Paperboy, Mario Brothers, and Tiny Toons were also popular. The Gameboy and Gameboy Color sold 119 million units around the world.
To make the Gameboy systems more fun for the players, accessories were added. For some two player games that were sold players could link with another handheld by wire. This enabled players to sit around playing their favorite games with friends. Another option was a magnification screen. This helped get the tiny screen a little bigger for easier play.
Many of the Gameboy games are available as emulators. Tetris, Pokemon, and others can be played on computers in the same manner they used to be played with the Gameboys. The directional pads, select, start, and other buttons are available in simulation to give the same experience one has with the handheld models. Collectors may still have the predecessor Gameboy, or they may have traded up to the newest line.