The most iconic console from nintendo turned 30 years old last sunday, that day a new era of gaming on the go kicked off. The game boy was the third most sold console of the world, with 200 millions units sold since the early 90s to the first decade of the XXI century under the brand of Game boy.
This first ad from nintendo shows how revolutionary this product was!
With some pretty impressive specs:
- CPU: Custom 8-bit Sharp LR35902 at 4.19 MHz.
- RAM: 8 KB internal S-RAM
- Video RAM: 8 KB internal
- ROM: On-CPU-Die 256-byte bootstrap; 32 KB, 256 KiB, 512 KB, 1 MB, 2 MB, 4 MB and 8 MB cartridges.
- Display: Reflective 160 × 144 pixels
- FPS: Approximately 59.7 frames per second
- Screen size: 66 mm (2.6 in) diagonal
Nintendo also released several accessories for the gameboy to make gaming on the go easy, this is how a fully equipped gameboy looks like
The accessories included a magnifier, stereo speakers and a light for using it on low light conditions like those family road trips.
They even released a camera and printer!! It was pretty awesome for that time.
Nowadays there is a whole community of retro gamers who enjoy restoring their game boys, and even improving them. There are lots of replacement parts like, new screens, cool colored shells , backlights and more so if you want to restore yours you’ll find plenty tutorials on how to do it!
But the coolest part is that you can make your own games now!!! That’s right, last week developer Chris Maltby realeased GB Studio, this free tool lets you build real Game boy ROMs.
With this tool you can create 2D mini-games without any programming knowledge, you just need your favourite editor to create PNG files for the graphics and thanks to GBT Player you can add music to your game.
Now all there is left to do is play your game on your favourite emulator or if you have an usb cartridge you can play on your ACTUAL GAME BOY!!