All About The Nintendo Gameboy & Games [Color and Advance Models Too]


The Original GameBoy came out in 1989 and did not have a back lite display or colors. It was straight up LCD style. It was quite impressive for its time selling over 100 million units during its life. I remember the first one I ever played when I was 11 years old. I have to admit I was very jealous of my neighborhood friend who had it. I first played the game Tetris on it, then a Mario game. It was hard to put down.

The original GameBoy needed an upgrade in the late nineties. It was still very popular, but after almost 10 years people wanted to see color. So Nintendo was generous enough to make one in 1998. The Gameboy Color was finally here, yippee everyone said.

It would sell an additional 18 million Gameboy Color units and make a whole library of Game Boy games in color. The old games would still play on it too.

Tetris DX, Wario Land II, and Pocket Bomber-Man were the first games I ever played on it. I picked up a used GameBoy Color at a garage sale a few years ago. I never owned one of these when I was younger. I can’t say this was my most favorite handheld ever, but it sure was an upgrade for its time.

The GameBoy Advance came out in 2001. It was another redesign of the GameBoy and based on a 32-bit platform. This was also the first GameBoy to provide more of a landscape gaming experience. It was a bit wider and the controls were left and right instead of being located at the bottom of the handheld.The GameBoy Advance would also play GameBoy Original and Color games as well. Nintendo was smart to make it backward compatible.

The Advance SP came out in 2004 as a slimmer version of the Gameboy Advance. This was my favorite version of all the Gameboys.

The Gameboy Advance and SP would sell an impressive 80 million units, wow! After 9 years it was finally discontinued in 2010.

GameBoy handhelds would have been around just a bit over 20 years at that time. It’s hard to believe it sold almost 200 million units between all the different versions.

During its run, Sony and Microsoft could not touch Nintendo in the handheld market. They tried but failed miserably and it was not even a contest.

The GameBoy was not technically the first portable game system that Nintendo put out. They had released some portable gaming systems before called Game and Watch. They are pretty collectible too.

However you cannot swap out cartridges, each one has its own game in it. Being able to switch out games with cartridges on a portable system is really what made the GameBoy such a big hit!

Full article from Wikipedia: Nintendo GameBoy Line

Link to my entire Nintendo guide: Scotty’s Kick-Ass Nintendo Guide

Nintendo Gameboy Online Videos

A Gameboy video produced by The Gaming Historian.

Here’s an Original Gameboy commercial from the late 1980’s.

Nintendo Gameboy Game List

Complete List of Original Gameboy Games From Wikipedia

Complete List of Gameboy Color Games From Wikipedia

Complete List of Gameboy Advance Games From Wikipedia

The Gameboy Games I find the most fun to collect are:

  • Amazing Spiderman
  • Bart Simpson’s Escape from Camp Deadly
  • Battletoads
  • Battletoads and Double Dragon The Ultimate Team
  • Bionic Commando
  • Bomberman
  • Bonk’s Adventure
  • Bonk’s Revenge
  • Captain America and the Avengers
  • Castlevania Adventure
  • Castlevania II Belmont’s Revenge
  • Castlevania Legends
  • Contra Operation C
  • Contra the Alien Wars
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Land 1 & 2 & 3
  • Dr. Mario
  • Duck Tales 1 & 2
  • Felix the Cat
  • Final Fantasy Adventure
  • Final Fantasy Legend 1 & 2 & 3
  • Gargoyles Quest
  • Kirby Pinball Land
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 1 & 2
  • Mega Man 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Mega Man Dr Wily Revenge
  • Metroid 2 Return of Samus
  • Mortal Kombat I & II
  • Pac-Man
  • Pokemon Blue & Red & Yellow
  • Snow Brothers
  • Star Wars
  • Super Mario Land 1 & 2 & 3
  • Super R.C. Pro-Am
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • **** Fall of the Foot Clan
  • **** II Back from the Sewers
  • **** III Radical Rescue
  • Tetris
  • The Jetsons Robot Panic
  • Wario Land I & II
  • Xenon 2
  • Yoshi
  • Zelda: Link’s Awakening

The Color Gameboy Games I find the most fun to collect are:

  • 1942
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Dragon Ball Z Legendary Super Warriors
  • Dragon Warrior I & II & III
  • Dragon Warrior Monsters
  • Dragon Warrior Monsters 2 Cobi’s Journey
  • Dragon Warrior Monsters 2 Tara’s Adventure
  • Ghosts ‘n Goblins
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Harry Potter
  • Harvest Moon 1 & 2 & 3
  • Kirby Tilt and Tumble
  • Mario Golf
  • Mario Tennis
  • Mega Man Xtreme 1 & 2
  • Microsoft Pinball Arcade
  • Pokemon Crystal & Gold & Silver
  • Pokemon Pikachu 2 GS
  • Pokemon Pinball
  • Pokemon Puzzle Challenge
  • Pokemon Trading Card Game
  • Resident Evil Gaiden
  • Revelations the Demon Slayer
  • Rhino Rumble
  • Shadowgate Classic
  • Shantae
  • Space Marauder
  • Street Fighter Alpha Warriors’ Dreams
  • Super Mario Bros Deluxe
  • Survival Kids
  • Tetris DX
  • Tony Hawk
  • Trick Boarder
  • Turok 3 Shadow of Oblivion
  • Wario Land 2 & 3
  • Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX
  • Zelda: Oracle of Ages
  • Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

The GameBoy Advance Games I find the most fun to collect are:

  • Banjo Kazooie Grunty’s Revenge
  • Castlevania Aria of Sorrow
  • Castlevania Circle of the Moon
  • Castlevania Double Pack
  • Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance
  • Castlevania NES Series
  • Donkey Kong Country 1 & 2 & 3
  • Doom II
  • Double Dragon Advance
  • Dr. Mario
  • Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure
  • Dragon Ball Z Buu’s Fury
  • Dragon Ball Z Legacy of Goku
  • Dragon Ball Z Legacy of Goku II
  • Dragon Ball Z Taiketsu
  • Dragon Ball Z The Legacy of Goku I & II
  • F-Zero GP Legend
  • F-Zero Maximum Velocity
  • Final Fantasy I & II Dawn of Souls
  • Final Fantasy IV Advance
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Final Fantasy V Advance
  • Final Fantasy VI Advance
  • Golden Sun The Lost Age
  • Harvest Moon Friends Mineral Town
  • Harvest Moon More Friends of Mineral Town
  • Kirby Nightmare in Dreamland
  • Kirby The Amazing Mirror
  • Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga
  • Mario Golf Advance Tour
  • Mario Kart Super Circuit
  • Mario Party Advance
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong
  • Mega Man and Bass
  • Mega Man Battle Network 1 & 2
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3 White
  • Mega Man Zero 1 & 2
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Metroid NES Series
  • Metroid Zero Mission
  • Pac-Man Collection
  • Pokemon Emerald & Fire Red & Ruby & Sapphire
  • Pokemon LeafGreen Version
  • Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Red
  • Pokemon Pinball Advance
  • Sonic Advance 1 & 2 & 3
  • Super Mario Advance 1 & 2 & 3 & 4
  • Super Mario NES Series
  • Tetris Worlds
  • Wario Land 4
  • Wario Ware Mega Microgames
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
  • Zelda: Link to the Past
  • Zelda: Minish Cap
  • Zelda: NES Series