Game Boy

The Nintendo Game Boy was released in 1989. It was a handheld video game console that combined aspects of Nintendos successful Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) television video game console with their earlier handheld electronic games marketed under the name "Game & Watch." It contained an 8-bit Z80 processor with a monochrome LCD display and 4-channel stereo sound. Shortly after the introduction of the Game Boy, Sega and Atari released handheld games, the Sega Game Gear and the Atari Lynx. Both had superior color LCD displays but both also suffered from short battery life and limited game availability. Nintendo shipped over 100 million units of the Game Boy and its successor, the Game Boy Color around the world.
All original Game Boys were bundled with Tetris, an addictive game developed in 1985 by Russian mathematician Alexey Pazhitnov, assisted by Dmitry Pavlovsky and Vadim Gerasimov. As with the NES, game software was stored on removable cartridges, allowing users to switch games at whim. Nintendo also marketed a number of accessories with this version of the Game Boy, including a camera and printer attachment.
Object Name
video game console
Date made
Huynh, Richard
patent holder
Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Nintendo Co., Ltd.
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 14.7 cm x 8.9 cm x 3.8 cm; 5 13/16 in x 3 1/2 in x 1 1/2 in
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Richard Huynh
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Visitor Comments

7/18/2013 3:05:00 PM
Beth Meadows
I still have my gameboy and it still works. I love playing Zelda on it!
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