The Game Boy Colour turns 21

The Game Boy Colour has officially turned 21

The Game Boy Colour has officially entered adulthood as it celebrates its 21st birthday.

Nintendo’s product was first released on October 21, 1998 in Japan as the successor to the original Game Boy and saw numerous classic titles released on the handheld console.

Despite being released during that year in Japan, it wasn’t until 1989 that it first made its way to the States – and it took even longer to reach the UK in 1990.

In spite of this, both the original and the Colour enjoyed huge commercial success.

It featured a ‘ravishing rainbow‘ of more than 32,000 possible colours to its bright 44 x 39mm screen alongside having twice the processing power of its monochrome forebear.

With 10 hours of battery life and only requiring two AA batteries, it was easily portable for long distance journeys.

Notable titles included two of the system’s best-selling games Pokémon Gold and Silver which featured the legendary Ho-Oh and Lugia.

As indicated by its name, the Colour vastly built upon its predecessor adding a colour screen to the console.

It even boasted backwards compatibility support for older titles and enabled a select few to have a special, colourful flair added to them – such as the hit game Super Mario Land.

The Game Boy Colour enjoyed five years in the limelight wrapping up an era before being discontinued in 2003 – which paved the way for the releases of the Advance and Advance SP.

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