The Game Boy Color (GBC for short) was the successor to the original Game Boy. It was released worldwide in 1998. It is similar in design to the Game Boy Light, but slightly thicker.

Why It Rocks

  1. The screen is fully colored allowing games to render up to 56 out of 32,768 colors and it doesn't drain the batteries quickly, unlike previous handhelds with colored screens like the Sega Game Gear. A few games switched the color palette midway through the rendering of the screen to add more than 56 colors on the screen.
  2. Higher clock speed CPU than the original Game Boy allowing for more advanced gameplay and graphics. Some games even managed to get full screen FMVs, such as Cannon Fodder (and on top of that music and voiced lyrics in its intro), running on the system.
  3. The Game Boy Color is the first handheld system to have backwards compatibility, allowing gamers to play original Game Boy games on it. It even adds basic color to original Game Boy games by adding a special palette to the game.
  4. The Game Boy Color came in many different colored frames, not just the yellow one pictured to the right. Some game collectors own many different colored Game Boy Color systems.
  5. Original Game Boy games played on the Game Boy Color are given a color palette akin to the Super Game Boy accessory for the SNES:
  6. Over 470 titles were made for the system.
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages, The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons, and a full color re-release of The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening were published for this system.
  8. Seven Pokémon games and five Yu-Gi-Oh! games.
  9. Only requires 2 AA batteries and still has a long battery life.

Bad Qualities

  1. The game cartridges' save batteries dry out over time causing save data to be lost and you being unable to save your game. You can replace the batteries though to restore the functionality.
  2. The screen still has no backlight.
  3. A lot of shovelware and bootleg games had made it to the system.


Combined, both the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color sold 118.69 million units worldwide.