The images of the Nintendo GameBoy are categorized and show the console, joystick controllers and 3rd party accessories. You will also find detailed close-ups of the ports and connections available on the GameBoy.
Nintendo Gameby in black. This 8-bit handheld video game unit was developed and manufactured by Nintendo. It was released in Japan on April 21, 1989, in North America in August 1989, and in Europe on September 28, 1990. It's the first handheld console in the GameBoy lineup. In 2009, the Game Boy was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
Nintendo Gameby in black. At the time of its release in 1989, the Atari Lynx came to market. The Lynx featured color graphics, a backlit screen, and networking capabilities. However, itcost $189.95 and needed 6 AA batteries that provided about 4 or 5 hours of gameplay. The GameBoy ran 10-12 hours on 4 AA batteries with a price of $89.99.
Nintendo Gameby: left side showing the power port and Contrast dial. In 1995, Nintendo stated that 46% of Game Boy players were female, which was higher than the percentage of female players for both the NES and SNES.
Nintendo Gameby: right side showing the power port and volume dial. In Jan. 1995, Nintendo released several GameBoy models with colored cases, advertising them in the "Play It Loud!" campaign.
Back of the Nintendo GameBoy showing the cartridge slot.
Nintendo Gameby: back side showing the empty cartridge slot at the top of the unit.
Nintendo Gameby: back side showing the cartridge slot with a game inserted.
Nintendo GameBoy Ports & Connections
Back of the Nintendo GameBoy showing the battery compartment for 4 AAA batteries. Both the Atari Lynx and Sega GameGear requires 6AA batteries and both offered less playtime than the GameBoy.
Close-up of the Nintendo GameBoy cartridge slot.
Side view of the Nintendo GameBoy showing the Volume dial and External connection port.
Side view of the Nintendo GameBoy showing the power port and Contrast dial.
Top of the Nintendo GameBoy showing the power button and cartridge slot.
Bottom of the Nintendo GameBoy showing the headphone jack.
Nintendo GameBoy Game Cartridges
Beavis & Butthead game cartridge for Nintendo GameBoy. Also pictured is a protective plastic case that could be purchased separately to protect game ecarts.
Nintendo GameBoy cartridge pictures with a quarter for size refernce.
Nintendo GameBoy Accessories
Portable case for the Nintendo GameBoy stores the system in the front pocket, cables in the top and A/C power adapter inthe back.
External power supply for Nintendo Gameboy. You could charge this device and clip it to your belt for extra long gaming sessions.
Back side of the external power supply for Nintendo Gameboy. It had a belt clip, so you could keep playing while on the go!
Nintendo GameBoy Promotional Items
1990 Ad for Godzilla for GameBoy.
Nintendo had a Game Players Pro-Tip Hotline for GameBoy tips and tricks. Nintendo's Tip Line was a weekly recording of game tips that were selectable via a numeric menu once you called in.
Phone numbers beginning with "900" became popular in the 80's initially to control the number of calls entering the long-distance trunk lines to avoid tie-ups. They later became premium billing numbers that were popular for both phone-sex and pre-recorded info.
Ad for Nintendo's Game Player's Strategy Guide to GameBoy Games was a publication that was dedicated to the portable handheld.
1990 Ad for Irem's R-Type and Kung Fu Master for GameBoy.
1991 ad for the Game Keeper - a case to help organize your GameBoy, games and accessories. It's a hardshell case that also has an additional external batter pack to extend play time.
1993 ad - Just don't smile when they say you're grounded
1994 ad for a variety of GameBoy titles.
Ad for Gargoyle's Quest on GameBoy.
Ad for Naki's Power-Pak and Bright Beam for GameBoy. The Power-Pak is a 3rechargeable
battery for the Gameboy that fits into the battery compartment. The Bright Beam is a both a light for better visibility on screen and a magnifying lens that rests ½" from the screen.