The 1990s was a peak time in the history when the world had seen the rapid technological growth and the sheer competition between the manufacturers of various devices. One of the primary industries relying on the evolution of technology was the gaming industry.
Gaming industry had already got into the home entertainment system by 1990. Before this time, it had still been at its early age of home gaming consoles available for everyone and yet, sold for the prices which not everybody could afford.
Things had changed a lot by 1990. With the rise of handheld devices, people were so receptive and excited about playing their piece of video games indoor or outdoor, wherever they wanted to. If you wish to learn more about the most famous portable game consoles of that time, this article will provide you with all the details about one of the truly outstanding ones which was Nintendo Game Boy Color.
Nintendo and its Game Boy Color
Among these gems resides Nintendo Game Boy Color. Game Boy Color is the fourth of its predecessor or fourth of the Game Boy family. Although, this piece of console is from the fifth generation of handheld device consoles. That is in terms of generations. Game Boy Color varied greatly from its predecessors.
Game Boy Color was developed, manufactured by the gaming giant in the industry, Nintendo. Nintendo is one of the most important historical figure in the gaming industry that played a huge role in the development of a new culture that defined and shaped the times like 1980s and 1990s. In fact, they still do but not as much as the Sony Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox. Nintendo’s headquarter is located in Kyoto, Japan. There are lot of gamers who grew up playing Nintendo ended up working for Nintendo as their dream job!
The unique features of Nintendo Game Boy Color
The 8-bit processor was designed by Sharp, a multinational Japanese electronic product designer and manufacturer. It was considered a crazy combination of Intel 8080 and Zilog Z80 microprocessors. With the exception of its predecessor, Game Boy Color had already doubled up their processor speed, almost three times the memory and the best part was it had an infrared communication port. Unlike the first devices in the Game Boy family which had a cable to communicate with other Game Boy devices used for playing multiplayer games, trading and other purposes, with Nintendo Game Boy Color such a wire was not needed anymore.
Game Boy Color showed up with a wide variety of color palette which played a significant role to make the gaming experience as rich as possible in color back then.
More of the features of Nintendo Game Boy Color
Game Boy Color had a transparent body so as you could see the motherboard. It had a user interface with the joypad on the left, two A and B button for actions, while ‘select’ and ‘start’ buttons were not placed diagonally but straight on the x axis and next to each other.
The speaker was still at the bottom right corner like it was in the previous models of the Nintendo devices. The game console had its display with a TFT (Thin-film Transistor) color LCD. The display size was something around 43 millimetres by 41 millimetres. The frame rate of this device was whooping 59.72 Hz. It ran on the power of 2 internal AA batteries and one external 3 volt DC of 0.6W. The battery life was really great and ran up to 10 hours of game play.
Nintendo Game Boy Color was also equipped into a good chunk of memory of 32KB RAM and 16KB VRAM.