The Game Boy, a handheld game console was released by Nintendo in 1989. The most popular game as Tetris and that sold over three million copies in the US alone. In fact people bought Game Boy to play Tetris. Extremely successful Game Boy has advanced versions the Game Boy Color and the Game Boy Advance both of which have sold 75 million as of 2006.

The characteristics of Game Boy are:

• The handheld video game system has interchangeable cartridges.

• Game Boy has been a leader in the game industry for several years. The leadership was the result of a high quality product that had content especially created for it.

• The system has high tech liquid crystal display that lent great graphics in black and green. Took gaming to levels it had never seen before.

• Game Boy was the first to enable multi-player gaming. It had a port through which connections could be made.

• Players could enjoy the games in full stereo.

• The Game Boy used disposable AA batteries that allowed 35 hours of game play.

• The original Game Boy came in different colors: grey, black, green, red, yellow, and clear.

The classic Game Boy was followed by aversion known as Game Boy Pocket which had all the features but had a black and white display. This was followed by the Game Boy Color or GBC, this had a super processor, was backwards compatible, and had an infra red port that allowed wireless transfer between two systems. Then came the GBA or Game Boy Advance , a full twelve years after the gaming world was gifted the Game Boy Classic. The GBA wove the magic all over again. It had superb graphics, speed, and great quality. Everything a gamer wished for the GBA provided.

The GBA was succeeded by GBA SP and Game Boy Micro. The Micor is smaller than the I-Pod and is the smallest gaming system ever. The unit plays the full gamut of GBA games but is not backwards compatible.

Nintendo has kept a hand on the pulse of the gaming market and come out with winners each time. Gaming consoles that are the best and yet affordable. The company has a Game Boy website that provides answers to every Game Boy fans needs. From health and safety precautions to an online store the website fulfils every need.

The Game Boy is no ordinary gaming system to many it’s a family tradition.

Author's Bio: 

Timothy Rudon is a writer for Video Games , the premier website to find video games, video games play, free video games, online video games, free online video games, new video games, play online video games and many more.