Nintendo Game Boy Color

System Overview

The Nintendo Game Boy Color was released in 1998 and is the successor to the original Game Boy. The Game Boy Color, as its name suggests, delivers a colour screen. The system was released to compete with other colour handhelds prominent in Japan.

Game Boy Color included for the first time a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, rather than the usual AA/AAA replaceable batteries. The system retailed in a number of colours and limited edition versions.

Fully backwards compatible with original Game Boy games, this means that the Game Boy Color is able to play over 1,500 games in total. Many Game Boy Color games were compatible with the original Game Boy too, which helped extend the life of the platform by some way.

Both the Game Boy & Color systems sold in excess of 118 million units during their retail life. An unprecedented success over a number of years.

How to Emulate this system?

Nintendo Game Boy Color emulation is reasonably well catered for, we recommend taking a look at RetroArch if you are seeking an all in one solution. RetroArch emulates a large number of systems including the Nintendo Game Boy Color. RetroArch is a front end that utilises emulator 'cores', it is reasonably easy to use and has lots of good supporting documentation on how to use it. RetroArch is available across a number of platforms including Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi and many consoles.

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Also, check out the other Nintendo Game Boy Color emulators we enjoy using:

Emulator Description Platform
Visual Boy Advance Visual Boy Advance emulates Game Boy, Game Boy Color & Game Boy Advance handheld consoles. Windows

Emulating the Nintendo Game Boy Color using a Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi is a compact single board computer which has become very popular for emulating retro computers and consoles. You can buy the Pi very cheaply and has a whole community supporting and building accessories and applications that are compatible with.

Significantly, for Retro Gaming enthusiasts, the Raspberry Pi offers fantastic all round emulation of many systems. It offers the ability to output games on HDTVs via HDMI or older CRT TVs via composite outputs. Combining the Raspberry Pi with Retropie, you have a device capable of emulating anything from the Atari 2600 to the Sony PlayStation.

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