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The Game Boy Color (ゲームボーイカラー Gēmu Bōi Karā") is Nintendo's successor to the 8-bit Game Boy handheld game console, and was released on October 21, 1998 in Japan, November 18, 1998 in North America. It features a color screen and is slightly thicker and taller than the Game Boy Pocket. As with the original Game Boy, it has an 8-bit processor. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color combined have sold 118.69 million units worldwide.

The technical details for the console are as follows:
  • Main processor: Zilog Z80 (8-bit)
  • Processor speed: 4 or 8 MHz (two processor modes)
  • Resolution: 160 x 144 pixels (same as the original Game Boy and the Sega Game Gear)
  • Palette colors available: 32,768 (15-bit)
  • Colours on screen: Supports 10, 32 or 56
  • Maximum sprites: 40 total, 10 per line, 4 colors per sprite (one of which being transparent)
  • Sprite size: 8x8 or 8x16
  • Tiles on screen: 512 (360 visible, the rest are drawn off screen as a scrolling buffer)
  • Audio: 2 square wave channels, 1 wave channel, 1 noise channel, mono speaker, stereo headphone jack
  • ROM: 8 MB maximum
  • RAM: 32 KB
  • VRAM: 16 KB
  • Cartridge RAM: 128 KB
  • Power:
    • internal: 2 AA batteries, 30+ hours of gameplay
    • external: 3V DC
    • indicator: Red LED
  • Input:
    • 8-way D-Pad
    • 4 buttons (A, B, Start, Select)
    • Volume potentiometer
    • Power switch
    • Serial I/O ("Link cable"): 512 kbit/s with up to 4 connections in serial
    • Infra-red I/O: Less than 2 m distance at 45°
    • Cartridge I/O
The processor, which is a Z80 workalike made by Sharp with a few extra (bit manipulation) instructions, has a clock speed of approximately 8 MHz, twice as fast as that of the original Game Boy. The Game Boy Color also has four times as much memory as the original (32 kilobytes system RAM, 16 kilobytes video RAM). The screen resolution was the same as the original Game Boy, which is 160x144 pixels.The Game Boy Color also featured an infrared communications port for wireless linking. The feature was only supported in a few games, however, and the infrared port was dropped for theGame Boy Advance and later releases. The console was capable of showing up to 56 different colors simultaneously on screen from its palette of 32,768, and could add basic four-color shading to games that had been developed for the original Game Boy. It could also give the sprites and backgrounds separate colors, for a total of more than four colors. This, however, resulted in graphic artifacts in certain games. For example, sometimes a sprite that was supposed to meld into the background would be colored separately, making it easily noticeable.

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
Product Information
Made for Nintendo Game Boy Color platform, The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX video game takes you into the adventurous exploration of Koholint Island. This single-player action video game comes with an engaging storyline that keeps you gripped throughout the gameplay. This Nintendo Game Boy Color game features new enemies and eight new dungeons to make your life hell while exploring the island. As you go ahead and solve the puzzles in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX, you earn heart containers that raises your chance of survival in the game. Your ultimate aim as a player in this action video game is to destroy Nightmare character, which also lets you earn one of the eight tools required to finish the game. The amazing graphics of this Nintendo Game Boy Color game makes it more interesting and fun to play. Get The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX game and enjoy the action offered in this gameplay.

Product Identifiers
Publisher Nintendo
Game The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX

Key Features
Platform Nintendo Game Boy Color
ESRB Rating E - Everyone
Genre Action, Action, Adventure, Adventure

Tech Details
Control Elements Gamepad, Joystick
Number of Players 1
Release Year 1998
Game Special Features
Eight huge dungeons
Powerful weapons
Battery-backed memory
Experience the epic adventure in vivid color
Journey through a new color-themed dungeon, accessible only through the Game Boy Color system
Game Boy Printer feature -- print out pictures of your adventure
One-player action
Support Elements Cartridge Save
Price: $30.00
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons

Product Information
Game Boy Color entry into the series, coded by Capcom. Taking place in the world of Holodrum, far removed from the land of Hyrule, Link must embark on a quest that will see him traverse the land in its entirety in search of the Oracle of Seasons. By obtaining the Rod of Seasons, Link is able to manipulate the seasons by waving the wand atop any nearby tree stump. The landscape changes with each season, and though trees will be in full bloom in summer, during the winter months they'll lose their leaves, enabling Link to squeeze past them and enter new areas. Simultaneously released with Oracle of Ages, the two games are interconnected via a password feature.

Product Identifiers
Publisher Nintendo
Game The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons


Key Features
Platform Nintendo Game Boy Color
ESRB Rating E - Everyone
Genre Action, Action, Adventure, Adventure, Role-Playing

Tech Details
ESRB Descriptor Mild Animated Violence, Mild Realistic Violence
Control Elements Gamepad, Joystick
Number of Players 1
Release Year 2001
Game Special Features Classic characters; an all-new story; hidden levels; password exchange with Oracle of Ages; one-player action
Support Elements Cartridge Save, Game Boy Color Only
Game Series Legend of Zelda
Price: $50.00
The Legend Of Zelda: Oracle Of Ages
Product Information
Simultaneously released with Oracle of Ages, this second Capcom-developed Zelda game is widely regarded as the more difficult of the two adventures, Oracle of Ages sees Link embark on a similar quest to that in Oracle of Seasons, in that he must rescue a beautiful woman from the clutches of an unspeakable evil. Link's adventure begins when he awakens in a strange forest deep within the land of Labrynna. By using the Harp of Ages, Link is able to transcend the very fabric of time, allowing him to jump between the past and present as the need arises. Complete the adventure to receive a password that can be used in Oracle of Seasons.

Product Identifiers
Game The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages

Key Features
Platform Nintendo Game Boy Color
ESRB Rating E - Everyone
Genre Action, Action, Adventure, Adventure, Role-Playing

Tech Details
ESRB Descriptor Mild Animated Violence, Mild Realistic Violence
Control Elements Gamepad, Joystick
Number of Players 1
Release Year 2001
Game Special Features Classic characters; an all-new story; hidden levels; password exchange with Oracle of Seasons; one-player action
Support Elements Cartridge Save, Game Boy Color Only
Game Series Legend of Zelda
Price: $50.00

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