It is the successor of the Game Boy. The Game Boy Color, as suggested by the name, features a color screen and it is slightly thicker and taller than the Game Boy Pocket, which is a redesigned Game Boy released in 1996. As with the original Game Boy, it has a custom 8-bit processor somewhat related to a Zilog Z80 central processing unit, the original name - with its American English spelling of color - remained unchanged even in markets where colour was the accepted English spelling. The Game Boy and Game Boy Color combined have sold 118.69 million units worldwide and it was discontinued in 2003, shortly after the release of the Game Boy Advance SP. The resultant product was backward compatible, a first for a handheld system and this became a major feature of the Game Boy line, since it allowed each new launch to begin with a significantly larger library than any of its competitors. The Game Boy Color also has three times as much memory as the original, the screen resolution was the same as the original Game Boy, which is 160x144 pixels. The Game Boy Color also featured an infrared port for wireless linking. A few games used Hi-Color mode to increase the number of colors available on-screen and this is a mode used most notably by the Italian company 7th Sense s. r. l. and can display more than 2000 different colors on the screen. Some examples of using this method are The Fish Files, The New Addams Family Series and Alone in the Dark. When playing an original Game Boy game on a later system and this is achieved by pressing certain button combinations, namely either A or B and a direction key while the Game Boy logo is displayed on the screen. These palettes each contain up to ten colors, the grayscale palette produces an appearance identical to that experienced on the original Game Boy, the inverted colors palette inverts the colors from the Game Boy Colors color palettes. In addition, some Game Boy games have a palette that is enabled when no buttons are pressed. Any game that not have a special palette will default to the dark green palette. The default palettes are stored in a database within the internal boot ROM of the system, titles that have color palettes on Super Game Boy will usually default to a similar palette when played on a Game Boy Color. These games would display a message and refuse to play if used in older Game Boy models. Pokémon Gold and Silver are also examples of Game Boy Color games that work on an original Game Boy system, the clear-colored Game Boy Color cartridges will function correctly only when used in a Game Boy Color or a later model. The logo for Game Boy Color spelled out the word COLOR in the five colors in which the unit was manufactured. Other colors were sold as limited editions or in specific countries, the last Game Boy Color game released in Japan was From TV Animation – One Piece, Maboroshi no Grand Line Boukenhen
Atomic Purple version of the Game Boy Color
The Game Boy Color motherboard
The clear cartridge for exclusive Game Boy Color games.
The black cartridge was for Game Boy games that took advantage of the Game Boy Color's increased palette but not the increased memory or processor speed. These games can be played original Game Boys in grayscale.