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Why does the original Game Boy support four shades of grey?

The first computers were monochrome; they only knew 2 colors, as for each pixel, you only had 1 bit: 0 1 As for the Gameboy, it supported 2 bits per pixel, which gives us 4 possible colors to choose ...
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Why does the original Game Boy support four shades of grey?

While Nolonar's answer is true from a technical perspective, it's not the actual reason why the developers chose to go with a monochrome system. Gunpei Yokoi, the creator of the Game Boy, ...
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Does the original Game Boy game "Tetris" have a battery memory inside the cartridge?

The answer is no. As you can see from this page (and in the picture below), which shows the internals of the game boy Tetris cartridge, there's no battery inside, so the game doesn't have any kind of ...
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Does the original Game Boy game "Tetris" have a battery memory inside the cartridge?

The original 'Game Boy' version of Tetris released in 1989, did not have battery backup. However, the updated version for the Game Boy Color, Tetris DX (released in 1998/99), is backwards-compatible ...
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Can the original Gameboy be played with an AC/DC adapter?

As Wikipedia clearly states, the original Gameboy can be used with an AC/DC adapter: The Game Boy also contains optional input and/or output connectors. On the left side of the system is an ...
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Can Game Boy games be played on the Game Boy Color?

Source: http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/systems/gameboy/compatibilitychart.jsp That should tell you all you need to know about the compatibility. Short answer: Yes, you can. Update to point out ...
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What sort of hardware was used to transfer Mew at Pokemon Red & Blue worldwide events?

After you got me interested, I did some research. Apparently, it was distributed through a machine called the Mew Machine (Celebi in Generation II): A person has posted on a forum about this machine, ...
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Will I definitely lose my save state while replacing the battery?

Open the cartridge and plug it in a GBA. Turn it on and exchange the battery while the system is on. Just make sure to not touch any contacts that could damage the cart, focus on the battery and make ...
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Will I definitely lose my save state while replacing the battery?

There are ways you can copy the backup data from the cartridge to your computer. It'll cost some money in buying the hardware to do that, but IMO it is way safer than replacing a battery while the ...
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Can the original Gameboy be played with an AC/DC adapter?

Yes, the Gameboy has a DC jack: However, it is one with a built-in switch to switch between the batteries and the DC input. This switch isn't perfect and the Gameboy has very small (nonexistent?) ...
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How long does original Game Boy battery backed memory last?

Unfortunately, the answer seems to be "It varies": Old MCB1 games with the CR1616 are expected to retain data for 15 years +/- 5 years. About now, in other words. Old games with the CR2024 are ...
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Does the original Game Boy game "Tetris" have a battery memory inside the cartridge?

My Japanese copy erases it every time i turn it off, not sure about the PAL and NA versions though.
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Will I definitely lose my save state while replacing the battery?

The accepted answer is flat out wrong, problems with it include: It will be very difficult, if not impossible, to access the cartridge while it is inserted into a Gameboy. It will be easier with a ...
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Can the original Gameboy be played with an AC/DC adapter?

I can confirm that I had a Gameboy (Pocket, but my brother had a normal one) and an adaptor for it. I think you were technically meant to use it on a Gameboy without any batteries in, but we ...
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Was the Game Boy Color really called that in the UK?

Both the official Nintendo UK page at https://www.nintendo.co.uk/Corporate/Nintendo-History/Game-Boy-Color/Game-Boy-Color-627137.html and what seems to be the official Nintendo-supplied Amazon UK shop ...
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Where do Nintendo ROMs (GBC/GBA) come from?

The information will be kept general and unlinked here for obvious reasons, but there are pieces of equipment that can accept a GBA cartridge, and then connect to a PC. That would allow read access ...
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Can Game Boy games be played on the Game Boy Color?

So far, every handheld system Nintendo has made has been designed with a Poka-yoke such that it is impossible to insert any cartridge into a system with which it is not compatible. If you get a GB ...
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Does any game make use of the Game Boy Serial Data Pin?

The Game Link Cable The most obvious candidate for this are games that use the Game Link Cable. Individually checking all of them would be an imposing task, but luckily we don't have to. A schematic ...
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How to identify the model/version of a Game Boy cartridge without its sticker?

Sorry if this is late, but I think others might benefit from this information too. After a closer inspection inside some of my carts the ROM chip has the first two parts of the code and some number, ...
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Game boy color deleted my game data

This is likely, and unfortunately, a dead battery. In most older cartridge based games, the only way to keep save data was with a small battery connected inside each cartridge. It doesn't require ...
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To what extent is Tetris (on Game Boy) a game of luck?

Newer versions of Tetris use "bags" to ensure that you don't go too long without getting a particular piece again. However, many older versions of Tetris, such as the Gameboy version, produced pieces ...
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Can I Recycle Broken Game Cartridges?

The most common reason cartridge games screw up like this is that the pins are dirty. Depending on how long it remained moist, possibly corroded, which is likely not as easily fixable as dirt. This ...
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Is Lemmings on Game Boy actually completable?

What region version of Lemmings were you playing? I'm guessing PAL, as it seems these levels were adjusted in the US release. I just played through the game without encountering any problems (beyond ...
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How to back up and restore game saves in cartridges for the original Game Boy, Color and Advance?

As I discovered recently, This can be easily accomplished with the Retron 5 Gaming System: Copy Save to RetroN 5 The RetroN 5 will allow you to save your games onto the internal storage, as ...
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Will I definitely lose my save state while replacing the battery?

Technically what you need is that the memory unit to be constantly powered by some electricity. So what you could do is use some wires connecting the + and − contacts on the cartridge to another ...
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Could Removing A Nintendo Game Boy Game While The Console Is Powered-On Do Any Damage?

What's up? No, not beyond save data corruption. In fact, the Game Boy's big brother console, the Nintendo 64 had games that planned on using live cart swapping as a feature, to link games (most ...
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What to look for when buying a Game Boy Colour

In my experience, since I bought an old used Nintendo Gameboy Classic (the brick version), there are two things to consider when buying a Gameboy. No. 1 Does the battery compartment still work and ...
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Does the original Game Boy game "Tetris" have a battery memory inside the cartridge?

The original game boy tetris did not have any save support. The later "DX" version did have save support. High score tables that did not save were a pretty normal thing in the 80s. Many games started ...
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